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April 2001 News
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Moore's Rotherham United Up !
Well done to Ronnie Moore (Tranmere Rovers) the manager of Second Division Rotherham United. For the second successive season, he's won promotion for the side.
Last season, they went up as runners-up, this season, they are presently second, but can still go up as Champions. Rotherham's goal difference is 22 down on top placed Millwall, but if they get more points away to Peterborough than Millwall can manage at home to Oldham Athletic, they'll do it !!
Promotion came with a 2-1 home win on Saturday. See Rotherham v Brentford from the official site.
Jefferies' Bradford City Down !
Bad news, though for Jim Jefferies (Hearts) as Bradford City become the first side relegated this season in the Premiership. Jim's job was always going to be difficult after taking over from Chris Hutchings mid-way through the campaign. Bradford City were surprise survivors last season, so hoping for a third season in the Premiership was always more of a dream than a realistic hope once it had begun so poorly.
This Saturday, Bradford City were widely reported as having actually played very well. If they had played this well all season, relegation may not have happened. The team went 1-0 up in the 3rd minute away to Everton, but missed two penalties before losing 2-1. See Bradford City FC on the official site. Jim's unlikely to be sacked, and has been involved in the club financially planning for Division One football for several months.
Kinnear's Luton Town Relegated
Bad news for Joe Kinnear. Last night Luton Town's 1-0 home defeat in Division Two saw them relegated to the lowest Division for the first time since 1968.
The goal was controversial, as Luton claimed it was off-side. This led to two players being booked and Joe being sent up into the stands for arguing.
It must be even harder for Luton fans knowing that but for their defeat to the already relegated Notts County on the last day of the 1991-92 season in the old Division One, Luton Town would have been in the newly formed Premier Division the following season ...
The Great Lambino !
John Lambie's (St Johnstone) Partick Thistle of the Scottish Second Division, became the first side on the UK pools coupon to win promotion this season. On Saturday the side went on to win the Championship, too. Well done to John, Partick Thistle and site friend, Doctor Paul !!
The Championship was won after a 2-2 away draw against the struggling Forfar Athletic'
Fantastic Falkirk Fergie
Oh yes, and Manchester United won the Premiership Championship, too, in case you didn't notice. This was Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson's seventh win in the nine seasons since the Premier Division was initiated..
Rather more annoyingly for any non-Man U fans, this also means that Manchester United have joined a rare elite of sides to win the English Championship three years in a row. Huddersfield Town (1924-26), Arsenal (1933-35) and Liverpool (1982-84) are the only previous teams to have done it. Never before has the same manager won three in a row. Watch out folks, nobody has won it four times in a row before ...
The Championship came when Man U managed a late victory against relegation placed Coventry City last Saturday, whilst second place Arsenal lost at home to relegation possibles Middlesbrough ! With 5 games to play, Manchester United have a 16 point lead.
Well done Sir Alex. As the current holder of the Top Bob 2000 award for winning last season's Championship in super quick time, maybe he will hold on to the honour for winning it even quicker this season !
Sir Matt - the Musical
Sir Matt Busby's life and trials at Manchester United are to be realised in song ! Russell Watson, he of 'The Voice', is apparantly loved by Sir Alex Ferguson and the Man Utd elite, and is to perform in the starring role.
According to Classic FM magazine (May 2001, no.75), the musical is to be names 'The Theatre of Dreams'. The Busby family are to be guests of honour at a charity performance of the show on 30 August 2001 at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. This show will be recorded for release on cd and video in time for next Christmas. It will then move on to the West End in London.
The music has been composed by Henry Marsh and the lyrics are by an American dramatist (Oh no ... does he realise what type of Football it is ???) David Bell. 'Up From the Ashes' and 'Keep The Flags Flying Red' are two of the songs.
As this event is not reported on Russell's own page or on Classic FM's either, let's just hope that this horrible idea was an April fool, eh?
See more April news at the following ...
|Bob Dunning 3 November 2004||
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