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,
Graham is the only London-based Scot selected for the
Home International Championship.
Jim McCalliog is doubtful for the Wolverhampton W. v
Tottenham H. U.E.F.A.
Cup Final first leg. . . Definite relegation for Charlton
Ath. The Board has full confidence in manager Theo Foley
and he will be offered a new contract. . . Derby Co. will
'sell' matches to sponsors next season. They expect to
make around 25,000 pounds extra from advertising. . .
Ronnie Allen is appointed as the manager of Sporting
Lisbon. . . Leeds U. beat Chelsea 2-0 and need only one
point more to make sure of the League Championship. Their
last game against Wolverhampton W. is scheduled for the
Monday after the Cup Final. . . Derby Co. beat Liverpool
with a John McGovern goal and are on top of the table.
2 Alan Jarvis (Mansfield T.) will be in hospital for a
considerable time due to a serious eye injury sustained
in last night's match against Wrexham . . . Geoff Hurst
and George Best both scored in Uwe Seeler's benefit match
at Hamburg. The European Selection won 7-3 . . . Willie
Henderson was given a free transfer by Glasgow Rangers
after spending 13 years at Ibrox . . . Compulsory
licensing of iootball grounds is proposed in a report to
the Government. If the recommendations are adopted, crowd
safety regulations would be much more effective, but the
cost to the clubs could run into thousands of pounds. . .
Birmingham C. win 1-0 at Orient and are promoted to
Division 1. Latchford scored the winning goal in a match
played in front of over 33,000 people. During the
incident-packed evening the promotion rival Millwall
supporters invaded the pitch hoping for the abandonment.
At the end due to a bomb scare the stand had to be
evacuated and fights broke out between Birmingham and
Millwall fans. . . Malcolm Allison signed a new five-year
contract with Manchester C.
3 Don Revie says that he will risk several players in the
Cup Final who are not fully recovered from injury. . .
Ramsey left out Geoff Hurst and Alan Mullery from the
England squad for the return leg of the European
Championship tie in W. Berlin.
Allan Clarke (Leeds), Macdonald (Newcastle U.) and Roy
McFarland are included in the 18-strong travelling party.
. . The scandalous Orient v Birmingham C. match is
described as a 'night of madness' in the papers and
Orient Chairman Arthur Page commented: 'It's a great pity
when the game descends to this sort of thing' . . .
Ladbrokes, the bookmakers, make Leeds even money
favourites to win the Cup in 90 minutes play and 4/7 on
outright. Arsenal are quoted 5/2 and 6/4! Frank McLintock
says that the Gunners like to be outsiders because the
pressure is more on Leeds. 'We are relaxed and confident'
says the Arsenal skipper. . . Brighton make sure of
promotion with a 1-1 home draw against Rochdale. . .
Southend clinch second place in Division 4. . . Q.P.R.
win the Evening Standard five-a-side trophy by beating
Southampton 3-2 after extra time in the Final. . . The
first leg ofanall-England U.E.F.A. Cup Final is played at
Molineux. Tottenham H. win 2-1 with two excellent goals
scored by Martin Chivers. McCalliog is the Wolverhampton
W. scorer but 'man of the match' Pat Jennings prevented
the home team from equalising with several stunning
saves. . . Alan Mullery has decided not to play again for
England. In a letter to Alf Ramsey he writes: 'I'm 30
years ? I'd and have no chance of making Munich '74. I'd
like to be able to spend more tIme wIth my family but
with club and international tours I would be away for
seven weeks out of eight during the summer. . .'.
4 Eusebio is dropped from the Portuguese national squad
for their game against Cyprus. . . Police hunt for 5
pounds Cup Final ticket forgers. Apparently there are
several thousand forged tickets on offer for sale by a
group of touts. . . Alan Stephenson IS transferred from
West Ham U. to Portsmouth. . . Leeds name a squad of 15
players for the Cup Final and will announce their team
only 30 minutes before the kick-off . . . Gordon Banks is
presented with the 'Footballer of the Year' trophy at the
dinner held by the Football Writers' Association. . .
Wembley officials intimate that they might re-modernize
the stadium making it an all-seater. The
capacity would be reduced to 80,000 . . . Ted MacDougall,
the Bournemouth goalking, states that he has no intention
of signing for a first division team and will stay with
his present club for the full term of his new contract. .
. The official receipts of the F .A. Cup will be an
all-time record of 192,917 pounds, but on the black
market five pound seats sell at over one hundred pounds.
5 Mr. Eldon Griffiths, Minister for Sport, has called for
a meeting of the F.A., Football League and Professional
Footballers' Association to discuss the row over the
disciplinary proceedings. . . Francis Lee has been taken
to hospital for tests and might miss England's
international at W. Berlin. However, he is in the squad
for the Home Internationals, alongside newcomers Paul
Reaney, Tony Currie and Alan Hudson. . . Jimmy Andrews
resigned as Luton's assistant manager following his
former boss Alec Stock and Harry Haslam is officially
appointed as the new Luton boss. . . Bobby Lenarduzzi, a
16-year-old Reading apprentice pro., is included in
Canada's World Cup squad.
6 Leeds win the Centenary Cup Final with an Allan Clarke
goal scored in the 53rd minute. Shortly after the match
the team left for Wolverhampton to prepare for the
decisive league match. Mick Jones dislocated his elbow in
the last minute of the game and was taken off on a
stretcher after collecting his medal from the Queen . . .
. Celtic win the Scottish Cup by beating Hibernian 6-1-
the highest score in the Final since 1888. Dixie Deans
got a hat-trick, Lou Macari scored twice and Billy
7 Anderlecht win the Belgian Championship with a decisive
5-1 win over Saint Trond . . . Muller scores twice for
Bayern and goes clear in the European scoring list with
36 . . . Benfica are the Champions of Portugal and Real
Madrid need only one more point to clinch the title in
8 Everton signed Mike Bernard (Stoke C.) for 125,000
pounds . . . Ian MacFarlane, the Carlisle manager, is
given a six months' notice. . . Francis Lee will be
definitely out of football until the beginning of next
season. . . Helmut Schoen has called up Karl-Heinz
Schnellinger into the W. German squad against England. .
. A fantastic night of League football! Leeds U. lose at
Wolverhampton 2-1 and Liverpool draw 0-0 at Highbury.
Derby Co. are the champions for the first time in their
history with 58 points, followed by three clubs on 57.
Bill Shankly claims that Toshack was not off-side when he
scored two minutes from the end and Don Revie says that
his team should have had two penalties for handling
9 West Ham U. put Harry Redknapp and Peter Eustace on the
transfer list and Keith Newton the international
full-back is on offer at Everton . . . Huddersfield
accuse four of their players of asking them to break tbe
rules by paying them an extra 1,000 pounds each to avoid
relegation. Trevor Cherry, Frank Worthington, Roy Ellam -
all transfer-Iisted - are named, but the fourth player's
identity is not revealed. . . Newcastle U. asked the F.A.
to release Malcolm Macdonald from the close season
Under-23 tour so he could go with his club to the Far
East. The request was refused. . . Brian Clough says that
Derby Co's league triumph is a small miracle and the club
will spend heavily on reinforcements in order to make an
impact in the European Cup. . . Geoff Hurst and Mike
Summerbee are recalled into the England squad instead of
injured Allan Clarke and Francis Lee.
10 Hurst broke down in training and the England party
left without him for W. Berlin . . . Nottingham F. will
propose the introduction of Sunday football at the
League's A.G.M. Other proposals: limitation of the loan
system (Orient) five clear days before an F.A. Cup Final
(Arsenal) and three-up-and-down promotion and relegation
system operating for the top two divisions (Blackpool).
12 non-league clubs are applying for admission together
with Barrow, Crewe, Workington and Stockport Co., who are
seeking re-election. . . Portugal beat Cyprus 1-0 at
Nicosia in a World Cup qualifying match. . . Colin Harper
(Ipswich T.) is suspended for 28 days from August 12th
after being sent off against Sheffield U. on April 15th .
England Amateurs beat Italy 4-0 at Plymouth.
11 Bill Baxter, a 12,500 pounds signing 15 months ago, is
given a free transfer by Hull C. . . .
Tottenham H. beat Arsenal 2-0 at Highbury in the last
Division I match of the season.
Ajax Amsterdam beat Den Haag F.C. in the Dutch Cup Final
12 Martin Peters is doubtful against W. Germany due to a
heavy cold. . . Derby Coo claim that Colin Todd will be
too tired to tour with the England Under-23 party. . 0
Wrexham won the Welsh Cup by beating Cardiff 3-2 on
aggregate and will play in European football for the
first time in their history.. . Graham Pugh (Sheffield
W.) is transferred to Huddersfield for 60,000 pounds.
13 England draw 0-0 at W. Berlin and are out of the
European Championship. In the other matches Russia beat
Yugoslavia 3-0 and Belgium beat Italy 2-1. Ramsey said
that he was proud of his team's performance, but he is
strongly criticised for selecting a defensive 4-4-2
formation. Helmut Schoen, the German team manager,
complains about England's 'Brutal methods'. Man of the
match Franz Beckenbauer said, 'The English had no idea
how to deal with our two goal advantage.
They confused the jungle with a football pitch. , 14
Italian team manager Valcareggi is under attack by the
Press for selecting too many of the 'old guard'. Hungary
and Rumania draw 2-2 in Bucharest and will have a
play-off match for a place in the semi-finals at
Belgrade. . . Real Madrid clinched the Spanish title with
a win over Sevilleo Valencia finished second and
15 Francis Burns (Manchester U.) will join Southampton
after his present club.s foreign tour. . . It is
officially announced that the final stages of the
European Championship will be played-off in Belgium. 0.
Fulham Supporters' Club held a public meeting, which
called for the resignation of chairman Tommy Trinder . 0
The proposed England tour during June is cancelled
because the players are too tired and would be unwilling
to take part. A round-robin to that effect was presented
to Sir Alf on the plane which brought the England party
back from Berlin, England beat the Republic of Ireland
4-0 in the U.E.F.A.-Youth Tournament.
16 Malcolm Page (Birmingham C.) has joined the Wales
squad in place of the injured Trevor Hockey.
17 Tottenham H. beat Wolverhampton W. in the U.E.F.A. Cup
on a 3-2 aggregate and become the first English club to
win two different European trophies. At White Hart Lane,
Mullery put Spurs in front and David Wagstaffe equalised
from a long-range shot - 1-1. Halifax T. sacked their
manager Ray Henderson. . Charlton Ath. signed 27-year-old
Dietmar Bruck from Northampton Town for 5,000 pounds. .
E. Cussins is the new chairman of Leeds U. He announced
500,000 pounds plans to improve ground facilities. .
Eldon Griffiths rejected proposals for a United Kingdom
football team. Mr. Griffiths said that he was not sure
that Scottish or Welsh supporters would be pleased to see
their national team losing their identity . . . . Dickie
Rooks has been given a free transfer by Bristol C. . . .
Ken Sandercock re-joined Leicester Co from Torquay U. . .
, Hungary beat Rumania 2-1 in the European Championship
18 George Best has failed to turn up at Troon where the
N. Ireland squad met for the Scotland game. . . Fulham
decided to officially disband their fan club because
'they behaved in an irresponsible manner'. Chairman of
'The Cottagers' club Mr. Paul Woods called a special
meeting of the members to discuss the split between the
two , . . Bill McGarry blames the players for the present
crisis: 'The trouble is that players are not as dedicated
to the game as they used to be. The reason so many of
them complain about being tired is because of the worries
of outside interests.'
19 George Best is dropped from the N. Ireland squad and
is reported to be holidaying in Spain. . . Roy Sproson,
who has made over 750 league appearances for Port Vale,
was given a free transfer. . . Sir Alf Ramseystated that
Colin Todd and John Robson must go on the England
Under-23 tour. . . Universitario Lima drew 0-0 with
Independiente Buenos Aires in the first leg match of the
South American Champions' Cup Final. . . Belgium beat
Iceland 4-0 in a World Cup qualifying match . . . The USA
beat Jamaica 2-1 and will play in the Olympic Games in
Munich. . Czechoslovakia 2 Greece 0 in the Under-23
European Championship semi-final. The return match will
be played in Athens on May 31 . . . Bill McGarry will
stay at Wolverhampton next season.
20 England beat Wales 3-0 in Home International
Tournament. Malcolm Macdonald collects his first full cap
and Rodney Marsh scores his first goal for his country .
Two late goals (Law, Lorimer) help Scotland to a 2-0 win
over N. Ireland. . .
George Best announces his retirement from football at the
age of 26. He says that he is a physical and mental wreck
and has been drinking too much during the last four
months. . . Marseille are the champions of France.
22 N. Ireland manager Terry Neill says that he is willing
to take Best back into the squad but George refuses to
see anyone - not even Sir Matt Busby. . . Madeley and
Moore are doubtful for tomorrow's game at Wembley . . .
John Doyle (Chelsea) has been sent off in a friendly
match at Barbados. . . Wales call up Dick Krzywicki and
Gareth Davies into the squad. . . Brentford sign Alan
Murray (Middlesbrough) . . .
Ajax end the season with a 12-1 win over Vitesse in a
Dutch first division match.
Cruyff scores four of the goals. . . Tommy Taylor (West
Ham U.) has been added to the England Under-23 touring
party. . . England beat W. Germany 2-0 in the Final of
the U.E.F.A. Youth tournament to retain the trophy. Phi]
Thompson (Liverpool) and Mike Buckley (Everton) scored
the goals for the team managed by Gordon Milne. Poland
finish third and the host country, Spain, fourth.
23 Tony Currie (Sheffield U.) and Colin Todd get their
first cap for England. N. Ireland win 1 -0 with a Terry
Neill goal - their first victory over England since 1957.
Ramsey sent on Peters and Chivers for Currie and
Macdonald but the heroic Irish defence held out without
too much difficulty. . . Geoff Strong and Ian St. John
were given free transfers by Coventry C. and Denis
Ho]]ywood is released by Southarnpton . . . The F .A.
complain that they cannot beat the cup final touts
without the help of the public, but no-one seems to care.
24 Scotland beat Wales 1-0 at Hampden with a second-half
Lorimer goal and are now certain to finish on top in the
Home International Tournament. . . Rangers beat Dynamo
Moscow 3-2 at Barcelona but the result might not count.
Their fans invaded the pitch during the game several
times and at the end they fought a pitched battle with
the Spanish police. According to reports one man died and
Hundreds were arrested and thrown into jail. The Scottish
fans also caused a lot of damage in the Spanish holiday
resorts. . . George Best says that he might take up
footba]] again for a London club. . . Independiente
Buenos Aires beat Universitario Lima 2-1 to win the South
American Champions' Cup.
25 The Lord Provost of Glasgow described the behaviour of
the Rangers fans as 'shameful and a disgrace'. He also
pointed out that the unprecedented scandal had nothing to
do with the famous club and its players. Lev Yashin, the
ex-international goalkeeper , who is now the technical
adviser of Moscow Dynamo, demands a replay, because 'the
match was played in unusual circumstances and the referee
should have abandoned it'. U .E.F .A. secretary Hans
Bangerter called an emergency committee meeting to
discuss the Russian protest. Personally he also feels
that Rangers should be disciplined. The Evening Standard
front page headline describes the Scottish fans stranded
in Spain as 'jailed, drunk and broke!' . . . Sweden drew
with Hungary 0-0 in a World Cup qualifying match at
Stockholm. . . Alf Wood (Shrewsbury T.), joint top scorer
of the Football League with 35 goals, is signed by
Millwallfor 45,000 pounds . . . John Simpson, who has
made over 600 appearances for Gillingham, was given a
free transfer. . . Brian Homewood has been put on the
F.I.F.A. list by the F.A. Other English referees
nominated to control international matches are: David
Smith, Norman Burtenshaw, Ken Burns, Jack TayJor, Pat
Partridge and Keith Walker .
26 Derek Dougan says 'The club chairmen must think
seriously about the future of footba]]. Instead of giving
each other a pat on the back at the League A.G.M., they
ought to introduce reforms to streamline the structure of
our domestic competitions.
There is an intolerable burden on the players of the top
c]ubs.' Alan Hardaker:
'Ask the clubs, not me! We introduced our ideas to them
years ago, but they don't
want to know. How do you persuade six First Division
Clubs to vote themselves down to the Second ? . . . W.
Germany beat Russia 4-1 in a friendly to mark the opening
of the new Olympic Stadium in Munich. Gerd Muller scored
all four goals, bringing his international total to 47. .
. Bill Baxter (Hull C.) joins Northampton T.
on a free-transfer. Birmingham C. pay 60,000 pounds to W
.B.A. for Bobby Hope.
27 Arsenal F.C. will spend 100,000 pounds on ground
improvement during the close season.
All safety barriers will be reinforced. . . Both Derby
Co. and Leeds U. declined to play in the traditional
Charity Shield match next season. Derby Co., the
champions, will start the 72/73 League campaign with an
away fixture at Southampton, and Leeds U. will be at
Stamford Bridge facing Chelsea. Norwich C. open their
first ever Div. 1. fixtures with a home game against
Everton. . . England shows improved form at Ramp den
Park, and beat Scotland 1-0 with an Alan Ball goal.
Wales and N. Ireland drew 0-0 at Wrexham, consequently,
England and Scotland tie on top of the Home Championship
table. . . In a TV discussion, leading club managers,
Revie and Mercer, agree that this Tournament should be
played off during the season, and not at the end, when
the players are stale and tired.
28 Juventus clinched the Italian title with a 2-0 win
over Vicenza. The Portuguese champions, Benfica, also
closed the campaign with an emphatic win.
30 Alan Hudson and Colin Todd pulled-out of the England
U-23 squad. Hudson referred to domestic reasons, and Todd
said that he was tired after a strenuous season. Sir Alf
Ramsey contacted Trevor Brooking (West Ham U.) and Frank
Worthington (Huddersfield T.) as possible replacements. .
. Manchester U. beat a Tel-A viv select in Israel 2-1 ,
with goals by Sadler and Kidd.
31 Ajax Amsterdam successfully defended the European
Champions' Cup by beating Inter-Milan 2-0 at Rotterdam.
Johann Cruyff scored both goals in the second-half, and
the match was described as great propaganda for attacking
football. The Italians rarely looked like scoring, and
Boninsegna was shown the yellow card by referee Robert
Relies of France for ungentlemanly conduct.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971