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31 May 2003
Kember In Charge At Last !
Kember (Crystal Palace) has been made manager of the
club he first signed professional forms for as a 17 year
old after a 2 year apprenticeship back in December 1965.
was appointed on 23 May 2003, he was already acting as
the caretaker manager of the club - for the fourth time
!- so Palace's most loyal member has at last received his
played for Crystal Palce from 1965 to 1971 playing 218
League games, and was part of the first ever top Division
side Palace ever had, when they were promoted from the
old Division Two in the 1968-69 season.
moved on to Chelsea in September 1971 then Leicester City
in July 1975, before returning to Palace in October 1978.
He played two final seasons of English League football
with Palace, playing another 42 League games for the
club. During this spell in the 1978-79 season, he helped
them win the (old) Division Two Championship for the
to the Canadian NASL club Vancouver Whitecaps, where he
played his last professional footabll and returned to
Crystal Palace a for a third spell as Youth coach in
1981. The manager was Dario Garadi, and when he left in
1981, he took over as caretaker until the arrival of Alan
Mullery in 1982.
when Mullery joined, but returned to Palace for a fourth
time in 1993 as assistant manager to Alan Smith. The club
won the (present) Division One Championship in 1993-94,
which means Steve has been involved in both of the club's
second flight Championships.
been acting as assistant manager since this time, but
moved up into the caretaker role for a second time in
2001, when Alan Smith left - helping the club avoid
Division One relegation. He became the caretaker a third
time, jointly with Terry Bullivant, whilst the legal
ranglings over the job swap between Trevor Francis and
Steve Bruce were sorted out late in 2001.
and final (???) spell as caretaker manager, again with
Terry Bullivant, was after Trevor Francis was sacked (see
below). So after one of the longest
apprenticeships known to mankind, Steve has been trusted
with the full management position ! Well done Steve, make
it your own.
See LeagueManagers.com Managers
BBC SPORT Football My Club
Crystal Palace Palace appoint Kember
18 May 2003
Final - Commentators Update
wonders of Interactive television came to the fore with
BBC i's coverage of the FA Cup Final at the Millennium
Stadium in Cardiff, yesterday. Pressing the red button on
the remote for BBC One's digital channel opened up the
possibility of listening to the fabulously biased
coverage of local stations to Arsenal or Southampton,
instead of the tediously neutral commentry from the
One team of John Motson and Trevor
Brooking has to bear in mind that the audience can be
fans of either side, but the BBCi service allowed one to
change commentary to Radio Solent for Southampton fans or
Radio London for Arsenal fans.
neutrals I natrually wanted Southampton to win, and
initially chose to listen to Radio Solent's coverage. It
hooked me straight away when I found that the summarisers
were Bob 70-71 Stars, Alan Ball - a player for both teams, of
course- and geordie Dave Merrington (Burnley)
- a former Southampton coach.
finished 1-0 to Arsenal, and whilst flicking through the
commentaries, I was lucky enough to catch the game's only
goal whilst listening to Radio London. The smugness was
horrible, so I moved swiftly on.
And I can
tell the Arsenal fans that their kind applause of the
Southampton goalie, Antti Niemi, when he was stretchered
off was noticed and enjoyed by the Southampton commentary
team ... 'that's what football's all about', as they said
match Radio Five Live then had Lou Macari
subject of the FA Cup, one final point. The FA Cup trophy
and medals for those involved were handed out by fellow
Bob and senior Bob 70-71 citizen, Sir
United Part with Eddie Gray and Brian Kidd
season best forgotten, Leeds United have confirmed that Peter
Reid is to become the new permanent manager.
Peter took over from Bob 70-71 Star, Terry
Venables (QPR) towards the end of the
campaign, and secured the side's Premiership status for
next season, finally finishing 15th in the League.
technically went to the last day of the season, a superb
and unexpected 3-2 away victory at Arsenal effectively
made survival certain.
post, it was obvious that Peter was going to want his own
coaching team in place, which meant the writing was on
the wall for Assistant Manager, Eddie
and First Team Coach, Brian Kidd (Man
Hence, the Bob 70-71-rich management team at Leeds United
has been wiped out in a couple of months !
associations with Leeds United going back to his days as
a junior at the club exactly forty years ago in May 1963
at the age of 15. He played his entire career at the club
and ultimately became the manager for 3 years from
replaced by Billy Bremner in 1985, but brought back by
the next Leeds manager, Howard Wilkinson on the request of Paul
Hart (Stockport County) to help with the youth team in
1995. Since this time he has worked in various coaching
positions at the club over the past 8 years, and even
took over the manager's role one Saturday last season
when Terry was unwell !
been at Leeds United since May 2000, and like Eddie, was
also brought in to look after the Youth team initially.
He rose up to the role of First Team Coach under David
O'Leary, in a move which was viewed by Leeds
fans as pushing the ever-faithful Eddie Gray to one side.
Consequently when results started to go wrong, Brian -
with his famous Man U connections - was cruelly and
wrongly singled out for harassment by the crowd.
continues his role as one of the England national team
to reports Eddie and Brian were given a year's notice,
but other suitable places within the club were not
forthcoming so they left with their contracts paid up.
According to some reports this would save the club a
million pounds in future wage bills, a much needed saving
for a club with a reported 77 million pound debt.
See BBC SPORT Football My Club Leeds
United Leeds axe Gray and Kidd
McFarland (Derby County) has returned to football
management as manager of Chesterfield from Division Two.
This season Chesterfield finished in 20th place, the
lowest position without relegation. Roy was last in a
managers role for Torquay United, an
6 May 2003
George Best, Eddie Firmani For Hall of Fame
this email today advertising the announcements for the
United States Hall of Fame. George Best is one of the players up for
the vote, and one of the builders is Eddie Firmani (Crystal
accurate complete list of Bob 70-71 Players is hard to
compile, though I do instantly see Carlos Alberto (Santos), Cubillas (Star
Players of Mexico 1970), Johan Neeskens (Ajax), as well. ...
Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement
When: May 8, 2003
unprecedented Hall of Fame induction of eight former
North American Soccer League stars and eight builders
of the NASL will be announced at halftime of the USA
vs Mexico match from Houston, Texas, on Thursday
night May 8th on ESPN2. Live coverage begins at
7:55pm and the announcement will be made during the
A press release
will simultaneously be emailed to the Hall of Fame
Media List. To ensure you are listed or to be added
contact Hall of Fame Museum Director Jack Huckel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early last year the
National Soccer Hall of Fame board of directors
elected to take an unprecedented step and open the
doors for a one-time special induction of a group of
NASL stars and builders. "We felt the old
process had failed them," said Hall of Fame
President Will Lunn. "The NASL was widely
overlooked by virtue of our old selection process and
we realized that with the coming of age of the sport
and the eligibility of great players of the MLS, USA
and soon WUSA, that 2003 was the last chance to catch
up and do justice to a league that was critically
important to the development of soccer in the United
The Hall of Fame
dedicated 2003 in celebration of the North American
Soccer League, its impact and history. All inductees
will be from the NASL. The following twenty-seven
players made the final ballot:
- Carlos Alberto (Brazil/ Santos) New York
Cosmos, California Surf
- George Best (Northern Ireland)
Los Angeles Aztecs, Fort
Lauderdale Strikers, San Jose
- John Best (England) Cleveland
Stokers, Dallas Tornado, Seattle
Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps
- Hubert Birkenmeier (Germany/USA)
New York Cosmos
- Roberto Cabaņas (Paraguay)
New York Cosmos
- Paul Child (England/USA)
Atlanta Chiefs, San Jose
Earthquakes, Memphis Rogues
- Mike Connell (South Africa/USA)
Tampa Bay Rowdies
- Ken Cooper (England/USA)
- Teofilo 'Nene' Cubillas
(Peru/USA) Fort Lauderdale
- Steve David (Trinidad and
Tobago/USA) Miami Gatos,
Los Angeles Aztecs, Detroit
Express, California Surf, San Diego
Sockers, San Jose Earthquakes
- Andranik 'Esky' Eskandarian
(Iran/USA) New York
- Ron Futcher (England) Minnesota
Kicks, Portland Timbers, Tulsa
- Karl-Heinz Granitza (Germany)
- Ray Hudson (England/USA)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota
- Bob Iarusci (Canada) Toronto
Metros, New York Cosmos, Washington
Diplomats, San Diego Sockers
- Bob Lenarduzzi (Canada)
- Arnie Mausser (USA)
Hartford Bicentennials, Tampa
Bay Rowdies, Vancouver Whitecaps, Colorado
Caribou, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, New
England Tea Men, Jacksonville Tea
Men, Team America (Washington, DC)
- Carlos Metidieri (Brazil/USA)
Los Angeles Wolves, Rochester
Lancers, Boston Minutemen
- Ilija Mitic (Yugoslavia/USA)
Oakland Clippers, Dallas Tornado,
San Jose Earthquakes
- Johan Neeskens (Netherlands /
Ajax) New York
- Patrick 'Ace' Ntsoelengoe
(South Africa) Miami Toros, Denver
Dynamo, Minnesota Strikers, Toronto
- Bobby Rigby (USA)
Philadelphia Atoms, New York
Cosmos, Los Angeles Aztecs, Philadelphia
Fury, Montreal Manic, Golden Bay
- Kyle Rote, Jr. (USA)
Dallas Tornado, Houston
- Bobby Smith (USA)
Philadelphia Atoms, New York
Cosmos, San Diego Sockers, Philadelphia
Fury, Montreal Manic
- Al Trost (USA) St.
Louis Stars, California Surf, Seattle
- Alan Willey (England/USA)
Minnesota Kicks, Montreal Manic,
- Bruce Wilson (Canada) Vancouver
Whitecaps, Chicago Sting, New York
Cosmos, Toronto Blizzard
Builders on the
final ballot are:
Neshui Ertegun, and Steve Ross New York
Cosmos ownership group
Eddie Firmani (Crystal Palace)- Tampa Bay, New York,
Ted Howard - League Executive
Elizabeth and Joe Robbie - Miami, Fort
Lee Stern - Chicago Sting Owner
George Strawbridge - Tampa Bay Owner
Clive Toye General Manager/President Baltimore,
Cosmos, Chicago Sting, League Executive
The Hall of Fame is
coordinating the release with US Soccer, MLS, local
clubs, and media outlets. Inductee biographies will
be provided with the announcement. Photographs of the
inductees will be available on the Hall of Fame's web
page and instructions for free access and download
will be available in the release on May 8th.
information please contact Jack Huckel, at
607-432-3351, ext. 209, email@example.com.
Director of Museum Services
Induction 2002 and the WUSA Hall of Fame Game
October 14 - Check all the events out on our web site
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5 May 2003
Oh Gould !
for Bobby Gould (Wolverhampton
Cheltenham Town, who have been relegated for the first
time since 1991-92, and for the first time ever as a full
League club. The club are only in their fourth season as
a League club, and last season they were promoted to
Division Two from the play-offs having finished fourth.
first ever season in Division Two was always going to be
tricky, and when Bobby took over in January this year,
they were one off bottom. The best Bobby could do was to
keep them in the fight till the last game of the season.
finally came on 3 May 2003 when Cheltenham lost 1-0 away
to Notts County.The side finished 21st, the highest
relegation position, and a win on the last day would have
been enough to survive.
See BBC SPORT Football English Div 2
Back In Charge !
April 2003, Trevor Francis left Crystal Palace, due to the
club performing below expectation. At the time Palace
were 11th in Division One, and they finished the season
14th. This meant that once again Steve Kember (Crystal
Palace) was in
charge of the club at the end of a season. In 2000-200,
he was a hero for rescuing the club from what looked
certain relegation. This time he has shared the caretaker
role with Terry Bullivant, and once again he is not
expected to get the full role.
United) is now
manager of the national side of Gaum. Here's an
interesting interview from the Evening Standard in 2001,
and can now be found at Willie McFaul Interview
team had just gone 18-0 down and he thought it
couldn't get any worse. Then, an Iranian striker
rushed into the goal, grabbed the ball and started
sprinting back towards the halfway line, eager to
keep the massacre going. Willie McFaul took a deep
breath, raging impotently at professionals taking the
pee out of his boys who had suffered enough
He had always known
- from the day he turned up for his first training
session as the national coach of Guam and only seven
players strolled out to greet him - that this job was
going to be, er, a bit different. But two years
later, as he presided helplessly over the biggest
defeat in World Cup history - 19-0, it ended - he
realised how painful it could be too.
whole experience wasn't too pleasant," recalls
McFaul, a master of understatement, on his paradise
isle. "Forty-eight hours and three stopovers
to travel from the island to Iran, arrived at 8pm one
night and played at 2.30pm the next day. I'd got a
lot of young kids, some of whom had never even been
off the island before. They'd certainly never seen
the snow which you could see on the mountain peaks.
they're used to a tropical climate which doesn't get
much below 80 all year round. In Tabriz, it was wet
and freezing. I warned them about wearing gloves and
long-sleeved undershirts but the only realistic aim
was to keep the score below 20 against a team with so
many top European-based pros." They
succeeded and two days later they triumphed again.
Only 16-0 this time, to mighty Tajikistan.
So it was that a
hardened football man who thought he'd done
everything in a career which had seen him keep goal
for Northern Ireland and Newcastle, get beaten by
Ronnie Radford's historic pearler for Hereford in
1972 and help develop Paul Gascoigne's gift in three
years as manager at St James' Park, found himself
overseeing the least successful team in World Cup
Back home, he could
have been using his coaching expertise with the Irish
FA or managing a useful youth side like Antrim's
Cullybackey Blues as he had been before he was
offered a FIFA-backed coaching job in Guam and was
left spluttering "Where?". Life in
Coleraine had to be more simple than running a south
Pacific team which, under his two-year stewardship,
has played five, lost five, scored none and conceded
67 - that's two 19-nils, one 16-0, one 11-0 and a
Yet regrets? Too
few to mention, reckons a 57-year-old, too
battle-scarred in this game to worry how the stark
figures might be interpreted 10,000 miles away. "Well,
I'm sure people will look at our results and make
their own judgments about how bad we must be and,
sure, the locals here would probably like to see
their team do better but, with all respect, people
don't appreciate just how difficult the job is,"
In Guam, they are
at least understanding. Nobody criticises McFaul;
indeed, he'd only been in the seat three months when
he was offered and accepted a three-year extension to
his contract to run through to 2003. "So I
must have been doing something right," he
smiles. Even after the Tajikistan mauling late last
year, the Guam FA offered unstinting support. Our
Sven should be so lucky.
Anyway, how would
Eriksson cope in a world where your national squad
selection comes effectively from only three leading
amateur clubs, where you have a star player one week
who disappears to college in the US the next, where
the islanders' shyness once made it difficult to
persuade them even to turn out for training after
work and where the game is ignored alongside
basketball and baseball at the island's US air force
and naval bases?
marvelled: "How do you put up with it?"
he enquired after hearing how McFaul's first game had
ended Guam (population 150,000) nil, People's
Republic of China (pop,1.2 billion) 19. Willie just
responded: "When you commit yourself to
something, you give it everything and don't walk
away." Results weren't everything. The pleasure
was in putting a development programme in place,
preaching the footballing gospel at village schools
and coaching new coaches. "There's real
satisfaction working with the young people
here," he says.
And, yes, being
able to spend your days with wife Eileen in a neat
apartment block which boasts a pool and views of the
ocean from his front door has its attractions too, he
smiles. The food is to die for and the equatorial
weather so accommodating that, after catching the
Champions' League on telly at 4.30am, he can nip off
to play golf on some of the island's posh courses
before it gets too warm.
people, lovely island," he says, and you're
tempted to think it sounds the perfect job - er, if
it weren't for the football. FIFA rank Guam 199th of
their 203 nations so somewhere out there, there are
apparently four worse international teams. McFaul
says, actually, they beat an island called Yap but I
couldn't find it in my atlas.
Being an isolated
speck in the ocean, there's no chance of regular
international competition or of playing sides of
similar fledgling stature in a development
competition. Instead, McFaul got lumbered with a
one-off "ridiculous" World Cup
qualifying tournament where his only prayer was that
his players wouldn't end up so deflated that they
might just pack up.
beatings do get to him a bit. After the Tajikistan
game, he reckoned he was a bit hard on the lads,
angry that they'd gifted their opponents five of the
16 goals - as if they needed any help. Then, after
flying straight back to London for a winter break
with his son's family, he was relieved to hear from
his assistant back on the island that, don't worry,
they were all back in training.
Then it dawned
again that what keeps him going is that they keep
going. His nine-to-five crew of enthusiastic
students, bankers, teachers and insurance agents take
fearful hidings but "never get the stuffing
knocked out of them". Like those Asian
Cup qualifiers where they lost 19-0 and 11-0 but then
came back and lost only 2-0 to the Philippines -
"and it was scoreless after 75 minutes,"
says McFaul with undisguised pride.
me going over the winter was knowing I'd made a
promise to the Under-16 kids that I'd take their
training when I got back," he reflects. "I
wouldn't be a happy person if I didn't keep my word.
I can't see myself not seeing out this job."
Now he's back and
such perseverance from manager and team must get its
reward. "They need a tournament with
opposition where they might get a draw, or even a
win," says McFaul.
The East Asian
Games are coming up, so you never know. Some
enchanted evening in the south Pacific ...
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