are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see November 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year)
MacDonald and Jane's,
picked for England . . . Gerry Francis still injured . .
. Aberdeen win Scottish League Cup .. . England
outclassed by Italy . . . FA to appoint a professional
referee instructor . . . Duncan McKenzie offered for sale
by Anderlecht ... Mackay leaves Derby . . . Frank
O'Farrell back in English soccer.
1 The football world pays its tribute to Bernard Joy,
chief soccer correspondent of the London Evening
Standard, who retires this week after 30 years. Joy was a
well-known amateur footballer, played for the Arsenal,
and was the last amateur to be capped for England in a
full international . . . Archie Gemmill is in the
Scotland squad despite his 'mistaken identity' suspension
2 Stan Bowles and Brian Talbot are included in the
26-strong England squad for the important Italy game ...
A Blackpool bid for Alan Ball is turned down by Arsenal .
. . Newport manager Jimmy Scoular has to be restrained by
police after two of his players are sent off at
3 Only three British clubs survive the second round of
the European competitions. Liverpool easily beat
Trabzonspor, Southampton complete the formality of going
through against Carrick Rangers, and QPR beat Slovan
Bratislava 5-2 in a highly skilful, entertaining match.
Don Givens scores his first European hat-trick and Bowles
has yet another outstanding game. But Derby lose their
unbeaten home record against foreign opposition by losing
3-2 (5-2 on aggregate) to AEK Athens, and Juventus,
having defeated Manchester City in the previous round,
defeat Manchester United 3-0. Both Edinburgh clubs, Hibs
and Hearts* lose heavily and are eliminated.
4 Alan Warbpys of Bristol Rovers refuses a £45,000 move
to West Ham . . . Coventry City's licence to sell
alcoholic drinks inside the ground is withdrawn by the
magistrates court . . . Revie says that the Juventus v
Manchester United match confirmed his opinions about the
Italians: 'They are very skilful, but have weaknesses
which can be exploited.'
5 Gerry Francis breaks down in training. He hasn't played
yet this season, and now might be out of football for
6 Aberdeen win the Scottish League Cup for the first time
in 20 years. They beat Celtic 2-1 after extra time with a
goal by sub. David Robb . . . In England, Ipswich
register their biggest ever First Division victory by
defeating WBA 7-0! Trevor Whymark scores four times, and
Paul Mariner crowns his home debut with a goal . . .
Liverpool stay on top after beating Sunderland 1-0 away .
. . Steve Waddington, son of the Stoke manager, scores
for his father's team in his first full game against
Middlesbrough . . , Fulham lose at home, and the crowd is
only 12,366 at Craven Collage, despite the presence of
George Best . . . Jimmy Greaves and Geoff Hurst are back
in the FA Cup, but their respective teams, Chelmsford and
Telford are beaten in the fourth qualifying round . . .
Terry Paine is back in active service for Hereford after
his recent retirement. The club, fighting against
relegation, 'needs his experience' says manager John
Sillett . . . George Graham joins his ex-team-mate Terry
Venables at Crystal Palace from Portsmouth.
8 Emlyn Hughes is recalled into the England squad. After
IB months absence, the Liverpool skipper takes the place
of the injured Paul Madeley. From the original '26' Don
Revie drops WiJkins, Peter Taylor, and Gordon Hill.
Charlie George is also out because of injury . . . The
Italians name an 18-strong squad which includes eight
Juventus players , . . Peter Osgood goes from Southampton
to Norwich on loan.
9 Liverpool have a five-point lead in the First Division
with a 5-1 win over Leicester. Jimmy Bloomfield,
Leicester's manager says: 'It is frightening to Ihink
what Liverpool are going to do to a team that plays badly
against them' . . . David Cross of Coventry is the fourth
player to refuse to move to West Ham after the clubs
agreed terms . . . At a strong shareholders' meeting at
Derby, Dave Mackay is criticized for the team's lack of
success this season. But the 'bring back Clough' moves
10 Northern Ireland lose 2-0 at Liege v Belgium. Goals by
Van Gool and Lambert decide the match, but Danny
Blanchflower says that his team still has a fair chance
to qualify for the finals. George Best admits: 'I had a
bad game. They didn't put anyone out lo kick me but they
smothered me with three defenders' . . . Kevin Sheldon.
Stoke's 20-year-old forward is taken into hospital with a
broken leg after only 13 minutes of the match at Leeds .
. . Manchester United drop a home point to Sunderland . .
. Colin Bell is to have an exploratory operation on his
knee . . . Bristol City sign Peter Cormack from Liverpool
for £50,000 . . . Dick Young resigns as manager of
Carlisle, but agrees to remain as assistant manager.
11 Several players in the England squad have colds, and
manager Revie delays team selection . . . Tottenham pay
£60,000 for Carlisle defender John German . . . Norwich
re-buy Graham Paddon from West Ham for £110,000 . . .
Don Masson of QPR is out of the Scotland squad wilh a leg
injury . . . Orient will spend £10,000 on new drainage.
They have had seven first team and reserve rnalches
postponed since early October.
12 Jimmy Greenhoff of Stoke joins Manchester United for
£100,000 to team-up with his younger brother Brian.
13 Tottenham lose at home to Bristol City in the only
First Division match of the day. Alan Hardaker says these
'blank Saturdays' are causing concern and financial
hardship. In future the national squad players should be
allowed to turn out for their clubs before a midweek
international. His words are backed up by Charlton's
general manager Rodney Stone, who estimates that the
Chelsca v Charlton match would have attracted a 50,000
crowd on a Saturday - 12,000 more than attended the game
last Wednesday. The difference represents £12,000 to the
two clubs. Don Revie answers: 'As far as the
international team managers are concerned, this would be
like sitting on a volcano. It is murder to sit by the
telephone on a Saturday night, waiting for notification
of injuries and withdrawals' . . . Archie Gemmill is
cleared by FIFA and will play for Scotland against Wales
. . . Three hat-tricks in the League - Danny Westwood,
Vie Halom, and Kevin Reeves are the scorers.
14 A strike by firemen at Rome's two airports is
threatening charter flights for England fans . . . Naples
beat Southampton 4-0 tn the second leg of the
Anglo-Italian Cup. Lawrie McMenemy says: 'It was a case
of boys against men. But the Italians can be beaten by
England - I spotted several weaknesses.'
15 Both Hughes and Bowles are included in the England
line-up against Italy. Enzo Bearzot selects seven
Juventus players for the 'match of the season' in Rome.
16 Rodney Marsh scores twice for Fulham v Carlisle in a
2-0 win. Less than 10,000 watch the Best/Marsh
combination 31 Craven Cottage . . . Bobby Moncur is the
newly-appointed player/manager of Carlisle United.
17 Goals by Antognoni and Betlega beat England 2-0 in
Rome. Italy, clearly superior, dominate the match which
is excellently controlled by referee Abraham Klein of
Israel. Cuccureddu and Channon are shown the yellow card.
Press comments describe the Italians as 'world class' and
England as mere journeymen. Don Revie says: 'We are all
very disappointed. Now we have to rely on Finland taking
at least one point off the ltalians and we have tobeat
them at Wembley' . . . In the other World Cup games,
Scotland beat Wales 1-0 with the help of an Ian Evans own
goal, and Eire lose 2-0 in Paris.
18 Alan Hardaker warns that the postponement of fixtures
could harm football: 'I can see the League collapsing.
It's the public we are interested in, and without them we
can't play. I must speak out on their behalf and I would
have said the same if we had won' . . . Revie's answer:
'To go back to the old system and the wholesale
withdrawal of players on the Saturday before a mid-week
international would be a retrograde step' . . .
Debenhams, the chain stores group, agree to a £20,000
sponsorship for teams involved in the First Round of the
FA Cup who go longest in the competition . . . Leighton
James says that he'll never play for Wales again unless
he is selected in his club position - on the left flank
of the attack.
20 Three non-league clubs beat League opposition in the
First Round of the FA Cup. Leatherhcad once again make
the headlines by defeating Northampton, Minehead beat
Swansea, and Hillingdon defeat Torquay . . . Ray Kennedy
grabs a late equalizer for Liverpool against his old club
Arsenal at Highbury to preserve Ihe champions' five-point
lead on top of the table . . . Jimmy Greenhoff,
Manchester United's £100,000 signing, makes his debut
for the club at Leicester in the 1-1 draw . . . Both
Tottenham and West Ham lose, at Sunderland and home to
Newcastle respectively, and now the two London clubs
occupy the bottom places on Ihe table . . . Stan Bowles
is one of the three Division One players sent off. John
Beck of Coventry and Mike Pejic of Stoke are the others .
. . The Nottingham Forest v Chelsea match is held up due
to crowd trouble, and referee Denis Turner takes the
players to thedressingrooms for four minutes . . .
Following boardroom changes, Fulham lose at Craven
Cottage 5-1 to Notts County. Peter Mellor 'celebrates'
his 29th birthday by conceding five goals and then going
off seriously injured . . . Bobby Moore is barracked by
the crowd following a couple of costly individual
21 Bob Paisley says that Liverpool will protest if the
League nominate referee Alan Turvey lo control one of
their matches. Paisley is unhappy because Turvey
penalized Ray Clemcnce for breaking the four step rule,
and booked the goalkeeper for dissent. Paisley says:
'Every goalkeeper in the country is doing it.' Turvey
replies: 'I referee in accordance with the laws.'
22 It is officially announced that England will make a
South American tour in June . . . Ted Croker says that
the FA will appoint a full time 'referee supremo'. The
post will bcadverlizedforas a National Referees'
Instructor. Croker says: The man who is appointed must
have a good deal of experience of refereeing, and
instructional experience as well. We want to
professionalise the training of referees. We want someone
to achieve continuity at every level.' Jack Taylor, who
is forced to leave the Football League list at the end of
this season having reached the retiring age, is strongly
tipped for the new job.
23 Ipswich win again and narrow the gap at the top of
Division One to three points with one game in hand . . .
Derek Dougan, 37, player/manager of Kettering, scores the
only goal of the re-played Cup tie at Oxford . . . Bayern
Munich beat Cruzeiro 2-0 in the first leg of the World
Club Championship . . Anderlecht put Duncan McKenzie on
the transfer list, but they refuse a £170,000 bid for
him . . . Football hooligans could be fined up to £1000
by magistrates in the future if proposals by the Home
Secretary are accepted. All kinds of vandalism will be
more severely dealt with by the courts . . . Graham Tuti,
the 20-year-old Charlton goalkeeper, sustained a serious
eye injury, is advised to retire.
24 Stan Bowles scores a brilliant third goal for QPR in
their 3-0 home win over Cologne in the UEFA Cup. It is
his tenth goal in European football this season -a new
record for an English League player . . . Newport
County's request for a loan to the Welsh FA is turned
down, and the club is in financial difficulties..
Chairman Cyril Rogers warns that Newport could go out of
business before the New Year unless there is immediate
25 Dave Mackay leaves Derby County! Following rumours of
unrest, Mackay asks the Board of Directors for a vote of
confidence. They refuse and terminate his employment with
the club. Assistant Manager DCS Anderson leaves as well,
and reserve team coach Colin Morphy takes over as
caretaker manager . , . Malcolm Musgrove is also
dismissed at Torquay . . . Gerry Francis does not need an
operation, but he is told to rest for a further period.
27 A good day for the favourites. All three top teams win
in Division One . . .Ipswich beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at
Ayresome Park - their seventh win in eight games ... At
the bottom of the Division, West Ham gain their first
away win of the season against Manchester United, and
Tottenham also win 2-0 at home against Sunderland ... In
the Second Division Alan Warboys scores his 100th league
goal in Bristol Rovers' win over Hull, but Peter Noble's
100th goal doesn't avoid defeat for Burnley, who are
beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
28 Frank O'Farrell is back in English football as the
manager of Torquay ... Coventry, with guest Gordon Banks
in goal, will play a friendly against Newport, to help
the finances of the Welsh club . . . Kevin Keegan says
that he feels exhausted, and wanted to be substituted by
Liverpool against Bristol City ... Sir Harold Thompson is
quoted in the Daily Express: 'An influential European
lobby is fighting to resist Afro-Asian influence in FIFA.
We are moving. We have a blueprint on international
relations, to restore moral principles to the game. There
are no machinations behind FIFA's back, but the faci is
lhat while Europe provides 85 per cent of FIFA's income,
we consistently have 88 other nations voting against us.'
29 Chris Garland rejoins Bristol City from Leicester in a
£110,000 deal ... A new Continental style transfer
system is agreed by the PFA. It is a variation on the
'freedom of contract' deal, and could come into operation
30 Tom Reynolds, FIFA referee, is told that he is
relieved of officiating next Saturday at Portsmouth
because he failed to hold up the yellow card when he
cautioned players last Saturday. The initial ban angers
Reynolds, who considers Ihe omission "trivial1 ...
Manchester United also offer to play a friendly at
Newport as a gesture of goodwill, and to raise cash for
the Fourth Division club ... Fulham sign Gerry Peyton,
Burnley's goalkeeper, for £40,000... Nottingham Forest
sign Larry Lloyd for £60,000 from Coventry.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971