are they now?
This page is based on the 'FourFourTwo' article 'The 100
Scandals That Rocked Football' that appears in the
December 2001 edition, No.88.
all the scandals relating to players / managers featured
on Bob's 70-71 Pages.
Docherty (1977) leaves his wife and four children
for an affair with Mary Brown, the wife of Man
U's physio, Laurie. Ultimately they were to
marry, but not before he is sacked by Man U.
Pleat (1987) is cautioned for kerb-crawling three
times forcing him to resign as manager of Spurs.
Hunter and Francis Lee (1975) punch and kick each
other during Derby's 3-2 win over Leeds at the
Baseball ground. They are sentoff, then start up
all over again in the tunnel !
Graham (1995) February 21, Arsenal sack George
after he is found guilty by the FA of passing a
'bung' to agent, Rune Hague to sign John Jensen
and Pal Lyndersen. George is banned from football
worldwide for 12 months.
Moore (1970) After beating Columbia 4-0 in a
World Cup warm up match, Bobby Moore and Bobby
Charlton are questioned by the police over the
theft of an emerald bracelet from the Bogota gift
shop. Initially it is dismissed as a set-up, but
the shop assistant Clara Padilla steps forward as
a new witness, and Bobby Moore is arrested and
charged with the theft. The rest of the England
squad fly on to Mexico, whilst Moore is held
until Padilla changes her account. Official
documents released in 2000, show even the Prime
Minister, Harold Wilson was involved in the
diplomatic talks with Columbia !
- (I love
this one...) Stan Bowles (1977), before playing
for England versus the Netherlands at Wembly, is
offered and accepts 200 pounds to wear Gola boots
during the match. Later the same day, he is
offered 300 pounds to wear Adidas boots. Stan
accepts this also and turns out for the match
wearing one boot from each company !
- The Dutch
World Cup squad (1974) on the eve of the final
with Germany have four men named in the German
tabloid 'Bild Zeitung' as having a party with
naked women in the hotel swimming pool before the
Brazil match. Initially denied as German
sportsmanship, it was later suggested it
happened, but that the 'Bild' had paid the girls
to do it. Nevertheless, Johan Cruyff's wife Danny
is so worried she kept him on the phone all night
before the Final match !
(1971-72) in the European Cup were 2-1 down in
the second round away tie versus Borussia
Mönchengladbach, when a member of the crowd
threw an object which hit Roberto Boninsegna. He
falls to the ground and is treated by the physio.
The only thing was all that was thrown was an
empty Coke can, which was swiftly swapped for a
full one, which was given to the referee.
Boninsegna, Inter go on to lose 7-1. The club's
president, Ivanoe Fraizzoli pleads for and wins a
rematch of the tie in Berlin. This game is drawn
0-0 and Inter milan went through.
Johnston (1978) along with Kenny Dalglish is
tested for drugs after the 3-1 Peru defeat in the
World Cup in Argentina. Willie had traces of
Fencamfamin, which was substance banned by FIFA.
Willie said he had been taking hayfever
treatment, no-one beilieved him, and he was
banned from Internationals for a year. The
Scottish FA had sent him home resolving never to
select him again.
Brooking (1991) and West Ham United Managing
Director Peter Storrie launch a bond scheme to
raise 15 million pounds for the Hammers to make
the stadium all seater- as required by law.
15,000 bonds selling at 500 pounds, 750 pounds
and 975 pounds were put up for sale. These
guaranteed the purchaser priority for a season
ticket for 50 years. The supporters arranged
protests ending in a goalmouth sit-in at the 1992
Arsenal home match. Only 300 bonds were sold and
the scheme was withdrawn.
- Alfredo Di
Stefano (1963) whilst a player at Real Madrid,
was kidnapped by the Venezuelan Liberation Front,
whilst on tour in their country. He is held for
two days, but treated well, and released after
having succeeded in getting publicity for their
Shilton (1986) in the quarter-final of the World
Cup for England versus Argentina lets in a goal
to Maradona, who had hit the ball in the net with
his hand. The goal stood, Argentina win the game,
and Maradona famously describes it as, 'the hand
of God'. The git.
- I can
barely bring myself to relate this one... This is
how '442' describes it ...
"April 17, 1971 - (yes the 70-71 season
itself !). With 4 games remaining Don Revie's
Leeds United head Division One by two points. But
in a home game against West Bromwich Albion a
careless Norman Hunter gifts the ball to Tony
Brown who starts for the goal on Leeds left
flank. In the centre Colin Suggett is clearly 10
yards offside. The linesman raises his flag and
Brown pauses. Referee Ray Tinkler lifts his
whistle to his lips but then thinks again. Is
Suggett interferring with play ? He decides not,
waves play on and Brown continues his run. Most
of the Leeds team have stopped, and Brown squares
the ball to Jeff Astle to score.
Leeds lose the game 2-1 and the championship by 1
point. " (Boo hoo.)
Bremner (1976) along with Willie Young, Joe
Harper, Pat McCluskey and Arthur Graham, all
break the 1 am curfew after some heavy drinking.
The celebrations followed a 1-0 away win to
Denmark 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. The next
day the players argue with the SFA officials and
allegedly Billy (bless him) defracated on the
hotel bed of one official, John MacDonald, who
promptly punched the Scottish captain on the jaw.
All five players were given a ban, and Billy
never played for Scotland again.
- David Icke
(1991) a presenter on the BBC sports programme,
'Grandstand' appears on talk show 'Wogan' (hosted
by Terry Wogan) dressed in a turquoise shellsuit
and declares himself to be the son of God. And he
believes it, too.
Lampard (junior) (2000), Kieron Dyer and Rio
Ferdinand film themselves on a sex orgy with a
group of females on holiday at Ayia Napa in
Cyprus. It was not the preparation England
manager Kevin Keegan had planned for his young
stars prior to Euro 2000.
Storey (1979-91) is convicted variously of:
running a brothal in Leyton High Street called
'The Calypso Massage Parlour'; plotting to
counterfiet gold coins; stealing cars; importing
pornographic videos in the spare wheel of his
car; and swearing at a traffic warden !
Also see 'Bad
Boys: Shifty Fifty'