are they now?
Note : The news from
thirty years ago has an archive below
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1972-73 (3rd year) :
The Queene Anne Press,
Lord, Burnley chairman said that the referees are
entitled to resign en bloc, on account of the leniency of
the Disciplinary Committees. 'They are made to look fools
in the eyes of the players' said Lord. 'The job of a
Disciplinary Commission is to decide the size of the
penalty, not whether a player is guilty!' . . . Arsenal
institutes a full investigation to find out why a crush
barrier collapsed and injured 50 people at Highbury
during the Cup replay. . . Manchester C. go four points
clear after beating W.B.A. 2-1 with goals by Colin Bell.
. . Chris Garland is selected for the League Cup Final in
place of Steve Kember, who is ineligible.
2 Nottingham F. officially announce that Ian Moore is for
sale. . . Santos draw 0-0 with Anderlecht in a friendly
played in Brussels.
3 Derby County announce that they have signed Ian Moore
for a record transfer fee . . .
Bobby Charlton is considering an offer to play for a
South African League club during the summer. . . Arsenal
drop Kennedy and bring back Radford for the game against
Manchester C. . . . Stewart Houston on loan from Chelsea
will play his first game for Brentford v Grimsby.
Floodlighting restrictions are lifted from the 9th March.
4 Confusion over the Moore transfer deal. While the Derby
manager introduces him to the crowd at the Baseball
Ground Nottingham F. are adamant that Moore is still a
Forest player and Manchester U. manager O'Farrell is
confident of landing him. . .
Stoke win the League Cup at Wembley, beating Chelsea 2-1
(Conroy, Eastham Osgood). Their first major honour in 109
years of competitive football. . . Six players are booked
at Manchester, where City beat Arsenal 2-0 . . .
Liverpool win the Merseyside 'derby' against Everton 4-0
with two own goals. Lawler and Hughes were the other
scorers. . . Birmingham beat Norwich 4-0 and the Second
Division promotion race is wide open. . . In Scotland
Celtic are five points in front and seem certain to grab
the title once again. . . Greece beat Italy 2-1 in a
friendly at Athens.
5 Moenchengladbach lose 2-0 against Hanover and are out
of the running for the Bundesliga . . . Standard Liege
draw with Bruges in Belgium and Ajax beat Groningen 7-0
6 Ian Moore signs for Manchester U. after a great deal of
contradictory statements from the three clubs involved.
The fee: 200,000 pounds. . . Fulham try to sign Alan
Mullery from Spurs, but the ex-Fulham man is not for
sale. . . Vic Buckingham becomes the new manager of the
Spanish club Seville.
7 John Hughes (C. Palace) received a 21-day suspension -
he was sent-off against Everton earlicr in the season. .
. Ron Ycats (Tranmere R.) has also received a seven day
suspension. . . Leicester C. sign goalkeeper Mark
Wallington from Walsall (30,000 pounds) . . . Sam Ellis,
the SheffieJd W. half-back has been signed by Mansfield
(10,000 pounds) . . . Stoke City buy the Argentinian
Carlos Babbington from Buenos Aries club Huracan for
40,000 pounds. Babbington has a British passport as a son
of English emigrants. . . Good start for England in the
Woverhampton W. draw in Turin against Juventus 1-1 and
Tottenham H. beat U. T . Arad 2-0 in Rumania. Knowles and
Chivers are booked.
8 A rush of signings before the transfer deadline.
Manchester C. land the biggest fish Allison signs Rodney
Marsh (Q.P.R.) for an estimated fee of 200,000 pounds.
W.B.A. pay 55,000 pounds for Alistair Brown (Leicester).
Paul Gilchrist of Doncaster R. goes to Southampton - the
fee 30,000 pounds. Other transfers: Dennis Booth
(Blackpool) 7,000 pounds and Peter Woods (Luton) 3,000
pounds both to Southend, Sam Ferris (Albion Rovers) to
Chesterfield 5,000 pounds . . . Arsenal lose 2-1 v Ajax
in Amsterdam in the European Cup.
Celtic win by the same score in Budapest v Ujpest Dozsa.
Both Inter and Feyenoord win 1-0 at home in the same
competition. . . Rangers complete a good week in Europe
for Britain by drawing I-I in Turin v Torino . . . A
record Pools win is announced. Cyril Grimes, a Hampshire
accountant, collects 512,683 pounds from Littlewoods.
9 Last day of the transfer deadline- Aston Villa pay
75,000 pounds for Chris Nicholl (Luton);
Bob Graham goes to Coventry from Liverpool 70,000 pounds.
Luton sign John Faulkner from Leeds. Frank Saul joins
Millwall from Q.P.R. Brighton splash out 25,000 pounds
for Ken Beamish of Tranmere. Alan Mullery returns to his
old club Fulham on loan.
Bryan Conlon leaves Blackburn for Cambridge U. . . . Mee
reveals that three Arsenal players were doubtful hours
before the kick-off against Ajax. He is happy with the
result and optimistic about the outcome of the tie. . ,
Ian Moir (Wrexham) signs for Shrewsbury for 10,000
pounds. Len Hill (Swansea) to Newport 2,500 pounds. Billy
Yeats (Newcastle) to York and Brian Mahoney
(Huddersfield) to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee. , .
Fred Dewey, Cardiff's chairman, attacks the loan system
saying that the Alan Mullery deal was an 'old pals act'
between London clubs, , . Coventry also signed Neil
Ramsbottom from Blackpool for 10,000 pounds.
10 Transfer dealings hit an all-time high in England. The
sum of 5+ million pounds changed hands during the season
up to the deadline involving over 150 deals. In this week
alone clubs forked out an estimated 750,000 pounds.
Philip Whitehead, Member of Parliament for Derby, wants
the Government to step in and control 'the flesh market'
as he put it. . . Cyril Grimes, who won a record half
million on the Pools, said that he has been a life-long
Watford supporter and, as Watford's draw v Luton
completed his winning coupon, he would consider joining
the Board of Directors of the club.
11 Jackie Charlton plays his 600th League game for Leeds.
Before the match he was given presents by team-mates and
management and in the 12th minute he scored the only
goal. . . Ian Moore opened his account for Manchester U.
in the club's 2-0 win against Huddersfield - the first
league win for the Old Trafford team since December 4th .
. . Derby win at Tot ten ham with a Hinton penalty and
Manchester C. get two points at Everton . . . The League
race now seems to rest between the top three teams -
City, Leeds and Derby. . . All the promotion candidates
drew in Division 2- Millwall and Norwich are still in
front. . . League leaders Schalke lose in W. Germany and
are now only one point in front of Bayern Munich.
12 Juventus beat Bologna 2-1 and lead by three clear
points in Italy. . . Both Standard Liege and Anderlecht
narrow the gap in Belgium but Bruges are still leading
the race. . . Noel Cantwell is fired at Coventry, but
gets a 30,000 pounds golden handshake. . , A benevolent
football 'clan' is formed with Malcolm Allison as the
'Godfather', The founder members include internationals
Lee, Banks, Hurst and Chivers. Allison says: 'Our binding
interest is and always will be football. We are an
exclusive soccer academy where all the talk and
theorizing will be about the greatest game in the worJd.
Each member of The Clan will be committed to improving
the image of the game and their own knowledge of it'.
13 Arsenal beat Derby 1-0 in a fifth round second replay
at Leicester with a goal scored by Ray Kennedy. . , The
Football League decided to discuss the Ian Mooretransfer.
. . Ian St. John resigns his job as assistant manager of
Coventry although his playing contract still binds him to
the club. Coach Tony Waiters also leaves as a gesture of
protest against Cantwell's sacking. . . John Cooke sues
the Football Association for preventing him from earning
his living as a professional player. The test case will
be heard in the High Court next Wednesday.
14 Derrick Robins, Coventry chairman justifies Cantwell's
sacking by saying 'We want form to-day, not to-morrow' .
. . Alan Hudson is out of the Football League match v the
Scottish League due to injury. David Wagstaffe, Mike
Channon and David Nish are drafted into the squad. . .
The dates of England's World Cup qualifying matches are
fixed for November 15, 1972 and January 24, v Wales, June
6 and Oct. 17 1973 v Poland.
15 Tony Currie (She/field U.) scores two goals at
Middlesbrough in the Football League's 3-2 win over the
Scottish League. . . Brighton lose at home to Oldham and
fall back in the Third Division promotion race.
16 The Football League lodges a strong protest to the BBC
about the extra lights they put up at Middlesbrough to
make colour transmission possible. 'In future they have
to put their lights above the existing pylons or stick to
black and white' says Alan Hardaker . . . Sir Alf Ramsey
also blamed the lights for the 'bad' goal conceded by the
Football League. . . John Connolly, St. Johnstone forward
joined Everton for 75,000 pounds . . . Stan Harland is
appointed as skipper of Birmingham C.
17 Two foreign international players, Zoff (Italy) and
Overath (W. Germany) will miss the European Championship
quarter-finals due respectively to injury and illness.
18 John Radford (Arsenal) is suspended for three weeks
and will not be available against Ajax next Wednesday. .
. Arsenal beat Orient 1-0 in the F.A. Cup quarterfinal.
Leeds and Birmingham have also reached the semi-finals. .
. In the League Manchester City stretched their lead to
five points with a 1-0 win over Chelsea. . .
Nottingham F. seem doomed after their 4-2 defeat at Upton
Park. . . Terry Paine (Southampton) is sent off at
Ipswich . . . In ScotJand, Celtic drew in the Cup v
Hearts and Rangers will also need a replay against
Motherwell. Hibernian, good winners over Aberdeen and
Kilmarnock have reached the semi-finals.
19 F.C. Bruges drop another point in Belgium and both
holders Standard Liege, and Anderlecht are back in the
race for the title. . . Di Stefano's team Valencia lost
at home against Real Madrid.
20 The F.A. Cup semi-final draw pairs Second Division
Birmingham with 'in-form' Leeds . . . Peter Marinello is
the likely replacement for Alan Ball (ineligible) against
Ajax . . . Tommy Docherty announces his squad for the
Independance Tournament in Brazil. The 20-strong party
includes 'Anglos' Charlie Cooke, Denis Law, Willie Morgan
and newcomers Martin Buchan and Jim Bone, the Norwich
forward. . .
Juventus arrive for their U.E.F.A. Cup match against
Woverhampton W. without five of their first team players.
. . Fulham Supporters Club ask for the resignation of
chairman Tommy Trinder.
21 Tottenham draw with U.T. Arad 1-1 and will go into the
semi-final of the U.E.F.A.
Cup draw on Friday. . . Birmingham's protest over the
venue of the cup semi-final v. Leeds at Hillsborough,
Sheffield is turned down. . . Tommy Trinder refutes the
charges levelled against him and says that his
resignation would only harm Fulham.
22 Ajax beat Arsenal 1-0 at Highbury and the holders are
in the European Cup semi-final with Celtic (1-1 draw at
home v Dozsa) Benfica and Inter-Milan . . . Both Rangers
and Wolverhampton W. reach the semi-finals of Cup
Winners' Cup and the U.E.F.A. Cup respectively. . .
England Under-23 lose 1-0 to East Germany in Bristol.
23 John Cooke wins a case against the F.A. in the High
Court which might change the transfer system between
member countries of the F.I.F.A. According to the Judge,
Mr. Justice Foster, the present system is contrary to the
principles of English law. . .
Wolverhampton W. cabled the U.E.F.A. saying that if they
are drawn away in the first leg of the international
competition - they will not be able to play because of
fixture congestion. . . Young England will make a tour of
Eastern Europe in Juneplaying E. Germany, Russia and
Poland. . . Bertie Mee says that the Football League
should give more help to clubs in European competitions.
. . Players suspended for an offence committed in
domestic football should not bc barred from playing in
international cup games.
24 European semi-finals draw day - Wolverhampton W. and
Tottenham H. are kept apart in the U.E.F.A. Cup. Glasgow
Rangers will face their 1967 Final opponents Bayern
Munich in the Cup Winners' tournament and Celtic wilJ
also meet previous foes Inter - a repeat of their clash
in the Lisbon final the same year .
25 Good day for Leeds! While they beat Arsenal 3-0 at
Elland Road, both their chief rivals in the title race
Manchester C. and Derby collect only one point each in
away fixtures. . . Norwich and Millwall are still leading
the promotion race in Div. II and Brighton close the gap
in Div. III by beating Aston Villa. . . Bayern Munich
beat Stuttgart 4-1 and take the lead in the Bundesliga -
Gerd Muller has now scored 31 goals.
26 Torino beat Juventus 2-1 and the Italian league is
wide open. . . Benfica lose their unbeaten record but
still have a commanding lead in Portugal.
27 The Football League agree to postpone Woverhampton W
.'s Easter matches so they will have three clear days
before their U.E.F.A. Cup semi-final match in Budapest. .
. A.C. Milan refuse to alter the dates of their fixtures
v Tottenham in the same competition. . . Leeds beat
Nottingham F. 6-1 and are now only two points behind
leaders Manchester C. . . . Both Rangers and Celtic are
through to the Scottish F.A. Cup semi-finals after
winning replays respectively against Motherwell and
28 The Tot ten ham v rvlilan dates cannot be altered and
Ipswich are unwilling to postpone their Easter Monday
fixture against Spurs. . . Tony Currie is out of
Sheffield U.'s team due to injuries received in a car
crash. . . David Wallace of Swindon will referee the
Hendon v Enfield Amateur Cup Final. . . Sheffield W. have
had to call in a Sunday League goalkeeper, Trevor
Pearson, to face Fulham - both regular 'keepers Springett
and Grummitt are injured. . . Peter Marinello scores his
first League goal of the season in Arsenal's 1-0 win over
29 Results of international friend!ies : Hungary 0 W.
Germany 2, Belgium 1 Russia 1 . . .
Portugal beat Cyprus 4-0 in a World Cup qualifying game.
. . Alan Hardaker declares that there is a state of 'open
war' between the Football League and the F .A. due to the
decision to accept 60,000 pounds for the live televising
of the England v W.Germany game.
30 The clubs, solidly behind Hardaker, call a special
meeting where their chairmen will discuss possible
sanctions against the F.A. Boycotting next season's Cup
is a distinct possibility. The Football League Review
writes that part of the money collected from Pools firms
should be ploughed back into the game and used for ground
improvements and the introduction of safety measures.
31 Good Friday morning match at Upton Park; West Ham 2
Leeds 2- Gray scores twice to equalise first half goals
by Bonds and Hurst . . . Birmingham continue to climb the
Second Division table by beating Oxford 1-0.
Other Transfers Lee Brogden (Rotherham) to Rochdale ;
Graham CJapham (Shrewsbury) to Chester ;
Alan Duffy (Brighton) to Tranmere; Gerry Ingram (Preston
N.E.) to Bradford C. ;
Bertie Lutton (Wolverhampton W.) to Brighton; Keith
Pointer (West Ham) to Cambridge U.; John Ritchie (Preston
N.E.) to Bradford C.; Ian Turner (Huddersfield) to
Grimsby; Jeff Wealands (Darlington) to Hull C.; Norman
Whitehead (Rochdale) to Rotherham.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971