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18 May 2003
Graham Taylor Resigns
Graham Taylor (Lincoln City)'s second spell in charge of Aston Villa came to an end on Wednesday (14 May 2003) claiming that the reason for his departure was the politics of Premiership football. Villa finished just 16th in the Premiership this season, but Graham claims it was behind the scenes decisions not results that led to the departure.
Graham had been in charge for 15 months since February 2002, a spell including 60 games. In his previous spell Graham was in charge from 1987-1990, and he went on to take over the England post.
Tommy Taylor Returns
Thanks very much to Neil Kaufman for pointing out that Tommy Taylor (Orient) is back in management of the Conference League side, Farnborough Town. This season Farnborough finished 13th in the League.
Tommy has previously been manager of Cambridge United 1995-96, Leyton Orient 1996-2001, and Darlington 2001-2002.
Tommy took over in charge as the permanent manager after being assistant to the caretaker manager, Ian McDonald. After a period of decision, Ian has agreed to stay at the club as Tommy's First Team Coach. Ian himself had only taken over in January 2003 had had helped the club in a difficult season to survive relegation.
Ian himself was has a place on Bob's 70-71 Pages. He began his career in the 1970-71 season as an apprentice playing League football for Barrow, and did not sign professional forms until May 1971. His debut was away to Scunthorpe United on 22 September, 1970, when he came on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw.
After a career that took him to Workington Town, Liverpool, Colchester United (on loan), Mansfield Town, and York City, he finally moved to Aldershot, where he played 340 of his 644 League games.
By 1989, his League playing career was ended and he became coach at Aldershot. In 1992 the club lost its League status. It maybe cruel to point out that three of the clubs he played for had lost League status by this point !!!
Ian also played on loan at Farnborough Town in 1991, and according to the Farnborough website was player-manager at Aldershot for a spell.
Mick Jones Returns
Mick Jones (Notts County) returns to football mangement as manager of Telford United. Mick was a player for Derby County, Notts County and Peterborough United, before becoming a manager for Kettering Town, Mansfield Town (1979-81), Halifax Town (1984-86), Peterborough United (1988-89), and Plymouth Argyle (1997-98).
Most recently, it is reported he has been coach for three years of the Brunei national side, which competes in the Malaysian M-League, and won the Malaysian Cup under his management in 1999 !!!
The Brunei side were relegated in 2001, so his contract was not renewed. Last season he was the assistant manager at Nuneaton Borough, but they were relegated in 20th place.
Telford United finished 15th in the Conference last season, and controversially sacked their manager Jake King as a result.
Telford United Football Club telfordunited.com lists the following....
10 May 2003
Jordan and McQueen - Commentators Update
Joe was heard today on Radio Five Live reporting on his ex-club Bristol City in their Second Division Play-off versus Cardiff City. Gordon was seen last week as a pannel member of the satelitte television Sky Sports News team that listen to live matches and report the goals as they happen.
5 May 2003
Sir Alex Ferguson Does It Again !
Manchester United won their 8th Premiership title yesterday (4 May 2003), ending any lingering hopes that Arsenal would be the first club to ever repeat a double in consecutive years. Leeds United beat Arsenal 3-2 at Highbury, giving Man United the title with one game still left to play.
The Premiership is only 11 seasons old and Man U have never finished lower than last season's 3rd place. They were runners-up in the only two other seasons that they were not Champions.
If you add on the 7 previous Championships from the old Division One, Man U now stand on 15 titles in total, which is only bettered by the 18 of Liverpool. This spell of 8 wins in 11 years also matches the record set by Liverpool in the 70s and 80s, but Liverpool's last Championship win was back in 1989-90 before the Premiership began.
It must pay to hold on to your manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has been in charge of Manchester United for all of their Premiership wins. He was appointed back in November 1986, and is the second longest surviving English League manager, behind Dario Gradi (Sutton United), who himself won promotion with Crewe Alexandria this season - see April 2003 news.
Here is a list of all Sir Alex's 25 major honours as a manager, including the 15 with Man U !
On 3 May 2003, the last day of the regular season Rushden and Diamonds had to play second place Hartlepool at home for the Division Three Championship. The game finished 1-1, which was enough to give Talbot's men the title.
It was also Brian that led the club to the Conference League championship in 2000-2001. Indeed, all of Rushden and Diamonds four promotions since formation in 1992 has been as Champions.
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