I went back to the same shop I bought The Best Of Topper from last week and came across another comic I hadn't heard of before - Red Dagger! I picked up the first issue which was released in October 1979 by D.C Thomson and starred Twisty, with the sub-title 'Criminal-In-The-Making ... Or Soccer Star Of Tomorrow?'. On the first page of Twisty's story there is a small box reading "first published in 1976", meaning that it is the entire series collected and published in one 64 page book, and sometimes these stories were lengthened to fit into 64 pages.
The first page was Twisty's Teach-In, where Twisty Lunnon shares some top tips for playing football!
On the back cover is a slightly blurry full-page poster of Liam Brady, a football player for Arsenal until he left the following year.
Inside the back cover is half a page of facts about pigeons (Twisty had two pet pigeons, so it isn't completely random), followed by an advert for the following issue, which would be starring Alf Tupper from The Tough Of The Track. All the websites I've read to get information about Red Dagger have told me that the publication came out monthly and ended in June 1983 after 30 issues, but this advert says 'On Sale Now', suggesting that two were sold every month? I'm not sure.
I wont be showing the full story here as 64 pages would make a very long blog post, but if you'd like to read it leave a comment and I'd be more than happy to post it in several parts.
Here is a full cover gallery of all 30 issues of Red Dagger:
Issues #1 - #10:
Issues #10 - #30:
And if you're interested, there's a fantastic article about Red Dagger on Down The Tubes!