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see May 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1974-75 (5th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Sir Alf Ramsey is sacked as England manager. The full
FA statement says: 'The committees of the FA who have
been considering the future of English football have
examined some aspects in detail and progress has been
made. At a meeting on February 14 the executive committee
set up a sub-committee with the following terms of
our future policy in respect of the promotion of
international football. Following meetings, a
unanimous recommendation was submitted to the
executive committee that Sir Alf Ramsey should be
replaced as England team manager. This recommendation
was accepted unanimously by the executive committee.
He had been informed of this decision. For practical
reasons his duties will cease with effect from April
A new manager will
be appointed in due course, but it has not been
possible to take any positive action on this matter
until this announcement has been made. In view of the
forthcoming international matches in the home
international championship, against the Argentine and
a three-match European tour, it was decided that a
caretaker manager should be appointed. With the
approval of Coventry City, Mr Joe Mercer has agreed
to undertake this task. It should be stated that he
does not wish to be considered for the job of
permanent manager, so immediate steps will be taken
to appoint a new England team manager as soon as
Association wishes at this time to record its deep
appreciation for all that Sir Alf has accomplished
and the debt owed to him by English football for his
unbending loyalty and dedication and the high level
of integrity he has brought to world football."
Under Ramsey, England
played 113 internationals, winning 69 and losing 17. Sir
Alf, who is away on holiday, will not comment on the
circumstances of his dismissal.
. . Atletico Madrid are
fined 14,000 pounds by UEFA for their unsporting
behaviour at Glasgow, when three of their players were
sent off . . . Jimmy Andrews is the new manager of
2 Six Tory MPs put down a motion in the Commons inviting
MPs to record their appreciation of Sir Alf Ramsey.
Several other commentators, including former FA Secretary
Denis Follows, attack the FA Committee for the timing of
the dismissal. However, well-informed people state that
Ramsey could have stayed until his contract expired -
June 1 - but he refused to do so. . . Brighton sign Fred
Binney from Exeter for 25,000 pounds plus defender John
Templeman and midfielder Robertson.
3 Tommy Docherty signs Stuart Pearson from Hull for
170,000 pounds plus striker Paul Fletcher, who is valued
at 30,000pounds . . . The result of the Manchester U. v
Manchester C. match stands - 0-1 when abandoned in the
4 Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-0 in the FA Cup final, their
second triumph, and the winning margin is the largest
since 1960. 'Man of the Match' - Kevin Keegan, scorer of
two goals. There were 50 arrests outside the ground. . .
In Glasgow, Celtic complete the Scottish 'double' by
beating Dundee U. 3-0 in the Scottish Cup final.
6 Vic Crowe has been fired by Aston Villa. . . Phil
Boersma, who walked out on Liverpool when he found that
he would not be named as sub. in the Cup Final, says that
he will never play for the club again.
7 Sir Alf Ramsey will be given a 'golden handshake',
reputed to be 15,000 pounds, by the FA.
8 Magdeburg becomes the first East German club to win a
major European trophy They beat AC Milan 2-0 at Rotterdam
in the Cup-Winners' Cup final. . . As a consequence of
the British Lions rugby tour of South Africa, the Zambian
Government cancels an amateur soccer tour from England.
Previously, Orient's visit to Malawi and Norwich's visit
to Black Africa were also called off . . .
BrianDoyle, the manager of Stockport is sacked - because
he lives in Blackpool, 60 miles from the club's ground. .
. Brian Yeo is the League's top scorer with 31 goals.
Mike Channon finishes first in Division 1 with 21 . . .
Eight league clubs will receive 4000 pounds each, as the
teams who would have qualified for next season's Watney
Cup competition, which is being discontinued. The clubs:
Burnley, Q.P.R., Sunderland, Blackpool, Grimsby,
Charlton, Northampton, and Lincoln.
10 David Webb, Chelsea's transfer-Iisted defender, has
denied manager Sexton's allegations that he demanded
'double money' and complained about the club's training
programme. . . The new England captains - Emlyn Hughes
will skipper the senior side against Wales, and Alan
Hudson is in charge of the Under-23 team in Turkey.
11 Denis Law makes a record 54th appearance for Scotland,
but they lose 1-0 to N. Ireland at Hampden Park. Tommy
Cassidy gets the winner in the second half. . . Joe
Mercer has opened his short reign as England
caretaker-manager with a convincing 2-0 win at Cardiff
over Wales. Bowles and Keegan score their first goals for
the national team . . .Bobby Charlton wants to play
again! He has signed registration forms for Preston N.E.
and wishes to become the club's player/manager next
season. He says: 'I feel it would be a waste of time
sitting on the touchline, if I could be out on the field
helping the club. The only reason for my comeback is to
help Preston get promotion from the Third Division.'
13 Birmingham manager Freddie Goodwin is fined 50
and warned about his future conduct by the FA
14 Scotland are showing better form! They beat Wales 2-0
15 A mixed day for the England teams. While Joe Mercer's
seniors beat Ireland 1-0 with a Keith Weller goal at
Wembley, Ken Furphy's U-23 side is beaten by the same
score in Yugoslavia. . . The Football League have
rejected Exeter's appeal, and told them to pay their
fines. . . FootbaJl history is made in Brussels, where
Bayern Munich draw I-I with Atletico Madrid after extra
time - the first ever European Cup final to go to a
16 Roy McFarland is badly injured and could be out of
footbaJl for six months. . . Stan Bowles leaves the
England HQ without permission and says that he wiJl not
go to Glasgow with the national squad.
17 The West Ham player and now Gillingham's
promotion-winning manager, Andy Nelson, wiJl be in charge
of Charlton next season. . . Bayern Munich become the
first German team to win the European Champions' Cup.
They beat Atletico Madrid 4-0 in the re-played final at
Brussels. MuJler and Hoeness each score twice for the
brilliant Bundesliga champions.
18 Scotland beat England 2-0 at Hampden and the two
countries share the British Championship title. . . Wales
score their first goal in this tournament since April 25
1970. Local hero, Dave SmaJlman of Wrexham, gets the
winner v N. Ireland. . . It is reported that Sir Alf
Ramsey has been offered the job of team manager at
Atletico Bilbao - salary 40,000 pounds per year.
21 Tottenham draw 2-2 with Feyenoord at White Hart Lane
in the first leg of the UEFA Cup final. . . The Scottish
squad for the World Cup includes Denis Law and newcomer
Peter Cormack of Liverpool. Jimmy Smith has been dropped
from the original party.
22 Sir Stanley Rous has made a personal appeal to the UEF
A delegates at Edinburgh.
'I ask you to vote for me when the appointment of the FIF
A presidency is decided at Frankfurt. It is a Europe v
South America issue and we want to retain the leadership
of footbaJl in this Continent.' . . . An improved England
performance at Wembley - 2-2 against a briJliantly
skilled Argentinian side. Skipper Emlyn Hughes is
involved in an incident with the Argentinian player
Glaria, and is later blamed by manager Joe Mercer for
some of the unsavoury clashes in the game. . . Sir Harold
Thompson of the FA is elected to the executive council of
23 ' A new code to combat soccer hooliganism has been
sent to aJl 92 League clubs. Denis Howell, Minister for
Sport, has written to the FA and the Football League
asking them to inform all clubs of the first
recommendations of the working party looking into crowd
behaviour at football grounds. The top priority is that
movement on the terraces be restricted as much as
possible, and that the public be denied access to the
playing area except in cases of emergency. The
recommendations are being sent out now because of the
short time available to clubs to undertake any
alterations that might be necessary before the start of
next season. The working party suggests clubs should
build a waJl not less than 4ft high around the pitch with
gates and access points. The working party also strongly
recommends that visiting supporters should be segregated
from the home crowd,' writes the Evening Standard.
25 Gordon Jago stays with Q.P.R. The manager says that
his resignation was the result of a fit of temper and he
has apologised to Chairman Jim Gregory . Gregory was
happy to reinstate the man who made Q.P.R. the top club
29 A tragic day for Tottenham on and off the field! They
are beaten 2-0 at Rotterdam by Feyenoord in the UEFA Cup
final, and their so-called 'fans' initiate a riot during
the match. 70 of them are arrested and over 200 people
hurt in the crush. Spurs chairman, Mr Sydney Wale,
broadcasts an appeal before the kick-off, and at
half-time Bill Nicholson speaks on the public address
system: 'You hooligans are a disgrace to Tottenham
Hotspur and a disgrace to England. This is a football
game - not a war' . . . England draw their first tour
game at Leipzig - 1-1 v E. Germany. Mike Channon
equalises from a free-kick just one minute after the
Germans go ahead through Streich . . . David Webb signs
for Q.P .R. for 100,000 pounds .
30 Tottenham send a letter of apology to the Feyenoord
Football Club and to the Rotterdam police, expressing
their regret for the shameful behaviour of a section of
31 Bulgaria beat Yugoslavia 1-0 in the UEFA Youth Cup
final at Malmo. Scotland finish third, after a 1-0
victory over Greece . . . Everton pay 100,000 poundsfor
Jim Pearson of St Johnstone. . . Stoke City plan to have
control over tickets sold to their fans for UEF A Cup
away matches next term . . . The chairman of Tottenham
Supporters Club, Mr John Harris, would also like to see
'passports' issued to fans. 'The cards should carry
photographs of the holders. If there is any misconduct,
the passports would be taken away.'
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971