are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see April 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1975-76 (6th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Both Derby and Ipswich win their home matches and are
now level on points with Everton on top of the table.
Leicester beat West Ham 3-0 - Garland scores twice to
take his total to six in five games since his transfer
from Chelsea ... Representatives of Crystal Palace and
Colchester are interviewed by a joint committee of the
Football Association and the Football League following an
inspection of their books.
3 Alec Stock gambles on John Mitchell in the semi-final
against Birmingham. All the other teams have injury
problems and won't announce their line ups until
4 Everton drop a home point to Burnley . .. Ron Yeats,
the ex-Liverpool player, is sacked at Tranmere, where he
was player/manager for two years, and manager for one.
5 The first double deadlock in the FA Cup semi-finals for
23 years ... Mitchell takes the lead for Fulham, but
Gallagher equalizes on Birmingham's behalf. The clash
between West Ham and Ipswich is spoilt by injuries to
Beattie and Hunter. Beattie stayed on as a semi-fit
striker, and Hunter was substituted. Trevor Whymark did a
splendid job as an emergency centre-back ... In the
league, Derby grab a point with a last minute goal at
Middlesbrough. Liverpool are back on top after winning
2-0 at Leeds. Tottenham register their third successive
win and have a fighting chance to stay up. Carlisle are
doomed to go straight back to Division Two. Manchester U.
are certain of promotion. They beat Southampton 1-0 at
7 Manager Don Howe is leaving West Bromwich. He is told
that his contract won't be renewed at the end of the
season. Howe, who was the first-team coach at Arsenal in
the 'double' season, decides to leave immediately ...
Colin Meldrum is sacked at Workington ... Derek Dougan,
the Wolves striker and chairman of the PFA, announces
that he will retire at the end of the season . . .
Charlton win 1-0 at Tranmere and are clear favourites for
promotion from Division Three.
8 The Welsh FA agree to play in Belfast provided certain
conditions are observed. The match will take place if the
ceasefire is still in operation, and the Yugoslav match
-due to be played there on April 16 - remains incident
free. Crystal Palace lose 2-1 at Grimsby. Three players
are sent off by referee John Hough and four booked. The
Palace players and manager Allison bitterly attack the
referee and ask for the game to be replayed. Phil Holder
says, 'The linesman used foul language to me when
inspecting my boots in the dressing room.' AJlison:
"This was the most incredible thing I have ever seen
on a football pitch. We will report the referee and get
him banned for life. If there is any justice, these
points will be thoroughly investigated.' Sheffield W. put
more players on the transfer list.
9 The FA Cup final will be an all-London affair. For the
first time since 1967 two teams from the capital - Fulham
and West Ham - reach Wembley. The Second Division side
beat Birmingham 1-0 at Maine Road. John Mitchell,
formerly with St Albans, gets the winner in the last
minute of extra time. West Ham defeat Ipswich 2-1 at
Stamford Bridge with two goals by Alan Taylor - a
£40,000 buy from Fourth Division Rochdale. The
21-year-old striker also scored twice in the Sixth Round
against Arsenal.. . Leeds take an early lead against
Barcelona through Bremner in the European Cup semi-final
first-leg tie at Elland Road, but Asensi equalizes in the
65th minute, and a Clarke goal gives the home side a
narrow 2-1 advantage. In the other semi, St Etienne and
Bayern Munich draw 0-0... George Knoebel, who resigned a
week ago, changes his mind and signs a four year contract
as manager of the Dutch National side ... Airdrie beat
Motherwell 1-0 in a Scottish FA Cup semi-final and reach
the Final for the first time in 51 years.
12 Derby beat West Ham 1-0 and are now odds-on to win the
title ... Stoke are out of the race, but Liverpool,
Everton, and Ipswich still have a chance to overhaul the
leaders. Both Chelsea and Tottenham are beaten, and their
clash next Saturday at White Hart Lane could send either
of them into Division Two ... Derek Robbins leaves
Coventry, and his son Peter will also resign from the
Board. Informed gossip links Jimmy Hill with his old
14 Phil Boyer appeals against suspension in front of an
Independent Tribunal. This ploy makes the Norwich striker
available for the vital promotion battles.
15 Plymouth are promoted into Division Two. They beat
Colchester 1-0 at home in front of a 23,551 crowd ...
Scunthorpe, beaten by Brentford, will have to apply for
re-election for the first time in their history. . .
Bristol C., led by skipper Geoff Merrick, walk off the
Orient pitch when the floodlights fuse, but referee
Lester Shapter orders them back and they lose 1-0 - their
promotion chances ruined!... Kevin Beattie gets his first
full cap for England v Cyprus.
16 Malcolm Macdonald scores all five England goals in the
European Championship tie v Cyprus at Wembley-an all-time
record at the famous stadium, and the highest individual
score for an England striker since 1938 ... Wales score a
sensational 2-1 win in Budapest - a first home defeat for
the Hungarians in a competitive fixture . . . Sweden and
Scotland draw in a friendly, but Northern Ireland beat
Yugoslavia 1-0 with a Bryan Hamilton goal . . . Chelsea
make coach Eddie McCreadie manager, and Ron Suart will be
the club's general manager.
18 New manager McCreadie drops captain John Hollins from
the team v Tottenham. Hollins says that he wishes to
leave the club ... Millwall lose at Southampton and are
relegated from Division Two .. . Jimmy Hill is offered a
seat on the Coventry Board . .. Southend skipper Dave
Elliott is appointed as player/manager at Newport.
19 Derby are virtual champions! They draw at Leicester,
while all their rivals lose. Liverpool and Everton are
out of the race, but Ipswich can still catch the
Mid-landers, if Derby fail to get at least a point at
home against Carlisle ... Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 in
the all-London relegation battle. The gate is 51,064 and
thousands are locked out. Before the match, an unruly
crowd invades the pitch, and the police fail to clear the
playing area. Then referee Jack Taylor walks out with the
teams and disperses the troublemakers ... Crowd trouble
was also sadly evident in Nottingham, where Manchester U.
clinch the Second Division title . . . Hudders-field are
definitely relegated into Division Four! . . . Four
players are sent off, taking the figures for the season
over the 100 mark.
20 Jimmy Hill is the managing director of Coventry City.
He'll take up his duties at once. The job - new in
football - is an unpaid one, and Hill says that he won't
interfere, with new manager Gordon Milne's work. Milne's
promotion means tha,t Joe Mercer will get a seat on the
21 England will play in Belfast on May 17. That is the
official FA decision following the example of the Welsh,
who are also willing to travel there. But Don Revie
emphasizes that players may withdraw from the party
without jeopardizing their international future . . .
Birmingham chairman Clifford Coombs calls a crisis
meeting to discuss the recent record of the team and that
of manager Freddie Goodwin.
23 A truly important night for English football!... Leeds
reach the European cup final by drawing with Barcelona
1-1. Lorimer puts the visitors ahead early in the first
half and Clares equalizes in the 70th minute. Soon
afterwards, Gordon McQueen is sent off for striking the
same Spanish player. Leeds - only the second English
finalists in the history of the competition - will face
Bayern, 2-0 winners over St Etienne, in Paris on May 28
for the trophy ... In the other major European
tournaments, there will be an all-eastern European final
in the Cup-Winners' Cup between Dynamo Kiev and
Ferencvaros of Hungary, and a Moenchengladbach v Twente
final in the UEFA Cup ... Derby clinch the Championship
without playing. Ipswich drop a point at Maine Road
against Manchester C., making Derby the First Division
Champions . . . Chelsea's gloom deepens after a 1-1 draw
at Stamford Bridge v Sheffield U. - now only a near
miracle can keep them in Division One , . . Aston Villa
make sure of their promotion by beating Sheffield W. 4-0
away . .. Alan Mullery is the Footballer of the Year.
26 A quiet end to the League season as the last full
Saturday programme is played off. Derby draw 0-0 with
Carlisle. Immediately after the game they start to dig up
their much criticized pitch and there will be a new
surface laid for next season ... Liverpool and Ipswich
make sure of their UEFA Cup places, alongside League Cup
winners Aston Villa - the fourth spot will go to Stoke or
Sheffield U.... Chelsea are relegated, but Tottenham
could save themselves if they get a point against Leeds
on Monday at White Hart Lane ... Aston Villa beat
Sunderland 2-0, and as Norwich win at Portsmouth, the
promotion race ends ... Two of last year's relegated
sides, Manchester U. and Norwich, are back at the first
attempt, and Aston Villa are in Division One after eight
years' absence ... Cardiff go down to Division Three with
Millwall and Sheffield W.
28 Tottenham escape relegation by beating Leeds 4-2.
Chivers, recalled after two months' absence, scores one
of the goals ... Chester are promoted for the first time
in the club's 43-year League history ... Lincoln are
beaten at Southport and finish behind Chester on goal
average . . . Blackburn are the Third Division champions,
after a scoreless home draw against Wrexham. The crowd -
29 Charlton go back into Division Two after a 3-1 win
over Preston . . . Sheffield U. draw at Birmingham and
fail to clinch a UEFA Cup place ... In Division Three,
Watford lose at home and are relegated to Division Four.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971