are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see December 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1974-75 (5th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Bristol R. beat Brighton 8-2 at the Goldstone Ground
and thus establish a new Third Division record of
remaining unbeaten in the first 19 games of the season.
Brian Clough says that he feels ashamed of his team's
performance and that several of the players lacked heart.
. . Cardiff beat Orient 2-1-their first away win since
October 1971 . . . Twenty league games and 13 Scottish
matches are postponed. Consequently, the pools panel is
brought into action. Under the chairmanship of Lord Bath,
Arthur Ellis, Stanley Mortensen, Neil Franklin, Raich
Carter, George Swindin, and Ronnie Simpson meet in a
London hotel and decide what would have happened if the
matches had been played.
3 Arsenal have been fined 2000 pounds and censured by the
Football League for making an illegal approach for Q.P.R.
players Parkes and Francis. Bob Wall says that coach
Bobby Campbell went to speak to Gordon Jago, and while at
the ground, 'extended his brief' . . . Football League
President Len Shipman says that he intends to make a new
approach to the Government to relax the floodlighting ban
on football . . . A Tunbridge Wells property developer
opens a new pub and names it after Sir Alf Ramsey. The
England team manager is at the opening and pulls the
4 Billy Hughes is the second Sunderland player to ask for
a transfer within the last few weeks. . . It has been
officially confirmed that Ian Moore of Manchester U. has
to retire on medical advice.
5 Tony Want of Birmingham is carried off on a stretcher
after 60 seconds play at Newcastle with a double fracture
of the left leg. Jimmy Smith is sent off for the tackle,
which apparently caused the injury. Newcastle win this
Texaco Cup match-with 10 men-3-1 ! . . . Ken Furphy will
be the new manager of Sheffield U. and John Harris will
become chief scout for the club. . . Peter Grummitt joins
Brighton on a month's loan from Sheffield W. . . . The
MacDougall-Paddon exchange deal is on. West Ham will pay
Norwich a cash adjustment of about 40,000 pounds.
6 Sir Andrew Stephen resigns as chairman of Sheffield W.
. . . Denis Hill-Wood, the Arsenal chairman, says that
only local derby matches should be played during the
present energy crisis and the league programme should be
extended till the end of June, if necessary.
7 Portsmouth sign Paul Went of Fulham for 155,000 pounds.
He'll link up with Malcolm Manley who joined the seaside
club from Leicester for a 45,000 fee pounds. . . Alex
Stock of Fulham says that the club is in grave financial
difficulties, and that is why they are willing to sell
Earle and Went. . . Keith Gardner, a director since 1957,
also resigns at Sheffield W., where Matt Sheppard is the
newly elected chairman. . . Brian Clough signs the Luton
defender Ken Goodeve for Brighton for 20,000 pounds.
8 A day of records in the Football League-attendances are
the worst for a Saturday this season and Tottenham have
their lowest gate, 14,034, for 20 years. Yet the
Liverpool derby draws 56,098 people to Goodison Park. . .
Two players are carried off and five booked in the grudge
match between Birmingham and Newcastle . . . Leeds equal
Liverpool's 24-year-old record by remaining unbeaten in
the First Division for 19 games. York City equal a record
of 47 years standing by not conceding a goal in eleven
consecutive matches. . . Bristol R. are the other
record-breakers-an unbeaten start of 20 games in Division
Three. . .
Ray Treacy moves from Swindon to Preston for 30,000
pounds. Mel Machin, John Benson, and Fred Davies will
follow their old boss John Bond to Norwich from AFC
Bournemouth. The Third Division club will get Clive Payne
and 40,000 pounds from Norwich.
10 Freddie Goodwin, the Birmingham manager, advocates the
introduction of a 'sin-bin' in football. He thinks that
Saturday's scandalous game between his club and Newcastle
might have been saved if a few players were put in the
'cooler'. Ted Croker, the FA secretary, says, 'There were
one or two players on the pitch in that game who made me
feel ashamed to be a member of the same profession.' . .
. Peter Baldwin, who refereed the Notts Co. v Orient
match, was apparently attacked and spat upon after the
game by several Nottingham supporters.
11 Len Shipman, Football League President, aged 72, is
seriously ill in hospital. . .
Alan Ball of Arsenal faces disciplinary action by the FA
because in a newspaper article he has made disparaging
remarks about referees.
12 Five headed goals give Tottenham a 5-1 UEFA Cup third
round second leg win over Dinamo Tbilisi of Russia. . .
Ipswich are also through to the quarterfinals, thanks to
a 2-1 win at Enshede v Twente, but Leeds lose to Setubal
on a 3-2 aggregate. Top attendance of the round is at
Leipzig, where 80,000 people see the local team beat
Dusseldorf 3-0 !
14 Football loses the 'generator game'! Strict
instructions are issued by the Government that all the
matches must be played off in daylight and no private
generators can be used. . . Wolverhampton's attempt to
suspend the league programme is not backed up by the
other Midlands clubs. Wolves call a meeting in order to
draft a proposal, but the majority of the clubs in the
area decide to abide by the League's decisions. . . Haiti
qualify for the World Cup finals as representatives of
the CONCACAF countries. . . Mexico are beaten twice in
the round-robin and are eliminated.
15 Leeds break a 24-year-old record with a tremendous
display at Stamford Bridge.
They beat Chelsea 2-1 and in 20 league matches they have
only dropped six points and, of course, remain unbeaten.
16 A special meeting of the League Management Committee
decides to carry on with the programme as scheduled,
despite the energy crisis and the railway strike.
18 John Boyle of Chelsea has joined Orient on a free
transfer. . . Derek Dougan attacks the Minister of Sport
in a magazine article saying that Eldon Griffiths has had
plenty of time to study the Chester report, but he has
done nothing to further the cause of soccer.
19 The Football Association asks the Home Office for
special permission to stage matches on Sundays. It has
been pointed out that due to the three-day working week
regulations, games might have to be played off during
every day of the week, whenever electricity is available
for the dressing-rooms, offices, etc. On Sundays there
will be a more guaranteed access to power, although the
current railway go-slow might still affect attendances. .
. Yugoslavia beat Greece 4-2 and now have to playoff
against Spain for a place in the World Cup finals. . . .
Plymouth beat Birmingham 2-1 at St Andrews and reach the
semi-final of the League Cup.
20 Manager Ronnie Allen and his assistant David Burnside
are sacked at Walsall for economy reasons. . . C. Palace
sign Mick Hill of Ipswich for 36,000 pounds. . .
The Government has turned down the request for Sunday
soccer. Alan Hardaker,
who is not in favour of the move, is angry, not with this
decision, but at the general attitude to football. 'We
have been classed as an industry for the purpose of the
Industrial Relations Act, but not for the purpose of
21 Some clubs might still consider playing on Sundays and
selling programmes at higher prices instead of charging
for admission. . . Brighton sign two Burnley players,
Henry Wilson and Ron Welch, at the joint fee of 70,000
pounds . . . Preston have been fined 200 pounds and one
point was deducted from their league total for fielding
an unregistered player in a match against Oxford on
Dave Carrick, signed during the same week from Wit ton
Albion, was the substitute but his registration wasn't
yet endorsed by the league. This is only the fourth time
that the league has taken points away from clubs.
Sunderland once lost two points, Stockport two and
22 Arsenal and Burnley attack the FA's decision to
sanction Sunday football.
Bob Lord: 'Clubs are bringing the game into disrepute if
they are getting round the Sunday Observance Act by
selling programmes.' Bob Wall: 'Playing football and
making profits on Sundays is wrong. We will not disturb
the peace and quiet of the neighbourhood of Highbury on
that day.' FIFA's referees' committee is to ask the
International Board to alter the laws of the game so a
player cannot be offside from a free kick. Experiments
will be carried out before this important change can be
discussed next June. . . Billy Bremner is presented with
a silver salver to mark his 500th League appearance for
Leeds . . . The usual drop in attendances immediately
before Christmas is even more marked today than in other
years. Several clubs have their lowest gates of the
season and at Hartlepool only 832 people turn up-the
worst attendance in the club's history.
24 On Christmas Eve, Sheffield W. dismiss Derek Dooley,
who has been their manager for two years. . . West Ham
sign Mick McGiven from Sunderland.
The player has been on loan to the London club and a
30,000 pounds fee made the move permanent.
26 An unexpected boom in attendances on Boxing
Day-727,110 people see the 461eague games-easily the best
total of the season. . . Brian Yeo scores a hattrick for
Gillingham and is the first player to register 20 goals
this season. . .
Leeds win at Newcastle and stretch their lead to nine
points on top of the table. . .
In the other divisions Middlesbrough lead by seven
points, Bristol R. by three, and Peterborough by one. . .
Martin Chivers is dropped by manager Nicholson, but comes
on as a sub 20 minutes from the end of the 0-0 draw at
home v Q.P.R.
27 Yugoslavia threatens to pullout of the World Cup if
FIFA insists on their plan to stage the Spain v
Yugoslavia play-off match on January 16. The Eastern
Europeans are having their winter break and won't restart
their league until early March. . . Cambridge have
decided to playoff their FA Cup tie v Oldham on Sunday
morning (Jan 6)-with FA approval! . . . Norwich boss John
Bond buys his old West Ham team-mate Johnny Sissons from
Sheffield W. for 30,000 pounds.
29 Manchester u. sign Stewart Houston from Brentford. The
55,000 pounds fee is a record for the Fourth Division
club. . . Paul Cheesley joins Bristol C. from Norwich for
30,000 pounds, and Ernie Hunt of Coventry goes to Bristol
C. for a months' loan. . .
Middlesbrough establish a new club record of 22
consecutive unbeaten league matches. . . Nearly 50
players are booked and two sent off on the last Saturday
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971