are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see January 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1974-75 (5th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 The first-ever full New Year's day programme is
welcomed by huge attendances.
668,942 fans see the 44 League matches.
3 Sensational news from Chelsea-both Osgood and Hudson
are put on the transfer list. They were left out of the
team's New Year's day match at Sheffield and were told to
train with the reserves. This morning, manager Sexton
asks them to join the first team squad in preparation for
the Cup tie v Q.P.R. on Saturday. Both players refuse and
are irrunediately suspended for one week. In retalation,
they ask for a transfer, and after consulting his board
of directors, Sexton agrees. . , It is reported from
Manchester that George Best has failed to turn up for
training. . . The decision of the FA to let the fourth
round Cup draw be televised live at 4.50 p.m. on Saturday
is attacked by the Press, and many people inside the
game. Arthur Page, the Orient chairman says, 'It is
ridiculous. It might encourage people to stay away from
the matches if the weather is bad. There are too many
amateurs running the game today, they do not look far
5 Scotland have drawn Zaire, Brazil, and either Spain or
Yugoslavia in the World Cup Finals. . . The usual shocks
in the FA Cup include Boston's draw at Derby, and amateur
Hendon's draw at Newcastle . . . The day's biggest
attendance is in Glasgow, where Celtic beat Rangers 1-0
and lead the league by seven points. . .
Peter Thompson has joined Bolton from Liverpool for
6 An historic day for British professional football. Four
FA Cup ties are played on this Sunday and are welcomed by
large attendances. Nearly 40,000 people see the tie at
Bolton v Stoke-a staggering 20,000 above the normal gate
figures of the Lancashire club. The first-ever Sunday
match kicks off at 11 o'clock at Cambridge, where 8479
people-easily the club's best crowd of the season-see the
home club draw 2-2 with Oldham . . . Ted Croker, FA
secretary, says, 'Football is the national game and we
should be concerned to give the public what they want
when they want it. A lot of people do want to watch
football on Sundays.' But Alan Hardaker is less
enthusiastic: 'We must not have our heads too high in the
Bolton, for example, played the only game in Lancashire
and it was a novelty. I would want to see a lot more
Sunday football in other parts of the country before I
7 Stewart Jump joins C. Palace from Stoke for a 70,000
9 The holders, Sunderland, are out of the FA Cup. They
are beaten 1-0 by Carlisle at Roker Park. . . Hereford
beat West Ham 2-1, but amateurs Hendon lose against
Newcastle . . . Bob Stokoe and Bill McGarry complain
about the referees in strong terms after the Cup replays.
Stokoe says that as Pat Partridge hails from only 30
miles from Sunderland, he should not have been appointed.
Wolves' manager, McGarry, says, 'Kirkpatrick caused us to
lose the tie against Leeds.
He should have given us two penalties.' . . . Alan Ball
is fined 75 pounds by the FA for bringing the game into
disrepute by denigrating referees in a newspaper article.
10 Derby bid 300,000 pounds for Peter Osgood. The deal
would involve Roger Davies, who would be valued at
125,000 pounds. Chelsea accept the offer, but the England
forward would like to consider all enquiries first.
12 Stoke sign Alan Hudson for 240,000 pounds and are back
in the race for Peter Osgood.
Osgood plays for Chelsea reserves at Stamford Bridge and
is taken off after 18 minutes with a groin injury . . .
Leeds and Bristol R. are still unbeaten. . .
Terry Cooper, the ex-international full-back, plays his
first full game since breaking a leg, coming through a
reserve game without injury . . . Manchester U. suspend
George Best for two weeks, and put him on the transfer
list. . . At Portsmouth, the floodlights are switched on,
powered by mains electricity after the generators fail.
As this is against Government regulations, the Chief
Constable of the County has reported the club.
14 The Football League notifies clubs that during the
emergency they can play their League matches on Sundays,
but they must notify the League before the previous
Wednesday, and both clubs must agree . . . Blackburn
appoint Gordon Lee as manager, and the ex-Port Vale boss
is offered a two-year contract. . . Barry Powell of
Wolves, who was originally selected for Wales, has been
drafted into the England Under-23 squad in place of the
injured Len Cantello. Barry is the son of the former
Welsh internationallvor Powell, but as he has already
played for an England Youth team, he is not eligible for
Wales. . . David Peach, 22-year-old Gillingham defender,
signs for Southampton for a reported fee of 50,000
15 Chelsea agree to play their League game at Stoke on
Sunday, January 27-the first Division One match to be
staged on a Sunday in England.
16 Sidney Brickman, the wealthy chairman of Southern
League club Tonbridge, wants to sign George Best and has
offered 100,000 pounds for him. Tommy Docherty has spoken
to Brickman, but regards the bid as a publicity stunt. .
. Ajax win the new 'Super Cup' by beating AC Milan 6-0
(6-1 on aggregate) in Amsterdam.
17 Chelsea buy back Charlie Cooke from C. Palace for
17,000 pounds.16 months ago Palace had paid around 85,000
for the player. . . After last night's disappointing 0-0
draw against Wales in the Under-23 international, Sir Alf
Ramsey says that the players need some incentive on this
level, and that is why England have entered the junior
version of the European Chan1pionship.
18 The Football League asks the clubs to vote on a new
deal offered by the TV companies, which would guarantee 3
1/2 million pounds in the next three seasons. Gerry
Loftus, ITV's chief negotiator, emphasises that the
companies cannot offer more money:
'Clubs do not appreciate how much is brought into
football by advertising-mainly from TV coverage.'
19 A day of drawn games in the First Division-eight
matches end as draws . . .
Both Leeds and Bristol R. are still unbeaten-after 26
games each-but York City are beaten for the first time in
21 matches. . . Mike Channon is Division One's current
top scorer with 16 league goals. . . Real Madrid manager
Miguel Munoz has resigned and it has been suggested that
the Spanish club has approached Don Revie.
2O The first ever Sunday Football League matches have
attracted large gates. All twelve clubs have recorded
above-average figures, and several more Sunday fixtures
are planned during the emergency.
21 Melwyn Griffith, the Welsh FIFA referee, who was in
charge of the legendary 'Mat thews Cup Final' in 1953,
has died at the age of 65.
22 Danny Hegan has been fined two weeks wages by
Sunderland, because he went absent last week.
23 Alan Hudson is in dispute with Chelsea over his 5%
transfer cut. The club claims that the player asked for a
move, but Hudson says that he did not put his request in
writing and is therefore entitled to 10,000 pounds. The
Football League confirm that the player will not get the
money, but he is entitled to contest the case before the
24 Newcastle pay 150,000 pounds for Preston striker Alex
Bruce . . . Malcolm Allison wants London clubs to play
Saturday and Sunday on a rota basis, and would like
Palace and Chelsea to pioneer the idea. . . TV sports
executives have delivered a blunt ultimatum to the
Football League clubs. Sam Leitch of the BBC says, 'We
have tendered our final offer to the clubs. There isn't a
single penny left in the kitty.
If the clubs say "no" to the new contract, then
there will be no more League matches on the screens of
either BBC or ITV'.
25 'If I can't get into a struggling team like Manchester
United, it is time to quit,' says George Best, who has
retired from football . . . Bob Lord has slammed the TV
companies for their high-handed ultimatum. 'If it has
come to a showdown, then let's have a showdown. I am not
against soccer on TV, but we are giving this facility for
far too little money.'
26 Generally a bad day for First Division clubs in the
fourth round of the FA Cup.
Newcastle draw with Scunthorpe and Liverpool draw with
Carlisle at Anfield . . . A John Richards' goal puts
Wolves in the League Cup Final-their first appearance at
Wembley since 1960 . . . Ernie Hunt has signed for
Bristol C. and leads the team to a 1-0 win over Hereford.
. . Terry Cooper plays for the Leeds first team for the
first time since April 1972.
27 Another massive vote for Sunday football-increased
attendances at every ground !
Coventry have their highest Cup gate for 11 years. . .
Alan Hudson, playing for his new club Stoke against
Chelsea, is brought down in the 81st minute, and Geoff
Hurst converts the hotly disputed penalty. It is enough
to give victory to Stoke.
29 Steve Burtenshaw, the Q.P.R. coach, has been appointed
as the new manager of Sheffield W. . . . League clubs are
pushing ahead with plans to play on Sundays, despite the
fact that Saturday is no longer an emergency working day.
30 Jimmy Hogan, arguably the outstanding coach of the
pre-war era, dies aged 92 . . . Newcastle have reached
the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the first time for 13
years with a 3-0 win at Scunthorpe . . . Jimmy Allan, the
19-year-old Swindon goalkeeper, is the first league
player to refuse to play on Sundays for religious
reasons. . . Everton sell Joe Harper to Hibernian for
120,000 pounds - a record sum for a player going from
England to Scotland. Stanley Kinder, the Huddersfield
chairman has resigned.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971