are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see June 1970-71
As appeared in:
1 to 8 June: Rothman's
Football Yearbook 1976-77 (7th year) The Queen Anne
Press, London 1976;
9 to 30 June: Rothman's
Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year) MacDonald and
Jane's, London 1977.
signs a 6-year contract with QPR . . . Some interesting
decisions In the League AGM... Jimmy Hill is appointed as
soccer supremo in Saudi Arabia. Good start for England in
the World Cup . . . Czechoslovakia are the new European
Champions . . , Duncan McKenzie signs for Andcrlecht . .
. Terry Venables takes over at Crystal Palace.
1 Tony Waiters, manager of Plymouth, raises £4,000 for
the club by a sponsored marathon run. Waiters, a former
international goalkeeper, completes the course in just
over 35 minutes... Wales beat Italy 1-0 in the UEFA
Tournament, but fail to reach the semi-finals ... The FA
state that they do not regard the match against Team
America' as a full international, and no caps will be
given to the players involved. 'It was a training match'
says an FA official.
3 Stan Bowks signs a six-year contract for QPR ... Martin
Olivers is wanted by the Swiss club Servette.
4 The Football League's AGM decide that from next season,
goal difference will decide League positions instead of
goal average. But the 'goal bonus' idea is thrown out..,
The four bottom clubs are re-elected to the Fourth
Division. Workington have the narrowest escape,
collecting 21 votes as opposed to Yeovil's 18. Chairman
Lord Westwood announces that in the future only two clubs
- one from the Southern and one from the Northern Premier
League - will attempt to obtain FL status ... The 65p
minimum entrance charge remains unaltered ... Don Revie
calls up Paul Madeley into the England squad for the
Finland match... Hosts, Hungary and the USSR reach the
Final of the UEFA Youth Tournament.
7 Jimmy Hill signs a long-term contract with Saudi
Arabia. He will act as a 'football supremo' appointing
coaches and organising the game generally. Hill will stay
in London, but there will be jobs for several English
coaches, referees and administrators.
8 Tony Currie signs for Leeds. Jimmy Armfield says about
his £240,000 purchase: Tony is a crowd puller. He is one
of the game's personalities. We've needed a. midfield
player of his calibre since Johnny Giles left'... West
Ham buys Bill Green from Carlisle for £75,000 ... Fulham
lodges a complaint with the Football League regarding the
fixtures for season '76/77. They object to having home
games on the same dates as QPR while neighbours Cbelsea
will have West London to themselves.
10 UEFA ban Wales until 1982 from entering the European
Championship. The suspension is imposed in consequence of
crowd trouble during the quarter-final against
Yugoslavia. The Welsh FA decide to appeal against the
11 John Ireland, Wolves chairman for 12 years, is removed
from the post at the end of a power struggle over the
sacking of manager Bill McGarry . . . England play
training matches against 'amateur' sides to get the feel
of scoring goals - a tip taken from the Hungarians of 20
12 Pat Jennings and Arfon Griffiths are awarded MBEs in
the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
13 England open their World Cup bid with a convincing 4-1
win against Finland in Helsinki. Pearson's goal is
equalized by the Finns, but Keegan (2) and Channon
complete England's scoring. Don Revie praises the team's
performance, and the players unstinting effort at the end
of a gruelling season.
16 Terry Venables becomes manager of Crystal Palace . . .
Danny Blanchflower, the 51-year-old ex-international, is
the new part-time manager of Northern Ireland.
Blanchflower says he intends to organize training matches
against English club sides ... In the first European
Championship semi-final, Czechoslovakia beat Holland 3-1.
In the pouring rain at Zagreb, Ondrus scores for the
Czechs, and later the same player puts through his own
goal. In extra time Nehoda and sub Vesely get the Czech
goals Referee Clive Thomas of Wales sends off Pollak,
Neeskens, and Van Hanegem, and books several players
including Johan Cruyff.
17 In Belgrade, West Germany beat Yugoslavia 4-2 after
extra time. The Yugoslavs score two early goals, but
substitute Flohe scores for Germany in the second half,
and another sub, Dieter Muller, equalizes. Muller scores
two more goals in extra time to give West Germany victory
. . . John Beck joins Coventry from QPR for £40,000.
19 Sammy Chung is the new manager of Wolves. He has been
Bill McGarry's assistant not only at Wolverhampton but
also with other clubs . . . Holland clinch the third
place spot in the European Championship with a 3-2
extra-time win over hosts Yugoslavia. In all three games
so far, extra time has been necessary to separate the
20 Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in a dramatic
penalty-kick decider in the final of the European
Championship. The Czechs go two up through Svehlik and
Dobias, but Dieter Muller pulls a goal back for the
Germans before the interval. Holzenbein heads the
equalizer seconds before the final whistle, and there is
no further scoring in extra time. Czechoslovakia score
all five penalties, but Hoeness shoots over the bar for
Germany. Originally a replay had been scheduled in case
of a draw, but hours before the match, the two team
managers decide that penalty-kicks should decide the
issue - if necessary!
22 Vic Halom of Sunderland joins Oldham for a £25,000
fee ... Denis Howell writes letters of appreciation to
West Ham and Liverpool concerning their fans 'commendable
behaviour' in their European Cup matches on the
23 Chelsea's future is in danger due to the club's
precarious financial position. The Board calls in a firm
of accountants to assess the situation and a meeting of
the creditors is scheduled for next week. A Greater
London Council leader, Tony Banks, says that the GLC
should rescue Chelsea and if necessary should take over
the club . . . Terry Neill resigns his job as Tottenham
24 Duncan McKenzie signs for Anderlecht of Belgium. Leeds
collect £200,000 and the player is assured of a
lucrative two-year contract plus a signing-pn fee ...
Bill Dodgin leaves Northampton despite the club's
promotion into Division Three.
26 Sir Harold Thompson is the new chairman of the
Football Association. After his election he urges clubs
to play more attacking football to bring back the crowds:
"The trouble is that our clubs cannot afford to lose
matches' he says. 'I understand their problem, but we
must make an effort. I may have a few ideas about
improving the game, but I am not ready to talk yet.'
29 Bill McGarry signs a two-year contract for Saudi
Arabia. He'll be their national team coach and will look
after the squad at Coventry, where they will have a
pre-season stay with the First Division club . . . Ray
Clarke of Mansfield signs for Sparta Rotterdam. The fee
is reputed to be £50,000. This is the first deal
arranged by Peter Morris, Mansfield's new player/manager.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971