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May 2001 News
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Graydon's Walsall Promoted !
As there is no major football competition this summer, us English are holding on to every last game before the season finally dies out ... The Second Division finally came to a close yesterday, with the Play-Offs for the final promotion place held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
And it held on for as long as it possibly could ... reaching into extra-time before Ray Graydon's Walsall overcame unlucky Reading 3-2 having been behind to them twice. Reading finished 3rd in the League above 4th placed Walsall. It was 1-1 at full time - and Golden Goal rules would have sent Reading through, but a 109th minute own-goal equalised the scores and a minute later Darren Byfield scored the winner.
Walsall are returning to Division One at the first attempt, following last season's relegation. Walsall will consequently be spending their 4th consecutive season in a new division ! This will be their 6th time in (current) Division One / (old) Division Two, but they have yet to last longer than their 5 year stay from 1896-1901.
England 4-0 win v Mexico
Sven-Göran Eriksson (Karlskoga) became the person with the most successful start to his England managererial career, on Friday. It was his fourth match in charge and his fourth straight victory, a feat only previously matched by England's first ever coach, Walter Winterbottom.
The game v Mexico was a friendly and played as a build up to next-month's World Cup qualifier in Greece. Played at Derby County's Pride Park England looked quite at home as they won 4-0. Sven-Göran chose 22 players to play in the match, excluding accidentally sending on Ray Clemence who would have won his 62nd Cap, a ball-boy named Harry, and a passing officer from the St John's Ambulance, who was neither English, nor male.
Under-21s win 3-0 v Mexico
On Thursday, Howard Wilkinson's Under-21 side played at Leicester City's Filbert Street. In spite of a number of key injuries to the English side they had a great 3-0 win against the Mexicans.
Keegan Returns !
Well that was out of the (lazer) blue ! Yes, Kevin Keegan's back in top football management as the new Manchester City manager. Kevin has always been a popular arrival at any club he's been to, will this continue at Manchester City ? Kevin is quite a charmer, so if Manchester City fail horribly next season, at least Kev will make them feel not so bad about it ...
(Man city's site haven't confirmed it as I write)
Arsene Wenger's Arsenal lost 2-1 in the 2000-2001 FA Cup Final against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Arsenal were 1-0 up with just ten minutes to go before Michael Owen took over the show. Arsenal fans cried, the rest of the world cheered.
I had forgotten that I'm still not 100% sure of Arsene's whereabouts in 70-71, please email if you know.
Fergie's Future Falters
All the daily papers went wild on the story that Sir Alex Ferguson is threatening to severe all links with Manchester United at the end of the his final season at the club next year. The story even headlined some front pages, not just the back pages. I on the other hand could not have been less interested and didn't read one of them, but the predicted demise of the Man U dynasty does sound like fun - come on lads give the rest of us a chance !!!!.
Malcolm Allison In Hospital
Lou Macari's (Celtic squad) Huddersfield Town failed in their bid to stay in Division One this season. Lou took over mid-season from Steve Bruce, and even won Manager of the Month in February because of how well he changed the club's fortunes. The tie was always going to be a tough one, but Huddersfield only needed a draw at home to Birmingham City, or Crystal Palace to not win their away game to Stockport County. In the event Palace won against the odds, and Town lost 2-1. Bummer.
This means that West Yorkshire will be deprived of a derby match next year as all four teams in the area will be in a different division ! Bradford City were relegated into Division One leaving Leeds United as the only Premiership representatives. A third relegation was avoided, when Halifax finished one off bottom in Division Four.
The flip side of this story is that Steve Kember (Crystal Palace) was the hero of the moment as Crystal Palace did the impossible and stayed up after winning their last two games of the season, whilst results out of their control went their way..
Brownlie Up !
Better news for John Brownlie (Hibernian) who's Arbroath side, which includes his son, Paul, made the Scottish Division One for the first time in 21 years. Promotion came after beating nearest points rivals, Berwick Rangers 2-0 at home. This meant last Saturday's defeat to Clydebank did not affect their runners-up placing in the final table.
Taylor Retires 1000 Games Up
Watford finally said goodbye to their manager Graham Taylor (Lincoln City) on Saturday. The club had already installed his replacement, the former Chelsea manager, Gianluca Vialli.
Taylor is revered at Watford for twice taking the club to the top division and in different decades. It looked like he would repeat the trick in a third decade when Watford were the only team to keep pace with Fulham early on this season. Graham was even twice Division One Manager of the Month this year. But results dropped off dramatically, and the side finished 9th - not even in a play-off position.
Taylor was a manager for over 1,000 League games a feat achieved in January of this year and bettered only by Brian Clough and Jim Smith before him. See BBC SPORT FOOTBALL 1000-up for Taylor has the following article, which appeared in January:..
Addison Out !
Colin Addison (Sheffield United squad) took over Yeovil Town from David Webb (Chelsea) mid-season when the side were top of the Conference League. Rushton and Diamonds were always the favourites to win the League, though and the teams were neck and neck until the last game of the season. On Saturday Rushton and Diamonds won their last game and Yeovil lost at home to Scarborough.
The Final League table of a six-point Championship win by Rushton and Diamonds does little justice to the fact that Yeovil kept in the fight all season, and second in most Leagues would be considered an achievement.
But Yeovil's chairman, John Fry, began to moan that losing out on promotion was all the manager's fault. Colin Addison is far too big a name in the footballing world to put up with that type of small-mindedness, and resigned.
Souness's Blackburn Rovers Promoted
Graeme Souness (Tottenham Hotspur squad), gets Blackburn Rovers back into the Premiership after his first full season in charge, and after the club had been down for just two seasons. In Division One the top spot well and truely went to well financed Fulham, but there had been a dog fight between Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers for the runners-up place - the only other automatic promotion spot.
Souness went into Sunday's game as the Division One Manager of the Month, but still needing to make sure of promotion. In the event Bolton Wanderers only drew at home to Sheffield United, but Blackburn Rovers won 1-0 away to Preston North End just for good measure.
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