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 1975-76 (6th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Everton stay on top after beating Tottenham at home
with a late Pearson goal. A bottle thrown from the crowd
floors Spurs keeper Pat Jennings, and referee Partridge
reports the incident to the League .... Manchester U.
lose their unbeaten home record .. . Bristol C. win 1-0
at Old Trafford in front of the day's biggest crowd -
47,118 .. . Shrewsbury 7, Doncaster 4 is the highest
scoring game of the season so far - Ray Haywood gets a
hat-trick for the home team.
3 Grimsby sack manager Ron Ashman ... Doncaster's new
boss is Stan Anderson.
4 Larry Lloyd is fined £75 for giving a 'V sign salute
to the Ipswich crowd, and is suspended for one match . .
. England play two practice matches against club
opposition. A side selected from the younger players in
the squad beats Arsenal 2-0, and the more established
players lose 1-0 to Tottenham.
5 Fulham and Nottingham F. finish in a stalemate once
again in their FA Cup second replay. Fulham have now
played six games in the competition and beaten only one
opponent. 'We should go straight into the Guinness Book
of Records', says their manager Alex Stock. 'If nobody
wins this on Monday we ought to line-up the players and
shoot them!' jokes Forest manager Brian Clough . . .
Scotland draw 1-1 in Valencia with Spain in the European
Championship. Jordan scores in the first minute but
Megido equalizes with a disputed goal in the second half
... Sheffield W. sign Phil Henson, the Manchester C.
player, for £50,000.
8 Tommy Langley, on his 17th birthday, scores Chelsea's
winning goal against Birmingham. The London club opens a
sumptuous 'Executive Restaurant' with a reception before
the match . . . Liverpool take revenge over Ipswich with
a fine 5-2 win at Anfield . . . Everton lose at,
Manchester - now they are joint, leaders with Stoke and
Burnley ... Manchester U. are beaten at Oxford, where
hundreds of their fans are shut but. Tickets are on sale,
but according to League regulations, visiting United fans
must buy their tickets in advance... Mel Machin
(Norwich), Angus Davidson (Scunthorpe), and Bobby
Mountford (Rochdale) are sent off.
9 The FIFA meeting in Zurich adjourns the decision
concerning the venue of the World Cup, but the
Argentinians are still confident that they will be able
to stage the 1978 finals.
10 Wimbeldon's brave FA Cup run ends. In front of a
45,701 crowd at Selhurst Park, they are beaten 1-0 by
Leeds. A Giles shot is diverted past goalkeeper Guy by
one of his own players ... Fulham beat Nottingham F. 2-1
in their third replay, and earn a lucrative fifth round
tie at Goodison Park against Everton.
11 Jim McCalliog signs for Southampton for £40,000 . . .
Torquay dismiss coacl Mike Hughes and appoint Len
Chatterley in his place.
12 Spurs sign young Bolton defender Don McAllister for
£80,000 . . . Liverpool'! bid to take over at the top of
the table fails as they are beaten 4-1 at Newcastle.
13 Wilf McGuiness, once in charge of Manchester U., is
the new manager of York City.
14 Dave Roberts, of Oxford, moves to Hull for a £70,000
15 Fulham, in their eighth FA Cup tie of the season, beat
Everton at Goodison Park.Viv Busby, who scored twice
during the week against Nottingham F., gets another two
in a 2-1 shock win ... Peterborough hold Middlesbrough to
a 1-1 draw, but Carlisle win at Mansfield . . . Ipswich
fight back against Villa and turn a 0-2 deficit into a
3-2 win with goals by Dave Johnson and sub. Bryan
Hamilton (2) .... Both Ipswich and Carlisle establish a
new best for the club by reaching Round 6 ... Stan Bowles
(Q.P.R.) is substituted at Upton Park and starts another
controversy with an outburst against manager Dave Sexton.
'I'll never talk to him again', says the temperamental
star ... In the League, Stoke go on top after a home draw
against Wolves. Mike Pejic breaks his leg - the third
Stoke player to suffer the same bad luck this season . .
. Malcolm Macdonald scores twice in Newcastle's 3-0 home
win v Burnley-now he leads the Division One League
scoring chart with 14.
17 Sexton and Bowles settle their differences at Q.P.R.,
but Dave Webb goes 'missing' .. . The Scottish FA
censures Willie Ormond for remarks concerning the referee
after the Spain v Scotland game ... David Harvey is
injured in a car accident and won't be available for
Leeds' postponed Cup tie v Derby.
18 Harvey's stand-in David Stewart plays a heroic part in
Leeds' triumph at the Baseball Ground. Once again an own
goal decides the issue - Nish puts the ball past Boulton.
Even Leeds manager Jimmy Armfield says that he feels
sorry for Derby, but 'that is the kind of thing that so
often happens in the Cup".
19 Leicester and Arsenal draw their Cup replay and will
meet again next Monday at Filbert Street . . . Brian
Clough buys the ex-Derby pair John O'Hare and John
McGovern from Leeds. The players cost £60,000 - less
than half the purchase price when they moved to Leeds.
20 'England's Wembley game v W. Germany seems certain to
be beamed live into selected cinemas in every corner of
the land', writes the Daily Express. Ted Croker, who is
discussing the matter with Viewsport boss Jarvis Astaire,
says, 'It looks certain that this game will be a
sell-out, and we need the extra revenue'.
21 Watford sign Alan Garner, the Luton defender, for
£20,000 .. .David Webb is back in training with Q.P.R.
After the meeting with manager Sexton, he decides to
resume his career in football.
22 Alan Ball and Bob McNab are sent off at Derby. This is
only the second occasion since the war that two players
of the same club have been dismissed in the same match.
The only previous occasion was in 1967, when McLintock
and Storey were sent off-a rare double for Arsenal! Spurs
lose 3-0 to Leicester at White Hart Lane, and are now in
deep relegation trouble... Fulham beat Sunderland (2
goals again by Viv Busby!) and Manchester U. are beaten
by Aston Villa. So the promotion battle in the Second
Division is becoming wide open ... to Scotland, Rangers
lead is increased to four points, as Celtic are defeated
24 Arsenal beat Leicester 1-0 in their second FA Cup
replay at Filbert Street. John Radford scores the winnfer
in the 25th minute of extra-time ... Martin Shivers is
left out of the Spurs travelling party for a friendly
against Red Star in Belgrade.
25 England draw 1-1 with Spain at Bristol in the UEFA
Youth Cup qualifying match... Leeds beat Carlisle 3-1 and
are now in a challenging position... Everton are back on
top with a point to spare, and a game in hand.
26 Spurs win a friendly 1-X) in Belgrade. Peters isn't
used, and Olivers plays in a friendly against Birmingham.
Several interested managers watched the ex-England
forward who is apparently available for transfer.
27 John Bond, Norwich manager, says that his players
should not be involved in selling League Cup final
tickets at inflated prices, but they are entitled to pick
up perks from advertising, interviews, etc. Terry
Venables announces his retirement. In future he'll be
first team coach at Crystal Palace.
28 Mike England, Spurs' 31-year-old Welsh international,
announces his retirement. England says, 'You set your own
standards in football. I have been going home
disappointed lately, and that is the chief reason I have
chosen to call it a day. There is no animosity between me
and Terry Neill. Spurs will survive.' ... Steve Mills,
the young Southampton full-back, is seriously injured in
a car crash . . . Manchester U. sign Steve Coppell from
Tranmere for £40,000.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971