are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see November 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1974-75 (5th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Sales of alcoholic drink will be banned at World Cup
grounds next summer.
Soft drinks will be available, but only in lightweight
plastic containers. . . Frank O'Farrell settles his
dispute with his fonner club, Manchester U. and receives
a 50,000 pounds golden handshake for the termination of
his contract, which had three-and-a-half years to run. It
is understood that this is the largest sum ever paid to a
manager in lieu of his salary . . . Colin Appleton, the
ex-Leicester player, has been appointed as trainer/coach
by Grimsby . . . Brian Clough is the new manager of
Brighton. After days of negotiations Clough and Peter
Taylor agree to take over the Third Division club.
Chainnan Mike Bamber says that it is the greatest day of
his life and that Brighton will soon be a force in
football. . . Danny Hegan has been sacked by Wolves. The
Irish international missed two days training and is given
his cards by manager Bill McGarry. The club put a nominal
5000 pounds transfer fee on him and retain his
2 The Soviet Union are unwilling to play their World Cup
decider in Santiago, where an anti-Communist military
putsch has ousted the fonner regime. . .
Football grounds will soon have to have a safety
certificate from the local council. As a consequence to
the Ibrox Park disaster a few years ago, the Government
introduces a Bill regarding crowd safety. Penalties for
contravening the Bill could be 400 pounds or a maximum of
two years jail. The Football League will ask for a
1,000,000 pounds loan from the Government to finance the
necessary ground improvements.
3 E. Gennany beat Albania 4-1 and qualify for the World
Cup Finals for the first time. . . The Clough- Taylor
partnership receives a rapturous welcome from the
Brighton crowd, and the home team draw 0-0 with York
City. Over 16,000 people turn up-three times this
season's average attendance-and there are banners
greeting the new manager and his assistant. . . The young
Chelsea player Graham Wilkins breaks a leg at Manchester
U. . . Reading lose at home to Gillingham, but Leeds and
Bristol R. are still unbeaten. . . Referee David Jessops
takes all 22 players off the field in the 70th minute in
the Wisbech v Yannouth match. 'I intended it to be
acooling-offperiod. But I did not consider it safe for
the players or officials to return to the pitch.' . . .
John Cozens of Peterborough scores after 16 seconds play
v Exeter. The 'Posh' are on top of the Fourth Division,
and haven't conceded a goal for six matches.
5 Tommy Smith, who walked out on Liverpool half-an-hour
before the Arsenal game when he was told that he wasn't
in the team, has been dropped by Bill Shankly from the
European Cup squad. . . Manchester C. pay 50,000 pounds
for Mike Lester of Oldham . . . Bobby Charlton completes
the signing of David Sadler for 25,000 pounds. He is the
third ex-Manchester U. player to join Preston since
Charlton took over the management of the club.
6 Reserve team coach John Sheridan hands in his
resignation at Derby. . Lorimer is back in the Scotland
squad for the W. Gennany friendly, George Best has been
re-called by N. Ireland for the Portugal match, and
Martin Chivers is dropped by Sir Alf for the Italy game
at Wembley. Martin Dobson of Burnley is the only newcomer
in the England party. . . Liverpool are out of the
European Cup. They are beaten 2-1 at Anfield by a
superlative Red Star Belgrade side. Britain's hope rests
now with Celtic-1-O winners in Denmark. . . Q.P.R. score
eight goals in the League Cup against Sheffield W. at
7 Russia refuse to travel to Santiago for their World Cup
play-off match. FIFA secretary Helmut Kaser says that
according to the rules, they will be disqualified and
Chile will be automatically included in the last 16.
There is also speculation in the Press that other East
European countries might stage a mass walk-out and
England might get in the finals through the 'back-door' .
. . Jimmy Scoular, Cardiff manager for nearly ten years,
is told that a new boss will be appointed, but he can
stay on in an administrative capacity. . . Ajax lose 2-0
in Bulgaria and are eliminated from the European Cup. The
Dutch club have won this trophy three times ('71, '72,
'73) . . . Benfica are also beaten, but Bayern Munich
draw 3-3 at Dresden and reach the quarter-finals. . .
Both Sunderland and Rangers are eliminated from the
Cup-Winners' Cup. . . Hibernian accuse Leeds of breaking
the rules of a European competition, claiming that while
the penalty kicks were taken after a stalemate (no goals
in 210 minutes football), Don Revie and Les Cocker were
on the pitch coaching their players.
8 Two Hibernian directors fly to Zurich to lodge a
protest about their UEF A Cup defeat by Leeds. The matter
will be discussed next Thursday by the Disciplinary
Committee, and in the meantime Leeds will go into the hat
for the draw tomorrow. . . The British Press condemns
Lazio for their players' and supporters' scandalous
behaviour and calls on UEFA to ban the Italian club from
European competitions for at least two seasons.
9 Watford sign Ian Morgan from Q.P.R. He is with the
Third Division club on a month's loan, but now a 10,000
pounds transfer fee has made the move permanent.
10 Tottenham beat Manchester in a match which brings
George Best back to town after 14 months' absence. . .
Peter Osgood scores his looth (and 101st) league goals in
Chelsea's 3-1 win over Everton . . . C. Palace get their
first win of the season-I-0 away at Bristol C.
11 Sweden beat Malta, but only 2-1, in the World Cup and
now have to play Austria on neutral ground for a place in
12 Oxford's chairman accuses Jackie Charlton of promoting
'anti-football'. 'I'm sick and tired of the negative
tactics employed by teams like Middlesbrough. They stink.
They are traitors to the game,' he says. Middlesbrough
beat Oxford 2-0 last Saturday. . . The Soviet Union
pullout of the World Cup! They refuse to play against
Chile in Santiago or in any town in Chile, and FIFA
automatically declares Chile as qualifiers. . . Bobby
Gould, Bristol C. striker, is placed on the transfer list
at his own request.
13 Australia qualify for the World Cup Finals by beating
S. Korea 1-0 in a play-off match. . . Coventry sign
Norwich striker David Cross for 150,000 pounds . . .
Frank O'Farrell is the new manager of Cardiff . . . Allan
Wade, FA director of coaching, writes in the FIFA News,
'Unless we take a long, hard, and fearlessly critical
look at what is happening in the game, we could be pall
bearers at the funeral of football.' . . . The Football
League advises clubs to bring forward kick-off times due
to the State of Emergency, which forbids the use of
floodlights. . . Luton sign John Sims, Derby reserve
striker, on loan.
14 All league matches will kick-off at 2.15 p.m. next
Saturday to avoid powercuts. . . Australia celebrate
their play-off victory over S. Korea. 'Britain, an island
of 55 million Poms, will be green with envy when we
compete in the World Cup finals,' writes one Melbourne
paper. . . England are beaten 1-0 by Italy at Wembley.
Capello gets a late goal for the visitors, who become the
fifth Continental country to win on English soil. . .
Scotland draw with W. Germany 1-1 in another friendly. .
. Danny Heganjoins Sunderland for 5000 pounds fee from
15 The England team and its manager come under strong
attack in the Press;
'L-Plate England' (Daily Express), , Alf's final
humiliation' (Sun), 'Whole-hearted England are no match
for Italian finesse' (Daily Telegraph). Ramsey, however,
still refuses to comment on his future plans. . . The
proposed Tommy Smith loan-transfer to Stoke is off. The
League insist that Smith must stay with Stoke for the
agreed loan period, but Liverpool indicate that they
might recall him at any time. 'This is against the spirit
of the rule,' said Len Shipman, League President. . .
Stan Seymour, the Newcastle director, criticises Ramsey
in a Daily Mail interview: 'It is time that he handed
over his job to Brian Clough,' he says.
16 Lazio have been banned from international competitions
for a year following their UEFA Cup battle with Ipswichin
Rome. They are also fined . . . Don Revieis suspended for
one match by the European Union-he mustn't act in an
official capacity in the first leg tie against Vitoria
Setubal. Leeds also forfeit their deposit of 3000 Swiss
francs (approx 400 pounds) . . . Johnny Hart has
officially resigned as Manchester C. manager for health
17 Alan Hudson's eye injury, which he sustained in a
training match, is more
serious than it was at first thought, and the player will
be out of football for several weeks. . . Ron Saunders
resigns at Norwich. The manager had an argument with
chairman Arthur South after the Everton match, which
Norwich lost 3-1, and his subsequent resignation was
immediately accepted. . . David Hay is suspended by
Celtic for not attending a training session. Hay has been
dIScussing a possible transfer with several English club
managers during the past week. . . Celtic beat Partick
Thistle 7-1, Dixie Deans scoring six of their goals. . .
Paddy Mulligan is sent off in the C. Palace v
Millwalllocal derby. Over 30,000 people see the teams
18 Holland qualify for the World Cup Finals by drawing
0-0 with Belgium in Amsterdam. . . Lawrie McMenemy has
been named as the new manager of Southampton. Ted Bates
will work at the club as general manager. . . Several
members of the Derby scouting staff have resigned and
joined their old boss Brian Clough at Brighton in a
19 Denis Tueart puts in a written transfer request at
Sunderland . . . Dave Mackay holds a Press conference and
hits out at the Derby County Protest Movement: 'I am not
saying that Brian Clough is interfering with the club. He
has a job at Brighton and certainly won't be coming back
here. All the Protest Movement is doing is distracting
the players at a time when they need help to get back to
their best form.' . . . Allan Brown has been appointed as
Nottingham Forest's new manager. At Bury, his place is
taken by Bobby Smith who, at the age of 29, becomes the
youngest manager in the league. . . Tony Green,
Newcastle's Scottish international forward, has to give
up football on medical advice.
20 Plymouth beat Q.P.R. 3-0 at Loftus Road in the League
Cup-Rangers' first home defeat for just over a year. . .
Russia asks for a special meeting with FIFA concerning
their World Cup match with Chile.
21 The Derby players are planning a mutiny against Dave
Mackay's management. A round-robin is prepared in which
the first team squad notifies the club that they will not
train any longer under Mackay and will turn up 75 minutes
before the league fixture against Leeds at the Baseball
Ground. However, after Cliff Lloyd, on behalf of the
Players' Union, points out that the players would be in
breach of contract, the rebellion fizzles out. In the
meantime Mackay signs Rod Thomas from Swindon for 100,000
22 Brian Clough states that he had nothing to do with the
Derby players' revolt and assures Brighton that he has no
intention of leaving his new club. . . Ron Saunders is
the new manager of Manchester C. A player deputation
ensures that Tony Book is also officially appointed as
assistant to Saunders . . . Bobby Gould signs for West
Ham from Bristol C.-the fee is 70,000 pounds . . .
Sunderland grant Denis Tueart's transfer request. Bob
Stokoe says that the player wasn't trying in the last
league match, but will only be allowed to leave in an
24 Jimmy Husband goes from Everton to Luton for 80,000
pounds . . . Bob Latchford scores his second hat-trick in
four days in Birmingham's 3-0 win over Leicester . . . In
the FA Cup, Exeter, Newport, and Hartlepool are beaten by
26 The FA have ordered a full-scale investigation into
the state of football. The same 1O-man Committeee which
prepared the Chester report three years ago is given the
job. It is headed by FA Chairman Sir Andrew Stephen and
its aim is to restore England's prestige after the recent
27 After days of haggling, John Bond leaves Bournemouth
and joins Norwich as their new manager. He takes Ken
Brown as chief coach with him, and Norwich will pay
10,000 pounds compensation to the Third Division club.
Bryan Robson hands in a written transfer request at West
28 Mick McGiven, Sunderland, joins West Ham on a month's
loan. There are other moves on the suddenly-active
transfer market. Leicester buy Steve Earle from Fulham
for 100,000 pounds, John Farrington moves from Leicester
to Cardiff for 45,000 pounds, Eamon Dunphy joins Charlton
from Millwall for 20,000 pounds, Watford pay 15,000
pounds for Sheffield United's Stewart Scullion, Dudley
Tyler returns to Hereford from West Ham for a 13,000
pounds fee. . . On the pitch, the sensation is provided
by Walton and Hersham. They beat Brighton 4-0 at Brighton
in a Cup re-play! Striker Clive Foskett scores a
hat-trick in eight minutes late in the second half.
29 Arsenal ask the League for the postponement of their
midweek match v Wolves, which is scheduled for next
Tuesday. They feel that an afternoon kick-off would be
unfair to their seson ticket holders, and the gate would
also suffer. The League refuses the request, saying that
bad weather might cause fixture congestion towards the
end of the season and matches cannot be postponed for any
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971