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 Johnny Hart is
appointed as Manchester City's new manager. . . Derrick
Robins resigns, and his son Peter will take over the
chairmanship at Coventry. Robins makes a four-points
proposal before his resignation. 1. League clubs should
press for a much better deal from the Pools Promoters
than the one recently negotiated by the management
committee. 2. There should be no televised soccer other
than the Cup Final and internationals. 3. There should be
less soccer in an effort to 'get back to the days when
soccer was an occasion to be looked forward to rather
than an everyday occurrence.' 4. League soccer on Sunday
should be sanctioned.
3 Pat Jennings, who is presented with the 'Player of the
Year' award at the Football Writers Association's Dinner
says in his speech, 'How could I avoid being player of
the year playing behind our defence.' . . . Bert Head
resigns as general manager of Crystal Palace after seven
years with the club.
4 Bobby Charlton is the new manager of Preston. . .
Sheffield U. give free transfers to David Ford and Ian
Holmes. . . Aldershot draw at Stockport and are promoted
to the Third Division for the first time in the club's
5 Sunderland beat Leeds 1-0 at Wembley and became the
first Second Division club to win the cup for 42 years!
Ian Porterfield scores the winner in the 32nd minute. . .
Ian Porterfield's goal
Rothmans Football Yearbook 1973-74, 4th Year St Annes
Press, p. 57
In Scotland, Rangers win 3-2 v Celtic in the Scottish Cup
7 34,963 people attend Jackie Charlton's testimonial
match - Celtic beat Leeds 4-3.
Charlton officially announced that he is taking over at
Middlesbrough . . . John Craven is sold by Crystal Palace
to Coventry for 60,000 pounds. . . 15 other players are
either put on the transfer list or given frees by Malcolm
Allison. . . Peter Marinello signs for Portsmouth, but
won't be officially transferred until the end of June
when he returns from Arsenal's summer tour. . . Ipswich
complete a double over Norwich and win the Texaco Cup.
8 N. Ireland beat Cyprus 3-0 in a World Cup match. Terry
Anderson gets two of the goals and is the outstanding
player on the field. Morgan of Port Vale scores once for
an experimental Irish team. . . Hughes (Liverpool) and
Ball (Arsenal) are cleared by the Disciplinary Committee,
but Peter Storey loses his appeal.
9 The Liverpool v Moenchengladbach UEF A Cup Final is
abandoned by the Austrian referee Linmayr because of the
waterlogged state of the pitch. . . The season's last two
games provide some shocks - Leeds beat Arsenal 6-1 and
Q.P.R. win 3-0 at Roker Park against Cup winners
Sunderland. Horswill is sent off in this game and the
referee calls off the players for seven minutes because
of crowd misbehaviour. Manager Stokoe broadcasts an
appeal to the fans, and ref Peter Reeves resumes play.
10 Big changes announced at Portsmouth. John Mortimer is
appointed team manager and Ron Tindell will move up to
become general manager. John Deacon is the new chairman
and there are other changes in the boardroom. . . Derby
will propose the four-up-and-down system at the League's
A.G.M., but the League's own plan of three-up-and-down
has a better chance of being accepted. The self-imposed
'one city-one team' rule in the UEFA Cup will also be
11 Two Keegan goals and a Lloyd header give Liverpool an
impressive 3-0 win over Moenchengladbach. Both sides miss
a penalty and the Germans also hit the post. After match
comments: Bill Shankly: 'It was an international-class
game. Really tremendous. I am not making predictions
about the second-leg, but we have a distinct advantage
because we did not give away a goal.' Hennes Weisweiler,
'Gladbach's manager; 'I think our chances of winning the
trophy have disappeared, for we wasted them tonight.' Ray
Clemence: '1 watched Heynckes take a penalty in the
semi-final on television and decided to dive the same
way. The save was a reward for my homework.' . . .
Watford dismiss manager George Kirby. He has two years of
his contract to run.
12 The Home International Championship starts
depressingly with two poor games in front of small
crowds. England beat N. Ireland at Goodison Park 2-1, and
Scotland win 2-0 at Wrexham v Wales.
13 Russia take a step towards the World Cup Finals by
beating Eire 1-0 in Moscow.
14 Both Sir Alf Ramsey and Dave Bowen condemn the timing
of the Home Internationals. ' At the end of a hard
season, the players are jaded and the matches clash with
the European Finals.'
15 Everton want Don Revie to join them as team manager.
The Leeds boss will announce his decision after the
Cup-Winners' Cup Final. . . Terry Neill decides that
he'll not select himself again for Ireland or Hull City.
'1 believe this is to the benefit of everyone. Hull and
Ireland must take preference to any personal enjoyment I
get from playing.' . . . Chelsea place John Dempsey on
the transfer list. . .
England beat Wales 3-0 - their first home victory for two
16 A.C. Milan win the European Cup-Winners' Cup in
Salonika, beating Leeds 1-0.
The goal is scored by Chiarugi in the 4th minute and four
players - two from each side - are booked in a
disappointing match. Shortly before the end Hunter and
Sogliano are sent off by the Greek referee Christos
Michas, who was severely criticised by the Leeds
management. . . N. Ireland defeat Scotland 2-1 at Hampden
Park. Once again Trevor Anderson of Manchester U. stars
for the Irish. . . Poland beat Eire 2-0 in a friendly.
19 England win the Home Championship with maximum points.
Martin Peters scores the only goal of the match v
Scotland at Wembley. N. Ireland finish second after their
1-0 win against Wales at Goodison Park -less than 5,000
people see the match . . . The two most important senior
competitions outside the Football League are planning a
merger. It has been proposed that from the 1974- 75
season the Southern and the Northern Premier Leagues
should form a national league with regional feeder
leagues to support it.
21 Kevin Beattie is out of the Under-23 squad through
illness and won't travel on their tour. Willie Maddren of
Middlesbrough will take his place. . . Brian Clough is
approached by London Weekend TV to take the place of
Jimmy Hill - occasionally - as member of their panel.
Hill will work for the BBC from next season.
22 Asa Hartford is banned for four matches. . . The Leeds
directors decide that a counter-offer will be made to Don
Revie, which is near the figure offered to him by
Everton. Revie will telephone his answer from Greece
where he is on holiday. . .
The Scottish 'fan' who ran on the pitch on Saturday at
Wembley and attacked Alan Ball, is fined 10 at the
Harrow Magistrates Court.
23 Billy Kellock, the Cardiff player, signs for Norwich .
. . Mick Hill, Ipswich, will go on loan to Plymouth. . .
Frank Grimes resigns as youth coach to Watford after 12
years with the club. . . Colin Prophett joins Norwich
from Sheffield W. for 45,000. . . Liverpoollose 2-0
at Moenchengladbach, but still win the UEFA Cup on a 3-2
aggregate. They are the first English club to win the
championship and a major European trophy in the same
24 The Government's Pay Board is to launch a probe into
the alleged financial offer made by Everton to Don Revie.
According to 'Phase Two' regulations, a newcomer must not
be paid a higher salary than his predecessor in the same
job. . . Peter Lorimer, who is banned from the World Cup
matches, is omitted from Scotland's squad for the summer
friendlies v Switzerland and Brazil. . . Gary Towse joins
Brentford from C. Palace on a free transfer. . . The
England U-23 team draw their first tour match v Denmark
25 Don Revie decides to stay with Leeds United.
26 Russia beat France 2-0 and finish on top of Group 9 of
the European Zone in the World Cup. They have to play
Peru or Chile for a place in W. Germany '74. . . The
Spanish F.A. open the doors and clubs will be allowed to
sign two foreign players . . . Colin Stein drops out of
the Scottish squad for the summer internationals with
27 England draw a disappointing game in Prague v
Czechoslovakia 1-1. Novak puts the home team ahead and
Allan Clarke equalises in the last minute. Sir Alf Ramsey
says: 'The Czechs were not a good side, but they hit us
with a sucker punch. I could not see us getting a goal
back and this was the old problem of elementary ball
control. We did not play well. The long grass and the
soft ball created problems, but those are the sort of
problems which must be overcome.'
28 Billy Bingham, their ex-player, is the new manager of
Everton. He has been in charge of the Greek national
team, and refuses an offer by AEK Athens in preference to
the Everton job. . . Dave Connor, on a free transfer from
Preston, is offered a contract by the Belgian champions
FC Bruges . . . Anderlecht beat Standard Liege 2-1 in the
Belgian Cup Final. . . S. Korea defeat Israel 1-0 (after
extra time) in the Asian Zone of the World Cup qualifying
competition, and will meet the winners of Iran v
Australia for a place in W. Germany.
29 Holland beat England 1-0 in an Under-23 international
in Maastricht. . . Alan Hudson withdraws his transfer
30 Burnley sign Peter Noble from Swindon for 40,000
. . . Ajax complete a European Cup hat-trick by beating
Juventus of Italy 1-0. Johnny Rep, aged 20, the youngest
player on the field, scores the winning goal in the
31 Trevor Hockey signs for Aston Villa from Norwich for a
35,000 fee. The England Youth team open their bid
for the UEFA tournament with a 2-0 win over Iceland.
Holland lose 1-0 to Czechoslovakia
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971