are they now?
magazines condensed to their 70-71 content !!
||Either written by Bob or Bob
wished he had.
||Packed with specific 70-71
||Lots of 70-71players but more
to do with another era
||Fair amount of incidental
||Fleeting 70-71 referrences
||As useful to these pages as
Horse and Hound
- See magazines
condensed to their 70-71 content !!
Total Football, June
- Steady Eddie... The opening photos
include Eddie Gray (as Leeds United's
coach) following Harry Kewell out of the Ali Sami
Yen Stadium tunnel in Istambul behind a barrier
of police shields.The game versus Galatasay had
increased significance following the murders of
two Leeds United fans. (See below).
- Humdrum Wolves.The letters page has a
big photo of Kenny Hibbett in his playing days at
Wolves. The letter challenges
the magazine's description of Wolves in 1972 as
'humdrum'. A point of view Paul Quinton's letter
argues very well. In it he points out that in
1970-71 Wolves were 6th in the old Division One
and concludes that Wolves would love to still be
- Big Clown.The letters page also
pictures a present day Ron Atkinson by Colin Dunn's letter
who says Ron is ' a clown who has courted the
media well the bollocks he talks is matched only
by the boredom induced by the ever genial fence
sitting Trevor Brooking'. A little harsh I
- Gamblers Well
article on footballers and betting includes the
following snippet. "Witness England hero Peter
who could stop rockets from point blank range but
had severe problems stopping himself from
entering the bookies. By the end of a 30 year
career at the highest of levels, Shilton was left
skint. Perhaps that's why he was still plugging
away in goal at the age of 47. QPR's Stan Bowles
(Manchester City) was another celebrated
gambler who also missed the financial rewards on
offer today. The outrageously gifted winger
couldn't resist the gee-gees.'The temptation for
a flutter is always pretty strong. Gamblers
always find a way to have a bet,' says Mr Bowles,
who was not above stashing rolls of cash under
the floorboards to keep it from his wife's
attention. He was recently spotted in Greenland,
presumably in an attempt to go very cold
- Kevin Keegan is pictured on the
'Goodwill Visit' made to Belgium with the FA
media man, Adrian Bevington, and the England
Members Club. The idea was to go to the venues of
Euro 2000 and check out the hotels, shops, and
cafes whilst promoting love peace and goodwill
towards all England and football fans.
- Sour Franz. Franz Beckenbauer (Star Players of Mexico 1970) is quoted in the
magazine's article on the current state of German
football. "It's a simple fact that we are
not as good as we used to be. The problem is age.
Okay the team is not as old as it used to be at
the last World Cup, but it is still very much an
aging side. More significantly, we have no young
players coming through. No-one to excite the
crowds like Englandhave with David Beckham and
Michael Owen." Germany's very own Becks got
into trouble for also saying, "Even today, I
could wake up all of my 1990 team at four in the
morning and they would beat the current side
without wearing any shoes !"
- 11 Greatest
month's feature concerns play-offs. It includes
at 9) Graham Taylor's (Lincoln City) picture to illustrate
the time his Watford side beat Bolton Wanderers
2-0. It was the 1998-99 season Division One
Play-off Final and victory came against all the
odds. Colin Todd (Sunderland) was the Bolton manager
that day and his team included his son, Andy
Todd. The referrences, in terms of club managers,
come thick and fast in this article, but I did
also want to include - 7) Billy
Leeds United, who were 1-0 up in the 9th minute
of extra time, but 2-1 down 13 minutes later and
that remained the final score. It was the
play-off for the old Division Two in 1986-7. I
remember it well.
Good to See Ray Clemence camp it up for his adoring public...
one of the most experienced players ever to play English
Heighway (Liverpool squad) as Dick Turpin is also
included in the magazine.
an article that puts the spotlight on Burnley. In
it's history breakdown it includes the clubs
relegation to the old Division Two at the end of
the 70-71 season, then a picture of Martin Dobson
(Burnley) holding the Division
Two trophy as they bounced back up in 1973. Dobbo
is referred to as a 'vintage claret' along with
Alan Stevenson (Chesterfield), Keith Newton (Everton) and Leighton James (Burnley squad) - who debuted in the
70-71 season at Burnley.
The magazine's Wembly feature is so stuffed with
70-71 referrences it would be foolish to try and
list them - but to be as specific as possible it
does include a picture of Charlie
and Frank McLintock holding Arsenal's
double winning F.A.Cup of the season. There's
also no less than two pictures of my hero, Billy
both relating to Billy and Kevin
sending off in the 1974 Charity Shield. (Click to see).
Leeds, Leeds, Leeds, May 2000
Leeds United's Official Site www.lufc.co.uk )
issue is designated the 'Memorial Issue'
following the stabbings of two Leeds United fans
before the UEFA Cup semi-final in Istambul,
Turkey away to Galatasaray. The murders of
Christopher Loftus (aged 37) and Kevin Speight
(40) were ruthlessly brushed aside by UEFA who
were more interested in playing the subsequent
match than addressing the issue of the murders.
The fact that Galatasaray were allowed to go on
and win the Cup rather than banned from the
competition for many years to come, is insulting
and will be celebrated in Turkey alone. Frances
Siegelman's statue of Billy Bremner (see statue) became the focal point
in Leeds for laying flowers in tribute to the
murdered fans. Page 12 has a magnificent picture
of the staue and early tributes.
- Hotshots Billy
is 9th and Peter Lorimer 1st in the all time
list of Leeds United 'Hotshots' - as nominated by
the magazine. Billy scored in 15% of all Leeds
United games and Peter in 35% - not bad
considering Billy was a midfielder and Peter
played in 676 matches.
- Hard Hitter. The magazine also
lists their top ten 'hardest hit goals' - and at
no.4 is a goal from the 1970-71 season itself.
The goal by Peter Lorimer was versus Spurs at
White Hart Lane in February 1970. 'From a narrow
angle on the edge of the box, Peter Lorimer's
right-foot half-volley screamed inside the angle.
Cue Barry Davies : "Lorimer ...
OOAAAHHH!" That's commentating!'
- Hard Hunter There's a great A3 size
photo - poster of Norman Hunter celebrating him
as the inaugral winner of the Players Player of
the year in 1973-74 .No Leeds United player has
won this award since ...
- Duncan McKenzie. There is also a poster
of Leeds United favourite - Duncan Mckenzie (Nottingham Forest) . Duncan is a newcomer
to Bob's 70-71 pages.
- Going South West. Of greatest curiosity
was the pictures of the 10th annual dinner of the
South West Supporters Branch. It was attended by
many ex-Leeds players, and the snaps of the event
include Jack Charlton, Mick Jones, Mick Bates, Allan
(all Leeds United), Jimmy Lumsden (Leeds United squad) Mike O'Grady (Wolves), Tony Currie (Sheffield United), Bobby Collins (Morton) Vicky Bremner
(Billy's widow) and Elsie Revie (Don's widow). Fascinating.
MOTD - Match of the Day Magazine,
- Keeganballs (click to see) -'Kev
has spoken' includes many a duff quote from
- Brian Clough has his own column
starting this month. His opener includes the
great quote, 'Frank Sinatra - he met me you know
- Euro 2000. MOTD's England squad
based on performance marks accumulated over the
last seaon includes Frank Lampard jnr in the
first 11 and Ian Walker as third goalie. See Sons
- Eric McManus (Coventry City squad) is photographed
and interviewed in his role as one of the
directors of Derby County's youth academy.
- George Graham There's a big interview
with our George, and I've been so bust reviewing
the magazine , I've not had chance to read it
myself yet ... looks to have a good run through
his career details, and twice mentions playing
Barry Fry in an Under 15's Scotland v England
match that his Scotland side lost. I'm not sure
where Barry was in 1970-71, but I've been meaning
to add him for a while. Do you know ??
- Geoff Hurst.(West Ham United) Next up is the Jimmy
Hill interview with Sir Geoff, which concentrates
maily on the England World Cup bid. He does give
some World Cup '66 memories, the best of which is
he remembers seeing 'Nobby Stiles for Prime
- Jimmy Nicholson (Huddersfield Town) A real bonus is seeing
an artists picture of Jimmy Nicholson to
illustrate their Wonderland feature - in which
somebody chooses their key moments of their
club's history. Paul Miller selected Huddersfield
Town and chose Jimmy as his favourite player.
Paul says, 'Yet another player picked by the then
Town manager Tom Johnson. Jimmy Nicholson went on
to be the captain and king pin of the team that
strolled to the old Second Division championship
back in 1969/70. It was a joy to watch him play.
He also scored some very important goals for the
club.' Pauls Dream team includes Jimmy, Trevor
Cherry, Colin Dobson, Frank Worhington, Jimmy Lawson (all Huddersfield Town), Derek Parkin (Wolves) and Ray Wilson (Bradford City).
- Johan Cruyff (Ajax). Features with a present-day picture
in their interview with Albert Ferrer of Chelsea.
- Win Win Win ! Phone 09001338865 to
win footballs signed by Nobby Stiles, Alan Ball,
Roger Hunt, George Cohen, and Ray Wilson You'll
need to answer Enid Blyton to the question.
Answer Newcastle United, Fulham, and England to
the question at 0900 133 8864 and you could win a
Sony Playstation and a copy of Premier Manager
2000 which Kevin Keegan promotes. Sadly -
you're probably too late because the competition
ends 31st May, 2000.
FourFourTwo : June 2000, no.70
- Knock it Down !...screams the headline,
referring to the magazine's dislike of Wembly
Stadium. It could only muster a few reasons to
keep it. Two of which were a) the 1966 England
World Cup Final win, when Hurst (WHU) scored his hatrick, and Peters (Spurs) got the other in the 4-2 victory over
West Germany, and b) the 1968 European Cup Final
when Manchester United won the trophy for their
first time with the 4-1 victory over Benfica. Bobby
(2), George Best, and Brian Kidd (ManU) got the goals.
- Falkirk Ferguson's
Alex Ferguson (Falkirk) upset the Spanish journalists when he
was told Real Madrid would be playing against
Real Sociedad in the next round. 'Where are they
playing, Sociedad ?' asked our Fergie. Real
Sociedad translates as 'Royal Society', and play
in San Sabastian.
- His Master's
Voice. The 'Out and
About' section has photos from Sir Alex's (Falkirk)
testimonial, and Kevin Keegan promoting an inner-city sports
project with famous female basketball player
(not) Mo Mowlam. But the pick of the bunch is Brian Clough with his son Nigel having just
won a mystery HMV award. Cloughie manages to make
Nige look like he's about 16 years old and out
with his grandad.
- Sojike Cijty. In an article about the
strong links between Stoke City and Iceland -
since being taken over by the Icelantic
consortium, Kaupthing Investment Bank and
installing ex-Iceland national team manager,
Brynjar Gunnarsson - there's an unconvincing
attempt to suggest the relationship between the
major football forces goes way back when.'The
Icelanders insist ... that there has been great
feeling back home since the days of Gordon
and Alan Hudson (Chelsea).' 18 per cent of the population
watched Stoke City versus Preston North End even
before the take over, and the shops were filled
with Stoke City shirts ... Why ? Iceland had
barely risen out of the sea when Stoke City were
last a top division mainstay ...
- Kit Parade. This is the sort of
article Bob 70-71 pages loves to see, a review of
top football kits over the years. Yes, utterly
pointless, but a great chance to include photos
of Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning team, and Eddie Gray with Leeds United kit
from 1974. There's also, amongst others, pictures
of Gerry Francis with Crystal Palace in
1980, Franz Beckenbauer with New York Cosmos in
1978, and Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish with Liverpool in 1979.
- Where was (Gordon) McQueen ?- the Great Escapes
feature includes Manchester United's Houdini act
in 1972-73 season, Bobby Charlton's last season with the
club. On January 20th, 1973, the club were bottom
of the League - there followed a run of 15 games
in which they lost only twice, whilst Norwich
City lost 14 games in a 19 game victoryless spell
at the same time. Amusingly enough both ManU and
Sir Bobby (by then player-manager at Preston
North End) were relegated the next season ...
- Bassett's Barnsley. Dave Bassett (Walton and Hersham) is a main figure of a
feature on Barnsley - who are on course for a
- 'The Cup for
The magazine's top feature and regular history
feature'Action Replay' is about the Osvaldo
Ardiles and Ricky Villa pairing for
Spurs.Littered with 70-71 references, the players
themselves probably even count, though I rate my
chances of finding out Argentinian players of the
70-71 season as almost zero.
- On the Ball. ITV's Saturday
football summary is reviewed. Produced by
Independent Sports Network it was re-launched in
September 1998 with co-hosts Terry Yorath's daughter, Gabby (Sons and Daughters:
Daughters) and Barry Venison. It goes out at 1.10
pm so as to not clash with BBC's 'Football
Focus'. It does OK considering all non-armchair
fans are on the way to a match by then, and the
rest of us are eating lunch or out shopping !
- Bill Brook, Huddersfield Town's
Commercial Director in 1970-71 is credited as
redesigning their crest to incorporate a terrier
dog - hence allowing the club's nickname , 'the
terriers'. In the process, the crest lost two
castles and three sheep, it seems.
Sport First (30th April, no.111)
The all-sport Sunday
national paper ' Sport First on Sunday' has signed up
Jack Charlton (Leeds United) to do a regular column. The
first article appeared in this week's edition in which he
picks his England team for Euro 2000. Jack believes the
midfield is too weak for the team to get very far.
Other items in this
week's edition include the following ...
- A picture of Sirs
Bobby Charlton (Manchester United) and Geoff Hurst (West Ham United) in an article which
speculates that the voting for the location for
hosting the World Cup in 2006 could go England's
- A picture of Kevin
playing for Scunthorpe United !!!! It's included
in a Kevin Keegan quiz on the penultimate page.
- An awards vote not
unlike this page's own (See Index) in which you can vote
for this season's star performers. Why not phone
0901 563 839 1 before 8 May 2000- and add to the
votes for our very own Sir Alex Ferguson (Falkirk) and John Hollins (Chelsea) who are amongst eight candidates for
the Manager of the Year Award !
For further May 2000
news see ...