are they now?
Note : The news from
thirty years ago has an archive below
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1973-74 (4th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Referees blamed for the ills of football in a series of
attacks made by club officials.
Arthur Page, Orient chairman, says that he walked out on
the match against Fulham in disgust because of the
'disgraceful piece of refereeing of Trevor Spencer
(Wiltshire)'. Manchester U. decide to lodge an official
complaint against referee Norman Paget, and Tony Book
(Manchester C.) also criticises refereeing standards.
Mlcky Purser, the Millwall chairman, states that the
referees have blacklisted his club because of a fracas
years ago that involved Norman Burtenshaw.
2 Derek Jefferson (Ipswich) signs for Wolverhampton for
80,000 pounds . . . John Saunders joins Walsall from
Leeds (10,000 pounds) . . . Derby draw Benfica in the
European Cup; Celtic will play Hungarian champions Ujpest
Doza . . . Tot ten ham and Liverpool will meet Greek
clubs in the second round of the UEFA Cup. . .
Bournemouth sign Brian Clark and Ian Gibson, Cardiff
forwards, for a combined fee of 100,000 pounds.
3 Norman Burtenshaw refutes the accusations levelled at
referees stating that the fight against dirty play has
been effective and football has improved a great deal
because of it. . . Shock results in the League Cup: Bury
beat Manchester C., Notts Co. defeat Southampton, and
Middlesbrough draw with Tot ten ham . . .
Because of the replays, seven selected players have to
drop out of the England squad v Yugoslavia.
4 Another 200,000 pounds transfer deal-Jeff Blockley
(Coventry) is sold to Arsenal. . . Manchester U. sign
Portadown striker Peter Anderson for 20,000 pounds . . .
Stockport beat West Ham in the League Cup. . . Leeds draw
at Aston Villa.
5 Although Derby have a League Cup replay on Monday, Roy
McFarland and David Nish are not released from the
England squad. Sir AlfwiJl nominate replacements later in
the week for the other nine players who had to drop out
of the party . . . Colin Stein signs for Coventry;
Quintin Young moves to Glasgow Rangers as part of the
deal. . . Giantkillers Stockport will meet Norwich in the
next round of League Cup, and if both clubs are
successful in their replays Liverpool will be hosts to
Leeds . . . George Best is back in the N. Ireland squad
for the World Cup match v Bulgaria. . . Peter Marinello
is named for the Scotland squad v Denmark.
6 Alan Groves (Shrewsbury) signs for Bournemouth- 35,000
pounds . . . Replacements in the England squad include
Blockley, Richards, and Worthington.
7 Alan Ball sent off at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield U.
beat Arsenal 1-0. . . Liverpool win the local derby
against Everton 1-0, and go two points clear at the top
of the table. . . Leeds thrash Derby 5-0, while
Manchester U. gain a point at the Hawthorns v W.B.A. . .
. Burnley, Walsall, and Mansfield are the other
divisional leaders, while in Scotland Dundee U. lead. . .
. Miiller scores his 200th Bundesliga goal in W. Germany.
. . Eusebio leads the European goalscoring list with 13
goals in five games. . . Italy beat Luxembourg 4-0 in the
World Cup, and E. Germany defeat Finland 5-0.
9 Chelsea earn a fourth round tie at Bury in the League
Cup by beating Derby 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. . . Noel
Cantwell takes over Peterborough, the worst-placed club
in the League. 'There is only one way to go', said
10 Roy McFarland out of the England team with a leg
injury. . . UEFA decide that the Panathinaikos v CSKA
Sofia European Cup tie should be replayed because referee
Lipatov made a technical mistake. . . Liverpool beat W
.B.A. in a League Cup replay through a last-minute goal
by Kevin Keegan.
11 England, with four newly-capped players (Mills,
Blockley, Lampard, Channon) draw I-I with Yugoslavia at
Wembley . . .In the League Cup replays Leeds beat Aston
Villa, Bristol R. defeat Manchester U. at Old Trafford,
and Tot ten ham draw with Middlesbrough. The second
replay will be played at White Hart Lane but no date is
fixed. . . Oldham put Johnny Morrissey on the transfer
list for disciplinary reasons. . . Tony Waiters to manage
Plymouth. . . Tommy Hutchison joins Coventry from
Blackpool, and Bill Rafferty goes to Blackpool as part of
12 Bobby Kellard asks for a transfer and gives up the
captaincy of C. Palace.
13 Paddy Mulligan takes over captaincy of C. Palace. . .
Alan Ball decides not to appeal against his sending-off
and will miss one League Cup and two League matches.
14 C. Palace draw at Wolverhampton, but Mulligan is taken
off with a serious injury and the other new signing,
Charlie Cooke, has his name taken. Leeds win 2-1 at
Goodison but Liverpool only draw at Southampton. Top of
the table positions are Liverpool 19 pts, Arsenal 18 pts,
Leeds 17 pts . . . Ted MacDougal1 scores the only goal of
the match for Manchester U. v Birmingham and Colin Stein
is on the mark in Coventry's 3-2 win over Manchester C.
Top scorer of the day: Stuart Pearson (Hull) who scores
four against Portsmouth.
I5 Austria draw 2-2 with Hungary and Sweden beat Malta in
Group I of the World Cup, . . Charlie George asks Arsenal
to take him off the transfer list. . .In a Sunday
newspaper article, Brian Clough suggests that the FA Cup
should be suspended for a year to give England the best
possible chance in the World Cup.
16 Roy Bentley (Swansea) is sacked and Bill Moore
(Walsall) resigns. . . Bobby Ross joins Cambridge from
17 45, 799 people pay tribute to Jimmy Greaves at
Tottenham, where Spurs beat Feyenoord 2-1 in a
testimonial match. Greaves, true to his fantastic scoring
record, scored the first goal after three minutes' play.
. . Bob Wilson (Arsenal) and Ian Hutchinson (Chelsea)
make first team appearances in testimonial matches after
leg injuries. . . Q.P.R. beat Fulham 2-0 in a League
match in which young Martin Busby is carried off with a
18 Scotland open their bid for a place in the World Cup
Finals with a splendid 4-1 win in Copenhagen. . . N.
Ireland lose 3-0 in Sofia, and George Best is sent off by
the W. German referee, Gerhard Schulenberg . . . Russia
beat Eire 2-1 in Dublin.
19 Q.P.R. sign Dave Thomas (Burnley) for 165,000 pounds .
. . John Napier leaves Brighton for Bradford (10,000
pounds) . . . Brentford buy Stan Webb, the Carlisle
20 Matt Gillies (Nottingham F.) resigns and the club
backstage set-up will be reorganised . . . Ernie Machin
wins his test case at the High Court against the
Disciplinary Committee of the FA. The 'trial' of Ernie
Machin, the Coventry winghalf, conducted by the Football
Association Disciplinary Committee, was 'unfair and
against the rules of natural justice', a High Court judge
ruled yesterday. Mr.Justice Bristow granted Machin, 28, a
declaration that the committee's decision, fining and
suspending him for a foul, was void. Machin will now have
the 50 pounds he has already paid for his fine, and 43
pounds costs, refunded. 'It would be hard to find a
clearer example of a committee falling to conduct a
hearing in accordance with the rules of natural justice',
said the judge, ruling that Machin was convicted of
something he had never been charged with and of something
for which his defence had never been heard. It is the
first time a civil court has upset a decision by the FA
Disciplinary Committee, and it is likely to have wide
lepercussions in the soccer world.
21 A quiet Saturday in the Football League-Liverpool beat
Stoke with an injurytime goal scored by Callaghan;
Chelsea leapfrog over Leeds into third place after a
hard-fought 1-0 at White Hart Lane. . . Q.P.R., Burnley,
and Aston Villa all win and seem set to stay in the
promotion race for the rest of the season. . . Of the
teams playing in European competitions next week, only
Liverpool win, but in Scotland both Celtic and Hibernian
collect two points.
22 Gordon Banks injures his right eye in a serious car
accident, putting his playing future in doubt. . .
Luxembourg surprisingly beat Turkey 2-0 in a Worjd Cup
23 Middlesbrough sign Alan Foggon, the Cardiff winger for
10,000 pounds . . . Sheffield U. beat Charlton in the
League Cup with a goal scored by Billy Dearden in the
330th minute of the tie. . . Stoke pay 30,000 pounds for
goalkeeper Mike McDonald (Clydebank).
24 Liverpool beat AEK Athens 3-0 in the UEFA Cup.
25 Good results for British teams in European
competitions. . . Derby beat Benfica 3-0, Celtic defeat
Ujpest Dozsa 2-1, and both Hibernian and Tottenham win
their games easily. . . Leeds play out a goalless draw in
E. Germany v Carl Zeiss Jena.
26 Andy McCulloch (Q.P.R.) signs for Cardiff for 45,000
pounds . . . Ray Bloye is the new chairman of C. Palace.
Arthur Wait becomes a life president of the club. . .
Jack Dunnett, Notts Co. chairman, gives notice of a
serIous financial crisis in the club: 'Football at Meadow
Lane will collapse unless we have more money. That is why
we are prepared to sell Don Masson' . . . Jim Smith is
the new manager of Colchester . . . Brian Clough signs a
new five-year contract with Derby. . . Dave Bowen picks
two Bristol R. players, Wayne Jones and Frankie Prince,
for the World Cup squad v England. Durban, Ron Davies,
and Terry Yorath are not selected. . . CSKA Sofia beat
Panathinaikos 2-0 and will meet Ajax in the next round of
the European Cup.
28 Don Rogers signs for C. Palace-the fee 150,000 pounds
. . . Liverpool draw at Norwich;
Leeds win 2-0 at Wolverhampton and go to third place . .
. Burnley still unbeaten in the League and lead the
Second Division-two points ahead of Q.P.R.
and Aston Villa. . . Celtic win 3-2 at Aberdeen. where
Zoltan Varga scores twice for the home team. . . Martin
Peters scores all four Tottenham goals in the away game
at Old Trafford-the best individual haul in the First
Division so far this season. . . Stoke decide not to sign
goalkeeper Bobby Clark from Aberdeen.
30 Stoke and Aberdeen locked in a nasty row over the
on-off transfer of Bobby Clark. The deal fell flat on
Saturday night when Stoke director Alex Humphries
telephoned his club and suggested the fee should be cut
by 30,000 pounds. Aberdeen chairman Dick Donald fumed:
'Who the hell do Stoke think they are? The Stoke director
even used our phone to tell Stoke to cut the fee for our
goalkeeper.' Clark commented: 'The whole business makes
me sick. But if Stoke don't value me as high as my club
then there is nothing I can do about it.' . . . A Gilzean
goal in extra time puts Tot ten ham into the fourth round
of the League Cup at the expense of Midd\esbrough-after
330 minutes football . . . Keith Walker to give up
refereeing early in December to take up the post of
secretary at Sheffield U. . . .
Ipswich sign David Johnson (Everton) for 50,000 pounds
plus Rod Belfitt . . . Dick Graham appointed chief scout
of Cambridge. . . Tony Hateley (Oldham) goes into
hospital for a cartilage operation. . . George Best says
that if Manchester U. are relegated, he'll ask for a
Chelsea win 1-0 at Bury in the League Cup, but pay
heavily. Peter Bonetti sustained a serious injury in the
first half that will require an operation, which will put
him out of the game for at least two months. . .
Liverpool draw 2-2 with Leeds, and Arsenal win 2-1 at
Sheffield . . . The shock result of the evening-Notts
Co.'s 3-1 win over Stoke.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971