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30 June 2000
Jimmy Armfield O.B.E.
Thanks to Peter Gillatt
at SEASIDERS.NET - the biggest
Blackpool FC website on the planet! for this item and picture.
former Blackpool and England footballer who captained his
country 15 times, has been awarded an OBE. He made over
500 appearances for his club and played in the 1962 World
Cup, but injury denied him a place in the 1966 side.
After a brief career in management, taking Leeds to the
European Cup in 1974, he went into journalism and
Former England captain
Jimmy Armfield, once described as the greatest right-back
in the world, was given an OBE the year after the final
members of the 1966 World Cup-winning side were
recognised. Had it not been for a cruel injury in the
run-up to England's finest hour, it could well have been
Armfield rather than George Cohen in the team.
The Blackpool star also
enjoyed a brilliantly successful career as a manager,
before joining the BBC where he is still recognised as
one of the best summarisers in radio. On behalf of all of
us on Seasiders.net and Pool fans online we send our
congratulations to Jimmy and his family. Jimmy Armfield
OBE, captain of Blackpool and England, between December
1954 and May 1971, while he was with Blackpool he played
in 690 first class matches over 17 consecutive seasons.
League (568), F.A.Cup (33),F.L.Cup (25), England (43),
England U23 (9) Football league (12).
Go to Peter's site at SEASIDERS.NET and you'll be able to hear Jimmy talking about
Blackpool's chances this coming season.
I think Jimmy deserves
his O.B.E., I really do ...
This amusing letter
appeared in one of this week's newspapers from Football365.
"I used to operate
a spread bet on the number of times that Radio Five Live
summariser Jimmy Armfield would say 'I really do' over
the course of 90 minutes. As in: 'I think Blackpool are a
sleeping giant, I really do.' Once every six or seven
minutes was the average.
"It was scrapped
after a heated disagreement over whether phrases such as
'Keane's a great midfielder... he really is' were an
acceptable sub-variant of Armfield-speak or not.
Sadly the above
mentioned soundbite from SEASIDERS.NET does not include such an incidence ... (go on
...) it really doesn't.
Pelé - A Message From
As a spokesman for
Eurocard, Pelé (Star Players From World Cup 1970) penned a piece about Euro 2000
for the Daily Telegraph. Click 'Coaches
need to Show More Courage' to see.
22 June 2000
No, not a Subbuteo
update, but a new link to the movie about George
Best which is
well worth a visit. See Best the Movie.
20 June 2000
his own regular column for the Guardian. See today's
contribution at Football Unlimited Columnists A
crying need for speed and fury
Best on the Box
Best is part of
the much promoted ITV programme 'Celebrity Heatbreak'
where Trisha Goddard will talk to the stars. It'll be on
Friday, 23 June at 10pm.
Barbie Boy and the Euro 11
Charlton's column in the national Sunday sports paper'
Sports First' continues to make it just about heading
towards maybe being nearly sort of worth the seventy
pence cover price. In this week's edition, 18 June, 2000
we were treated to two columns. In the second Jack chose
his Euro 2000 team. 1. Fracesco Toldo (Italy), 2. Eric
Deflandre (Belgium), 3 Paolo Maldini (Italy), 4. Marcel
Desailly (France), 5. Frank de Boer (Holland), 6. Pavel
Nedved (Czech Republic), 7. David Beckham (England), 8.
Zinedane Zidane (France), 9. Luis Figo (Portugal), 10.
Jao Pinto ((Portugal), 11. Thierry Henry (France).
Later in the article
Jack bemoans todays soft tackling. Jack goes on, 'They
used to call Billy Bremner a roll of barbed wire because
you couldn't get him off your feet. A huge part of this
game was the fierce, but fair tackle. Nowadays, though,
you can't tackle from behind, or the side and soon won't
be able to tackle at all." Nice one, Jack.
16 June 2000
Tonight Matthew, I will
who should ask Why? or What Kind of Fool Am
I ? is Terry Venables (QPR), who according to 'Heat'
magazine is going to be starring as Anthony Newley in a
celebrity edition of 'Stars In Their Eyes' with Matthew
Kelly on ITV. Do You Mind Terry ? We could do
without That Noise. I can't say I've Waited
so Long for this Idle on Parade with his
Saturday Night Rock a Boogie etc etc... (... And
the Heaven's Cried.)
12 June 2000
As I write I'm
listening to Peter Shilton talking about England's match
today. See http--www.talksport.net-index.html which broadcasts over the net.
Amusingly, Talk sport have not got the rights to
commentate on the match live, so they're doing it from a
t.v. monitor in the studio instead !! Peter is also
involved in a phone in later tonight from 10pm to 11pm
with ex-West Ham Star, Alvin Martin.
Ray Clemence (Liverpool) - We're
ready for lift off.
This story appears at Football365
Ray Clemence says
England cannot wait to get their Euro 2000 campaign under
way against Portugal in Eindhoven on Monday night.
The squad have been at their base in Spa, Belgium, since
Friday and are set to travel to Holland later on Sunday
for a training session in the Philips Stadium.
"The full squad trained yesterday and they all
looked very sharp. I think it is a case that they cannot
wait for the games to start now," said the England
"The atmosphere inside here is very relaxed, and I
think anybody who has been down to the training ground
can see how much the players are enjoying everything and
looking forward to the moment.
"Kevin (Keegan) feels that the build-up has gone as
well as it can do, we have got the ideas into the
player's minds about Monday's game.
"And it's just a case now of let's get to Eindhoven
and get really focused on the job in hand tomorrow
evening," said Clemence, who also revealed that the
players will not be told the starting line-up until after
Sunday's training session.
It emerged on Saturday night that skipper Alan Shearer
had received an anti-inflammatory injection in his knee
injury before England flew out to Belgium and Clemence
stressed there was nothing untoward in the procedure.
"Alan did have an injection, but it was an
anti-inflammatory injection and not a cortisone injection
and it was one that was made in consultation with all the
top people at Newcastle United as well.
"It was not something that was done just to get Alan
to play for England on Monday.
"He performed very well (in training) and we are
hoping there will be no reaction today, we don't expect
there to be one and if that is so that when Kevin
announces his squad, he will be in it."
Looking ahead to the Portugal match Clemence said:
"Technically they are a very good attacking side.
They have got some very, very good forward players and
obviously Figo is the one everybody is talking about at
"But they have areas where you can get at them as
well and have worked this week on the side's weaknesses.
"We feel there are areas where we can cause them
more problems than they will cause us.
Clemence, meanwhile, rejected the criticism of Portugal
assistant boss Rui Cacadore who made some negative
comments about England's defence, adding: "It is up
to him what he thinks, he made one particular reference
to the goalkeeping side of it, but I know which
goalkeeper I would rather have in goal."
The former Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper also
emphasised the positive approach which has been adopted
going into the tournament.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Everybody has said we
want success to be going all the way this time, not just
the quarter-final or the semi-final and that is the
positive feeling inside the squad."
Geoff Hurst (West Ham United) called up by Keeganto Inspire Class of 2000
And this story appears
Kevin Keegan has
declared his determination to make the country proud of
the England team at the European Championship finals
ahead of their opening game on Monday.
As the squad went through their final preparations ahead
of that encounter with Portugal, 1966 World Cup final
hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst was there to encourage and
motivate the players as a special guest of the England
Keegan knows the importance of opening the tournament
with at least a creditable draw and seems set to name a
relatively attacking line-up, with the major gamble
apparently being the selection of Steve McManaman ahead
of Dennis Wise on the left flank.
With Alan Shearer expected to partner Michael Owen up
front, while Sol Campbell is likely to play instead of
Martin Keown at the back, Keegan wants to make an
immediate impression on the tournament to give added
credibility to his conviction that England can emerge as
He said: "We value the support of our fans, which
has been tremendous. We are a nation that loves its
football and its football players.
"All they want is what we want - to go out and
perform, to do well and to make them proud of us.
"I sense the fact that the players know this is an
opportunity for it to be a memorable three weeks. Every
team will feel that and the Germans and Romanians will
feel like we do - that we have something to prove."
Keegan certainly believes it is important for the squad
to have proven winners around them as they attempt to
find success at international level for the first time
The England coach, who has previously involved another
World Cup winner, Alan Ball, in training sessions, said:
"I think that is vitally important and I want to
encourage it more and more.
"I think we could make much more use of the players
who gave a great service to English football.
"I asked Geoff to come out, it's an open invitation.
I asked him to stay the whole tournament with us but
obviously he has a lot of other commitments, so he might
leave and come back for the Germany game, for instance.
"I know he's had a really busy schedule with the
2006 World Cup bid but at least he's with us for these
"I feel we can still take some tremendous confidence
from having people like that around us - not interfering
but just being there and making the place and the
atmosphere that little bit better than it already is.
"He eats with us and travels on the coach with us.
The players have been encouraging him, in fact he's
already been caught up in the betting for the match this
afternoon and has lost a couple of pounds!"
Keegan added: "I hope Stuart Pearce will also come
out and take up my offer to be with us. He's trying to
get himself fit.
"I've also left a message on Andy Cole's mobile
phone to say that if he wants to come out then there's
room for him. I want to keep everyone around us and that
includes the players who weren't able to come out with
Keegan has not publicly revealed the starting line-up
which he settled upon two weeks ago, but his expected
selection of McManaman ahead of Wise or Nick Barmby is
set to be his greatest gamble of all.
There's further June 2000 news at the