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May 2001 News
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Thanks to long time real-life friend and recent cyber-pal, Jason Hathorn, for sending this email that's doing the rounds about the FA Cup Final ...
Victory v Mexico
Michael won his 6th cap of the season, and 28th cap in his career for England v Mexico on Friday. The game was played at Derby County's Pride Park, and was a resounding 4-0 victory for England. It was a match as notable for David Beckham's new hairstyle as its role in England's World Cup preparation.
It truely was a game of two halves for England, as the side that appeared in the second half was almost entirely different to that in the first - overall 11 substitutions were made. Michael played the first half which ended 3-0. In the second half Alan Smith of Leeds United made his debut as Michael's replacement.
England's next match will be played with the same squad and is a World Cup qualifier away to Greece.
Owen Scores - Last Goal of the Season
Michael Owen fittingly scored the very last goal of Liverpool's season, which meant that on the last day of the season, Liverpool qualified for the final Champions League spot. They finished ahead of Leeds United and Ipswich Town, who both settle for UEFA Cup places. As Leeds United had won their last match 3-1 at home to Leicester City, nothing other than a victory would have seen them through. Few would deny that Liverpool deserve the prize having won 3 trophies in one year, and their last match in such an emphatic way - 4-0 away to Charlton. (Grumph).
Michael Owen's Goals this Season
It's good to see that Michael Owen has also been called up to the England squad to play Mexico tomorrow. Incidentally, Michael is presently on the cover of this week's 'Match' magazine - 26 May, 2001 - holding the UEFA Cup during celebrations after the game.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has missed out on selection. This is possibly because of all the troubles with his future at West Ham United. Since the resignation of his father and uncle - Frank Lampard Senior and Harry Redknapp - as West Ham's management team, it has become pretty clear he would find it very difficult staying at the same club. Press speculation is rife as to where he would move. Presently Aston Villa, Chelsea and Leeds United are the main contenders.
Frank can curl up and watch the match on the box with his alleged new girlfriend Meg Matthews, who I'm led to believe is one of the Oasis brothers' former wife. Football365.com - Frank'n'Meg urges Frank to think again. 'Just say Noel !'- it opines, though frankly, I must say, I couldn't give a stuff.
Owen Doesn't Score !!!! - Liverpool win UEFA Cup, Jordi scores !
Michael Owen's side Liverpool succeeded in winning the UEFA Cup ! This is a unique achievement for an English side of a treble of knockout cup wins in one season. The Liverpool v Alavés game is being talked about still as the most exciting cup final in European competition ever seen. Liverpool twice took a two goal lead (2-0 and 3-1) and were 4-3 up with two minutes to go when Jordi Cruyff of Alavés scored an equaliser to send the game into extra time.
If Alavés had made the game hard on themselves up to this point, it was only to get worse. They had two of their players sent off in seperate incidents and scored an own goal! This goal was the winner for Liverpool due to the 'Golden Goal' rule. Before the match Jordi had predicted a dull 0-0 !!
Perhaps the biggest shock of the game was that in a 5-4 thriller, Owen DIDN'T score. This brought to an end a sequence of 4 scoring matches, three of which he was the only scorer for Liverpool. Owen picked up his second winners medal in five days, but had an early end to the game as he was substituted in the 79th minute by Berger.
This was the third time
Liverpool have won the UEFA Cup, having previously won in
72-73 and 75-76. Indeed, Liverpool competed in the (then)
Fairs Cup in 1970-71 season, but were knocked out in the
semi-final by the eventual winners, Leeds United.
Liverpool have also won the European Cup 4 times
(77,78,81 and 84). So although this is Liverpool's 7th
cup win in Europe, it is their first in 16 years.
Michael Owen - FA Cup Final Man of the Match
The 2000-01 FA Cup Final was a repeat of the 1970-71 Final, Liverpool v Arsenal. The previous winner in both cases had been Chelsea, the winning team in both claimed a double, the final score in both was 2-1, and the winner in both was scored the brightest young star on the field. There the similarity ends, for whereas in 1970-71 it was Charlie George and Arsenal that won the Cup, this year it was Michael Owen and Liverpool.
It isn't often that you know you have seen a classic footballing performance, but when Michael Owen struck with a quick one-two in the final 8 minutes of the match, nobody was in any doubt, that this was a Cup Final performance that will be talked about for years. ITV Expert Commentator, Ron Atkinson did not hesitate in naming Michael, 'Man of the Match', when in truth, Michael had been quiet for the first 80 minutes of the game. This helped make up for the fact that Michael had to watch the League Cup Final from the bench.
This has crowned a fantastic season for Liverpool. Earlier in the year they won the League Cup and tonight it could be a treble if they win the UEFA Cup also. It was Liverpool's 6th FA Cup win, the first 5 came between 1965-1992, and their 12th Final appearance, the last being in 1996.
has now scored in his last four matches, and has scored
Liverpool's last 7 goals, or 8 of the their last 9 goals.
Bring on Alavés...
By contrast with Michael, Jamie Redknapp has had a miserable seaon. Named as Liverpool's captain, Jamie was an England player until serious injury has taken him to the brink of retirement. On top of all that his Dad, Harry left West Ham United unexpectedly, and his wife, Louise lost her deal with EMI to distribute her records. Jamie, however, was at the final and can be seen here celebrating with the players. Jamie will hope to be back in the first team next season.
Jordi Cruyff v Michael Owen's Liverpool
Tonight Liverpool go for their hatrick of cups against an Alavés side, which includes Jordi Cruyff - Johan's son. Jordi has been thriving at the Spanish side. He's appeared in a number of papers this week in which he talks in quite bitter terms about Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Jordi clearly believes he was a better player than the 34 Premier League games he played for them. Jordi never won a Championship Winners medal in England in four seasons at Man U, partly because he did not clock up enough games in any one season.
form at Alavés has made him a favourite at the club, and
he certainly benefitting from being,' a bigger fish in a
smaller pond'. He has score 6 goals this season. Three in
the League ..
Owen Scores -Another Brace !
Another day, another two goals for our man Michael Owen. This is his third scoring match in a row, and 6 of Liverpool's last 7 seven goals have been scored by him.
Louise Redknapp - Harry's daughter-in-law- is on the cover of this month's 'FHM' magazine (June 2001, number137). Louise and Nell McAndrew, are pictured in Dubai where the magazine had sent them for a 24 hour karting race, apparantly.Louise looks foxy. If 'foxy' is a word anyone else uses anymore.
Louise has a long relationship with 'FHM' having been the cover girl on three previous occasions - October 1997, August 1999, and July 2000. She must have been too busy in 1998.
At the magazine site - FHM - this month a video of the event can be seen.
In the magazine itself Louise reveals that before finally leaving EMI, who distribute her records, Louise is doing a 'Greatest Hits' album, which will include some news tracks.Then there will be a new album for her record label, First Avenue Records. Louise wrote some of the tracks for the last album 'Elbow Beach', but isn't sure whether or not she will for the new one.
Cooper Cup Final
Mark Cooper - Terry's son - completed the Conference Houdini-act last Saturday. Mark moved from Hednesford, who finished bottom of the Conference League, to Forest Green, who were in the relegation zone. In the event, an away victory to relegated Kingstonian last Saturday, saw Forest Green Rovers finish 16th in the League - 5 points clear of relegation.
The season is not over, however, for Forest Green Rovers, who play in the FA Umbro Trophy versus Canvey Island - who were runners-up in the Ryman (Isthmian) Premier League this year. Forest Green were runners-up in the Trophy two years ago. As previous winners of the FA Vase they stand a chance of being the first side to ever win both non-league cup competitions.
The Non-League Paper (May 6, 2001, no.59) covered an interview with Mark in which it repeated a photo of him launching into Southport's Ian Arnold. This drew comparisions with Norman 'Bite Yer Legs' Hunter, who is Mark's Godfather! In truth I don't think Norm was ever as dirty a player as Mark appears to be ... in 10 games for Forest Green he's been booked 7 times !!
The article included pictures of Norm, and Mark's dad, Terry Cooper. It was a moment of great joy for me that on seeing the picture of Terry, my 7 year old son spotted who he is ! This was not down to this webpage, however , but the fact that Terry is also May's 'Leeds Legend' - a calander we've got up in the kitchen. According to the article, Terry is still a European Scout for Southampton and lives in Spain.
Post script (18 May) : Canvey Island won the Trophy 1-0, but Mark didn't play in the game.
Owen Hatrick Plus One
Michael Owen has hit good form. A hatrick last Saturday and a goal in the game before that have lifted Liverpool into the biggest chance of gaining promotion in the third place of the English Premier League.
Barnet Out !
Darren Currie - Tony's nephew - was a part of the Barnet side that lost the Division 3 'Cup Final' with Torquay United. Whoever won the game would save their league status - a draw favoured Torquay. In spite of home advantage Barnet were 3-0 down at half time. Though they pulled it back to 3-2, Barnet just had too much to do. Barnet were one of the League's newer sides having only been around since 1991.
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