are they now?
Note : The news from
thirty years ago has an archive below
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1973-74 (4th year) :
The Queene Anne Press,
Derby fined 5,000 pounds in connection with the Ian Moore
transfer muddle and warned as to their future conduct.
2 The Under-23 Committee asks the FA to impose a two-year
international ban on Alan Hudson (Chelsea) and Colin Todd
(Derby) because they refused to go on the England tour in
June. . . Bristol R. win 2-0 at Burnley and will play
Sheffield U. in the Watney Cup final. The Yorkshire team
beat Peterborough 4-0 away, despite the loss of Tony
Currie, who was sent off in the 28th minute. . . Celtic 3
Aberdeen 2 in the Dryborough Cup after extra time.
3 Ian Ure moves on a free transfer to St. Mirren from
4 Arsenal lose 4-0 in Hamburg in a friendly. Pat Rice is
taken off with an ankle injury. . . C. Palace become the
first League club to be sponsored by a commercial firm.
The chairman of Mat thews Holdings Ltd., Ray Bloye, is
the new chairman of the club. . . Ajax beat Bayern Munich
5-0 in a friendly.
5 Bristol R. win the Watney Cup on penalty kicks (7-6)
against Sheffield U. After 90 minutes goal less play the
Third Division club scored seven consecutive penalties.
Ted Hemsley missed for the visitors. . . In Scotland,
Hibernian beat Celtic 5-3 (after extra time) in the
Drybrough Cup. . . Manchester C. win the Charity Shield,
beating Aston Villa 1-0 in Birmingham. . . English clubs
do not fare too well in pre-season warm-up games against
foreign opposition.-Derby lose 2-1 at home to FC Den
Haag, Leeds draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in Greece, and
Chelsea have the same scoreline v Go Ahead Deventer in
the Netherlands. . . Arsenal manager, Bertie Mee, says
that his team will playa different style of football,
more in line with the new Continental 'total football'
concept. . . Malcolm Allison also promises attacking
football from Manchester C. and names Leeds as the
greatest danger of City's title aspirations. . . The
Fenerbahce (Istanbul) v Luton match abandoned in the 70th
minute with the score 1-1 when fighting broke out between
6 Alan Hardaker praises the Watney Cup: 'What has
happened to Bristol R. is absolutely marvellous. This
competition has brought a taste of soccer success to an
area that is crying out for it' . . . Brian Clough's eve
of season forecast is that seven clubs have about equal
chance of winning the title, but Derby are the only ones
yet to reach their peak.
7 Aston Villa chairman Doug EIJis axed at a strong board
meeting. The new chairman is Jim Hartley. Ellis had been
in office since 1968 and had helped to give impetus to
Villa's revival. . . Tommy Gemmell is the new skipper
ofNottingham F. in place of Peter Hindley, who does not
want the job any longer. . . George Best breaks a hand in
training and is doubtful for next Saturday's match. . .
Celtic beat Tottenham H. 1-0 in a friendly at Parkhead.
8 Five players named by League managers as the
outstanding footballers of 1971-72 (Banks, Francis,
MacDougall, O'Mara, and Keegan) are to receive silver
trophies donated by Gallaher . . . Leeds sign Roy Ellam,
the Huddersfield centre-back, for 30,000 pounds . . .
John O'Mara (Brentford) suspended for three games for
being sent off against Hillingdon in a pre-season
friendly. . . John Hollins fit for Chelsea's opening
League game against Leeds, who will line up without
Hunter and Clarke (suspended) and Cooper (still injured).
9 Derbyand Reading ordered by the FA to post warning
notices for three weeks.
The decision follows crowd disturbances at the end of
Jast season. . . Charlie George and Eddie Kelly in pay
disputes with Arsenal. . . Jackie Charlton will not be
Leeds' first-choice centre-back next season. The club
would like to use him as an 'observer' of future
opponents, but the 37-year-old ex-England player refuses
to accept that his active career is over .
10 The Football League announce that they will do
everything in their power to assist the four Home
Countries in their efforts to reach the World Cup finals.
No League game will be sanctioned for the week of the
international fixtures, and if the clubs insist on
playing they will have to line up without their
international players. Len Shipman says, 'There is no
doubt that some reorganisation of the League is needed in
the not-too-distant future. The First Division is too
big. . .' . . . Aston Villas shareholders vote Doug Ellis
back on the board of directors in place of Harry Parkes.
. . Peter Swan to play for Shcffield W. against Fulham on
Saturday-his first League game for eight years!
11 John Roberts (Arsenal), named as substitute, puts in a
written transfer request, Charlie George out of the side
with a hamstring injury. . . Barry Bridges and Eamonn
Dunphy missing from the Millwall team because of pay
disputes. . .
Fulham will be without Earle and Went in their opening
game. 'The injuries are my fault', says manager Alex
Stock, 'I worked them too hard' . . . Eve of season
predictions (and the bookmakers) make Leeds favourites
for the title with Liverpool and Manchester C. joint
second favourites. It is 3-1 against Francis Lee
finishing on top of the goal-scorers, and 5-1 against
Martin Chivers . . , The Arsenal board decide to grant
the transfer request of Roberts and the two pay rebels,
Kelly and George. . . Two of the UEFA Youth Cup-winning
team will start the season in the First Division: Alan
Green (Coventry) at White Hart Lane and Kevin Beat tie
(Ipswich) at Old Trafford against Manchester U.
12 The new League season opens unhappily for Leeds:
goalkeeper David Harvey is carried off with concussion in
the 26th minute and Mick Jones leaves the field at the
same time with a ricked ankle. Lorimer goes into goal and
Chelsea beat the 10-man Yorkshire side 4-0. . . At
Liverpool, Larry Lloyd and Wyn Davies sent off as
Manchcstet C. lose 2-0, . . Manchester U. beaten at home
by Ipswich and promoted Birmingham start the season with
a home defeat by Sheffield U . . .
Norwich take a point at Everton . . . Middlesbrough beat
Sunderland 2-1 in the Second Division and Aston Villa get
two points at Preston. . . Stan Horne (Fulham) is the
third player ordered off the field, in his case for
dissent. . . Sheffield W. beat the Londoners 3-0 . . . In
Scotland, the fancied teams win easily in the League
Cup-Dundee score eight times v East Stirling.
13 The Dutch League season opens with easy victories for
crack teams Ajax and Feyenoord. In Switzerland, champions
Basle lose at home to Sion . . . Torpedo Moscow win the
14 Chelsea, strongly attacked in the Press for the chaos
before and during the Leeds game, decide to cut the
standing capacity of Stamford Bridge by 7,000. During the
reconstruction period the crowd limit will be set at
44,000 . . . C. Palace to train under their new
floodlights in preparation for tomorrow's match v Derby.
. , West Ham beat Coventry 1-0 with a disputed goal-four
players' names taken.
15 Paul Davies, Ron's younger brother, goes on loan
transfer from Arsenal to Charlton . . . Brian Clough,
guest speaker at the Sportswriters' lunch, makes the
usual quota of controversial statements: 'With the
present League set-up England has no chance whatever in
the World Cup. . . Colin Todd was suspended for being
honest. . . The top club managers have the power to
change the game in England, but they don't trust each
other. . . Derby will reach the semi-final of the
European Cup.' . . . Arsenal give an impressive
demonstration of their version of 'total football',
beating Wolverhampton 5-2. . . Liverpool 2 Manchester U.
0 -a flying four-points start for the Shankly team.
16 Another night of unpleasant incidents-four players
sent off and 51 names taken . . . Tot ten ham join
Liverpool and Arsenal as the only 100 per cent teams in
Division I. . . In the League Cup Aston Villa beat
Hereford 4-1 in front of 32,314 people.
17 The second round League Cup draw brings together
Arsenal and Everton at Highbury. Holders Stoke open their
defence of the trophy with a home tie v Sunderland . . .
Larry Lloyd to appeal against his sending-oft. in the
game with Manchester C. . . . Dennis Follows, FA
secretary, asks thc players to show common sense and
reason. 'We have completely reorganised the disciplinary
system in the game. The clubs wanted it and the players
accepted it, if not cheerfully, then without too much
protest. But if those very people are not going to accept
it in the spirit in which it was conceived we are in for
a very difficult time.'
18 Everton chairman John Moores says that Continental
players, especially from the Common Market countries,
should be allowed to play in England as full
19 Peter Wall (C. Palace) breaks a leg in the game
against Liverpool . . . Arsenal beat Stoke 2-0 with two
Ray Kennedy goals and are the only team in the First
Division with full points from three games. Chelsea (2-1
at Derby), Liverpool (1-1) Everton (2-0 v Manchester U.)
and West Ham (5-2 v Leicester) are all on five points.
Pointless Manchester u. are last and W.B.A. have yet to
score a goal.
Hereford register their first-ever Football League
win-3-0 v Reading.
20 Bruce Rioch has a fractured wrist and is likely to be
out of the game for six weeks.
21 The eleven Scottish League players selected by a panel
of journalists in connection with the launching of the
Rothmans Football Yearbook 1972/73 are honoured at a
luncheon reception in Glasgow. They are: Clarke;
Brownlie, McNeill, D. Smith, Hay; Murdoch, Stanton,
Phillip; Johnstone, Harper, Macari . . . Leicester sign
Frank Worthington (Huddersfield) for an estimated fee of
80,000 pounds. . . UEFA take a tough line on crowd
behaviour and states that in future only grounds with
adequate safety facilities, such as two-metre high fences
or moats, will be eligible to stage finals. . . Uruguay
withdraws her proposal concerning the Home Countries and
in future England, N. Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will
still be treated as separate entities by FIFA. The
delegates recommend that the 16-strong field for the 1978
World Cup finals should be maintained and so the number
of competing countries will not be increased to 24.
22 Concetta Lo Bello, the Italian referee who is an MP
will be in charge of the Liverpool v Eintracht Frankfurt
UEFA Cup tie. . . Hereford sign Dave Rudge from Aston
Villa for 6,000 pounds. . . Sir Alf Ramsey and Helmut
Schoen will manage the two 'Common Market' teams in the
match scheduled for January. . . Don Murray (Cardiff)
sent off in the League Cup replay v Bristol R. . . .
Arsenal drop their first point of the season, at Coventry
. . . Tottenham put Graham Souness on the transfer list.
23 Leicester pay Orient 112,000 pounds for Dennis
Rofe-the biggest transfer fee paid for a full-back in
Britain. . . FIF A decide the ban on Rhodesia must stand.
Liverpool win 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and go on top of the
table. . . Manchester U. collect their first point of the
season at home v Leicester. Frank Worthington scores on
his debut for the visitors.
24 Derby buy Davtd Nish from Leicester for a British
record fee of 225,000 pounds. . .
The Celtic v Rangers League match will kick off at 12
noon and will be played at Hampden Park in order to fight
rowdyism due to drunkenness. . . C. Palace will play
Hearts, and Newcastle will face Ayr in the first round of
the Texaco Cup.
-Seven ties will be played between English and Scottish
clubs, while SheffieJd U. meet W.B.A. in an English
25 Leicester insist that Peter Shilton is not for sale. .
. Alfredo di Stefano in England to watch Manchester C.,
future UEFA Cup opponents of his club, Valencia . . .
Charlie George, in pay dispute with Arsenal, recalled
against Manchester U. in place of the injured Radford . .
. Tony Waiters appointed as manager/ coach to the England
Youth team in succession to Gordon Milne . . . Bobby
Charlton will play in the reserve team tomorrow against
Bury Reserves, his first appearance for the reserves for
ten years. Charlton says: 'There are things I could say
about the situation here that I would regret later.'
26 Ralph Coates taken off with a nose injury against
Leeds and the game ends in a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool return to the top of the table with a 3-2 win
over West Ham. Arsenal and Everton are the other unbeaten
clubs in Division I. Sheffield W., Halifax, and Mansfield
top the other divisions. . . Brentford's John O'Mara is
'for sale' according to manager Frank Blunstone.
28 Fulham win at Reading 1-0 in the second replay of
their League Cup tie. Two young strikers John O'Mara
(Brentford) and Bill Garner (Southend) are watched by
several top division managers and their transfer into a
higher class of football seems imminent.
29 West Ham drop goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson, in dispute
with the club over his contract. The Hammers lose 1-0 at
Highbury, where Alan Ball scores from a penalty after 50
seconds play! . . .In the other games C. Palace beat
Manchester C. and Everton defeat Derby. . . only four
goals scored in five First Division matches . . . David
Turner (ex-Brighton) joins Blackburn on a free transfer.
. . Italian players threaten strike action if their pay
structure and pension schemes don't improve before the
opening of the league season. . . Sir Stanley Rous
attacks the 'shamateurism' of the Olympic football
tournament and calls for a revision of its rules, but
regretfully admits that it's not a FIFA responsibility.
Only the IOC can put its own house in order.
30 First defeat for Liverpool-after leading 2-0 with two
goals by John Toshack.
Keith Wellers' hat-trick gives home team Leicester a 3-2
victory. . . Billy Bremner, playing as a striker, gets a
late winner for Leeds against Southampton . . .
Manchester U. still without a win after six matches. . .
The FA makes it clear that a player can be booked only
once in the game. A second offence which warrants a
caution must be punished by sending the player off . . .
Ron Wigg (Watford) suspended for three matches. , . Barry
Bridges goes to Brighton from Millwall for 30,000 pounds.
Andrew Vause for helping to point out that there was no
iron man in the Man U team, called Ian Ore !
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971