are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see February 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1974-75 (5th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Terry Garbett has moved to Sheffield U. from Blackburn
for 35,000 pounds . . . Noel Cantwell has signed a
three-year contract with Peterborough and has said that
if any other club wants him as manager, they will have to
pay a transfer fee to the 'Posh'.
2 Only 18 goals are scored in the First Division, and
seven of the matches end in a draw. Ipswich beat
Southampton 7-0 - their best ever win in Division One. .
. Leeds are still unbeaten, but Bristol R. are defeated
at Wrexham . . . Frank Munro, the Wolverhampton defender,
is sent off at Molineux during a match against Stoke. . .
Derek Dougan says that if the club chairmen veto TV for
next season, members of the PFA might withdraw their
labour. They have collected 25,000 pounds each year from
this source and the money is used for the education of
players in different trades. Dougan has complained that
the PF A was not consulted concerning a possible TV
3 The Football League has rejected the three-year offer
from the BBC and ITV. The voting is 28 against and 18 for
the offer, and it means an end to Saturday evening and
Sunday afternoon football on TV next season. Both
companies have expressed their disappointment over the
decision, but they have restated that they are not in the
position to make an increased offer. . . Once again,
above average crowds attend today's (Sunday) 17 league
5 After days of wrangling, the Bournemouth board agrees
to sell Phil Boyer to Norwich for 150,000 pounds. Boyer
and McDougall have played together for York City and
Bournemouth, and now they will team up for Norwich.
6 FA officials wish to ensure that every First and Second
Division manager will go to the World Cup. Ted Croker
says, 'We hope to have about 30 coaches based in a sports
centre in Cologne. We should learn everything we can. It
will be nice to say, when we qualify in 1978, that we
were ready to look and learn in 1974.' 7 Brian Clough has
accused his players of not knowing their own trade. He
has also said that the players have shirked all moral
responsibilities. He is backed up by assistant manager
Peter Taylor. . . Peter Hindley, 29, has joined Coventry
for 35,000 pounds.
8 Brian Greenhalgh, leading scorer at Cambridge, has
joined Bournemouth for 38,000 pounds . . . Nine Ajax
players are planning a World Cup boycott because they
regard the bonus payments as 'insufficient' . . . Three
British referees-Jack Taylor, Clive Thomas, and Bob
Davidson-have been invited to officiate in the World Cup
finals. . . Derek Dougan has responded to Brian Clough's
attack on his Brighton players: 'He shouldn't criticise
his players publicly, unless he allows them to answer
9 60,025 people-the largest league attendance this
season-see Leeds beat Manchester U. 2-0 at Old Trafford.
United are bottom of the First Division and Leeds lead
the field by nine points.
13 Yugoslavia beat Spain 1-0 at Frankfurt and qualify for
the World Cup Finals.
14 Bob Latchford has signed for Everton for an estimated
record transfer fee of 350,000 pounds -Everton defenders
Howard Kendall and Arthur Styles, plus 80,000 pounds
cash, make up the fee. Freddie Goodwin, who a few weeks
ago vowed that he would not sell Latchford or Francis,
has defended the move by saying that no players are
available for money and he had to settle for an exchange
deal. . . Peter Osgood will play for Chelsea against
Aberdeen in a friendly, but remains on the transfer list.
. . Bournemouth have signed the Plymouth winger AJan
Welsh for 30,000 pounds.
15 Bertie Mee says that English football needs a
'dictator' : 'Too many clubs-perhaps understandably-are
acting out of self-interest. We have to have a more
positive professional leadership.'
16 David Smallman scores the winning goal for
giantkillers Wrexham in the FA Cup fifth round tie at
Southampton. Leeds draw at Bristol C., but Liverpool beat
Ipswich 2-0 at Anfield.
18 The Football v Television war continues. Q.P.R. last
night banned the cameras from their replay against
Coventry because they felt that an early announcement on
TV might harm the gates. Bob Lord of Burnley demands
10,000 pounds for the televising of his club's sixth
round tie v Wrexham. 'I have never said that we should
not have TV football, but if matches are screened, the TV
companies must pay adequate compensation. There is no
possibility of the figure being reduced.' Both BBC and
ITV have a written agreement with the FA that all four
quarter-finals of the Cup will be covered, but apparently
Burnley do not feel obliged to comply with this contract.
. . Gordon Dunwoodie, secretary of the Scottish Players
Union, says that talk of a strike during the World Cup is
premature. Earlier it was suggested in the Continental
Press that the players might attempt to boycott the World
Cup, unless their demands (freedom of movement, limited
contract periods, pension schemes etc.) are granted.
19 Bristol C. beat Leeds at Elland Road in a sensational
F.A. Cup replay. Don Gillies scores the only goal of the
match in the 73rd minute. . . In London, Q.P.R. beat
Coventry 3-2-the winning goal is scored from a free-kick
by Stan Bowles seconds before the final whistle. . .
Celtic pay 30,000 pounds to Sheffield United for Jim
Bone. . . John Evanson has moved from Oxford to Blackpool
for 40,000 pounds.
20 Derby have signed Bruce Rioch from Aston Villa for
200,000 pounds . . . Ted Croker states that clubs must
honour the FA's contracts with the TV companies, or opt
out of the competitions. But the FA will not put pressure
on Burnley because it is understood that the clubs have
the option on whether to allow the cameras into their
23 Leeds unbeaten League record ends at Stoke. The
visitors take a two-goallead early in the match, but
Stoke equalise before half-time. Dennis Smith heads the
winning goal in the 67th minute. . . Liverpool draw at
Newcastle and are now eight points points behind Leeds
with one game in hand. . . Spain beat W. Germany 1-0 in a
25 Ted Croker, FA secretary, calls for the introduction
of professional referees and the permanent establishment
of Sunday League football . . . Brian Clough says that TV
must be banned from the grounds for at least six months
to see the effect on attendances. 'I would like to see TV
commentators-including myself---0n the dole.'
26 Two players, Jackson of Notts Forest and Heppolette of
Orient, are sent off at Nottingham, where Forest beat
Orient 2-1 . . . W. Germany draw 0-0 with Italy in Rome.
This is the 11th consecutive match in which Italy have
not conceded a goal and 'keeper Dino Zoff, of Juventus,
remains unbeaten for 1017 minutes.
27 The England Youth team beat Holland 1-0 and need only
one more point to qualify for the Finals of the UEF A
Youth Tournament in Sweden.
28 Preston pay 70,000 pounds for Mike Elwiss of Doncaster
. . . The sage of discontent at Chelsea continues. Tommy
Baldwin is fined two weeks' wages and Ian Hutchinson is
on the transfer list. Hutchinson says, 'This thing has
been dragging on for weeks. Chelsea have not told me how
much they think I'm worth on the market.' Osgood has
confirmed that he is also determined to get away and is
worried about the approaching transfer deadline. . . Alan
Hudson is recalled into the international reckoning and
is included in the England Under-23 squad v Scotland. Ian
Gillard of Q.P.R. is a newcomer in the party. . . Swindon
sack Les Allen following a series of disappointing
results. Swindon are bottom of the Second Division.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971