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31st October, 1999
News (1) Next Generation - Oates For Wolves
News (2) Bye Bye Brian
Brian Kidd's (Manchester United) days as Blackburn Rovers manager must surely be numbered. Blackburn are struggling in Division One after their relegation from the Premiership last season. But to make matters worse Blackburn's chairman Jack Walker is reported in the 'The Mirror' as saying "We are fine. As far as I am concerned, we don't have a problem. And yes, I still have every confidence in the manager. Why shouldn't I?" A certain kiss of death ... and that was before yesterday's 2-0 home defeat.
News (3) Best is Best.
George Best headed a pole by Duckham Fansview, a national opinion panel of 800 Britains, to find the best player in the British game. With 26% of the vote, he led considerably from the 10% polled by runners up, Bobby Charlton (Manchester United) and Kenny Dalglish (Celtic squad). The rest of the top ten were :- Bobby Moore, Stanley Matthews, Jimmy Greaves (West Ham United), Denis Law (Manchester United squad), Tom Finney, John Charles and Eric Cantona. That's four 70-71 Soccer Star album players and another two from the teams squads at that time.
News (4) Sir Bobby.
Sir Bobby Charlton was in the news twice last week. Once showing the five man 2006 FIFA World Cup delegation round Old Trafford, to boost England's World Cup bid (see Football365). Then offering FA Cup sponsers AXA hope by attempting to influence Manchester United into re-joining this year's competition which they have ducked out of so that they can take part in a competition in Brazil (- the reason being that it is believed that their participation will boost England's World Cup bid.)(See Manchester United Official Web site - News - Latest Feature).
Well Manchester United didn't re-join the competition (see Manchester United Official Web site - News - Latest Feature), - so much for Sir Bobby's influence on things, then ...
News (5) Steve Perryman.
According to 'The Express' last week Steve Perryman is the manager of the Japanese team Shimizu S-Pulse. Perryman (Tottenham Hotspur) talked of needing a break from English football and it seems that his team is about to win the title.
News (6) Back Home
30th October, 1999
On 7th August, 1999 Leeds United unveiled a statue of Billy Bremner at Elland Road - later that month I visited it and here are some of the photos of Billy's Statue from then, taken by my Mum ! The jpg system loses a lot of the quality of the pictures, but you'll get the idea.
29th October, 1999
News (1) Best, George Best ... 007 Pints
November 1999's edition of 'Four, Four, Two', no.63, reports that George Best is to have a film made about him called ... well , 'Best'. It seems that former Manchester United player and current Macclesfield manager, Sammy MclLroy's daughter, Faye is to star in it as one of Best's girlfriends.
News (2) George Best - the Album
I've never had cause to mention this album before, but, 'Four, Four, Two' (as above, p.93) also has an article on references to football on records NOT by footballers. Included is the rather excellent, ' George Best', by Leeds United fans, the Wedding Present. The album's cover is essentially a picture of George in his Man United days. In the U.K. it was the band's first of eight albums to chart, entering on the 24th October, 1987 and exiting the following week having peaked at no.47 !!
News (3) Gaffer Gadgers
The magazine also lists the 20 Premiership managers in order of their age. Our three survivors appear in in the top seven ...
(N.B. since I covered the above item, the Bob 70-71 pages have expanded to cover ALL players and managers from the 70-71 period - the three referred to are those featured in the 1970-71 World of Soccer Stars album. Jim Smith was at Boston United, Sir Alex was at Falkirk, and Graham Taylor was at Lincoln City. I've yet to trace the foreign English - based managers. In fact this November 1999 edition of Four Four Two has an excellent 6 page feature on Sir Alex.)
News (4) Seventies Shaggers
But the magazine's bumper fest of 70-71 footballers comes in the article, 'The footballer who shagged me', which is billed as, 'Tales from the 70s. When bad really meant bad'. Covering pages 50 to 55 and filled with 70s photos of footballers and their gals, George Best, Stan Bowles (Manchester City), Alan Hudson (Chelsea), Peter Storey (Arsenal), Frank Worthington, Charlie George, and Johnny Giles all have aspects of their bad boy reputation reported on. Sadly, time prevents me from expanding on this so get the magazine if you can.
News (5) Boring Book
'What's the story ? Boring Glory' by Mark Jacob Queen Anne Press (£8-99) features (boringly) the Premiership's sixth oldest manager, George Graham (of boring, boring Arsenal) on the cover and is apparently the story about his appointment as Spurs manager. A future feature will be books about / by the 70-71 stars.
News (6) Ron2Ron
Yesterday, Ron Atkinson (Oxford United) was added to the commentators list (see below), today's news is that Ron is the face of One2One's GoalLine service, which shows him smiling with a non too mobile looking 8 foot GoalLine phone.
28th October, 1999
News (1) Clough's Bust
On my travels on the M1 this week I came across, 'Forest Fever' a monthly 'Nottingham Evening Post' magazine. My copy is Volume III, No.3, 12 October, 1999. In it I came across the news that will be old hat for Nottm Forest fans that on 19th September, 1999, Brian Clough (Derby County manager), now 64, turned up to the Wolves match for his first visit in six years.
The reason was to commemorate the naming of , 'The Brian Clough Stand' after the manager who brought the club their only Championship in 1977-78, their only European silverware - the European Cup itself in 1979 and 1980, as well as their only League Cup wins in 1978, 1979, 1989, and 1991 ... not to mention the Anglo Scottish Cup, Simod Cup, and Zenith Data Systems Cup wins ... during his spell which lasted from 1975 to 1993. The F.A.Cup eluded him, though Forest were beaten finalists in 1991.
Cloughie also unveiled a bronze bust which is in place at the club's reception area.
He said, 'I'm delighted to be here again. I was a little bit envious of David Platt's tan - but he'll soon get rid of that on the training ground."
News (2) Foresters
'Forest Fever' (see News (1) ) also showed three 70-71 players on the backroom books. Liam O'Kane (Nottingham Forest) is coach (which I'd missed in the Rothman's 1999-2000 list), Ian Storey-Moore (Nottingham Forest) is Chief Scout, and Larry Lloyd (Liverpool) is Public Relations Officer.
News (3) Dining to Meet You
'Forest Fever' (see News (1) ) also offers a chance to see some 70-71 'legends', at a £35-00 a time with a meal, sorry Executive Dinner, thrown in. They've already had Pat Crerand (Manchester United), but still have Ron Yeats (Liverpool) on 2nd December, Alan Ball on February 24, and Frank Worthington on April 6th. Phone 0115982 4450 and tell them I sent you. 'Who ?' they'll say.
Further to the ever growing list, Ron Atkinson (Oxford United) added the expert comments for I.T.V.'s coverage of Arsenal's ill fated 1-0 defeat in the European Championship yesterday. Bob Wilson (Arsenal) was also announced as commentator for a future match. See Where are they now ?
23rd October, 1999
...Hmmm, would it ??? In the interest of balance, and ever happy to oblige with requests ... whatever the motive !! ... see Gerd Müller
Now no longer the Wales manager, that gives our Bobby (Wolves) a chance to add comments in the studio for Saturday's football coverage on Talk Radio. Which adds to the ever growing list of 70-71 players in the commentators list, see Where are they now ?
17th October, 1999
News (1)WORLD EXCLUSIVE !
Given that the match only finished 18 minutes ago (as I write) I'm presuming this to be a World Wide first match report on Leeds United All Stars versus John Hendrie's Sky Sports at Guiseley Football Club raising money for St. Mary's School Menston Sports College Status Bid. It was 2-0 to Leeds which very much reflected the run of play after a dodgy Leeds start. Both goals came in the second half which made up for the disappearance of former Leeds United and Scotland All Time Great and current Leeds assistant manager, Eddie Gray. Eddie ran his socks off and still has that same distinctive dribble with a style all of his own, and was the first player who looked like scoring when an early shot skimmed in front of Sky Sport's goal.
As far as I could tell Peter Lorimer and Terry Yorath (Leeds United squad), who had been promised in the posters and programme were absent, but a Peter lookalike - Simon Lorimer, presumably a close relative, did huff and puff his way around in the first half.. Former Leeds United and Northern Ireland international, John McClelland made a distinctive figure in the match, and was one of two Leeds players wearing a no.17 shirt ! Former Leeds United player and coach, the silver haired, Jimmy Lumsden (Leeds United squad) was the Leeds team captain and kept pace with some skill for much of the game. Former Leeds united player and Guiseley manager, Bobby Davison had a good game too and set up the second goal.
Eddie signed a few autograph books before leaving, and I asked him for a quick photo literally seconds before leaving the ground as the score stood at 1-0. ' Of course' he said and stood still long enough for me to miss one picture because the lens was shut, then take one successfully. It's not a digital camera I'm afraid so if the picture came out at all, it'll appear here just as soon as I finish the film and develop it ! (I bet top sports photographers don't have these problems !!!)
The pictures have now come back. Click World Exclusive to see the pictures.
News (2) Next Generation Update
Ian Lawson : The car park attendant of the above game was telling me he was 67 years old and has been a Blackpool fan since he was 12 - hence he would have seen better days than their 5-0 home defeat to Bury yesterday ... little would he have he realised my loyalties to Ian Lawson who scored the 4th of the 5 goals.
Sam Shilton : A second goal by Peter's son who seems to be revelling in his loan spell to Hartlepool. The goal was the opener in a 3-2 away victory at Mansfield.
(See Sons and Daughters)
16th October, 1999
Well, it's a great day in Internet history. As a unique collaboration between this site's Southampton page and Christian Kelly's excellent On The Cross site means that nowhere on the web is Southampton's 1970-71 season so well covered !! Christian's site provides superb information on every player in the Southampton squad that season - so the pressure's off me to do the same ... !
Where are they now ? Click to see the latest on Willie Morgan.
News (1) Back-off Beckham Back-up
Former Manchester United manager from the 1970-71 season, Wilf McGuiness, made the news this week by offering support to poor, helpless, picked-on ... David Beckham (thinks not). Wilf believes Posh's partner is being unfairly singled out for football fines for ... well for being David Beckham. And ... ?. See Football365. Sympathizers try Planet Beckham.
News (2) Temper Temper.
Star of Mexico 1970, Pele, advises David Beckham to temper his temper to become a great player. Pele's in Dubai to film a Mastercard advert it seems and says it's a good time for Becks because he's not yet well enough known to be marked out of the game. Pele also said that the English Premier League is currently the best in the World !! See Football365.
News (3) Racist Nonsense
Harry Redknapp (West Ham United) has made the news for denying the claim by former West Ham Israelie international Eyal Berkovic that the West Ham set up is racist and run like a pub team. The Celtic player made the claim in his new autobiography and Harry's said he'll let his team do the talking on the pitch this Sunday morning if he can get enough players together for the game. See Football365 and West Ham United FC - The Official Web Site.
News (4) Give Us A Break ...
Our millionaire footballers are being overstretched according to Harry's son Jamie Redknapp. 'Physical demands are becoming increasingly excessive' says the poor little rich boy who's probably never done a real day's work in his life (sorry did I give away my opinion there). Jamie wants a Winter break it seems - yes, it must be tough playing football for a living, Jamie. See Football365.
News (5) Other Next Generation News
Fresh from his first cap, Frank Lampard junior score in West Ham's 2-0 home defeat of Bournemouth in the Worthington Cup, this week For the match report see West Ham United FC -org The Official Web Site and for the opinion of Frank senior see West Ham United FC - The Official Web Site
10th October, 1999
News (1)'Vintage Claret'
Page 14 of today's 'Sunday Independent' sports section has a fabulous 8 column article on Arthur Bellamy, the former Burnley player, who is now Burnley's groundsman. See 'Where are they now ?' for further coverage.
News (2) 'Straight-talking' Harry
News (3) Next Generation Update.
Well, all I've spotted from yesterday's matches is Tony's nephew, Darren Currie, got sent off for Barnet in their 1-0 victory against Rochdale.
But today ... as I write, in fact ... England are beating Belgium 2-1 and Jamie Redknapp scored the second goal - his first for England. Frank Lampard Junior is equipping himself well in his full team debut, too. For Jamie's goal see Football365 and for Frank's debut see West Ham United FC - The Official Web Site. (See Sons and Daughters).
8th October, 1999
Pushing on with putting faces to names in Jim Ross's e-mails (5th September and 6th October, 1999), there's now a picture and career figures page for Clyde Best.
September's News is now archived.
News : Leeds Leeds Leeds
Official Leeds United magazine, 'Leeds,Leeds,Leeds' is far more interested in the club's history than it's contemporaries in the genre, and the October 1999 issue14 is brimming with interest for Bob's1970-71 pages including :-
'All Time Hates' a team of 11 players who have caused Leeds grief over the years. I hope to present the players later, but 8 of the 11 villains are 70-71 players ( ... and mostly Chelsea ones!)
'England expects' Yorkshire born, reformed Scouser/Geordie , Kevin Keegan talks about things including his footballing relationship with former England and Leeds manager, Don Revie (Leeds United manager).
'Five of the Best' : former Leeds and Bradford City star, John Hendrie, describes his 5 best players and they include, Billy Bremner, Denis Law (Manchester United squad), and Eddie Gray (Leeds United).
... and I wasn't even looking that hard.
Come on Leeds we're top of the table, this amount of retrospection can't be healthy (- and this from a retrospective web site !!!)
7th October, 1999.
A few new pictures have been added today. First off there's a great new picture of Arthur Mann. Arthur is the father of Hull City's Neil Mann and died in February of this year. He's seen here with England and Manchester City goalie, Joe Corrigan.
I've also added a picture of England goalkeeping hero, Gordon Banks.
And fitting the goalkeeper theme, I couldn't resist adding a picture of top Scottish goalie from the era, Bobby Clark, whom Jim Ross mentions in the e-mail of the 6th October, 1999.This page includes details of the England v Scotland game at the end of the 1970-71 season, which I hope to expand to include the whole home championship.
6th October, 1999.
Hopefully, all being well, and relying on me actually knowing what I'm doing (!!) there should soon be a collaboration with Christian Kelly's Southampton site which will doubtless make the stop-press pages of 'Computeractive', and which will aim to give fabulous coverage of all the one time Southampton players dotted around the site, as well as Southhampton's 1970-71 season.
Thanks Jim. Bobby Clark, for me, personified Scottish goalkeepers of the early Seventies - but anyone who knows about Scottish goalkeepers of the early Seventies would probably say, 'hold on Bob, he wasn't that bad ...' Anyway, who am I to knock a fellow Bob ? Bobby played 17 times for Scotland and was capped in the 70-71 season.
News.(1) Next Generation Update.
'The Sunday Independent' reported two more goals last Saturday for Bury man, Ian Lawson in their 3-2 home defeat of Cardiff, other sources say it's just one - but that's not bad ! See Dr P's Diary 2000 .
And only by seeing Sam Shilton's name on the score sheet for Hatlepool in thier 2-0 home defeat of rivals Dalington did I realise that he's signed a two month loan deal for them, whilst still being on Coventry's books. See Untitled Document.
Finally, it seems that with all the injuries to England squad, Frank Lampard, junior is on the brink of an England call up. Well done Frank !! See Soccernet.
(See Sons and Daughters).
News (2) Cloughie
Brian Clough (Derby County Manager) is in the news talking about Leicester City's Martin O'Neill being a good manager. See Soccernet. Brian's advice to O'Neill is commented on by former Sheffield Wednesday boss, David Pleat, Soccernet.
News (3) Ninety-miles-an-hour !
News (4) Ugly Big-Headed Footballers.
Now I'm not one to promote products, but I see that Corinthian - the manufacturers of those overly expensive, ugly, big-headed sportsmen (I wouldn't do well in advertising, would I ?) - have brought out a rather fabulous (I'll concede that one) set of the 1966 England World Cup winning side, including all 11 players plus the unluckiest non-team member, Jimmy Greaves (West Ham) and a Jules Rimet World Cup holding Bobby Moore. See Corinthian Marketing Web Site . I'll investigate other 70-71 players at a later date. Meanwhile, perhaps you would like to go to the Corinthian convention on the 31st October, it has a guest appearance from none other than Gordon Banks himself !! See Corinthian Messages
2nd October, 1999.
First new feature for a while is the addition of a Bobby Moore page.
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