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Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see September 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year)
MacDonald and Jane's,
Fulham debut for Best - a goal after 71 seconds! ... A
disappointing England straggle to draw with Eire . . .
Portsmouth in danger of extinction due to cash problems .
. . Dutch threaten to boycott World Cup finals because of
security risks . . . Billy Bremner leaves Leeds . . .
Peter Taylor signs for Spurs.
1 Further surprise results in the League Cup - Torquay
beat Burnley, Wrexham defeat Leicester, and the
much-improved Stockport win at Blackburn ... A
three-point plan to beat rowdyism at football matches is
planned by Sir Harold Thompson, FA Chairman. 1, Harsher
penalties for offenders. 2, Ban re-imposed on football
specials. 3, Fencing-in of pitches. Clubs might also be
made responsible for the behaviour of their fans - home
and away. In the meantime neither Derby nor Manchester
United are blamed for last Saturday's horrific events.
2 Fulham Chairman Tommy Trinder and Secretary Hortop
unexpectedly arrive at the League HQ to persuade Hardaker
and his committee to relent on George Best's
registration. Their journey is successful and the
ex-Manchester United star will play for Fulham on
Saturday. His registration will be reviewed by the league
on December 31 ... Ken Roberts resigns at Chester and
Alan Oakes takes over as player/manager . . . John
Richards of Wolves is to have a cartilage operation . . .
Three players are definitely out of the England squad due
to League Cup replay commitments.
3 Dynamo Tbilisi win the Russian Cup and will meet
Cardiff in the First Round of the Cup-Winners' Cup . . .
Eddie Kelly signs for QPR for £60,000.
4 Andy Gray scores the first hat-trick in First Division
football this season in Aston Villa's 5-2 win over
Ipswich . . . George Best makes a sensational debut for
Fulham scoring after 71 seconds' play! The gate is 21,172
- twice Fulham's average for 1975-76 . . . Leicester have
four draws in four matches, and Middlesbrough have not
conceded a goal yet. Blackpool, Brighton, and Stockport
lead the other divisions.
5 Roy McFarland is recalled into the England squad . . .
George Best says after his first match for Fulham: 'No
matter what people said about me when I was out of
football, I never lost my passion for the game. I think I
can get it all back - the stamina will come with more
matches. And I believe I can recapture the pace' . . .
Mrs Pat Dunne makes football history by becoming the
first woman to referee an official match between male
teams. She officiates in a Dorset County Sunday League
6 John Connolly leaves Everton for Birmingham in an
7 Best scores again in his second match for Fulham, a 2-1
League Cup replay win at Peterborough where the gate is
nearly three times the average - 16,476 . . . Brighton
surprise Ipswich with a late winner at the Goldstone Road
in front of a 27,000 crowd . . . John Docherty resigns at
8 England disappoint in their first international of the
season. They draw 1-1 at Wembley with Eire, but the
latter have the better of the play under the outstanding
leadership - on and off the field - of Johnny Giles.
Pearson scores for England near the end of the first
half, and Daly equalizes from a penalty following a foul
on Heighway by Wilkins. Charlie George is substituted in
his first international by Gordon Hill . . . West Ham's
£200,000 bid fails to secure Ray Hankin's signature from
Burnley. The player doesn't want to move to a London
9 England's football and approach are heavily criticized
by the Press and people in the game alike. Tommy Docherty
says: 'This was England's most frustrating and dismal
performance for years. It was like watching Leeds play
Leeds Reserves. Don Revie and Johnny Giles proved it that
a leopard doesn't change his spots -it was clear they
cannot change iheir attitude1 . . . Pal Howard finally
agrees to sign for Arsenal from Newcastle for £50,000.
He joins his former club-mate Malcolm Macdonald.
11 Brighton captain Brian Horton is sent off at Grimsby.
Other captains sent off are Rodney Johnson of Bradford
City and Mike Packer of Colchester. In the Bradford City
v Stockport game Gerry Ingram gets a hat-trick for the
home side, and Barney Daniels scores three for the
12 Portsmouth are on the verge of going out of business.
Chairman John Deacon says that unless the club scrapes
together £8000 this week and £25,000 by early November,
they will close down. They have a large overdraft, and
they owe money to clubs who have played at Fratton Park
this season. The Daily Express writes: 'Under Football
League rulings, the home club must make out a triplicate
return within six days of a game being played, detailing
the attendance, receipts, and enclosing appropriate
cheques. The League receive 4 per cent, the visiting club
receive 13p for each adult spectator and 7p for each
juvenile.' Portsmouth, now in Division Three, won the
First Division championship two years running in 1949 and
1950 ... A manipulative operation on Gerry Francis fails
and it is uncertain when the player will be able lo
resume full training.
13 Following Derby's mediocre start to Ihe season,
manager Dave Mackay has strong words for his players: 'I
am giving them two games to prove their worth and
commitment. If they don't give me 100 per cent, there
will be changes' . . . The Dutch FA are considering a
World Cup boycott, unless there is a change of venue.
They regard Argentina as unsuitable because of the
constant political unrest.
14 Ted MacDougall returns to the South Coast to be 'near
his business interests'. Southampton sign him from
Norwich for £50,000 . . . Portsmouth director I Dennis
Collett offers salvation to the club, at a price - the
resignation of chairman John Deacon . . . Liverpool open
their European Cup challenge with a unconvincing 2-0 win
over Crusaders at Anfield.
15 Good start for English clubs in European football!
Southampton beat Olympique Marseille 4-0 at The Dell, and
Manchester City are taking a 1-0 lead to Turin for the
return leg against Juventus. Derby score 12 times (Hector
5, George 3, James 3, Rioch) against Finn Harps,
bettering their best ever win margin in competitive
football . . . Manchester United lose 1-0 in Amsterdam,
but their fans behave themselves, and the fixture is
played without any unpleasant incident inside or outside
the ground . . . Neither Rangers nor Celtic are able to
win their home ties against Zurich and Wisla Krakow
respectively, and Hearts lose 2-0 at Leipzig. Only
Hibernian of the Scottish clubs manage a narrow 1-0 win
16 A new governing body equipped to help soccer out of
its financial plight is being proposed by Derek Dougan.
He says that the Government should give a generous grant
to football out of the taxes collected from the Pools . .
. Chelsea will collect £1500 from supporters'donations
if they beat Boiton on Saturday. The money will go to the
club to help them financially . . . Viv Busby is the
replacement for MacDougall at Norwich. He joins them for
£50,000 from Fulham ... Bill Dodgin is the new manager
of Brentford. His father bad the same job 20 years ago .
. . Byrom rejoins Blackburn on a free transfer, and Alan
Whittle goes to Orient.
18 John Tudor, on loan from Newcastle, scores twice for
Stoke in their 2-1 win over , Newcastle . . . Pat
Jennings plays his first game of the season in Spurs 2-0
defeat by Liverpool. But the hero is Ray Clemence, who
saves a Keith Osgood penalty . . . Marsh scores his first
goal for Fulharn since his return from the USA . . .
Wolves take over on top of Division Two with a convincing
5-0 win over Oldham . . . Brighton score seven goals
against York . . . Attendance aggregates around 650,000 -
the highest of the season.
19 Alfie Conn is on the transfer list at Tottenham . . .
Chelsea fans put £100 in collecting boxes as 'nobbins'
after the team's 2-1 win over Boiton. Frank Worthington
of Leicester strongly criticizes hisown team's football.
'People say that we have got a lot of skill. Where?
Perhaps we have one or two skilful players, but the rest
are workers. At the moment we are not giving value for
20 Liam Brady is fined for his part in a free-for-all
during the Everton match, although the referee took no
action. Terry Neill says: 'The Arsenal players are told
to behave. The club will not tolerate this kind of thing'
. . . Tony Young, the former Manchester United player, is
released by Charlton.
21 An 18-year-old youth dies after the rival fans clash
at New Cross Station following League Cup ties ... Alex
Cropley goes to Villa from Arsenal for £125,000 . . .
Jim Holton joins Sunderland on loan from Manchester
United . . .Southampton's youngster, Steve Williams,
scores the only goal of the match against Naples ai The
Dell in the first leg of the Anglo-Italian Cup.
22 West Brom's Willie Johnston is sent off for attempting
to kick referee Derek. Lloyd. This was the tenlh tune
that the Scottish forward has been sent off during his
career. But West Bromwich's reputation is saved by
player/manager Johnny Giles, who applauds-off Brighton
after the Third Division side's 2-0 shock win at WBA.
Young Peter Ward gets both goals . . . Other surprises in
the League Cup -Wrexham beat Tottenham 3-2 at White Hact
Lane and Notts County draw at Derby . . . Ray HankJn
signs for Leeds for £180,000 , . . Terry Mancini joins
Aldershot . . . Frank Worthington is fined a week's wages
by Leicester for his remarks regarding his team-mates . .
. Finland win 7-1 in a World Cup match against Luxembourg
- Iheir biggest ever win in a competitive international.
23 The Hankin transfer is temporarily off for medical
reasons. Leeds want the player to have an operation on
his knee before they buy him . . . Newcastle are fined
£4000 and are eliminated from the Anglo-Scottish Cup for
fielding a reserve team against Ayr United . . . The
money will go to Ayr as compensation, and Newcastle
manager Gordon Lee is severely censured for his attitude
towards the paying public. 'I did what I considered best
for Newcastle United' he says . . . Trevor Ross, the
Arsenal midflelder, is included in the squad for
Scotland's U-21 match. Ross has dual qualifications for
England and Scotland, and is considering which country to
play for ... Billy Bremner, 33, leaves Leeds United. He
signs for Hull, where manager John Kaye says he expects
Bremner to transform the team into promotion candidates .
. . Joe Shaw resigns his job as Chesterfield's manager.
24 Alan Foggon goes to Sunderland from Manchester United
without playing a first team game for United. The price -
£25,000 - is £15,000 less than the fee United paid to
Middlesbrough a few weeks ago , . . Derek Hales scores
twice in Charlton's 6-2 win over Southampton. The FA
Cup-holders haven't yet won a League game this season.
25 There are no unbeaten teams left in the Football
League. Manchester City lose at home to neighbours,
United, Leicester (also without a win) are beaten at
Aston Villa, Wolves surprisingly fail lo Luton at home,
and Stockport are defeated at Huddersfield ... At Maine
Road, Michael Docherty, the City full-back is criticized
by his father the United manager. Tommy says: 'Mike
should have been booked for a foul on Gordon Hill' . . .
Newcastle beat Liverpool 1-0 and now only six points
separate the 22 teams ... In Division Two Chclsea are two
points ahead after their narrow victory at Blackpool. In
this section Paul Mariner (Plymouth) and Colin Franks
(Sheffield United) score for their own sides and for the
opposition as well . . . The Marsh-Best combination
provides some of the best football seen at Fulham for
years, and the Cottagers beat Hereford 4-1 ... Italy beat
Yugoslavia 3-0 in their final warm-up before the World
27 The Ray Hankin transfer to Leeds goes through rather
unexpectedly. Following their defeat at Middlesbrough,
Leeds manager, Armfield, decides to take a chance on the
fitness of the £180,000 Burnley striker . . . Don Revie
drafts Dennis Tueart into the England squad for the
Pinland match . . . Willie Johnston of WBA is to face a
charge of bringing the game into disrepute. He asks for a
28 Liverpool raise their game at Belfast and beat
Crusaders 5-0 in the European Cup . . . Eddie Kelly is
sent off in a Combination game, and due to the automatic
one-match suspension, won't be able to face his old team
Arsenal at Highbury next Saturday . . . Jimmy Greaves,
back in football with Southern League side: Chelmsford,
scores his first goal for the club against Barnet . . .
Sunderland sign Barry Siddall, the Boiton 'keeper for
29 Five out of six English clubs progress in Europe.
Manchester City arc the only losers, beaten 2-0 by
Juventus. Manchester United beat Ajax by the same score
in a brilliant match in front of a well-behaved 59,000
crowd. Stan Bowles repeats his 'hat-tiick' feat against
the Norwegians at Brann, and Derby complete an easy UEFA
Cup win against Finn Harps with a 4-1 win. Roy McFarland
scores an 'own goal' in this match and is taken off
injured. Now he is a doubtful starter for the Finland
match. Southampton lose 2-1 at Marseille where crowd
disturbances ruin the match. West German referee,
Aldinger, suspends the game for a spell in the second
half, and sends off one player from each side. After the
game the Southampton party and their supporters are
attacked by French fans . . . Both Glasgow clubs are out
of Europe, but the Edinburgh pair, Hearts and Hits,
survive . . . At home, the transfers continue.
Sunderland, once nicknamed the 'Bank of England' club,
splash out £200,000 on Bob Lee, of Leicester, bringing
their spending up to the £500,000 mark this year . . .
Two Norwich players of established reputation leave the
club. Duncan Forbes goes to Torquay on loan, and David
Stringer joins Cambridge on a free transfer . . . Willis
Hall, the playwright, joins the Brentford Board of
Directors ... In the League, Leicester win for the first
time this season. They beat Stoke 1-0 with a Frank
Worthington goal. A happy re-call for the player, who was
disciplined by the club recently.
30 Tottenham enter the transfer market with the £200,000
purchase of Peter Taylor from Crystal Palace. Taylor will
take over from Jimmy Neighbour, who goes to Norwich for
£75,000. Taylor says: 'For four months I was waiting for
an offer my club would accept. Now, at last, I can prove
my class in First Division football.'
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971