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September 2001 News
Follow the news of the offspring of the class of 70-71 !
Next Generation Midweek Goals Update
For a stunning second week in a row, midweek goals are brought up to date. Coming soon - live match trackers of games with Next Generation stars. (That was a big fat lie, incidentally.)
Louise - New Album
Changing Faces - Louise
Picture from dotmusic
Following the top ten success of her single - 'Stuck in the Middle With You' (see below) - Louise's new greatest hits compilation, 'Changing Faces - the Best of Louise' came straight into the UK charts at no.9. Presently, in its second week, it is at no. 14.
The 'Stuck in the Middle With You' single remained 3 weeks in the top ten, but dipped out this it's 4th week, and is now no.16.
See a review at dotmusic - Louise Album Review
Louise has now got her own official website at www.louiseonline.com, it look sto have begun in July 2001
Owen Out !
Well it's the main story on all the top sites and newspapers so I doubt you need to come here to find it out, but Michael Owen has pulled his hamstring playing for Liverpool on Saturday - a 1-0 victory at home against Tottenham Hotspur. He's certain to miss England's next World Cup qualifier because of it - oo-er ! He'll also miss the Leeds United match, so it's not ALL bad news...
Lampard - Being a Prat (Allegedly)
Frank Lampard junior has also been in the papers for drunken exploits with fellow Chelsea players.
Football365.com report it thusly...
Next Generation Goals Midweek Update !
Now please don't expect this level of efficientcy for long, but here's a couple of goals scored by Next Generation stars on Tuesday 18 September...
Moved On !
Several of the Next Generation players have moved recently.
Greg Rioch - Bruce Rioch's son - has moved on from Macclesfield Town. Last season he played a final 17 League Division Three games for the club, scoring in his last match, a 1-1 away draw with Cheltenham in March. Later that same month he was a player for another Division Three team, ShrewsburyTown. It was a free transfer, and he played 8 of the 9 final games of the season.
Paul Macari has been signed up by his father, Lou (Celtic squad), who is the present manager of Huddersfield Town. Paul had only ever played 3 League games, all as substitute, for Stoke City in the 1997-8 season, the season after Lou had left the club under a cloud.
Paul moved on to Sheffield United for two seaons, but did not play. This season so far, Paul has played a further 2 League games as substitute for Huddersield in Division Two, plus a further game as a substitute in the League cup.
Sam Shilton - Peter Shilton's son - moved on the 4 July 2001 from Hartlepool to Kidderminster Harriers of Division Three. It was a free transfer, and Sam has been a regular in the side managed by Jan Molby.
Sent Off !
Frank Lampard was sent off for Chelsea, yesterday in thier 3-2 away victory at Spurs. He's not the first next Generation star to suffer this fate, though. That honour (as far as I have spotted) is held by Darren Ferguson - Sir Alex Ferguson's son - who was sent off for Wrexham versus Colchester United. A Division Two home match, which ended as a 1-1 draw.
Catch Up !
Yes, another catch up item this, Ian Moore scored on Saturday. This is actually his third goal this season, so here's the report on these...
Owen Takes Over !
Michael Owen goes one step further with the magazine that loves him so well. In the 15 September 2001 edition of 'Match', Michael appears on the front middle and back of the magazine ! The front promotes an exclusive interview, the back is an advert for 'Sporties' (see picture , and in the middle there's a poster of Michael in his England shirt with small pictures of the 5 goals against Germany and the legend, ' Sven-Sational' typed like the famous image of the 1-5 scoreboard.
Another goal to report this Saturday.
Owen's Goals this Season
Round up !
Here's the final two to report from last Saturday.
Owen Scores ! - In Champions League.
Michael Owen bailed out Liverpool in their Champions League (proper) debut this week. Boavista of Portugal proved tougher opposition than Liverpool had expected, and were unlucky to not win in a lacklustre performance by the English team.
Clough For Coventry ?
There is serious speculation that Burton Albion's manager, Nigel Clough -Brian's son (Derby County manager) will replace Gordon Strachen who has just been sacked by Coventry City. Nigel is often touted as a possible contender, but being a top Midlands club, perhaps this time Nigel will be chosen. See BBC SPORT COVENTRY CITY Clough linked to Coventry
Owen Scores - England Top Their Qualifying Group !
England's second World Cup Qualifier in a week versus Albania played in Newcastle's St James' Park, proved a more difficult game than the Germany walkover.
Playing 11 men at the back, Albania was always going to be a difficult team to beat. England were riding high after the unexpected victory against the Germans, and stood a chance of going top of the qualifying group. Anything less than a victory, though, would have made the 5-1 win the previous Saturday meaningless. And there was high risk of the England team being affected by excessive cockiness or just plain tiredness.
So the pressure was up. Almost 45 minutes into the game it was looking desparate, and English fans, who were just begining to think, 'help!', needn't have worried. Michael Owen runs through and scores once again, and just before half time at that. England finally won the game 2-0.
England now top the qualifying group and that leaves only the home match against Greece to go. The Englsih need to get as many points as Germany do in their final match at home to Finland to qualify for the World Cup Finals (well as long as Germany don't beat the Finns by a huge goal differance that is).
Well done Michael, well done England.
See BBC SPORT WORLD CUP 2002
Clockwatch England 2-0 Albania
Other World Cup News
Nigel Martyn England's number two goalkeeper, had to return to his club, Leeds United due to injury in training after the match against Germany. This meant England brought Ian Walker of Leicester City - Mike Walker's son (Watford) - into the squad for the Albanian match.
Neither he nor Frank Lampard of Chelsea - Frank Lampard Senior's son - were called up from the squad to play or sit on the bench for either match.
Scot Gemmill - Archie Gemmill's son (Preston NE)- was called up from the Scotland squad as substitute for both of their qualifiers versus Croatia (0-0 at home) and Belgium (2-0 away defeat). Scot's team Everton were top of the English Premier League at the time, but he didn't get on to the field of play.
Norway had a difficult 3-2 victory over Wales in their home match qualifier. The side included Spur's Steffen Iverson - Odd Iverson's son (Racing Mechelen)- Wales twice came back from being behind until the 80th minute Norweigian winner. According to my paper Steffen wassubstituted after 5 mins - but I'm not sure why ! Rather amusingly, Ryan Giggs was sent off, too. Doesn't he wish there was a Team UK ?! Wales have equalled a record set in 1970 of failing to win in 12 successive matches.
Dalglish at Wigan Athletic
Paul Dalglish - Kenny's son (Celtic squad) remains at Wigan Athletic on loan. Paul, played 6 games for 2nd Division side last season. He is currently still on Norwich City's books.
Next Generation Goals Update
Louise Top Ten
Louise 'Stuck in the Middle With You'
Picture from dotmusic
Well done to Louise - Harry Redknapp's Daughter-In-Law - who answered some of her critics with a fabulous first week Number 4 placing with her new single, 'Stuck in the Middle With You'. Now in it's second week, it's still at number 10. Both weeks it has outsold the Spice Girls' singer Emma Bunting's new record, which is a measure of just how successsful the singer has been.
To buy the single (!) and a review that mis-read the public see dotmusic - Louise Single Review
Owen Scores - World Cup Qualifier Hatrick.
The greater the pressure - the more likely Michael Owen is to score !! England had to go to Germany and win to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the World Cup Finals automatically. In 60 previous games only Portugal had beaten Germany in a World Cup Qualifier, and that was in a game where Germany had already secured their qualification.
England fans sat down to watch a game half planning another activity by half time once the impossible was confirmed. After 90 minutes the unbelievable had happened. Not only did England win ... they won 5-1.
So unbelievable is it, that photgraphs of the '1-5' scoreline have already become an enduring image of the match - maybe you've been sent it as an email attachment !
Michael's contribution to the match was a mere hatrick ! The last Englishman to score a hatrick against Germany was knighted for it, so I think an M.B.E. at least should be in the offing !!!
That person was, of course Sir Geoff Hurst and his hatrick won the World Cup Final for England, so lets hope England keep on course with a couple more victories against Albania and Greece. Germany have only one remaining game against Finland, but have a 3 point advantage still. But, with goal difference now in their favour, England have won themselves the advantage.
See BBC SPORT FOOTBALL Owen
Further Michael Owen news - Michael is croping up in a couple more adverts.
One is for ITV's satalitte service. Nick Hancock is seen interviewing two women, who say they want to watch the football because of how Michael knows how to where shorts.
Next, I saw in today's 'Times' newspaper (5 September 2001) and this is altogether more sophisticated. Young Michael is shown wearing a Tissot watch, with the slogan 'true performance Michael Owen' . After the message 'Great Goals on Saturday. Now it's time for Albania. Good luck to England tonight.', the final slogan is, 'Tissot watches. As worn by Michael Owen.'
The picture, which looks decidedly airbrushed, a besuited Michael is shown holding a football against his head with his watch facing the camera.
Two Further Next Generation Goals.
Further September 2001 News includes...
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