are they now?
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see October 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1974-75 (5th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 ITV bid 50,000 pounds for the right to televise the
England v Poland match ]ive . . . Scunthorpe pay 12,000
pounds to Blackpool for Chris Simpkin . . . Don Ford of
Hearts replaces the injured Colin Stein in Scotland's
squad v Czechoslovakia in Bratislava.
As Scotland have already qualified, this Wor]d Cup tie is
of very little importance. . .
Phil Parkes (Q.P.R.) is the only newcomer into the
England party for the decisive Poland match. Alan Ball
will train with the squad, although he is suspended by
FIFA. . . Birmingham pay a record 100,000 pounds fee for
a goalkeeper when they buy Gary Sprake from Leeds.
2 Leeds sign David Stewart, the Ayr goalkeeper, for
30,000 pounds. . . Shock start to the second round of the
League Cup-Tranmere beat Arsenal 1-0 at Highbury and
Manchester C. draw 0-0 at Walsall! . . .
3 All six English teams progress into the second round in
the European competitions.
Tottenham have the highest aggregate win-9-2 over
Grasshoppers, Leeds are the highest scorers of the
evening-6-1 v Stroemgodset of Norway, but Ipswich earn
most praise for their 0-0 draw in Madrid v Real.
4 Alan Ball sustained a serious injury against Tranmere
and might be out of football for six weeks. . . Len
Stringer, Brighton'sJoint Chairman, has resigned for
personal and business reasons.
5 Ron Greenwood drops goalkeeper Ferguson and defenders
Lock and Tommy Taylor from the West Ham team against
Burnley . . . Rodney Marsh says that football in England
will be almost non-existent in ten years. In his opinion
English football is at an all-time low and unless England
qualify for the World Cup Finals, there is no way it
could succeed. . . The Mansfield coach gets caught in a
traffic jam on the way to Newport and the Fourth Division
match has to be postponed.
6 Don Revie writes in the Leeds programme that the World
Cup could turn into a bloodbath unless the referees get a
firm grip on the players. He suggests a 'teach-in , for
the officials well before the finals. . . Meantime in the
English llague, four players are sent off and 40 are
cautioned. . . Leeds, Bristol R., and Reading remain
unbeaten, while in the First Division Birmingham and West
Ham still haven't won a match. . . C. Palace lose again
and are trailing five points behind the field. Malcolm
Allison says that he must build a reasonably good team by
Christmas otherwise his future with the club will have to
8 Ron Greenwood denies newspaper rumours that he is about
9 Stockport beat C. Palace 1-0 in the League Cup and
Malcolm Allison accuses his own players of 'cheating'. 'I
was disgusted. Our performance was terrible.' he says.
10 West Ham put Bobby Ferguson on the transfer list.
Earlier in the week the goalkeeper had criticised the
club in a newspaper article, saying that there are too
many gutless players in the team. . . Poland, in
preparation for Wembley, playa friend]y in Rotterdam and
draw I-I with Holland. . . Manchester U. fine Lou Macari
400 pounds and put him on the transfer list because he
refuses to turn out for the reserves. . . Colin Waldron,
the Burnley centre-back is sent off at Cardiff, where the
teams draw 2-2.
11 C. Palace sign Peter Taylor from Southend in a 120,000
pounds deal. . . It is revealed that Sir Alf Ramsey has
asked the league to postpone several matches scheduled
for next Saturday-four days before the Poland match. Len
Shipman says that the request has been refused because
the clubs would suffer financial loss and the fixtures
are linked with the football pools.
12 Harry Johnston, the former England international and
Blackpool player dies at the age of 54 . . . A group of
businessmen make a takeover bid for C. Palace.
They are led by ex-director of the club Mr Charles Waters
who would like to see the present chairman, Mr Roy Bloye,
13 Alan Hardaker says in a radio interview referring to
the England v Poland match and the league's refusal to
postpone matches: 'It is a football match, not a war. Let
us keep our sense of perspective-everybody is getting
If we do lose, the game is not going to die. It will be a
terrible thing for six weeks and then everybody will
forget about it' . . . Leeds preserve their unbeaten
record at Leicester where they draw 2-2 after being 2-0
down after 20 minutes. Bristol R.
and Reading are the other unbeaten teams in the league.
15 Brian Clough and Peter Taylor resign at Derby. This
was the reaction to a letter that Clough received from
chairman Sam Longston, telling him to discontinue his
newspaper and TV work. . . Andy Wilson, the famous
Scottish centreforward of pre-war days dies at the age of
77 . . . George Best plays brilliantly for Manchester U.
against Shamrock Rovers in a friendly. Hundreds of
youngsters invade the pitch to congratulate him, and the
match is abandoned in the 81st minute with United leading
16 England's Under-23s draw 0-0 at Plymouth with Poland
Under-23s . . . John Jackson signs for Orient, C. Palace
collect 30,000 pounds for the goalkeeper who played over
300 league games for them. . . In turn Ian Bowyer leaves
Orient in a 40,000 pounds deal and signs for Nottingham
F. . . . Southend pay 15,000 pounds to Newcastle for
Billy Coulson, a 22-year-old striker.
17 England are out of the World Cup! They fail to beat
Poland at Wembley in front of a capacity crowd. Domarski
scores first after 57 minutes, and six minutes later
Allan Clarke equalises from a penalty given for a foul on
Peters. Two minutes from the end Kevin Hector comes on
for Chivers, but it is of no avail.
The 1-1 draw gets Poland into the World Cup finals. After
the game Sir Alf Ramsey refuses to comment on his own
future as national team manager. . .
Scotland lose 1-0 to Czechoslovakia, but the match has no
real importance as the Scots have already reached the
last 16 . . . Don Shaw, a playwright, and Bill Holmes, an
ex-footballer, initiate moves to reinstate the
Clough-Taylor partnership at Derby. Chairman Sam Longston
says: 'We will go into the Second Division with our heads
in the air rather than winning the First Division
wondering whether the club will be expelled from the
Football League' . . . lain Phillip returns to his old
club Dundee from Palace-the fee 50,000 pounds . . .
buy Motherwell goalkeeper Keith Macrea for 80,000 pounds.
19 The transfer market livens up with several deals
completed before the weekend matches: Alan West from
Burnley to Luton for 100,000 pounds; Rod Belfitt from
Everton to Sunderland for 70,000 pounds; Derek Hales from
Luton to Charlton for 10,000 pounds . . . Q.P.R. have
confirmed the appointment of Steve Burtenshaw as coach. .
. Gordon Jago makes an attack on Arsenal, accusing them
of deliberately leaking to a newspaper that they would
like to sign Gerry Francis and Phil Parkes.
20 A large crowd demonstrates at Derby before the start
of their game against Leicester for the reinstatement of
Brian Clough. Clough is at the ground, but leaves shortly
after the kick-off. Derby win 2-1 and are four points
behind leaders Leeds, who beat Liverpool 1-0 with a Mick
Jones goal. . . George Best plays for Manchester U. and a
near 50,000 crowd gives him a great reception. United win
1-0 against Birmingham with an Alex Stepney penalty. The
goalkeeper is now the club's joint top-scorer . . . West
Ham win their first league match of the season, when they
defeat Coventry away. . . Arsenal deny that they have
made concrete bids for any Q.P.R. player or that they
have offered any of their players in exchange. . . Italy
qualify for the World Cup finals by beating Switzerland
21 Yugoslavia draw with Spain in Group VII, and the issue
is still open, although now Spain are the favourites . .
. Eire beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly at Dublin, but the
visitors are without Wembley stars Tomaszewski, Gorgon,
22 Derby's first team openly declare their allegiance to
Brian Clough. The Players hold a special meeting and
skipper Roy McFarland hands to chairman Sam Longston a
letter signed by the entire first team squad asking for
the reinstatement of Clough and his assistant Peter
Taylor. . . Brighton sack Pat Saward, but the manager
says that he still considers himself in charge of the
23 The dramatic Derby saga continues. The Board announces
that they have engaged Dave Mackay, the club's former
player, as manager. As a response, the players stage a
sit-in at the ground, asking for a meeting with the
management. But their request is refused, and the police
are called in to clear the crowd.
As the players leave, one of them-an English
international, says: 'Now, everyone can see who was
right. Clough or Longston!' 24 'We might not play, Derby
team warn confident Mackay' reports the Daily Telegraph.
. . British teams had a mediocre start in the second
rounds of the European competitions. Liverpool lost 2-1
at Belgrade and Celtic drew 0-0 with the Danish amateurs
Vejle in Glasgow. In the Cup-Winners' Cup, Sunderland had
a narrow victory over Sporting Lisbon, but Rangers lost
heavily against Moenchengladbach. Trevor Whymark scored
four goals against Lazio in Ipswich's 4-0 win over the
Italians. Ajax, the holders ,beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 in the
25 By the end of September, League gates have gone up in
England compared with last season. . . The Derby players
announce that they will honour their contractual
obligations and travel to London to face West Ham. . .
Bobby Tambling (C. Palace) joins the League of Ireland
club Cork Hibernians. He will also work as a Jehovah's
Witness missionary in Ireland.
27 Derby draw 0-0 with West Ham at Upton Park, and new
manager Dave Mackay said that he is delighted with the
players' professional attitude. Chairman Sam Longston
adds, '1 could manage this lot!' . . . Alan Durban is
cautioned at Southend after 30 seconds' play! . . .
Manchester C. manager John Hart is taken ill hours before
the kick-off against Leeds. His deputy, Tony Book, takes
over and promptly drops himself from the team.
28 Australia draw 0-0 with S. Korea in Sidney and the
crowd boo the home team off the field.
29 Charles Amer, Middlesbrough's chairman, criticises
Benny Fenton for the remarks he made before last
Saturday's match. The Millwall manager had warned his
players, that Middlesbrough were a 'tough lot and if they
dish it out we must not stand around and take it' . . .
It is reported that Tottenham have proposed an exchange
deal to Manchester C. They are willing to exchange Martin
Chivers for Rodney Marsh, but Marsh says that he doesn't
wish to leave Manchester.
30 A surprise result in the League Cup-Burnley 1 Plymouth
2. A happy return to his old club for Tony Waiters as
manager of Plymouth. . . Francis Lee scores a hat-trick
in City's 4-0 replay win over Walsall.
31 Dennis Burnett signs for Hull from Millwall for 60,000
pounds . . . Six of the seven third round League Cup ties
end in draws, and the seventh produces this shock
result-W.B.A. 1 Exeter 3. Fred Binney scores twice,
bringing his season's Cup total to six. . . The Europe v
South America showpiece produces eight goals-four for
each side. The South Americans win 3-2 on penalties and
take home the FIFA trophy. . . Newcastle striker Malcolm
Macdonald will have a cartilage operation and might be
out of football for two months.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971