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 Queen Anne Press,
I Willie Johnston signs for W.B.A. from Glasgow Rangers
for 135,000 pounds -a record for a Scottish league
player. . . George Eastham is appointed as assistant
manager of Stoke. . . Jock Stein, Celtic's manager, is
severely censured for remarks made to the referee in last
month's League Cup tie against Dundee.
2 Arsenal beat Leeds 2-1 in an exceptionally hard fought
game at Highbury. Two penalties (one for each side) and a
Radford centre palmed into goal by Harvey decide the
issue. Referee Thomas books five Leeds players plus Alan
Ball of Arsenal. . . Liverpool (4-3 winners over
Birmingham) increase their lead to three points in Div.
1. . . Burnley, Bolton, and Mansfield are the other
table-toppers in the Football League. . . According to a
'Sunday People' story the 'no offside' experiment in the
Metropolitan League is a flop, and might be scrapped
before the end of the season.
3 In France, players go on strike in support of Lyon
footballers, who were suspended by their club because
they attended a Trade Union meeting.
4 Liverpool drew I-I with Tottenham in the League Cup,
and the fixtures are piling up for both clubs. Bill
Shankly says: 'Frankly I wouldn't have minded if we'd
lostfor the sake of the players. The more games they
play, the more likely they are to get injured.' . . . It
seems that Arsenal will put Peter Marinello on the
transfer list. Manager Mee is sympathetic to the
22-year-old player's view, that he must have first team
football if he is to advance his career. . . George Best
leaves Manchester without permission, and is seen in a
London nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
5 Best is put on the transfer list by Manchester U. Brian
Clough of Derby is the only manager who declares interest
and might bid for him.
6 John Bond of Bournemouth is also interested in Best,
but the player says that he would like to join Chelsea. .
. Tottenham reach the League Cup semi-final by beating
Liverpool 3-1 at White Hart Lane. . . David Herd, the
Lincoln manager, resigns and player coach Graham Taylor,
aged 28, takes over.
7 Norman Hunter is suspended for two matches. . . Joe
Royle (Everton) might need a manipulative operation on
his back injury and could be out of the game for the rest
of the season. . . The latest enquiry for George Best
comes from the U.S.A.
Clive Toye, general manager of the North American league
champions Cosmos says: 'We have talked to the other seven
league clubs for the purpose of getting them to join in
putting up the 350,000 pounds transfer fee. There is no
doubt that Best's appearances would boost attendances
throughout the league.'
8 Ron Davies is suspended by Southampton for seven days
for breach of club discipline. . . Aberdeen put Joe
Harper on the transfer list and several English clubs are
interested in this goalscoring striker.
9 Harper goes to Everton for 180,000 pounds -a record for
a Scottish league player. In turn Everton sells Alan
Whittle to C. Palace for 100,000 pounds . . . Hibernian
win the Scottish League Cup, beating Celtic 2-1 in the
Final-it is the seventh consecutive Final in this
competition for Celtic, and the third losing one. . .In
England, Ian Hutchinson makes a sensational comeback to
first team football. He scores twice in Chelsea's 3-1 win
over Norwich . . . Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-1 away, and
as Liverpool drop a point at W.B.A., narrow the gap on
top of the table. . . Internationals Peter Cormack
(Liverpool) and Francis Lee (Manchester C.) are sent off.
10 Ajax Amsterdam are out of the Dutch Cup-in the first
round they draw with N.E.C. but lose on penalty-kicks.
Malcolm Allison expresses an interest in George Best.
According to him the Manchester C. players would welcome
the Irish international. Chairman Eric Alexander says
that the club has no intention of bidding for Best, and
manager Allison was talking 'out of turn' . . . In future
Don Revie will fine any Leeds player who argues with a
referee. Only skipper Billy Bremner will be allowed to
approach the ref. and ask courteously for an explanation.
Bremner will be given an armband to signify his captaincy
in Continental fashion. . . Southern League team Margate
will be home to Tottenham in the Third Round of the F.A.
Cup and Chelmsford will be hosts to Ipswich . . . Holders
Leeds open with a difficult tieaway to Norwich and
finalists Arsenal will be home to Leicester on Jan. 13.
Toppairing: Wolverhampton v Manchester U.!
12 Margate want to switch their cup tie to Tottenham . .
. Both Orient and Arsenal are protesting because their
own gates would be affected. . . Mike Summerbee
(Manchester C.) is sent-off in a friendly v Q.P.R.
13 Margate decide to keep the home advantage against
Spurs. . . Liverpool beat Dynamo Berlin and join
Tottenham in the last 8 of the UEFA Cup. . . Norwich beat
Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final
at Stamford Bridge. . .
Chris Chilton (Coventry) is to quit league football due
to a serious back injury. . .
Northampton buy Gordon Riddick (Orient) for 4,000 pounds.
. . Peter Wall goes to Orient on loan from C. Palace. . .
The 'Three' squad picked by Sir Alf Ramsey for Wembley
against the 'Six' includes Bobby Charlton, Steve Heighway
and Jensen of Moenchengladbach.
14 Alan Hardaker backs Leeds' plan that team captains
should be allowed to wear armbands. In his view anything
that might improve discipline should be tried and
encouraged. . . The George Best story takes an unexpected
turn-Louis Edwards, Manchester United's chairman
announces that Best will start training with the club and
he is 'presumably' off the transfer list. . . Hugh Curran
is cleared of the charge of bringing the game into
disrepute. . . Bristol C. paid a club record 70,000
pounds for Bobby Gould.
15 Five league games are postponed due to the 'flu
epidemic. . . Alan Hardaker says that most football studs
in use are illegal and dangerous.
16 A sad day for Manchester United! They lost 5-0 at
Selhurst Park against C. Palace -their heaviest defeat
for four years. . . Newspaper speculations indicate that
Frank O'Farrell might resign over the treatment of George
Best. . . Tired Liverpool drop a point at Ipswich . . .
both Arsenal and Leeds are closing-up on them.
'Pop' Robson is one of the seven players to score twice
in Div. 1 and now leads the goal-scoring list with 15.
Attendances are stilllow-Portsmouth have a gate of under
5,000- their worst since the war for a league game.
18 The F.L. decides that the Spurs v Wolves League Cup
semi-final must be played on Jan. 1. Bill Nicholson says
that Monday is a very bad day for staging a game, and his
players are bound to have some kind of New Year's Eve
celebration. Bill McGarry is also unhappy about the date.
. . Arsenal put Peter Marinello and George Graham on the
transfer list. Neither of them are happy playing in the
reserves, and the club is sympathetic to their ambitions.
. . 500 Old Age Pensioners will be given free tickets for
the 'Common Market' match at Wembley . . . Sir Alf names
his squad for the Holland U-23 game, but both Newcastle
selectionsMacdonald and Barrowclough-are wanted by their
club for a rearranged league match v Leicester.
19 Sensational developments at Manchester United. The
Board of Directors sacks manager Frank O'Farrell, coach
Malcolm Musgrove, and chief scout John Aston.
On the same day George Best announces his retirement from
football in a letter to his club. O'Farrell says that
when he asked about the reason for his dismissal, he was
told that the team is at the bottom of the table.
20 Manchester U. pay up O'Farrell's contract and the
other sacked officials will be 'all-right' financially. .
. Ray Kennedy and Dave Thomas are called into the England
U-23 squad. . . Tot ten ham beat Wolverhampton 2-1 in the
League Cup semi-final first-leg at Molyneux . . . The
Norwich v Chelsea game is abandoned six minutes from the
end due to thick fog, with Norwich leading 5-2 on
aggregate . . . John Robson the Derby full-back is sold
to Aston Villa for 90,000 pounds.
21 Ex-players Bill Foulkes and Pat Crerand will run
Manchester U. until a new manager signed. Sir Matt Busby
says that the Directors have complete faith in the squad
and that they feel certain that the club's league
position will improve rapidly. . . Football League agree
that the second-leg of the Tottenham -Wolves Cup tie can
be played on Saturday Dec. 30th. The league match
schedule for the same day between the teams will be
22 Brighton sign Lemmie Robertson from Halifax for
17,000 plus Willie Irvine . . .
Tommy Docherty gets the go-ahead from the Scottish F.A.,
travels to Manchester and signs the contract as manager
of United at a reputed salary of 15,000 poundsper year.
Docherty says: 'Only one word can sum-up my
feelings-fantastic! My aim has always been to be the best
manager in football. And I know that at Old Trafford I
will get the best possible chance of proving that I have
what it takes'.
23 A dream-start for the Docherty-era at
Manchester-almost! United lead with a Ted MacDougall goal
until the last minute when Clarke equalised for Leeds . .
. Arsenal also drop a point and Liverpool lead the table
by two points just before Xmas. . . In the Second
Division Burnley drop a home point v Oxford and Blackpool
lose 4-0 at Nottingham F. . . . Ricky Heppolette, the
Italian-born Preston N.E.
player, signs for Orient (55,000 pounds) . . . John
McMahon of Preston N.E. scores the quickest goal of the
season-12 seconds after the kick-off.
26 An eventful Boxing Day programme-50 players booked,
four sent-off! . . . Keyin Tully is dismissed by ref. Ted
Jolly in his first league game for Burnley, and Terry
AJcock (Blackpool) follows him shortly-Burnley win 2-1
and haye a three points lead in Div. 2. Q.P.R., 3-1
winners oyer Orient are second-in this game the visitor's
striker, Derek Downing is sent-off . . . Leeds beat
Newcastle 1-0 with the help of a twice-taken penalty. Tan
McFaul saves Giles' first spot-kick, but ref. Ralph Lee
decided that the keeper moved too Soon. Newcastle
Manager, Joe Harvey complained: 'How can refs. sleep
after decisions like this? Every time we come here we
seem to get robbed by penalty decisions.' . . . Jimmy
Scoular, the Cardiff manager is booked by ref. John Yates
after he called Bristol City's 1-0 win over his team 'the
biggest robbery since the croWn jewels were stolen' . . .
Manchester U. are back at the foot of the table after
their 3-1 defeat at Derby. . . Crystal Palace beat
Southampton 3-0 with two Rogers' and one Craven goal. Don
Rogers has scored seven times since his transfer from
27 Tommy Docherty signs George Graham the Arsenal player
for 120,000 pounds. 'He is in the class of Gunter Netzer'
said the Manchester U. manager, Who once bought Graham
for Chelsea from Aston Villa for 6,000 pounds. . . Bobby
Kellard leaves C. Palace for one of his old clubs,
Portsmouth, for a 12,000 pounds fee.
28 Another Scottish player joins Manchester U., Alex
Forsyth, the Partick Thistle full-back signs for 100,000
pounds. . . Brighton are taken over by two London
business men, Who were already on the board. Money will
be available for new players and the aim is to escape
relegation. . . Trevor Morris, former manager of Cardiff
and noWa Welsh F.A. official says that the Third and
Fourth Division players should be part-timers. According
to him they are grossly overpaid and that is why several
clubs face bankruptcy. . . Franz Beckenbauer (W. Germany
and Bayern Munich) has been elected 'European Footballer
of 1972'. Muller and Netzer were joint second, Cruyff
fourth and Keizer fifth in the voting.
29 Alan Hardaker presents a historic new deal for
football. The League Management proposes a smaller First
Division (20 clubs), four up-and-down throughout the
league, fewer televised matches, a nine month season to
run from Sept. Ist to the end of May, and a possible
change in the offside law! Other minor reforms include
bonus points for goals and the ban on non-competitive
matches (benefit, friendlies, etc.) during the season.
The club chairmen will discuss the proposals on January
16th in London. Mr. Hardaker opened his lengthy statement
by saying that 'the falling attendances this season have
now shown definitely that there has been a lack of
interest in the Football League competition.' At the same
meeting the chairmen will be presented with a demand from
the Players Union to consider a new type of contract for
footballers, which would be in line with the Industrial
Relations Act and the E.E.C. principles on 'workers
30 Tommy Callaghan is the new coach of Manchester U. . .
. Graham Souness (Tottenham) signs for Middlesbrough for
30,000 pounds . . . In an exciting League Cup semi-final
match, Tottenham drew with Wolverhampton and the
Londoners reach their seventh final in a top competition
since Bill Nicholson took oVer the club in 1958. Wolves
cancelled out their one goal deficit in normal time, but
Chivers scored the vital goal in the 111 th minute. . .
In the league, Liverpoo1 stretch their winning sequence
at home to twelve this season by beating C. Palace 1-0
with a Cormack goal. . . Arsenal draw 0-0 at Stoke and
seven matches are cancelled due to the 'flu epidemic. . .
Channon of Southampton is sent-off at the Dell v Coventry
. . . Jock Stein, the Celtic manager is taken to hospital
for observation, and it is announced that he'll stay
there for tWo weeks. . . Bremner, Heighway and Cruyff
pull out of the 'Common Market' game.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971