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August 1971

Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below

As appeared in Rothman's Football Yearbook 1972-73 (3rd year) :

The Queene Anne Press, London 1972

August 1 Benfica beat Arsenal 2-0 in a friendly in Lisbon. . . Halifax T. beat Manchester U. 2-1 in the Watney Cup.

3 Wyn Davies (Newcastle U.) transferred to Manchester C. for 60,000 pounds.

4 Arsenal gain their revenge over Benfica, thrashing them 6-2 at Highbury. The Portuguese players attack referee Norman Burtenshaw, who in turn reports the entire team to the U.E.F.A. . . . Chelsea draw with F.C. Bruges 1-1 in Belgium. . . George Kirby is appointed as the new manager of Watford in place of Ken Furphy, who took over at Blackburn R.

5 Charlie George is out of football for two months with a knee injury, which needs a cartilage operation.

7 W.B.A. 4, Colchester U. 4 in the Watney Cup Final, but the Fourth Division side win on penalties, Phil Bloss, aged 17, scoring from the spot to make sure of the trophy.

9 Rangers beat Tottenham H. in a friendly 1-0 in Glasgow . . . John Flowers (Doncaster R.) signs for Port Vale.

10 Alan Foggon (Newcastle U.) transferred to Cardiff C.

12 Terry Hibbitt (Leeds U.) joins Newcastle U.; Willie lrvine (Preston N.E.) signs for Brighton, and Jimmy Lindsay (West Ham U.) joins Watford. Gerry Sweeney (Morton) signs for Bristol C. for 20,000 pounds.

13 A notice drawing the attention of players to 'bookable' offences will face them as they change before matches this season. The F.A. have sent copies to all member clubs, because they found last season that many players were not aware of the reasons for their bookings. . . Frank Brogan (lpswich T.) transferred to Morton.

14 The League season opens: Arsenal (double-holders) beat Chelsea (European Cup Winners Cup holders) 3-0 at Highbury . . . Kevin Keegan makes his league debut for Liverpool, scoring their first goal in a 2-1 win over Nottingham F. at Anfield.

17 Sheffield U. beat Leeds U. 3-0 at Bramell Lane; Norman Hunter booked. . . 'Refs revolution!' is the new slogan. The Football League, in conjunction with the F.A., instructed the referees to enforce the laws of the game to the letter. Players will be cautioned for technical offences, tactical fouls, deliberate handling, while the tackle from behind is outlawed. At last British football has fallen in line with the Continental interpretation of the rules.

18 George Best sent off against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a match that Manchester U. win 3-2. After the game Chelsea manager Dave Sexton announces that Peter Osgood is on the transfer list for lack of effort. . . Trouble at Tottenham - hooligans fire metal staples at three Newcastle U. players.

19 Roger Hoy (Luton T.) joins Cardiff C. for 25,000 pounds.

20 The price for Peter Osgood is estimated to be 250,000 pounds . . . Manchester U. beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield, Liverpool, a 'home' match, to go top of the First Division.

21 Osgood plays for Chelsea, who draw 2-2 with Manchester C. at Stamford Bridge. . . Sheffield U. win 1-0 at Everton to move back to the top of the First Division. Newcastle beat Liverpool 3-2, Malcolm Macdonald scoring a hat-trick . . . Ian Bowyer a]so scores 3, for Orient in a 4-1 win over Cardiff C. . . . Experts say that the new 'refs' code is the best thing that happened to football in the last ten years. After eight days of the new season the toll is four sent off, 120 booked.

22 Valencia beat Union Luxembourg in Preliminary round of European Cup 3-1.

23 West Ham U. gain their first point of the season in a goal-Iess draw with Ipswich T . at Upton Park. . . Manchester U. beat W.B.A. 3-1 at Stoke - another of their rearranged 'home' matches.

24 Sheffield U. win 1-0 at Arsena], to complete three successive wins over the League champions of the past three seasons - Everton, Leeds U. and Arsenal. It's the first home league defeat for the Gunners since January, 1970. . . Chelsea still without a win, beaten 2-0 at Everton.

25 Coventry C. sign Ian St. John on a one-year contract from South African club Hellenic. . . Leeds U. draw 1-1 with Tottenham H. at Hull, their second draw from away 'home' games. . . Notts. Co. beat Orient 3-1 in a League Cup replay. . . Three players booked at Newcastle in a 0-0 draw between Newcastle U. and Huddersfield T. - Jimmy Lawson and Frank Worthington (Huddersfield T.) and Terry Hibbitt (Newcastle U.), Levski-Spartak win the Bulgarian Cup, and Valencia complete the 'double' over Union with a 1-0 victory to take the tie on aggregate 4-1 . . . C. Palace Chairman Arthur Wait at a Press Conference, calls for the mass resignation of the Football League management committee, and the removal of Secretary Alan Hardaker. Said that clubs were not consulted before the League's directive to referees about interpretation of the laws were issued.

26 Gordon Milne, ex-Liverpool star, and manager of Wigan Ath., appointed as the new manager of England's Youth side. . . Four players appearing before Disciplinary Committees all received suspended sentences and a fine - Roger Hoy (Cardiff C.) 21 days; John Kaye (W.B.A.) Ray Pettit (Hull C.) and Ron Wigg (Watford), each 14 days. . . Mixed reaction from Club Chairmen towards Arthur Wait's statement wide support for Sir Matt Busby as the new supremo of League Soccer. . . Transfers expected shortly: Dave Clements and Brian Joicey (Coventry C.) both to join Sheffield W., and Chris Chilton (Hull C.) to join Coventry C.

27 Clements and Joicey join Sheffie]d W. for a combined fee of 100,000 pounds . . . John Craggs transferred to Middlesbrough from Newcastle U. for 60,000 pounds.

28 Arsena] lose 1-0 at home to Stoke C. - their third successive defeat. . . West Ham U . and Chelsea both gain their first wins, Sheffield U. still lead the First Division. . . At Selhurst Park, play held up for five minutes over a disputed C. Palace goal. Steve Kember sportingly admitted that the ball had not gone into the net, and the match ended 1-1. Bernard Purdie (Chester) scored the only league hat-trick, getting four goals in a 5-1 home win over Gillingham . . .40 more players booked.

29 F. C. Zurich beat Grasshoppers 2-1 in a Swiss League match. Schalke '04 top the Bundesliga, Feyenoord lead in Holland.

30 Coventry C. sign Chris Chilton from Hull C. for 92,000 pounds, but lose 4-0 to West Ham U. at Upton Park in the evening. . . 22 players booked, Tony Hateley sent off . . . Terry Parmenter joins Gillingham from Orient.

31 Dave Sexton announces that Peter Osgood has been taken off the transfer list. . Thirteen more players booked, including Derek Dougan, Chairman of the P.F.A. in Wolverhampton W.'s home match against C. Palace. . . Sheffield U. move three points clear at the top of the First Division with a 3-1 home win over Huddersfield T. . . . Manchester U. suffer their first League defeat - 1-0 at Everton . . . In the League Cup, Aston Villa, last season's finalists, finally beat Wrexham in a first round second replay 4-3 at the Hawthorns. . . Bournemouth move to the top of the Third Division with a 1-0 home win over Blackburn R.



1967 January-December
1969 August-December
1970 January-June

1970 July August September October November December
1971 January February March April May June

1971 July August September October November December
1972 January February March April May June

1972 July August September October November December
1973 January February March April May June

1973 July August September October November December
1974 January February March April May June

1974 July August September October November December
1975 January February March April May June

1975 July August September October November December
1976 January February March April May June

1976 July August September October November December
1977 January February March April May June

See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971

Bob Dunning
9 January 2005

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