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February 2001 News
News of other stars from the 1970-71 season .
Sven-Göran Whittles England Hopefuls to 31.
Sven-Göran Eriksson (Karlskoga) has chosen his first squad to play for England against Spain in a friendly tomorrow. Initially faced with the prospect of assessing 30 million Englishmen, and several more million males with English parents, grandparents and UK citizenship, Sven-Göran kept his choice down to just 31 hopefuls. Disappointment will be further restricted by Sven-Göran's promise of playing 7 substitutes during the match.
Next Generation stars Michael Owen and Frank Lampard were among those that made the the squad.
Whilst on the subject of Sven-Göran BBC SPORT FOOTBALL On the trail of Sven has the following interesting piece on Sven-Göran's Swedish background
Francis Worthy Runner-Up
Trevor Francis, the manager of Birmingham City, the team he debuted with in the 70-71 season, took his side to within just penalty kicks from winning the Worthington Cup (the old League Cup) on Sunday. Birmingham City of Division One were level at 1-1 after extra time against Liverpool from the Premiership.
To put this achievement into further perspective, the last time Birmingham City won a major trophy it was the 1963 League Cup win, when the competition was just 3 years old !
The final was played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the first major English football final to take place in Wales - this was due to Wembly's closure for rebuilding.
Under 21 Supporters
Whilst looking at the Birmingham site I see that tonight's Under-21 England versus Spain match, is taking place at St Andrew's - Birmingham City's ground. On the website Howard Wilkinson the England Under-21 coach is seen urging Brummies to attend. See Birmingham City FC - Under 21s
Francis 'Steps Down'
Gerry Francis (QPR squad), the manager of the side at the bottom of Division One, QPR, has agreed to 'step down' today. Gerry had intended to retire at the end of the season anyway. Gerry will not leave the club, but will help the new manager settle in, apparantly. See what old team mate Rodney Marsh has to say about QPR's predicament at February News.
Moss Sacked !
David Moss (Swindon Town), the Stockport County assistant manager has been sacked. Moss had signed to Swindon Town from Witney Town in July 1969, but was still to make his League debut in the 70-71 season. He went on to play 230 league games scoring 60 times for Swindon Town before moving to Luton Town for a 221 League game and 88 goal spell at Luton Town. A final four goaless games at Swindon Town in the 85-86 season saw the end of his League career.
Stockport are due to play Spurs in the FA Cup this weekend, and David would have been reunited with his Luton Town boss, David Pleat (Peterborough United). However, he wasn't getting on with the Stockport manager, Andy Kilner. David had been at the club three years and was promoted to the assistant manager's post by a former manager, Gary Megson. See stockporthatstand.com - Moss Story
There's a picture and voice recoring of David at David Moss Stockport Official site
Meet Sven-Göran - again !
Ok, if you didn't win last week's competition to meet Sven-Göran Eriksson (Karlskoga) (below) then here's your next chance. On February 28 Sven gets to be in charge of England for the first time at Villa Park, against Spain. This week 'Match' (17 February 2001) along with 'The 3 Lions' are offering someone to be Sven-Göran and England's mascot for the game. Now I can't see anywhere that says how old you have to be. The winner and three runners-up will also win a pair of tickets to the match for 'your parent or guardian'. I would love to see an eighty year old win ...
The question set is, Who was the manager when England played Spain at Euro '96 ? Which was, of course, Bob 70-71's own Terry Venables (QPR).
Once again it's answers on a postcard to Three Lions Mascot Comp., MATCH, Bretton Court, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DZ, and you've got until 20 February 2001, so hurry !!!
To Be confirmed ...
This is a general update for people who probably belong to the site, but I can't at this moment confirm their 70-71 status !
1) Bassett Sacked !
I know, I know, it happened months ago, well 19 December last year to be precise. I've been trying to locate him in the 70-71 season when he was 26, and Walton and Hersham seem the best bet, but I'm still not sure. He was manager of Barnsley in the First Division at the start of the season, and now he's sacked he's the first person named in the speculation for every available post ! One being Sheffield Wednesday ... (See Barnsley FC December 2000 -Bassett sacked and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club -Dave Bassett)
N.B. Dave was at Walton and Hersham, I've since confirmed it.
2) Shreeves Returns !
Peter Shreeves, another 'homeless' person on the site, has once again been appointed by Sheffield Wednesday to oversee their relegation. Wednesday are due to drop in their second successive season, unless sacking their manager with only a few matches to go and replacing him with Peter Shreeves works this time just like it didn't last time.
The sacked manager this time round was Paul Jewel, who successfully prevented a doomed-looking Bradford City from dropping down at the very time Wednesday did drop, so the decision seems even more barmy than ever.
Peter Shreeves clearly has no qualms about owning League football's worst C.V. since Alan Ball, and with rather sweet fighting talk has stated Wednesday only need 6 more victories to stay up. To be fair last night he got his first, so all the best to you Peter!
3) On the Double
Meanwhile anyone who's read last month's emails will have learnt that Den Haag's team in 1972 had none other than Dick Advocaat, the current Rangers manager in it. Dick was definately a player in 70-71, but once again, I can't confirm the team yet. Rangers are going through a comparative 'rough patch' at the moment, but last year Dick oversaw a Scottish League and Cup double ... and he wasn't even nominated as Bob's 70-71 player of the 1999-2000 season, whoops!
Macari Manager of the Month
Superbly late reporting, this, but Lou Macari (Celtic squad) was named January's manager of the month in the Nationwide Division One for the way he has turn round Huddersfield from relegation certs. to survival hopefuls. See Nationwide's Awards - Lou Macari
Meet Sven-Göran !
'Match' the weekly soccer magazine is running a competition to meet Bob 70-71 star, Sven-Göran Eriksson (Karlskoga). All you have to do is answer the question : 'What emblem features on the England shirt ?' And send it to
Three Lions Competition, MATCH, Bretton Court, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DZ. But you've only got till 15 February 2001. If you win, write a report and I'll include it on the site !! Ask him if he still keeps in touch with any Degerfors pals ...
Hatters Matters Update - Kinnear Returns.
I'm in the rare position of offering news AHEAD of an official site, but Joe Kinnear has been revealed that he is not only the Director of Football but also Luton Town's new manager This move is not the first time that the manager has been pushed aside by the Director of Football Kenny Dalglish (Celtic squad) at Celtic and Bryan Hamilton (Linfield) at Norwich City, are just two recent examples, but to do it within 24 hours must be some kind of record.
There's still 20 games go, but Luton are 7 points behind the nearest team out of the relegation zone, so it's a tough job to take on. So good luck Joe !
Joe Kinnear has left his job at Oxford United saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family and looking after his health ... which he did for an entire six days until taking up a similar role as Director of Football with a club struggling even harder to survive. Luton Town missed out on Premiership football only by being relegated in the last season of the old Division One, but are now 23rd in the current Division Two.
Of his appointment Joe said: I am delighted to be involved with Luton and believe the club has huge potential. My role is to ensure that this potential is realised on the field of play and that the club quickly regains some of the ground it has lost in recent years.
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