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,
1 John Radford is out of the Arsenal team-Charlie George
is taking the place of the injured striker. . . Tommy
Hughes goes to Brighton on a month's loan. . . Birmingham
fine George Smith 25 pounds, suspend him, and he is on
the transfer list. Smith takes the matter up with the
P.F.A. . . . Jimmy Lindsay (Watford) will be out of the
game for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
3 Only five First Division clubs facing opponents from a
lower division manage to clinch a place in the Fifth
Round of the Cup. Millwall win 2-0 at Everton, Luton beat
Newcastle by the same score at St. James's Park, and
Carlisle and Hull k.o. Sheffield U. and West Ham
respectively. Only 31 goals are scored in the 16 ties-not
one team scores more than two! . . . Rimmer (Bolton) and
Reece (Cardiff) are both sent off in the second half, and
the game ends in a 2-2 draw. Holders Leeds (v Plymouth
2-1) and last year's finalists Arsenal (v Bradford 2-0)
are both through to the next round. . . Ken Burns will
referee the Bayern Munich v Ajax European Cup-tie.
5 The Football League Management Committee is
recommending that next season should start Sept. 1-the
latest for 54 years. This was one of the suggestions at a
recent meeting of the League Club chairmen. . .
Sunderland defenders Richie Pitt and Keith Coleman are to
have a month's trial with Arsenal. . . Leeds are drawn at
home against W .B.A., and Arsenal away to Carlisle in the
Cup. . . Five Manchester U. players are in the Scotland
squad for the centenary international against England. .
. Five Second Division clubs, including Fulham and Oxford
enter the Anglo-ltalian Tournament alongside C. Palace,
Manchester U. and Newcastle . . . In the Scottish Cup,
Celtic are away to Motherwell, and Rangers will play
Hibernian at Ibrox Park.
6 Rodney Marsh is axed from the England squad, and his
place goes to Allan Clarke . . . George Readle is to
become deputy to League Secretary Alan Hardaker, who is
taking a month's rest on medical advice. . . C. Palace
and Sheffield W. draw their Cup replay and will meet
again at Villa Park. . . Derek Rickard, the Plymouth
striker, carried on playing with a broken leg and scored
in his club's 3-0 home win over Scunthorpe.
7 The Anglo-ltalian Tournament is launched in Milan with
the draw for the group matches . . . Derby beat Tottenham
5-3 with two extra-tirne goals in a brilliant Cup-tie at
White Hart Lane. Tottenham are 3-1 up with 10 minutes to
play, but I Roger Davies equalises and later completes a
hat-trick . . . Manchester C. beat Liverpool and
Sunderland k.o. Reading. . . Charlton sign goalkeeper
Mick Kearns on a month's loan from Oxford. . . Frank Lord
is the new assistant manager of Preston.
8 Ron Harris (Chelsea) is given a three-match ban, which
rules him out of the Fifth Round of the Cup. . . Gordon
Lee, the Port Vale manager blames the Press for 'the
alarming gulf that exists between football clubs and the
paying public.' In an article published in the League
Review, Lee accuses sports writers of publici sing the
ills of the game, rather than emphasising the positive
aspects of it. . . Brentford sign Q.P.R. winger Barry
Salvage for 9,000 pounds.
10 FIFA withdraw permission for overseas teams to compete
in next month's South African games. . . Q.P.R. are suing
Sheffield W. over the transfer of Vic Mobley. They paid
55,000 pounds for him, but shortly after the deal in
1969, Mobley had to give up football on medical advice .
. . Liverpool lose their first home league match since
1.1.72-conquerors Arsenal go on top of the table. . .
Leicester beat Leeds 2-0 and C. Palace win 4-0 at West
Bromwich . . . Manchester U. defeat Wolves 2-1 with two
Bobby Charlton goals-their first victory under Tommy
Docherty . . . Millwall win 3-1 against Oxford but the
visitors might ask for a re-play. Harry Cripps wasn't on
the original team-sheet, but played when substitute
Smethurst failed to turn-up.
12 Jeff Blockley is called up for England instead of the
injured McFarland . . . Alan Ball senior is sacked by
Preston N.E. when his contract still has two and a half
years to run. Preston haven't collected a point this
year, and last Saturday they were beaten 5-0 by
Portsmouth at Deepdale . . . W .B.A. signed Walsall
forward Joe Mayo for 10,000 pounds . . . Bolton beat
Cardiff 1-0 and are the only club left in the Cup from
the Third Division.
13 England beat Scotland in an Under-23 international in
Kilmarnock 2-1. In the icy conditions Scotland take the
lead through Jim Bone, but second-half goals by Whymark
and Barrowclough give the visitors a deserved win . . .
Willie Carrick, the 20-year-old reserve keeper of Luton
will replace Keith Barber, who broke a leg in training. .
. Gordon Banks will be playing competitive football again
in May, when Stoke tour Australia and New Zealand. . .
Millionaire bookmaker John Banks says that he is ready to
aid Northampton financially. At present the Fourth
Division club is losing about 500 pounds per week.
14 The Scottish F.A. celebrates its Centenary with a
disastrous 5-0 defeat against England at Hampden Park. On
a hard surface the slow-turning, uncertain Scottish
defence is severely punished for every mistake. . . Allan
Clarke, scorer of two goals, Mick Channon and Peter
Shilton all play extremely well and justify their
selections. . . Cyprus beat N. Ireland in a World Cup
qualifying match, and W. Germany lose to Argentina 3-2 at
Munich in a friendly-their first home defeat since 1965.
. . Derby, with five reserves, lose at home to Stoke 3-0!
Bert Head, the C. Palace manager calls it 'a farce' and
says 'Our boys are wild about it. There is no action I
can take. It is a ridiculous situation. When the European
Cup gets more important than the Football League, it's
time to pack-up'. The reason behind this outburst? Both
C. Palace and Stoke are relegation candidates.
15 Colin Suggett (W.B.A.) signs for Norwich. The transfer
fee-75,000 pounds - is a record for the Norfolk club. . .
Pat Saward the Brighton manager, orders short hair-cuts
for his players. . . Brian Clough refutes Bert Head's
allegations: 'Our best hope of qualifying for Europe next
season lies in finishing in the top places of the First
Division' . . . The 'Daily Express' writes: 'Stockport
striker Ian Lawther had his prayers answered yesterday at
an F.A. Disciplinary Commission meeting in Manchester.
For Lawther, 30-year-old Northern Ireland international,
had to thank Methodist minister John Bingham for saving
him from a suspension. Lawther was sent offduring the
F.A. Cup tie against Hull on January 13. He retaliated
after being brought down from behind by Hull
player-manager Terry Neill and Mr. Bingham was an
eye-witness of the incident. After hearing his evidence
the commission decided to take no further action against
Lawther. The minister, who is a former referee, said
later: "It was only the third time I'd watched
Stockport. I am no supporter of the club, in fact
Chesterfield is my team. But I was so incensed by what
happened that I decided I had to do something to help in
the interests of justice.".
16 Hearts, the Scottish club, make an offer for Denis
Law. The player rejects the move, saying he wants to
finish his career at Old Trafford.
17 Tommy Smith is sent off at Manchester against the
City, but Liverpool equalise through Boersma, with 10
men, against an earlier Tommy Booth goal. Leeds also
draw, and as Arsenal and Ipswich both won, the
championship race is finely balanced between the four
teams. . . Ken Hibbitt scores for Wolverhampton against
Newcastle and his brother Terry equalises for the
'Magpies' . . . W.B.A. lose 2-1 at West Ham with a goal
scored in the 96th minute-referee Kerkhoff added seven
minutes for time-wasting! . . . Northern Premier League
leaders took their unbeaten league record to 50 matches!
. . . Celtic miss two penalities, draw at East Fife, and
are now one point behind Rangers. . .
18 matches were postponed in Britain due to bad pitch
19 A Brian Joicey hat-trick puts C. Palace out of the
Cup-Sheffield W. won 3-2 in extra time after 330 minutes
football . . . Ted McDougal1 is for sale. Manchester U.
put the unsettled player, who said that his wife wasn't
happy living in the North, on the transfer list. . .
Willie Anderson (Aston Villa) signs for Cardiff for a
60,000 fee pounds.
21 Jim Bone (Norwich) is swapped for Trevor Hockey of
Sheffield U. plus a 30,000 pounds fee. . . Brian Clough
in a B.B.C. T.V. interview says that he would like to be
the supreme football dictator in England. He would stop
league football next March, thus giving the national team
three-months' free preparation for the World Cup Finals.
. . Luton buys Arsenal keeper Graham Horn for 25,000
pounds. . . Mike Pejik (Stoke) is banned for three, and
Jim Holton (Manchester U.) for two matches.
22 Huddersfield loan Dick Krzywicki, the Welsh
international winger, to Scunthorpe for a month. . . Paul
Edwards, the Manchester U. centre-back is going to Q.P.R.
on another loan transfer. . . Jeff Astle will be in the W
.B.A. team against Leeds in the Cup-his first appearance
for 11 months.
23 Ron Hunt has to give up the game at the age of 27,
because of a knee injury. Hunt is the third Q.P.R. player
to suffer this unhappy fate in recent years-the others
were Frank Sibley and Vic Mobley . . . Brentford sign
Bournemouth goalkeeper Kieron Baker for the rest of the
season. . . The Welsh F .A. fine Jimmy Scoular 50 pounds,
for remarks made by the Cardiff manager to a referee
after a match.
24 Three players are sent off in the eight F.A. cup ties.
Holsgrove (Sheffield W.), Garner (Chelsea) and Towers
(Manchester C.) are the culprits in a round which ran
mainly to expectation. Only Sunderland managed to get a
draw against First Division opposition (Manchester C.)
and Luton beat Bolton, becoming the only lower division
club to be certain of a place in the last eight. . .
Hector gets a first- half hat-trick against Q.P.R. in
Derby's 4-0 victory . . . Liverpool beat Ipswich and took
over the lead on better goal average. . . West Ham signed
Ted McDougall for a club record fee of 150,000 pounds.
25 Italy beat Turkey 1-0 in Istanbul to strengthen her
position on top of Group 2 of the World Cup qualifying
competition. . . Blackpool beat Torino 1-0 in Turinafter
the match the crowd attack the English team's bus, and
the police have to intervene.
26 A tremendous F.A. Cup quarter-final draw pairs Derby v
Leeds and Chelsea v Arsenal. . . Luton are away once
again and their manager Harry Haslam says: 'I think we'll
sell the ground and buy a train !' . . . According to an
'Evening Standard' survey, the London clubs have lost
almost half a million supporters compared with last
season's figures. Only C. Palace and Fulham show improved
gates. . . Jimmy Blair will play his second full game for
Norwich at Wembley next Saturday in the League Cup Final.
27 The two clubs appealed to the F.A. asking to sanction
a close circuit T.V. showing of the Chelsea v Arsenal tie
in North London cinemas. . . The management committee of
the Football League will officially propose a four-up and
four-down promotion and relegation system at the A.G.M.
in June. . . Brentford manager Frank Blunstone is fined
50 pounds, and severely censured for incidents at
Blackburn . . . Malcolm Macdonald is not in the England
Under-23 squad for the match against Czechoslovakia, but
his Newcastle colleague Nattrass, is included for the
first time. . . Sunderland beat Manchester C. 3-1 in a
Cup replay, and as they are paired with Luton in the
quarter-finals, it is certain that there will be a Second
Division club in the last four. . . Barry Kitchener
(Millwall) and Stan Bowles (Q.P.R.) are both suspended
for two games as they have collected 12 points. . . A
joint committee representing all parties will meet to
discuss the new disciplinary system.
28 Arsenal are defeated for the first time since
December. Bottom of the table W.B.A. beat them 1-0 with a
Tony Brown goal. . . Bobby Charlton says that he might
retire at the end of the season.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971