are they now?
magazines condensed to their 70-71 content !!
||Either written by Bob or Bob
wished he had.
||Packed with specific 70-71
||Lots of 70-71players but more
to do with another era
||Fair amount of incidental
||Fleeting 70-71 referrences
||As useful to these pages as
Horse and Hound
October 2000 No. 74. See www.FourFourTwo.com
BBBB - of course, pages 140-141 feature this very website
off, here's the
part of the article which features bob and 1970-71
Wonders of the web If football eccentrics are your
thing, then here are a few more Just a click away -
Words Robert Jeffery
they say, is like one big pub and in many ways
they're right: there's a constant stream of
entertainment and no end of characters. Unfommately,
though, just as every boozer has someone tucked away
alone in a comer who you really don't want to get
involved in a conversation with, so the Web hosts
more than its fair share of eccentrics.
gentlemen presenting the genuine online oddities.
Football has always been a haven for the obsessive,
and the Web gives them the chance to share what
occupies their minds with the rest of the world. And
quite a revealing insight it is, too; what to make,
for example, of Bob And 1970-71 Footballers (www.ds.dial.pipex.com/bob.dunning/boband.htm ), whose author simply refuses to
accept that the game has moved on in the last 30
Bob - a
psychiatric nurse from Leeds - has collected facts,
figures, anecdotes and pics from 70/71, a hobby that
started when he found an old sticker album and began
reminiscing on his favourite season. 'It occurred to
me "if I did it for me, why not do it for the
whole world?" If only one person looked at it,
that was one more than if it was sat in my cupboard
at home.' Between 300 and 500 people a dav now visit
Bob's site. 'I think it hits a nostalgia button,' he
explains. 'Some people have felt quite moved by the
site because it's brought back such good memories.
Only friends have come out and said it's odd: I had
one e-mail from a friend with the subject title
"you sad man", which is very true.' Of
course, not every obsessive has Bob's sense of
perspective. Some are deadly serious ... etc.
Robert Jeffery for that, I'm sure we'd get on fine in a
pub - I'll even buy the first round. Incidentally, I do
love present football, too - I just have a keener sense
of history than some ...
the whole interview at Online
Oddity or Wonderof the Web?
article also includes a picture of the George
plus a four star rating and a third placing in the top
ten 'Strangest Sites' listing.
Storey (Arsenal) and George Best both feature in an
article about law breaking footballers. A similar
feature in May 2000's MOTD magazine had Peter top
of the Shifty Top Fifty. Click to see.
Geoff Hurst has a picture from his
West Ham United days to illustrate the story of
his auction see September 2000 News and October 200 News for more.
Harry and Jamie Redknapp have a picture of them
launching their websites. See September 2000 News. Jamie is also listed
in a table of the Premiership's club by club
leading appearance makers. Jamie's 233 Liverpool
league games is Liverpool's highest at the moment
- though currently Jamie is absent with a serious
injury which may prevent any addition to that
the Toon is a great feature with a reporter out
and about with the Newcastle United football
players during their pre-season friendlies in the
United States. Inevitably this touched upon Bobby Robson, their manager. Ther
Five: Monday The
players get up for an earl training session at
America University in north-west DC, bu there's
no sign of the boy fron yesterday. Robson is
disappointed, watching the squad run through a
series of warm up drills. 'What a shame,' he
says, shaking his head. 'I was hoping he would
come, we've got him a signed shirt.' Somewhere
among the kits and balls, a mobile phone purrs.
Gordon Milne, one of the coaches, reaches for it.
'Bobby, it's Antonio,' he says, handing the
how are you?' says Robson, walking out of earshot
of the coaching staff. His voice, unfortunately,
is so loud the conversation carries over to where
we are sitting. 'Si. One million,' says Robson
questioningly. I'm unsure of whether he's buying
or selling. 'I don't know, he's a good young
player. Any news? Si.' He strolls to the other
side of the training ground, still talking.
training session goes well.
Harland (Swindon Town squad) is pictured lifting the League
Cup in 1969 in a feature on Swidon Town, Reading
and Oxford United - 'the Thames Valley Triangle'.
This is Stan's first mention on Bob's 1970-71
Wilko's barmy army take over. This month's regular football
history feature, Action Replay is a run through
of Howard Wilkinson and Leeds United's most recent
Championship victory - the last before the birth
of the Premiership. Natrually as a Leeds fan I
would urge you to get hold of a back copy just to
get hold of the feature.
Best the Movie - review. Here's the full review
by Michael Hann.
Is this really
the best they could co ? We've spent years waiting for the
first successful movie about foot ball. And we're
still waiting. Maybe it's something to do with
the game, because other sports have translated to
the screen v,;th reasonable success: baseball ,
basketball and American football .
Best faced the
huge challenge of being a biopic of one of the
most recognisable faces in the game. How do you
find an actor who looks like him? How do you find
an actor with any semblence of the same skill?
How do you even recreate locations, given that
the grounds Best played on have altered beyond
recognition since his 1960s heyday?
Answers, you don't you
damn well hope no-one will notice. Oh, but they
will, they will. Best is played by John Lynch,
who also co-wrote the film, despite his startling
lack of physical resemblance to 'fifth Beatle'.
He portrays Best as a unable to cope with the
burdens his supreme gifts laid upon him. While
there might be truth in that version of Best's
life, there are problems with choosing that tack
towhich to hang the film. If Best is unable to
cope as a young player, the logic runs, then he
must be unable to cope after his retirement. The
evidence seems to support that view: the broken
relationships, the alcoholism, the stays in
But as all who have met
him know - and those who know him well testify -
Best is anything but the wretched mess this film
would lead you to believe, looking back at the
past and wondering how it left him this way. He
earns more now than he ever did as a player and
while he accepts his life might not be as stablc
as some other people's, he is not resentful But
that's not quite the same story, is it: Britain's
greatest footballer becomes alcoholic, and
somehow fails to be particularly tortured about
it Best, despite his co-operation with the
filmmakers, was reportedly unhappy with the
The chronology is
confusing, too. No movie could cover Best's whole
life, but the jumping back and forth does the
viewer no favours. For example, we seem to jump
straight from the 1968 European Cup Final to
Best's freezing out from Old Trafford to his
going to prison in the 1980s. All he does in
between is go to parties and drink. Oh, and
occasionally single- handedly win games of
But casuual viewers are
unlikely to worriing about that. They will be to
busy lguffawing at the casting. Admittedly, there
is no way round the problem of actors playing
living legends, especially when we have such
strong ideas not just about not just the looks of
these people, but their personalities, too. So
Jerome Flynn of Soldier Soldier; fame plays Bobby
Charlton as a po-faced johsworth. Linus Roach
puts on his best Scottish accent to play Denis
Law. Ian Bannen plays Matt Bushy as tIhe
avuncular dictator. And,-in the best of a bad
lot, Ian Hart portrays Nobby Stiles as a nervous
man, torn between various loyalties. Worst is
Roger Daltrey playing Rodney Marsh as if he were
a market trader.United fans may be interested but
the neutral seeking an insight into the most
sublime players to emerge from these islands
should steer clear. (See George
Best, my review
at Review October 2000 and the movie's own site at www.best-themovie.co.uk)
Football September 2000. No.65 . See www.totalfootball.com
three mainstream UK
Soccer monthlies 'Total Football is the most consistatly
full of 70-71 information and this month is no exception.
It began by the front cover having a free Michael Owen (Sons
cd-rom credit card.
'Total Football's regular look at who should be
in the England start up based match performances
includes Sons and Daughters stars, Frank Lampard
jnr. at no.6, and Michael Owen at no.7.
Francis (Birmingham City squad) is given no less
than 5 pages space to tell us all about his set
up at Birmingham City. Along with present day
photographs, there are two of Trev from the early
Seventies - one in a Birmingham City team photo.
Brothers are featured in an
article which includes some excellent photographs
of Jackie and Bobby Charlton, John and Mel
Charles, Jackie and Danny Blanchflower and Jimmy and Brian Greenhoff - amongst others. See Sons and Daughters : Brothers.
Ray Graydon shares his tips as one
of the managers featured for being capable of
'Managing Without Money'.
Howard Wilkinson and Trevor Brooking (West Ham United squad) both pass on
their opinions as to the effect of imported
talent on homegrown youngsters - and the article
is illustrated with their pictures.
Love Sport Me has a series of photographs of
footballers taking part in other sports,
including Brian Clough (Derby County manager) scarrily
wearing just his underpants playing volleyball.
There's pictures contemporary to their playing
careers of Malcolm MacDonald (Luton Town) cycling , Mick Channon long distance hurdling,
and Booby Moore motor racing, and a
present day Kevin Keegan playing golf.
Royle (Everton) has four pages devoted to him as 'The
Maine Man' and covers his successes at Manchester
City. It is illustrated with present day photos
this the greatest team ever ? Asks the magazine of the
World Cup holders and Euro 2000 wining French
team. It then compares it with such classic teams
as the 1950s Hungary, Brazil 1958-1970 and
1982-86, the Dutch 70s side, England 1966-70,
West Germany 1972-76, Portugal 1966, Argentina
1978, and the earlier French team of the mid 80s.
So rich is it with 70-71 content especially as
the !970 World Cup features heavily - I couldn't
begin to list all
the references, but it's great stuff and worth
seeking the magazine out for.
to not include every minute reference, but the
magazine's quiz does come up with a fabulous ealy
70s photo - presumably from an England training
session - of a moustached Peter
and a mop-topped Roy McFarland (Derby County).
of the Day Magazine MOTD. October 2000
Chris Hutchings job
at Bradford City was considered least secure (8-11) and
Sir Alex was equal most secure along with David O'Leary
of Leeds United.
Hall, the T.V. and
Radio Five Live personality / commentator,
believes Francis Lee (Manchester
City) would make
a good Prime Minister. 'He was always good at
ducking and diving', Hall commented. Hall also
knew that Manchester City's last major trophy was
the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970. Thirty
years, eh ?! That hadn't really occured to me
Wenger (Team to be
confirmed) is given a four page interview, but
it's all a bit routine stuff.
Hateley (Sons and
considered Rangers' best player, and Walter Smith
(Dundee United) best manager in this month's
regular 'Wonderland' feature chosen by reader,
Cruyff (Ajax), Franz Beckenbauer (Star
Players of Mexico 1970), a 1958 Pele (Star
Players of Mexico 1970), and Bobby
feature heavily in an article about the
formations used by international sides. Late 70s
pictures of Cruyff and Beckenbauer are used to
illustrate the 'Total Football' system.
Brother, the famous
t.v. game was the subject of a joke article which
gave readers a chance to vote for a winner to the
selected household. The telephone vote for the
most popular householder in the 'Bosses Big
Brother' was between Terry Burton (Arsenal
Smith (Boston United), and Arsene Wenger (Club to be
with Brian Clough (Derby
Trevor Brooking (West
Ham United) and
Roy Race (Melchester Rovers).
See more September 2000 news at the