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May 2000 News
31 May, 2000
Play-offs Over - 1999-2000 League Season Ends.
All three play-off finals had 70-71 interest of sorts ...
a) Gillingham Promoted
Up and coming manager star, Peter Taylor (Southend) took a step nearer being involved in every new job speculation, when Gillingham beat Wigan 3-2 to claim their first Division One placing in its 107 year history.Well done Peter ! March 2000 News
b) Peterborough Promoted
Larger than life manager Barry Fry (Bedford Town) has done it again. A 1-0 victory against Darlington, has given the side Division 2 status. It seems all is not well, however, and Barry has had a bust up with the directors (nothing new there), and some papers have even reported he is no longer incharge ! Anyway do take time to see the EXCELLENT on line newspaper that covers the play-off battles at Peterborough United Football Club - The Official WebSite - UP THE POSH - www.come.to-pufc
c) Hapless Harry
Not such good news for Dave Bassett (Walton and Hersham). Barely a neutral was behind his team as they faced Ipswich Town who were veterans of their 4th consecutive play-off final ! The game was a thrilling 4-2 against Barnsley who at least have the consolation of making all the country's press praise the play-offs as thrillers in comparison to the dull FA Cup Final and England v Brazil games. See Barnsley F.C. - The Official Web Site
Harold Wilkinson (Brighton &HA) the coach of the England Under-21s is having a happier time. An early 2-1 defeat to Italy in the Euro 2000 Under 21s competition, has been off-set but a thrilling 6-0 victory over Turkey. The odds are against the side reaching the semi-final, as England must win their last game whilst hoping Turkey draw or beat Italy! See Football365 and England fc - and waddle steps up.
Yes, he's done it again, Sir Alex Ferguson (Falkirk) has won the Premiership Manager of the Year for the fifth time in its eight year history. I announce this on the eve of being the likely winner of the inaugral Bob Awawrd 2000 !( See index Quizlet). See Manchester United Official Web site - News - Archive Feature
Trevor the Brave
'The Sunday Times Magazine' on 14 May 2000, ran an article by Rob Hughes - 'Troubleshooters. They had the world at their feet. But Best, Gascoigne and Maradona are now more famous for their antics off the pitch. Will tomorrow's heroes be better prepared to tackle the pressures of the game ?'
Within it was the story of US sport psychologists Ogilvie and Tutko who published a number of papers on the subject. The magazine continues ...
'But do the professors themselves stand up to scrutiny ?When Best said " nobody knows me", he could have been speaking for Maradona and Gascoigne. Two decades ago, when Ogilvie visited England, another star was bursting onto the scene.According to Ogilvie, on the assessment of 190 questions and a consultation, Birmingham City's Trevor Francis" lacked mental toughness, was extremely non-aggressive, scored low on determination, low on conscientiousness and emotional control"
'In short, the psychologist advised the manager, Freddie Goodwin, to get rid of " this player who is living in a world of adulation as if on an eggshell. Francis was 16 at the time, a teenage goal-scoring phenomenon in a man's world.At 26, Britain's first million player, he scored the winning goal for Nottingham Forest in the 1979 European Cup Final and, despite serious injuries, played regularly for England.
'He re-read the questionnaire and said:"I would give the same answers today. It didn't bother me because I attatched no importance to that kind of thing." Today, Francis is where Goodwin was all those years ago. He is the Birmingham City manager, dreaming of discovering so precocious a talent. After three decades, the eggshell is unbroken. Three men, none of them trained psychologists, know why. Roy Francis, who worked in the gas industry and drove his son from Plymouth to Birmingham for each game, told Trevor at the start:"It's not a joyride. Either you want to do the job, or you don't, in which case you might as well come home:' Goodwin, who hired the psychologist, believed that Francis had been superficially analysed: "Trevor wasn't physically aggressive, yet he went into areas that demanded bravery."
'And Francis himself ? At Birmingham, where he was quickly annointed "St Francis of St Andrews", and in the US and Italy where he thrived on public expectation, he reminded himself what he knew when he was 15 : " It's nice reading the speculation, but I'm just not green enough to believe it." '
24 May, 2000
Joe Returns ... to London.
Still not a done deal it seems. Joe Kinnear (Tottenham Hotspur squad) will confirm whether or not he's going to take on the Sheffield Wednesday post, just as soon as he's decided. Personal terms look like they're holding things up. See Sheffield Wednesday Football Club - The Official Web Site
I realise I rely rather too much on Football 365's humour to brighten up the news pages, but I am a sucker for a good pun. See www.Football365.co.uk
23 May, 2000
Keegan Over/Down - load
Well, it's nearly Scunny's Kevin Keegan's biggest moment of his managerial career to date, and hence you can't escape him. Not least on the commercial television channels where his advert for sportal is showing pretty frequently. Kev is seen catching a baby as it's being born and then ... well why not go to the site , download it and watch it for yourself !!!.
This is the official site for Euro 2000 and if you go there you can win some tickets to the matches ... I bet they wouldn't fit round my shifts so I won't be clamouring in your way ...
Shearer to Shergar
I forgot to mention this earlier, but our Kev is also to act as England manager for the Shergar Cup at Ascot on August 12 this year. A Europe team will face a Rest of the World team and he will be selecting the horses from those entered and the jockeys to ride them.. Kevin was approached by Mick Channon to take the role.
'The Times' (9 May, 2000) reports, "I really got my interest from Mick. Years ago, he asked if I would buy into a horse to help him put up the posts and rails up around his paddock That horse was James Mead and he won some big races. We were playing Manchester United one day and Lawrie McMenemy (Doncaster Rovers manager) was giving his team talk when he realised Micky wasn't in the room. It turned out he was next door watching the 2.45 from Newbury on television."
Euro 2000 T.V. Coverage.
Kevin Keegan is penciled in to be a part of the ITV Euro 2000 coverage if England get knocked out - so hopefully we won't be seeing him ! Johan Cruyff (Ajax) will be with BBC 1
Joe Kinnear (Tottenham Hotspur squad) is likely to be named as Sheffeild Wednesday's new manager tomorrow, this would end speculation that Joe is going to be the new manager of just about every team in Europe that needs a new manager ... See Football365
14 May, 2000
Kevin Keegan (Scunthorpe) has selected his 28 for the three England warm-up matches before the UEFA finals, whilst this will be whittled down to just 22 for the Championships themselves, one of the names that is likely to make it all the way is Jamie Redknapp, Harry's lad (West Ham United). See Football365
Keegan - 1974 Shirt Toss Runner-up
Bob's 70-71 pages particularly liked this www.Football365.co.uk joke . (Picture should be downloading from their site)
13 May, 2000
There's another chance to ask Kevin Keegan questions on Talksport Radio on Tuesday May 16th. See http--www.talksport.net-pages-fr_kevinkeegan_main.htm
12 May, 2000
A while ago I asked if anyone can place Peter Shreeves in the 1970-71 season. Well the question continues to have an under-whelming response. Peter is the temporary manager at Sheffield Wednesday, who finally lost their mathematical chances of staying up this week when they drew 3-3 with Arsenal. Whilst Arsenal were already guaranteed the Premiership runners-up spot and a place in next season's Champions League, Sheffield Wednesday needed maximum points to keep their outside chances alive. At one point they were even 3-1 up. See SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Sadly too late to be included in this year's Top Bob vote but Roy Race's Melchester Rovers were confirmed as champions of the League this season. In the season's final fixture against leaders Western Villa, Rovers needed to beat them to jump over Villa to top spot. It all looked doomed when Villa went one up, but amazingly a goal set up by Roy's son, Rocky (Sons and Daughters) equalised the scores. Even more amazingly Rocky even went on to get the winner.
John Toshack (Cardiff City squad) was the exceptionally cool guest on David Gower's team in yesterday's BBC comedy quiz programme'They think it's all over ...' He even took the show over for 3 minutes with his fluent Spanish. Funnily enough he got a name check in the proceeding show, the comedy 'Alistair McGowan's Big Impression'.
Spot on impressionist Alistair McGowan has always included a large number of football related material in his act, and has truely perfected the voice of present day pundit, Five Live host, columist, and Match of the Day regular, Trevor Brooking (West Ham United squad).
7 May, 2000
Stan Ternent's Burnley were promoted securing the Division Two runner-up spot yesterday. Stan was Carlisle United player in 70-71 having moved there from Burnley, where he began his career. This is Stan's introduction to Bob's pages.
Ray Graydon (Bristol Rovers) sounded almost in tears when his Walsall team claimed the final relegation slot in Division One. Local rivals, West Bromwich won thier final game, ending a valiant effort in Division One for Walsall.
6 May, 2000
Egil Olsen Out For A Burton
Egil Olsen was a player in the 1970-71 season ... for either Ostsiden, Sarpsborg, Frigg , or Valerenga. Personally, I'm not going to put Frigg into a search engine for fear of what will come back, so I'll have to settle on accepting Egil onto these pages in a homeless capacity for now. Capped 16 times for Norway in his playing career, Egil has gone on to have a pretty succcessful managerial career ... until this week when Wimbledon sacked him following a 3-0 defeat at Bradford City which took them below Bradford into the Premiership relegation zone with only two games to go. The aimiable Egil has talked of retirement. See The Official Web Site of Wimbledon Football Club
In his place, Terry Burton (Arsenal youth) has taken on the role as caretaker manager, promoted from Academy Director.. Terry was actually in the Arsenal team which won the F.A.Youth Cup in 1970-71 against Cardiff City. Indeed, he scored the second goal in a two legged final, giving Arsenal a 2-0 aggregate victory ! In spite of this Terry didn't make it into League football. See The Official Web Site of Wimbledon Football Club
I Remember Agincourt ...
Football365 report the following story ...
AUXERRE MANAGER TO LEAVE AFTER ALMOST 40 YEARS - Roux To Likely To Be Replaced By Assistant
AUXERRE manager Guy Roux has announced his intention to step down after almost 40 years as manager of the French first division club.Roux became boss of Auxerre in 1961 and led the small provincial club from France's Division d'Honneur, a totally amateur non-league level, to winning the league and cup double in 1996 and a quarter final in the Champions League the following season.Always well known as a controversial figure in the game on the other side of the Channel, Roux's highly regarded youth training programmes produced a host of top quality players - names like Eric Cantona, Joel Bats and Basile Boli made their first steps in professional football under Roux's guidance.
Auxerre were first promoted to France's First Division in 1980 and have been consistently battling in the upper reaches of the table ever since.Roux, 61, has spoken recently of his growing disillusionment with modern football and was reportedly upset when the French Football Federation (FFF) offered the job as national team boss to Roger Lemerre when Aimé Jacquet stepped down after the 1998 World Cup - Roux maintained that some officials within the FFF had already promised him the post.What is clear is that the affable figure is totally unique in European football, having remained in charge of the same club, with great success, for 39 seasons.Current assistant managher Dominique Cuperly is expected to take over at the Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps.
Guy Roux is added to the World Teams page.
1 May, 2000
Dubbed as the 'vote with no balls' ...it is nevertheless with immense delight that I can announce the winner of the Quizlet vote to establish the female with the greatest influence on the male game in England. Amazingly it was actually a female footballer ... well sort of. Yes, the winner by a clear 3 per cent of the vote was 'Gregory's Girl (1981)' (click to see some details). This winner says something VERY sad about the general readership of Bob's 70-71 page ... and I thank you from the heart. See Quizlet.
Well done to Ronnie Moore, who's Rotherham team has won promotion from Division Three this Saturday ! One more game will decide the Championship and Rotherham have only a one point disadvantage over top placed Swansea. Incredibly, the two teams meet in the last match of the season at Rotherham on 6th May.
Ronnie signed to Tranmere Rovers in May 1971 - so the jury is out on whether or not he is to be included in these pages as he could have signed when the 70-71 season was over ! He debuted in the 1971-72 season, and later went on to play for Rotherham United.
Bad news for Graham Taylor (Lincoln City), though, his Watford side returned to Division One after just a season in the Premiership.
Vale of Tears
Also down are Brian Horton's (Hednesford Town) team, Port Vale. Brian signed for Vale during the 1970-71 season and made his League debut soon after. With one game left the side are aiming to not be bottom of Division One.
Relegation Realisation !
Chesterfield are relegated from Division Two in bottom place, and up until 12th April their manager was John Duncan, who was a Dundee player back in 1970-71. John's name has been added to the Rothmans page also. See Chesterfield F.C. There was speculation that Brian Clough's (Derby County manager) son Nigel would take over the presently vacant post with Brian as consultant !
Further May 2000 news ...
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