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May 2002 News
News of other stars from the 1970-71 season
Just three weeks after winning the Championship with Second Division Brighton and Hove Albion, Peter Taylor (Southend United) has resigned his manager's post. He stated that the uncertainty of the club's future was the reason for his departure. Speculation has linked him to a number of posts such as those at Crystal Palace, Wimbledon and coach for the England Under-21s but all have been denied.
FA Cup Defeat
Claudio Ranieri's (AS Roma - tbc) Chelsea were beaten in the FA Cup Final 2-0 by an Arsenal side destined to take thier third League and Cup Double including the won they won in 70-71 season.
Would it be too obsessive to point out that the 2001-2002 final was between Chelsea - the holders at the start of the 70-71 season and Arsenal - the winners of the 70-71 season ?!!
Anyway, Chelsea lost their 4th of 7 final appearnces, and Arsenal have now won the Cup 8 times, as many as Spurs, but still 2 less than Manchester United. It was Ranieri's first Final in charge of Chelsea.
The Chelsea team included Frank Lampard, the son of twice winner with West Ham United and 70-71 favourite, Frank Lampard.
Sven-Göran Eriksson Update.
Well the World Cup Finals have begun and Sven-Göran Eriksson's (Karlskoga) England are there and competing in Football's greatest competition. So natrually Sven-Göran is everywhere ! May saw two English internationals, both uninspiring draws. 1-1 v South Korea and 2-2 v Cameroon. Both games were World Cup warm ups. Held in South Korea and Japan respectively, they involved the now seemingly obligatory ten substitutions a match, thus demeaning thier value as full internationals. English fans are doing thier best to not panic that the England team has won only one match in the last seven...
Meanwhile, Sven-Göran is featured in every magazine available, including all those that on football , television coverage and classsical music, and doubtless the odd one on home knitting, too. For instance,'FourFourTwo' (July 2002 number 95) has a four page interview, under the heading, 'If you wake up in the morning crying, you will always have a bad day'. A title that envokes memories of Eric Cantona's comments on seagulls. Even 'Match' weekly (1 June 2002) , which rarely interviews anyone under 30, has a three page special on Sven-Göran, entitled simply, 'When Sven met Match!'
But better still Sven-Göran is on telly every night in a series of adverts for Sainsbury's and a pasta sauce called Cirio. With Sainsbury's Sven-Göran is there having a meal cooked for him by Jamie Oliver, whilst our hero contemplates tactics with bottles in place of players. For Cirio, Sven-Göran being interviewed by someone saying that he must have brought something back from his time in Italy, which he strongly denies, until some pallets of the product arrive to his feigned embarrassment.
Talking of which, one of the National tabloid papers ran a week of sexy-Sven-Göran stories, I didn't waste time encouraging the paper by reading it, let alone buying it.
Finally, added to all this is a couple of pretend Sven-Göran appearances ! Most notably a second Schwepps advert, which plays on Sven-Göran's imagined liason with Ulrika Jonsson. And in the video for Ant and Dec's Official England World Cup song , 'We're On the Ball', which has been getting major play on the music channels. I couldn't tell you if it's Ant or Dec that plays our man.(N.B. the single entered the chart at number 3 on 2 June 2002).
Depending on how well England do in the World Cup there could be several more months of this...
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|Bob Dunning 4 February 2003||
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