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29th April, 2000
News (1) Manager of Last Month !
Never too proud to mention old news, so I can announce only days before April's Manager of the Month - that March's Manager of the Month was Sir Alex Ferguson (Falkirk). Can't think why, it's not like he did anything he hasn't done before (i.e. win every game in sight).
News (2) Best of Times.
If it's not too late, nip to the local petrol station and get a copy of today's 'Times' newspaper. The magazine has an article on George Best in which he 'replays his life' - and not only the bits he can remember. There's an interview with George on the set of the autobiographical film which is now due to be released nationwide on May 12th in UKcinemas. According to Ian Corry's Best site, the film will Premier in Belfast - where George was born - on May 1st - see movie.
News (3) Chelsea Fashion Victim
'Chelsea. The Official Magazine' for May 2000 has a 'Seventies Special' which is worth a quick look. They describe Ron Harris (Chelsea) as the player of the decade - though a picture of Alan Hudson (Chelsea) in dungerees is the amusing highlight.
There's also a great article with John Dempsey (Chelsea) - who is now a special needs carer in a resource centre in Edgeware.
The magazine's subscription hotline is 01458 271151.
News (4) Frank and Frank Lampard.
'Hammers' The official magazine of Bob the Builder ... O.K. West Ham United really, has an 8 page exclusive on Frank Lampard Senior (West Ham) and Junior (Sons and Daughters), which is also well worth a read.
Their subsciption number is (020) 8 597 0181 and they can be e-mailed on email@example.com
26th April, 2000
News (1) Falkirk's Fantastic Fergie
Defeat in the European Cup quarter-final for Manchester United, almost made winning the Premier League Championship a damp squib. But Falkirk's very own Sir Alex Ferguson has done it again with Manchester United's sixth title win in the League's eight year history. Fergie has yet to miss a match as Manchester United's manager in the Premier league a feat no other person can claim, perhaps really is the Greatest Manager in football. To celebrate here's a picture of our man ...
News (2) : Next Generation Update : Sons and Daughters : Lawson Latest
Jimmy Lawson's son (Huddersfield Town), Ian has scored twice for Stockport County in successive games this week. In the first game away to fellow Division One strugglers, Crewe Alexandria, he scored a first half goal that pulled the team back to 2-1 down before half time, but they still went on to lose 3-2. See Stockport County FC
Next, Ian scored the second in a 3-0 home victory against bottom placed Swindon Town. It was Stockport County's first victory since Ian joined the club ! In fact Boxing Day last year -19 games ago - was their last win. In spite of this, County are now mathematically safe for staying up and are placed 16th in the League. See Stockport County FC
Ian moved down the road but up the Leagues from Bury on 18th February, 2000 for 150,000 pounds and 25 per cent of any future deal. He has now scored four goals for County.
News (3) You Can Hear Kinnear
I have it on good authority that Joe Kinnear (Tottenham Hotspur squad) was the expert advisor at the Chelsea defeat at Barcelona for the Irish station RTE, last week. See Where are they now ?: Commentators.
Thanks to Stan Strickland, who has confirmed for me that Burscough Football Club's most famous son, England international Bob Langton, was manager of their club in the 1970-71 season. Sadly, Bob died in 1996, but the club's ground now carries the address of Bob Langton Way.
Bob was capped 11 times by England including the very first international after the Second World War, in which he also got his only goal for England. His move from Blackburn Rovers to Preston North End in 1948 involved an exchange deal which was valued as a World record of twenty thousand pounds, and he was as a losing Wanderers player in the famous Matthews Final of 1953. Bob's last job in senior football was as Burscough's manager the for five years up to the 1970-71 season. See BURSCOUGH FOOTBALL CLUB.
22nd April, 2000
Wonder if we could swap links - we're WEST HAM ONLINE at the address below. Cheers Alex The Who - West Ham Online http://www.WestHamOnline.com
Well it's a great site, so the pleasure would be all mine. Of particular interest to Bob's 70-71 pages is that Harry Redknapp(West Ham) is of course the West Ham manager - see West Ham Online - Hammers Info, News & Gossip, and then of course there is Frank Lampard (West Ham) the coach and Frank Lampard (Sons and Daughters :Sons) the player...(see West Ham Online - Hammers Info, News & Gossip).
News (1) MOTD
'The Match of the Day Magazine : MOTD' May 2000 edition, has so far, gone unreported on these pages.Let's see its highlights in terms of Bob's 70-71 pages.
News (2) Hall of Fame Vote
Roy of the Rovers.com is running a vote on a who should enter their 'Hall of Fame' Pele (Star Players of Mexico 1970) is in the lead but George Best is pressing close behind, something Pele may well enjoy. Go there and cast your own vote. Johan Cruyff (Ajax) won the vote in March.
21st April, 2000
News (1) Little Returns
Brian Little (Aston Villa) is back again as Hull City's manager. Only a day after the announcement of the sacking of player manager Warren Joyce, and coach John McGovern (Derby County), Little comes in to give a boast to the mid-table third division side. Bad luck John, good luck Brian ! See Hull City AFC on the Internet @ www.hullcityfc.co.uk
News (2) Best to Stop Drinking Shock
George Best was the subject of the main feature on I.T.V.'s 'Tonight' programme last night (20/4). In a feature that included interviews with Best, ex-wife Angie, the present Mrs Best and his agent, George admitted he must stop drinking or face death. The whites of George's eyes were in a yellow away strip as he spoke sincerely of loving life too much to want to die, and of hoping to start a family. George asserted that people will not remember him as a drunk,but as the footballing legend that he is. I'll drin .... I'll support that view whole heartedly, George, and offer sincere 'best' wishes that you will keep to your word.
News (3) Supersized Advertising Revenue
Good to see that England's greatest football achievement is considered worthy enough for the latest McDonald's television advertising campaign. Sir Geoffry Hurst (West Ham United) is seen shooting for the famous fourth goal in the 1966 England World Cup victory, only through computer wizzardry (presumably) it misses, and the present day Hurst is seen eating a twisty type of chip.
19th April, 2000
News (1) Evans - Late
Yes once again very slow to pick up that former Liverpool manager, Roy Evans (Liverpool squad) is the caretaker manager at Fulham now. It took a news article about him quitting for me to latch on. Win a few, lose a few ...
News (2) Total Football
The May 2000, (no.60) edition has been about the house for the last week or so.Here's the monthly rundown on news relevant to Bob's 70-71 pages.
Filming took place on the Isle of Man and Lynch said, 'We've spent a lot of time on this. We've followed every storyline and every possible relationship line so people get the essence of Best (what white wine ? - Bob), what he was, what success and fame did to him. I mean football stars now are the new royalty, but Best began it all.' Rather promisingly the film inter-twines archive footage of Best's skills, and the man himself appears in the closing credits. See www.best-themovie.co.uk
(See a review of 'Best' at Reviews October 2000)
What a great way for Terry McDermott to be included on these pages for the first time !!!!
18th April, 2000
Couple of e-mails from Alan Kane who writes ...
Hi Bob Any chance of a photo of the 1968 Scottish cup winning side. the final was Dunfermline V Hearts.(Click to see) I think the score was 3 - 1 to Dunfermline.
Mark Lawrenson ex liverpool and now rather dodgy tv pundit spent a season at Corby town FC in the Beazer Home League. it must have been about 1991. Hope this is of interest to you.
Cheers Alan Kane
Back in March a message was left in the Guestbook requesting to see a picture of Ivor Allchurch. This is now available also.
Why not subscribe to Leeds, Leeds, Leeds, the Official Magazine of Leeds United ?
This month's edition (April 2000) has poster pictures of Tony Currie(Sheffield United) and Mick Jones (Leeds United), and a thoroughly excellent article on Johnny Giles. I counted 4 pictures of Billy Bremner and a couple more of Allan Clarke. But if you subscribe before 30th April 2000 and you live in the U.K. you will get an Allan Clarke signed copy of the rather fabulous book 'Leeds United Cup Kings 1972'. Allan, of course scored the only goal of the final.
Worth the 32 pounds 40 pence on it's own, I reckon!!! Contact the magazine on 0870 4443181 or write to LLL Subsciptions (IFB3/00), Leeds United, Elland Road, Leeds , LS11 OES.
15th April, 2000
News (1) Graham In Hospital
www.football365.co.uk report ...
Tottenham have confirmed that manager George Graham has entered hospital and will not be able to take charge of team affairs for the foreseeable future. A spokesman for the White Hart Lane club said: "George Graham is unwell and has entered hospital where he is undergoing tests. We are unable to say at this stage exactly what the problem is, but we wish him a speedy recovery."We do not know when George will be able to return to the club, so his assistant Stewart Houston will take charge of first team affairs in the meantime, starting with the game at home to Aston Villa.
"When Graham cancelled a scheduled press conference on Thursday afternoon it was believed he had flu. But a report on Friday claimed he was suffering from chronic joint inflammation and extreme fever. The report said he was likely to be in hospital for a week, and that he would be unlikely to resume his duties this month.Graham told the Daily Mail: "Outside my family, the chairman (Alan Sugar) was the first person informed about my problem and he is fully aware of the situation."
It was claimed that Graham battled on through pain until Spurs had passed the 42-point target which assures them against even an outside chance of relegation. Graham had continued to take training despite being troubled by rheumatoid arthritis and he concealed his plight from the players.
Get well soon George.
As mentioned above this now leaves the Assistant Manager Stewart Houston (Chelsea) in charge
News (2) Sunny Day
As chance would have it 'The Sun' newspaper has thrown up three articles of interest this week.
a) Where are they now ?
First off, HUGE thanks to John Daniels for sending me the 'Kick Off' supplement in 'The Sun', for 8 April, 2000. This gives an update on Graham, Steven and Ray Wilkins , along with Peter Bonetti (Chelsea), who were all at Chelsea at the time of their featured photo. Technically the Wilkins brothers don't actually qualify for these pages - the eldest, 45 year old Graham began his career in July 1972. Nevertheless they were a big part of the Seventies scene, so read about them all on Where are they now ?
b) Vialli on Robson
From the same supplement I couldn't help but notice Mark Irwin's article on Chelsea manager, Gianluca Vialli, who says 'Bobby Robson is a legend and an example to us all. He knows a few tricks which I have yet to learn and that is why, despite being 67, he can go on as if it were the first day of his managerial career. If I can learn how to do that I can see myself still being involved in football in another few years.
'I hope I have the same enthusiasm and love for the game at 67, but I don't know if I will. I definately hope Mr Robson can go on for a few more years because it will be such a loss to the game not to have a man like him in an important job. He is someone we all look up to because he knows what it takes to improve this game.
'He has had success in England , Holland, Portugal and Spain and in International football, so it dosen't surprise me that he has managed to turn Newcastle around quickly. The material was already there when he arrived. Ruud had great players but they needed a change of spirit and Robson is a master.
'He must have learned how to switch off from the game, how not to get too frustrated, how to deal with the pressure, how to handle the players, especially the unhappy ones, and how to work with the media. Technically, tactically and motivationally, he knows how to get what he wants from his men.'
Normally at this point I would quip that the next day Chelsea went on to whip Newcastle United 2-1 in the F.A.Cup semi final at Wembly, in a first half where the team showed no spirit at all - but that WOULD be rude (see below) and let's face it they were very unlucky in the second half...
c) Angie Oooooooooh An - gie
Finally, the Wednesday April 12th edition of the self-nominated 'People's Paper', carried a so-called George Best exclusive in the 'SW' section. This was actually an Angie Best exclusive by Nicola Pittam and Sharron Hendry. Best is set to flood the media soon, not because of his poor health (I hope) but due to the iminent 12 May release of the film 'Best'. Angie, bless 'er, is getting her share of the publicity for which no-one could blame her, not least because, she says of the film, 'I haven't been consulted at all, even though it shows my life'.
Angie is originally from Southend -on -Sea in Essex, and now lives in the similarly exclusive Malibu, California. Best's role is played by John Lynch, and Angie by Julie Goodyear. All right I'm lying, it's the rather gorgeous Patsy Kensit really. Angie was married to Best for six years and has been divorced for over 15 years. They have a 6ft 3in, 18 year old son, Calum, who's unsurprising good looks has led to a fledgling career as a model.
Angie is now a beautiful facelifted 48 years old. Previously Cher's personal trainer, Angie now runs 'Best Bodies' which act as personal trainers to the stars, including Sharon Stone and Daryl Hannah. She's also writing a book for menopausal women called inevitablly, 'A Change For the Best'. The article started on about HRT and I skipped a bit.
Angie first met George in 1975 and it was 'love at first sight'. Angie was working in the U.S. as a model in New York and then as a personal trainer in Los Angeles. Cue George, who as Jim Ross has told us all about, had a spell at Los Angeles Aztecs. They moved back to London in 1976, but soon George's drinking and womanising were getting out of control. Angie returned to Los Angeles, but George followed and persuaded her to marry in 1978. George was drunk at the wedding ceremony and spent the wedding night drinking and gambling. Calum was born in 1981, and the marriage annulled in 1984.
Angie does still keep in contact with George, mainly via thier son. Of the recent hospitalisation, George told Calum, 'It's all finally caught up with me.' Calum said, 'What do you expect Dad? You spent your life drinking. You should expect to end up in hospital.' It seems George is still in hospital because of his blood results, and has had a biopsy of his liver.
Angie says that George is only alive at all because of his 27 year old wife, Alex. ' Alex is a sweetheart but of course she is a nutcase to take George on. She is a very nice girl (Woman, surely ... Bob). She deserves a medal for marrying him.. I just thank her every day for looking after him because he would have been dead years ago if Alex hadn't been around.'
14th April, 2000
E-mail (1) Following the Felling of the Marinello Fellow ...
Hi There, Just thought you'd like to know that Peter Marinello (ex-Arsenal) is alive and playing football for a local Bournemouth Division 5 Saturday side. I know this because I fouled him the other day. Regards, Paul Draper
Nice one !... Not that I condone foul play, of course.
E-Mail (2) Just Jeff ?
Hi there,can you settle a friendly dispute regarding Jeff Astle (West Bromwich Albion) scoring in every round of the FA Cup. Was he the first to achieve this or the second and, has anyone else achieved it since. Look forward to hearing from you, all the best, Ron Ravenhill ( avid Baggie supporter)
I get quite a few queries of this kind, it's great, I enjoy giving answers ... when I know them, that is.
As you say Jeff Astle did score in every round of the F.A.Cup, but he was the 8th person to do so, and Peter Osgood did it a couple of years later ... He is still the only person to do it from a team in the Midlands though ...!
Here's the full list ...
E-mail (3) More Corry
E-mail (4) and (5) Have a Hart.
In back to back e-mails Steve Basford writes :
1) Pat Jennings (Tottenham Hotspur)scored for Spurs against Man Utd by Drop Kicking a goal over Alex Stepneys head I believe 1967.
and 2) It is not White heart lane' It is WHITE HART LANE for your information - that's two pieces I have found that are erroneous - infact I was there just 6 weeks ago so - I'm positive.
All right, all right. Pat's goal was in the League Cup so it won't be listed in my career figures which only cover League appearances. And I concede the second point completely. Trouble is ... I'm a bit thick on occasions. Happy now ?
E-mail (6) How Rude ...
Paul Logle writes...
Why so rude about the TOON?
My hart, er, heart breaks Paul, I'm sorry. They're a really great team and contrary to the joke doing the rounds Shearer does get used at Wembly. Is that better ? ... Am I rude ? See Newcastle United
5th April, 2000
E-mail Han van - the Man
Jumping the e-mail queue a bit here but two lots of thanks to Han van Eijden first and foremost for today's snail mail which has allowed me to update the Feijenoord page in a way I never believed possible before !! Han's idea of including first game details I hope to extend to the other pages. Thanks very much for that, Han.
Secondly, Han has also brought my attention to a mention the site got in 'FourFourTwo' which I knew nothing about. It's the February 2000 (no.66) issue on page 117...
Scunthorpe Once More Many fans have a favourite season; the year their team won the title, perhaps, or a year which saw a favourite player first appear. Bob Dunning, for no discernible reason, worships 1970//71 and has gone as far as creating a site (.......) dedicated solely to that year. Inspired by 1970/71 Rothmans he's created an index of players of the time, with a Where are they now section and stats from his favourite season. So obsessed is Dunning, he even insists on referring to past players by their clubs of the time; apparently Kevin Keegan (Scunthorpe) has just steered England to Euro2000. Which explains a lot.....
Thanks Han and thanks 'FourFourTwo' !
News : FourFourTwo/2
And as chance would have it,it is now time to review the May copy of the 'FourFourTwo' (no.69) for Bob 70-71 relevances.
4th April, 2000
Happy Birthday to me ... Yes, Bob's 1970-71 pages is officially one year old today !!!
One year ago, I finally cracked HTML code and the FTP server. It was only one page long then ... now that would be easier to maintain ...
N.B. I'd always believed that the birthdate of this site was April 1st 1999 - but a bit of diary reading has shown that it was actually 4th April - how disappointing !!!
3rd April, 2000
News : Hard 'Chopper'
It's official Ron 'Chopper' Harris was the hardest man in English footall. Don't people know I'm a Leeds fan and wanted Norman 'Bite Yer Legs' Hunter to win ??? He staggered into second, a full 4% behind Ron's 27% of the vote. Fittingly , it seems that foul play was afoot because there was over 300 voters in just a month, that means nearly everyone who visited voted ... hmmm I doubt it. Reluctantly then Ron, 'Well Done - Bob's 70-71 pages salutes you' ... but you are still not forgiven for that header in 1970 !!! See Quizlet for the full results. Does anyone seriously think Ginola is hard ???????????????????
2nd April, 2000
To celebrate www.seasiders.net getting in contact, the Blackpool page has been expanded greatly. The March archive is also up and running.
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