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 W.B.A. sign David Shaw from Oldham for 80,000 pounds. .
. Jimmy Hill is appointed as commercial consultant of
Fulham . . . John Fitzpatrick of Manchester U. is advised
to give up football due to an arthritic condition in his
2 Ted MacDougal1 is not eligible to play for West Ham
today, because his registration didn't arrive in time at
the League's office due to the railway strike. The club
fail to confirm the signing by sending a telegram to the
League. . . West Ham lose to Ipswich 1-0, and C. Palace
are beaten at Coventry.
3 Tottenham are the League Cup winners! In a
disappointingly flat Final, they beat Norwich 1-0 with a
goal by sub. Ralph Coates, who came on for the injured
John Pratt in the middle of the first half. . . All three
title contenders win. Leeds with the help of a
controversial penalty at Derby, Liverpool at Goodison,
where two Hughes' goals settle the local derby, and
Arsenal at home v Sheffield U. After this game Bertie Mee
reveals that they wanted to postpone the game because of
injuries and illness, but the League refused. 'I am not
unhappy about the decision' he said, 'as long as other
clubs are treated the same way.' . . . Alex Stepney
breaks two fingers in the dying minutes of the game v W
.B.A. and will be out of action for at least a fortnight.
. . A group of Manchester businessmen would like to take
over United and are willing to pay a high price for a
controlling interest. . . Bristol R. sign Alan Warboys
for 35,000 pounds from Sheffield W.
5 Ray Kennedy (illness) and Kevin Beat tie (injury) are
out of the England U-23 squad.
6 Norwich sign Ian MelIor (Manchester C.) for 65,000
pounds, despite Malcolm Allison's objection to the deal.
The club Directors have decided that some money must be
recouped from transfer deals. . . Charlton have their
smallest post-war crowd fora league match-they beat
Halifax 1-0 . . . Liverpool sign Peter Spiring from
Bristol C, for 60,000 pounds.
7 Derby are the only British team to lose in a European
competition-Leeds, Liverpool, Tottenham and Hibernian all
win! . . . Ajax beat Bayern Munich 4-0 in the European
Cup-a special chartered plane takes a party of English
managers and coaches to the match.
8 The Chelsea v Arsenal Cup-tie will be televised on a
special close circuit channel to several cinemas in N.
London. With the permission of the F.A., about 15,000
people will see the game live on giant screens. . . Over
8 1/2 million pounds was spent on the transfer market,
which closed for the season rather quietly. Last deals,
Don Gillies, Morton to Bristol C. 30,000 pounds, Bertie
Lutton, Brighton to West Ham 15,000 pounds, Alan Tarbuck,
Preston to Shrewsbury 14,000 pounds, Paul Aimson, York to
Bournemouth 12,000 pounds, Ron Wigg, Watford to Rotherham
10,000 pounds, Graham Rathbone, Grimsby to Cambridge
4,000 pounds and Bobby Noble, Colchester to Southport for
9 Derby players will collect only 100 pounds per man if
they win the European Cup. . . Malcolm Allison writes:
'My row with Manchester City directors this week has gone
right to the heart of football's greatest problem. It has
been about moneythe need for it, the balancing of it
against such assets as young, First Division-class
players. My directors insisted that we sold Ian MelIor, a
player of striking potential. They are responsible for
the club, and I'm not going to resign.'
10 The neck-and-neck race continues on top of the
table-all three leading teams win . . . Liverpool's new
60,000 pounds stand is officially opened by the Duke of
Kent, and the Shankly team beat Southampton 3-2 with a
late Kevin Keegan winner. . . Arsenal win at Ipswich, but
Radford is injured and is doubtful for the Cup. . . Joe
Mercer receives a great ovation at Maine Road before the
match, and his team, Coventry beat Manchester C. 2-1-Lee
misses a penalty. After the game Mercer says: "1'm
really pleased, but I don't regard it as putting one over
on City. How can 1 when I know these lads so well.' . . .
Malcolm Allison: 'Gordon Milne has done a very good job
at Coventry' . . . Trevor Cherry becomes the second Leeds
player to be booked eight times in a season, . , The
entire Wolverhampton half-back line is booked at Selhurst
Park, along with the Palace player Bobby Bell . . .
Osgood plays in the back-four for Chelsea and wins
universal praise. He says: "1 fancy playing in the
defence-when I am 40!'
12 Pele plays his first-and probably last-game in London,
when his club, Santos, meet Fulham at Craven Cottage. The
Londoners win 2-1 with goals by Pinkney and Earle. Pele
scored from a penalty. Edu is the star of the match, and
the Brazilians' silky football delights Fulham's best
crowd of the season-21,464 . . . Kevin Keegan tips a
Derby v Coventry F.A. Cup Final.
14 The 'Evening Standard' reports that the Football
Association will probe the apparent defiance by Chelsea
of a two-match disciplinary ban on defender Ron Harris.
Harris played for a makeshift Chelsea in a friendly match
against the British Police at Hartley Wintney, Hampshire.
Vernon Stokes, chairman of the Commission which barred
Harris, is convinced that Chelsea have defied the ban,
and says: 'This is the worst contravention of the rules I
have ever experienced. Never before have I known a League
club to break an official suspension.' But Chelsea
manager Dave Sexton vigorously denies that his club had
defied the ban. 'Yes, Harris did play incognito. It was a
private match on a private ground and was purely a
training exercise for two of my players'. Ron Harris
comments: 'There were only police there and so it must
have been within the law. It was a private match and as
far as we were concerned just a training day. The only
reason why people are upset is because I scored our goal.
It was a great goal, too !'
15 Panathinaikos are banned for two matches by the Greek
F.A. because of misconduct by their players last Sunday
in a game which was abandoned after 84 minutes. . . Dr.
Artemio Franchi is elected as the new President of UEFA.
He receives 21 votes, Sandor Barcs (Hungary), acting
president, seven, and Denis Follows, four 0 0 . Santos
were today accused of blackmail as they prepared to fly
home to Brazil after their annual world tour. Plymouth,
who beat Pele's team 3-2 in a friendly at Home Park last
night, claim they were blackmailed into paying the club
an additional 2,0000 pounds. The storm grows when Fulham
allege that the Brazilians accused them of 'fiddling' the
gate receipts for their friendly at Craven Cottage on
Monday. Plymouth and Fulham are making reports to the
Football Association and if FIF A decide to investigate
the complaints and find against Santos, they could be
banned from playing in England again.
16 Bill Garner (Chelsea) and John Radford (Arsenal) are
both declared unfit for the big London cup-tie between
the two teams.
17 Chelsea and Arsenal draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge-all
the goals are scored in the first half-hour of an
exciting match ... Leeds beat Derby 1-0 with a disputed
goal, and Sunderland are in the semi-finals for the first
time since 1956 . . . Before the Wolverhampton v Coventry
tie, Derek Dougan is actually knocked out by a ball and
needs treatment. He plays extremely well in his team's
2-0 win. He says: 'I was still dazed for a long time
afterwards. I don't know how I headed on to Richards for
our first goal. I saw two balls coming and I must just
have picked the right one' . . . Manchester U. confirm
that former manager Frank O'Farrell has 'issued a writ
claiming due wages for breach of contract'. . . . In the
League, Liverpool win 1-0 at Stoke and are now two points
clear at the top of Div. 1. . . . Ted MacDougal1 scores
his first goal for West Ham v Manchester C. and the
English international Tony Currie is sent off at Everton
. . . In Scotland, Dundee, Ayr and Rangers are in the
semi-finals of the Cup, but Celtic and Aberdeen need a
re-play after a 0-0 draw at Parkhead.
19 Leeds manager Don Revie clearly commits his team to a
treble target: 'We shall play our strongest possible team
for everything we are involved in-Championship, Cup, Cup
Winners Cup.' They are drawn against Wolverhampton in the
semifinal, while Sunderland will play either Chelsea or
Arsenal. 0 . Tommy Docherty refutes the allegation that
Manchester U. are kicking their way out of relegation
trouble. He says: 'If we were playing it too rough, Sir
Matt Busby would ask me to tone it down.'
20 Johann Cruyff refuses to fly with his team to Munich,
claiming that he suffers from a knee injury. . . Arsenal
beat Chelsea 2-1 in the F.A. Cup re-play, with the help
of a controversial penalty. . . Frank O'Farrell is suing
Manchester U. for 78,000 pounds, a sum which represents
his salary for three and a half years of contract plus
loss of income from bonuses and newspaper articles. . .
Keith Weller is in the Football League squad for the
match against the Scottish League. . . Bert Head is
promoted to general manager at Palace. Chairman Ray Bloye
said: 'Mr. Head will be running the whole complex here.
There has always been a gap between the board and the
team manager, and this is a bid to fill it. Within the
next few weeks, it is our intention to appoint a
first-class team manager, who will set about planning for
the 1973-74 season'.
21 Derby reach the European Cup semi-final by beating
Spartak Trnava 2-0 . . . All English clubs are through to
the same stage in other international competitions, but
Hibernian are out following a 3-0 defeat at Split. . .
Malcolm Macdonald, the Newcastle striker, is sent-off
against Bologna in the Anglo-Italian tournament.
22 Sir Alf Ramsey picks Gordon Banks to play for an F .A.
XI in Gibraltar. . . The F.A. officially intervene in the
Santos row. A spokesman says: 'We have written to the
Brazilian F.A. to give them the opportunity of refunding
the money to Plymouth. If we don't get any satisfaction
we will refer the matter to FIFA' . . . John Robson is
suspended for two matches.
23 Liverpool will play Tottenham in the UEFA Cup. . .
Leeds draw Hajduk Split in the Cup Winners Cup, and Derby
are paired with the Italian champions Juventus . . .
Bertie Mee attacks the idea of not playing extra time in
the Cup Final: 'It is purely a financial gimmick to raise
cash for the parent association. It is unfair on
spectators to be expected to pay another 4 or 5 pounds to
see a re-play.' . . . Manchester U. are reporting Malcolm
Macdonald (Newcastle) to the League for his allegations
against them after they had beaten Newcastle 2-1 at Old
Trafford . . . Notts Co. issue a writ against Bournemouth
over their conduct in the Don Masson transfer mix-up last
October. Notts Co. chairman says that Bournemouth
withdrew from the deal after agreeing to sign Masson for
a large fee.
24 Mike Doyle misses a penalty at Maine Road and Arsenal
go on to win 2-1 v the City, thus keeping up their
challenge for the championship. . . Liverpool beat
Norwich, but Leeds drop a point at home v Wolverhampton .
. . Eamon Dunphy is sent off at Burnley for arguing with
the referee, and as both Burnley and Q.P.R. win, the
promotion issue seems to be settled in the Second
Division. . . The 'Sunday People' publish an article
which states that several clubs or their agents paid out
large sums of money under various disguises to sign
25 Arsenal will investigate the allegations made against
them concerning the signing of David Price, an England
schoolboy international. The F .A. will also be looking
into the article, which named two other clubs. . . Derby
ask John Charles to be their special adviser when they
face his old club Juventus in the European Cup.
26 George Best says that he is willing to play football
again-but only for N. Ireland and not for Manchester U.
The Irish selectors are interested, but Tommy Docherty
states that Best's suspension is registered with FIFA and
he cannot play for anybody without the club's permission.
. . Arsenal beat C. Palace 1-0 and join Liverpool on top
of the table with 52 points. . . Stoke ease their
relegation problem by beating Coventry.
27 Two Channon goals secure a draw for the Football
League against the Scottish League at Hampden Park-only
18,548 spectators see the match. . . Walsall manager John
Smith resigns over an argument concerning the
substitution of a player.
28 Wales beat Poland 2-0 at Cardiff, with goals by
Leighton James and Trevor Hockey. They are now joint
first with England in Group 5 of the World Cup. . . N.
Ireland draw with Portugal 1-1 at Coventry-Martin O'Neill
scores first for N. Ireland, but Eusebio equalises five
minutes from the end.
29 Billy Bremner, Leeds skipper, appeals successfully
against a caution-for the second time in 16 days. . .
Alan Hunter is unhappy at Ipswich and asks them for a
30 'No rush for a new chief at Palace'-say the morning
papers, but by lunchtime it is announced that Malcolm
Allison will take over as manager. He arrives in London
at 2 p.m. and signs the contract an hour later. His
salary is reputed to be 13,000 pounds plus bonuses, and
ties him to the ambitious London club for five years. At
a press conference, Allison says: 'I am back home after
spending 8 years in the provinces. I had some happy times
at Manchester, but recently my relationship with the
players has soured-I couldn't motivate them. Palace is a
club with a vast potential and I am looking forward to
the challenge' . . . Geoff Hurst is considering an offer
to play in South Africa during the summer. . . Arsenal
send 33,000 pounds to Sheffield for Cup Semi-final
tickets to beat V.A.T. which comes into operation on
Aprill . . . Southampton fine Ron Davies for 'breach of
contract' . . . Brazil might play an all-star Irish side
in Belfast during their forthcoming tour. . . Special
security precautions are made for the Israeli national
team at Heathrow-they'll play West Ham on Wednesday.
31 C. Palace beat a London club in a league match for the
first time in 32 attempts! They defeat Chelsea 2-0 -a
good start for Malcolm Allison, who receives a tremendous
ovation from the crowd. . . Pat Jennings saves two
penalties at Liverpool and his world-class display costs
the league leaders a valuable point. . . Both Arsenal and
Leeds lose. . . the latter having collected only two
points in their last three matches. . . Seven players are
sent off-a record for a Saturday-the total now 78 for the
season! . . . Jimmy Reid, the Clydeside shipworker, wants
to help the Scottish pro. footballers in the battle with
the F .A. over disciplinary reforms.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971