are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see August 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1978-79 (9th year)
MacDonald and Jane's,
buy Dalglish for £440,000... Greenwood is England
manager until December... * Liverpool players, plus
Keegan in England squad.
3 Malcolm Macdonald is taken off the transfer list at
Arsenal... Every Derby player is supplied with a Saab
car. The club is sponsored by the Swedish company.
4 Billy Hughes goes to Derby from Sunderland on a one
month's loan ... Tottenham leave to tour without Pat
Jennings, who is engaged in transfer negotiations with
Ipswich and Arsenal. . . The Sun reveals that FIFA
President, Joao Havelange, would like to extend the World
Cup Final field to 24 in Argentina. The specially invited
countries might include England and Scotland.
5 The Football League backs the FA's ruling by banning
advertising on players' strips. Shuts can only carry the
club emblem, the clothing manufacturers' name and on the
back the club's name, which must not interfere with the
number. Non-League clubs will be allowed to carry adverts
on their shins, because their games are not televised - a
victory for Derek Dougan of Kettering, who forced the
issue last season . . . Spurs refuse an offer from St
Pauli, Hamburg, for winger Peter Taylor.
6 Asa Hartford of Manchester City is sent off in a
friendly in Holland . . . Alan Hudson says that he will
never kick a ball for Arsenal again.
8 Coventry strongly protest against the reprimand meeted
out to them by the Football League. The censure arises
after correspondence between the League and the club
concerning the public announcement of the Everton v
Sunderland result last season while play was still in
progress in the Coventry v Bristol Oty game. The teams
played out in the remaining five minutes a 2-2 draw which
sent Sunderland down into Div 2. Jimmy Hill, Coventry's
managing director says: 'Not one of our directors, either
collectively or individually, feels guilty of any
malpractice. Yet, we have been found guilty, without any
trial. We'll take this right through the courts' . . .
Billy Wright, Tom Finney and Joe Mercer are asked to
advise the FA on the appointment of the next England
9 Don Howe rejoins Arsenal as chief coach from West
Bromwich Albion. During Howe's previous period as Arsenal
coach they won the League and Cup double.
10 Liverpool break the transfer record between British
clubs by paying £440,000 to Celtic for Kenny Dalglish,
26. It is money collected earlier from the Kevin Keegan
transfer, but several people in football condemn the
deal. Derek Dougan says: 'How can football ask for
Government help, when a club spends this kind of money
for just one player?" . . . Middlesbrough also pay a
fee for John Mahoney of Stoke - £90,000 . . . Stan
Cullis and Arthur Rowe are also called in to join the
FA's 'Brains Trust' to select an England manager.
11 Pat Jennings ends 13 years' association with
Tottenham, and signs for Arsenal for a fee of £45,000.
13 The Charity Shield match between Liverpool and
Manchester Utd ends in a goalless draw at Wembley with an
82,000 crowd paying £195,000. Dalglish makes his debut
15 The Daily Express reports that Ron Greenwood has been
chosen as temporary manager of the England national team.
He will be in charge during the autumn internationals
including the World Cup matches against Luxembourg and
16 Ron Greenwood says: there's little I can say except
that I have talked to a member of the FA on the telephone
twice, and I have an appointment later this week."
West Ham chairman, Reg Pratt, says that his club will
release Greenwood, and will gladly re-employ him when his
job with England comes to an end. In the meantime
tributes to Greenwood are flooding the newspapers from
ex-West Ham players and fellow managers. Martin Peters
says: 'Quite simply, he is the best for the job'"
... Willie Bell completes two transfer deals - he buys
Pat Howard from Arsenal for £35,000 for Birmingham, and
sells Howard Kendall to Stoke for £40,000 ... League
newcomers Wimbledon beat Gillingham 3-1 and reach the
Second, Round of the League Cup... Rangers sign the
Kilmarnock winger Gordon Smith for £65,000 on the eve of
their Cup Winners' Cup tie against Young Boys of Berne.
17 A short statement by the FA confirms Greenwood's
appointment: "The Football Association has invited
Mr R. Greenwood of West Ham FC to act as team manager for
the next three internationals until December next and,
subject to the agreement of his board of directors, he
has accepted the invitation.' Reg Pratt, chairman of West
Ham adds: 'Ron is on leave of absence until December'...
Wales are ready to switch their World Cup tie against
Scotland to Wembley. The new safety regulations limit
Ninian Parks capacity, and there is not enough time to
complete the necessary alterations. Wrexham's ground has
the same problems.
18 More than 150 West Midland players vote for industrial
action to force the 'freedom of contract' issue. The FA
announce that Don Revie will be charged with bringing the
game into disrepute... Everton complete a £340,000
double-transfer deal by signing Rave Thomas of QPR
(£200,000) and George Wood of Blackpool (£140,000).
20 On the first day of the new League season, champions
Liverpool draw at Middlesbrough where Kenny Dalglish
scores his first goal in English football. Lou Macari,
his former Celtic colleague, scores a hat-trick for
Manchester Utd at Birmingham. Newly promoted Wolves and
Notts Forest win their opening matches, but Chelsea lose.
Paul Hooks, the Notts County substitute, is sent off
three minutes after coming on to the field for kicking
Blackburn defender, Graham Hawkins. Neil Hague of
Darlington is the only other player to be sent off.
22 'Football directors should be paid executives' says
Maachester Oty chairman Peter Swales... Ron Greenwood has
talks with managers of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to
achieve maximum co-operation from them for the England
23 Derek Dougan resigns as manager of Kettering, because
he is disheartened by the public's lack of response to an
appeal for re-building funds.
24 Cardiff's League Cup replay against Torquay is watched
by only 1,711 people - the Welsh club's lowest ever
attendance against another League club.
25 Rodney Stone, Fulham secretary, is to sue the club for
wrongful dismissal... Players from London and the home
counties support the strong PFA line on the freedom of
26 George Petchey resigns as manager at Orient. Petchey
has spent six years with the East London club... Football
League clubs will attend an extraordinary general meeting
soon to avert a players' strike, and to discuss freedom
27 Les Cocker resigns as England's assistant manager.
Cocker worked under former bosses Ramsey and Mercer as
trainer, and was upgraded by Revie... Newly promoted
Notts Forest managed by Brian Clough defeat Derby - one
of .Qough's previous clubs - 3-0 and are the only First
Division team with maximum points after three games. At
the other end of the table, West Ham are still without a
point and they will be reported by referee Tony Glasson
to the League because a fan ran onto the pitch during the
game against Manchester Qty, .and attacked Willie
Donachie. Qty win 1-0 through a goal by Joe Royle.
Bolton, Colchester and Aldershot lead the other divisions
of the league.
29 Middlesbrough pay a club record £135,000 to Wrexham
for striker Billy Ashcroft who rejoins former Wrexham
manager, John Neal... Liverpool's David Johnson refuses
to join Leicester, despite a possible £8,000 signing-on
fee, because Leicester cannot meet his wage demands... It
is confirmed that the Wales v Scotland World Cup match
will be staged at Anfield on 12 October... 'Bureaucracy
gone mad!' says Welsh manager Mike Smith, referring to
the Council's decision to cut ground capacities in
Wales... Dave Sexton will be in charge of the England
Under-21 team against Norway.
30 Jim Cannon and Phil Boyer are sent off in a goalless
League Cup tie at Selhurst Park. 'Boyer will be fined by
the club" says Southampton manager Lawrie
McMenemy... Norwich, Leicester and Wolves are knocked out
by teams from the lower divisions, and John Bond puts
striker Viv Busby on the transfer list... Arsenal beat
Manchester United, Liverpool defeat Chelsea and,
Nottingham Forest thrash West Ham 5-0!... Martin
Peters applies for the Orient player/manager job ...
George Best is back in England, but he cannot play for
his-club, Fulham, until they pay compensation for him to
Los Angeles Aztecs. Alan Hardaker says: 'I am not
particularly interested in trying to enforce an agreement
that we were told never existed. But Best cannot
play until the USA club releases him.'
31 Six Liverpool players - plus ex-Liverpool player
Keegan - are in Ron Greenwood's 18-strong England squad
for the forthcoming match against Switzerland. 35 year
old lan Callaghan is recalled after 11 years' absence,
and Terry McDermott is the only uncapped player
called-up. Mike Channon is dropped 'because he is in the
process of getting used to playing for a new club.' Geoff
Hurst is asked to act as coach for this one game only.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971