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Winter 2005 - 2006
Bob's 1970 -71 Diary
George Best Appeal
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Life On Mars
Anyone who enjoys a bit of 70s fun MUST have enjoyed 'Life On Mars' shown on BBC 1 for the last 8 weeks. Naturally, here at the home of Bob's 70-71Pages, there will be a gloom on Mondays until it returns again in 2007.
I think the show's creators have been listening to my slightly more deranged 'if only' thoughts before coming up with this one. I can almost hear me saying to some poor person unable to run away fast enough, 'If only there was a 70s t.v.cop series, a bit like the Sweeney used to be, based on a David Bowie song and with plenty of 70s football references...ha,ha, and what if one of them keeps thinking he's from the modern day and points out how naff and 70s the others are all the time, hur, hur, it would be fabulous. I know they could set in Leeds...'.
You see it must have been my thoughts they copied, it's just that they set it in Manchester just to get round the copyright, I swear.
Anyway, the series was intelligent, hilarious, exciting and a perfect blend of 70s worship with Naughties sensibilities. It also mentioned in different episodes, Bobby Charlton (not a Sir, then, of course), Francis Lee (Manchester City), George Best, Lou Macari (Celtic), Denis Law, and Mike Summerbee (I think).
In fact, we saw the backs of the heads of two of them in a nightclub - Francis Lee and Bobby Charlton (really, Bobby Charlton at a nightclub did they do no research...?)
One episode completely centred on the Manchester derby, concluding with scenes of the fans walking to the game. And a signed 'cigarette card' of Bobby Charlton was central to the plot of the final episode of the series! Great stuff. Only an incredibly sad and boring 70s football nerd would have noticed it was in fact a bubblegum card, and then gone on to bring this up on his 70s Football site... er... ahem...well no series is above criticism!
When the series comes round next year make sure you watch it so that they'll make a third!
Paul Hart (Stockport County) takes an unpaid advisory role at Rushden and Diamonds in League 2
Nicky Summerbee, son of Mike Summerbee, has joined Tamworth in the Conference National League from Bradford City. Nicky has not played for Bradford City this season, but has appeared on loan at both Swindon Town and Tranmere Rovers. At Tamworth he teams up with player-manager, Mark Cooper, son of Terry Cooper.
David Webb (Chelsea) has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive of Yeovil Town due to personal abuse from fans. He bought the club in December 2005.
Mike Ford son of Tony Ford (Bristol Rovers) has left Brackley Town of the Southern League Western Division, where he was player-coach to join Bedford Town of the Southern League Premier Division as a player.
Next Generation News
Gary Megson, son of Don Megson (Bristol Rovers), has left his role as manager at Nottingham Forest. Forest were relegated last season, and the departure follows a run of poor results.
Next Generation News
Steffen Iverson, son of Odd Iversen (Racing Mechelen)has left Vålerenga I.F, with whom he won the Norwegian Premiership last season to join Rosenborg B.K. the team he won the title with in 1995 and 1996 prior to coing to England with Wolves.
Bowyer and Dearden Leave
Ian Bowyer (Manchester City) leaves his post as Assistant Manager of MK Dons following the side's poor performance - they are presently bottom of League 1. A fellow Bob 70-71 Player, Billy Dearden (Sheffield United) also loses his coaching post.
For the past 7 weeks, there has been a George Best Tribute CD in the charts, based on songs sung at his funeral. The following is from www.don-mclean.com/articles/georgebest.asp
Well Bob 70-71 can match this tribute, and offer you a brand new composition by Simon Vos composed in tribute to George....
Email: Georgie Best
This is the first time this site has offered a soundfile other than the now famous, 'Hi, I'm Bob, please look around and have fun!'
Personally I've been playing the song all day since I was sent it, so I know you will enjoy it too.
Just click to http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/bobdunning/george.htm
Congratulations to Wayne Allison who became the 39th player to play 700 League English games when he turned out for Chesterfield away to Hartlepool in a League One tie. He came on to the pitch in the 59th minute at 0-0 and the final score was a 1-0 defeat. See everyone who has played 700+ English League games.
Email: George Best
To buy an original of the print please contact Richard see pencilportraitsbyrichardharris
Well it isn't Francis Munro (Wolves), can anyone throw a light on this one?????
Graeme Souness (Tottenham Hotspur) is sacked by Newcastle United after an indifferent start to the season, which sees them just 6 points above relegation. Newcastle United have won just one point in 6 Premiership matches.. Graeme looked to have turned fortunes at the club when he signed Michael Owen, but has been very unlucky with injuries to him and other key players. Glenn Roeder is appointed the caretaker manager, and Alan Shearer becomes the assistant manager.
Email: 1974 Charity Shield
There's a challenge. See 1974 Charity Shield
As a Leeds United fan who saw the team scattered all over the World in two seasons just recently, I know how you feel.. I have added Alan's England League career details to the site...just to rub salt in the wounds, really...!
Next Generation News
Paul Dalglish, son of Kenny Dalglish Celtic, has joined Hibernian of the Scottish Premiership, from fellow Premiseship side, Livingston for whom he played 23 games in all competitions, scoring three times..
NB Paul makes his debut for Hibs 18 February 2006 away to Rangers in the League. Paul was substituted in the 58th minute when it was 1-0 to Rangers, and the final score was 2-0.
Belfast Boy Re-release
I see from visiting Amazon, that Belfast Boy has been re-released as a CD single. Money raised will go to the George Best Appeal raising money to tackle liver disease. Click on the picture to visit the Amazon sit, or hear the song and /or download it to your computer from www.georgebestappeal.com
See Belfast Boy for the song's lyrics.
Emails Subject: Testimonials
I have no idea if this information is even available! Any ideas anyone?
Next Generation News
Daniel Webb, son of David Webb (Chelsea) has joined League One side, Yeovil Town, the club his father both owns and is the current Chief Executive. Daniel found himself out of contract at the end of last season after playing for Cambridge United, and had moved to Conference South side, Weymouth. Though it was reported he had signed a year's contract, he left Weymouth in December 2005.
NB 11 February 2006 Daniel plays his debut in a League match away to Port Vale coming on in the 73rd minute when the score was 1-0 to the Vale, which it is how the game finished.
Sir Bobby Robson has become International Football Consultant to Ireland National Football Team under Steve Staughton.
David Webb (Chelsea) has bought League One club, Yeovil Town and becomes the Chief Executive. He bought the shareholding of Jon Goddard-Watts for a sum believed to be about 2 million pounds (from www.ciderspace.co.uk)
Dave 'Harry' Bassett (Walton and Hersham) has left Southampton whom he had jointly taken over as caretaker manager with Dennis Wise, following the appointment of George Burley as the new manager. Dennis will revert to player status.
Asa Hartford (West Brom) has returned to football coaching having joined the staff at Blackpool. Asa's last post known to Bob's 70-71 Pages was at Manchester City, whom he left in May 2005.
Let's Go Doolally!
Doolally Edited by David Gill
Thanks once again to Graeme Garvey for telling me about the latest book from PDG Books. Here's what the book says about itself...
www.footballmonthlyarchives.co.uk have been in touch requesting the removal of their images that appear on this site. So expect a few gaps to appear. On the up side, the site is well worth a visit, as they provide a full electronic version of Charles Buchan's Football Monthly. In their own words...
Above all, it doesn't look too pricey, though they are naturally a bit touchy about things appearing for free...
Many Harry Returns
Dave 'Harry' Bassett (Walton and Hersham) has taken over as Southampton's caretaker manager, along with Dennis Wise, following the departure of Harry Redknapp to manage Portsmouth. Dave was caretaker manager of Leicester City for a short spell last season.
Harry Returns to Portsmouth
Harry Redknapp (West Ham United) returns to manage Portsmouth in the Premiership a year after having left the club for Southampton. Portsmouth are struggling in the Premership much as Southampton were when he took over there. Harry was unable to prevent Southampton's relegation.
BBC SPORT Football Redknapp goes back to Portsmouth has the following timeline...
Harry Redknapp (West Ham United) leaves Southampton after a year in charge.
Emails Subject: Belfast Boy
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