are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see September 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1975-76 (6th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 The Manchester U. players organize a gett-together with
the younger fans at Old Trafford to discuss how to combat
hooliganism. Willie Morgan says, 'We, the players, are
sick to death of listening to the complaints about a
small section of our so-called supporters. We do not need
these villainsthey should go somewhere else.The
club's good name shouldn't be jeopardized.'... Bill
Nicholsott has a long meeting with Johnny Giles and asks
him to apply for the manager's job at . Tottenham.
2 Giles says that he'll talk over his future with Brian
Clough, his boss at Leeds.
3 Danny Blanchflower and Terry Neill are the latest
fancied candidates for the Spurs job ... Keith Weller,
the Leicester skipper, has been ordered by the FA to face
a charge of bringing the game into disrepute. Weller is
alleged to have made insulting remarks to the referee
after the Leicester v Liverpool game on August 24. Ref.
Trevor Spencer awarded two penaltiesboth converted
by Alec Lindsayto Liverpool during the match...
West Ham sign Bill Joinings, the 22-year-old Watford
striker, for £110,000 ... Ron Harrison, former chairman
of Walsall, offers to give evidence that several players
demanded under-the-counter payments during his stay at
the Third Division club.
4 Brighton & Hove Albion issue a writ against former
manager Brian Clough and Leeds. They claim that Clough
broke his contract and that Leeds enticed him to do so.
According to the Brighton chairman, Leeds promised to pay
£75,000 compensation for Clough and agreed to play a
friendly match at the seaside town. Manny Cussins, the
Leeds chairman, denies the allegations, saying that
Clough has applied for the job... Poor start for the Home
Countries in the European ChampionshipN. Ireland
are beaten 2-1 in Oslo by Norway, and Wales lose against
Austria in Vienna by the same score ... West Ham sign
Keith Robson, the Newcastle striker, for £45,000.
5 An end to the League Cup marathon between Brighton and
Reading. After 420 minutes football, Reading go into
Round 23-2 winners of the 3rd replay.
6 Portsmouth 'suspend' manager John Mortimorethe
ex-Chelsea player is offered the job of scouting for the
club. Ron Tindall takes over until a new manager is
appointed. Chairman John Deacon, who put a lot of money
into the club, says, 'We feel that we must get a great
manager to get a proper return for our investment. I was
very depressed last season when I read phrases like
"the straw man of Pompey".' ... The Commission
on Industrial Relations makes its final report on
professional football. The main recommendations: 1.
Freedom for players at the end of contracts. 2. Legal
representation at disciplinary hearings with the
admission of TV evidence. 3. Professional Footballers'
Association to represent players during contract
negotiations with clubs. 4. PFA to be represented on all
committees, Football Association and League, altering the
structure or form of competition and major policy in the
game... Cardiff announce tough measures against
hooliganism children under 17 won't be allowed into
Ninian Park unless they are accompanied by an adult or
have a valid 'passport' issued by the club.
7 A day of high winds and low attendances ... Liverpool
are the only unbeaten club in Division One, but
Manchester, U. lose their 100% record in Division Two by
drawing with Nottingham F. at Old Trafford.
9 Aldershot are fined £200 and have one point deducted
by the Football League for playing an unregistered
player, John Sainty, against Hereford on August 17.
10 Bobby Charlton scores in Preston's 2-0 League Cup win
over Sunderland... Sir Alf Ramsey refuses an offer to
manage Portsmouth, saying that he is not ready yet to
come back into the game.
11 Terry Neill is the new manager of Tottenham. Hull give
permission to Spurs to approach him and he is appointed
for a five-year period. Neill says that he'll take his
assistant Wilf Dixon with him, and will relinquish his
job as team manager of Northern Ireland. Earlier,
Tottenham suffer a crushing home defeat in the League Cup
v Middlesbrough0-4... The shock result of the
nightCrewe 2, Birmingham 1.
12 The two Manchester teams are paired in the Third Round
draw of the League Cup... Neill indicates that he wishes
to run Tottenham on his own. 'I admire Bill Nicholson,
but I am my own man.'... Terry 'Mancini, 31, is on the
transfer...". list, because manager Jago cannot
guarantee a first-team place for him...
According to a Daily Mail report, the Leeds players have
given a vote of .'no-confidence' to their manager Brian
Clough. At first, Chairman Manny Cussins denies that such
a meeting has taken place, but later it is announced that
Clough s has been sacked.
13 It transpires that the Leeds chairman had a four-hour
meeting with Brian Clough and his solicitor before the
agreement regarding compensation was reached. Mr Cussins
explains the sacking of the man he himself considered 'an
ideal manager for Leeds' a mere seven weeks ago: 'What
has been dorie is for the good of the club. The club and
the happiness of the players must come first. Nothing can
be successful unless the staff is happy'. Clough says, 'I
think it is a very sad day for Leeds and for football'.
The Press comments agree with him, and the headlines talk
about 'cowardice' and 'player-power'. David Miller writes
in the Daily Express: 'This disgraceful affair now more
than ever raises the questionwho is running
professional footballthe managers or the players?
... Hugh Curran joins Bolton from Oxford for a £50,000
fee ... Colin Harvey (Everton) goes to Sheffield W. for
£7000 ... Portsmouth appoint lan St. John as manager.
They will pay some compensation to his present club,
Motherwell... Jimmy Gordon, who has been Clough's
assistant at Leeds, is also leaving the Yorkshire club.
14 In an official statement, the Leeds players refute
allegations of 'player-power'. 'We gave the same support
to Mr Clough as we did to Don Revie'. Meantime, assistant
manager Maurice Lindley, chief coach Syd Owen, and
skipper (suspended!) Billy Bremner, pick the squad for
today's match at Burnley. The three Clough
signingsMcKenzie, McGovern, O'Hareare not in
the party ... Terry Venables leaves QPR. In an
exchange-plus-cash deal he joins Crystal Palace, together
with young central defender lan Evans. Don Rogers goes in
exchange to Loftus Road ... Harold Shepherdson will not
be asked to assist Don Revie with the England team.
'Shep' has been on the bench 169 times, his first
assignment was in 1957!... Another 'rowdy' day in the
Football Leagueon and off the field. A trainload of
Portsmouth fans are arrested at Southampton Station,
there are fights in Birmingham (WBA v Manchester U.) and
at Stamford Bridge where the Arsenal are the visitors.
Liverpool lose at Maine Road to Manchester C., and
Ipswich are on top of Division One. Leeds are beaten at
BurnleyMcQueen of Leeds and Hankin of Burnley
aresent off... MelBlyth joins Southampton from Crystal
Palace for £60,000.
16 Chelsea will fine any player booked for dissent £25.
Chairman Brian Mears says, 'Any player cautioned for that
offence will be automatically fined without question of
an appeal. I have felt for a long time that answering
back and question-- ning referees' decisions is one of
the most unsavoury aspects of the modern game' ... The
Millwall ground and the New Cross district are prepared
for tonight's game v Manchester U. All police leave in
the area is cancelled, the pubs are closed, and most of
the shops boarded-upa sad picture of football in
1974!... Referee Clive Thomas takes out a summons
alleging common assault against a man who ran on the
pitch during the Southampton v Portsmouth game and pushed
him... George Connelly, Celtic's international player,
has threatened to give up the game because he is 'sick of
it'... Aston Villa sign Leighton Phillips, Cardiff's
Welsh international, for a £100,000 fee... Frank
O'Farrell is the most celebrated sports personality in
Iran. The national team, under his management, win the
Asia Cup, beating Israel 1-0 in the final.
17 Fulham are told by an Independent Tribunal that they
must release Jimmy Dunne, who wishes to emigrate to South
Africa and play there ... Liverpool register the biggest
victory in their 82-year history. They beat the Norwegian
amateur side Stromgodset 11-0! Nine of the Liverpool
players scoredBoersma and Phil Thompson twice each
... George Mulhall resigns as Halifax manager following
the club's third defeat in a week.
18 A mediocre day in Europe for the British
clubsLeeds beat Zurich 4-1, but Celtic can only
draw with Olympiakos. In the. UEFA Cup, Wolverhampton are
beaten 4-1 at Oporto, and both Ipswich and Stoke draw at
home against Dutch clubs ... In a League Cup replay,
Second Division Aston Villa beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison
19 The Football League demands substantial financial
assistance from the Government, and is also severely
critical of the media, in a wide-ranging appeal for
support to eradicate soccer hooliganism. The League
complains that while the clubs put in extra seating
accommodation following the instructions of the Minister
of Sport, they are not getting any help in paying the
extra rates and for hiring the police. TV interviews and
the general publicity given to hooligans are also most
20 The FA is willing to compensate Derby over Roy
McFarland. The centre-back was injured at Wembley against
N. Ireland, and is out of football until the New Year.
Derby are talking about £400,000 compensation, but Ted
Croker says that a much more modest figure is
contemplated... Dr Neil Phillips resigns after 10 years
as medical adviser to the England team.
21 Crowd behaviour improvesnot one arrest on a full
day of League football... over fifty thousand spectators
see Liverpool beat Stoke 3-0... Ipswich still lead the
First Division after beating Chelsea 2-0. 42 goals are
scored in Division One as West Ham get six (v Leicester)
and Leeds five (v Sheffield U.). Derby score all five
goals in their 3-2 win over BurnleyHector, Lee,
Rioch, and two own goals... Arsenal put Charlie George
and Jeff Blockley on the transfer list at their own
22 Don Revie meets his selected 81-strong England squad.
He tells the players that ' they are responsible for the
image of the game and that they should go into their
local schools and coach the youngsters for nothing. He
also hints that in future bonus payments will be graded
according to results. Until now, the players have
received £100 appearance money irrespective of the
outcome or the importance of the match.
23 QPR suspend Stan Bowles for two weeks because the
player is absent without leave from today's training
24 A stormy night of league football! John Ritchie, the
veteran Stoke striker, breaks his leg in the match
against Ipswich at Portman Road. Ipswich win 3-1 and, as
Liverpool are beaten at home by Burnley, increase their
lead to 3 points .. .Steve Leslie is ordered off at Bury,
and Colchester claim that it was 'mistaken identity'.. .
Eddie Bailey says that the compensation offered by
Tottenham for his dismissal is 'pitiful, meagre, and
disgraceful'... Sir Alf Ramsey also expresses
dissatisfaction with the money given to him by the FA.
'It was a "tissue handshake" ' says the
ex-England manager, who took a job with a building firm,
but would like to come back into football.
25 John Kaye is the new Hull manager ... Manchester U.
beat Bolton 3-0 and lead Division Two by five
points-:-47,084 people see the match at Old Trafford...
Orient ask ex-chairman Arthur Page to stay away from the
club in future. Page has had a 'difference of opinion'
with present chairman Brian Winston. His son, Max Page,
is still a member of the Orient board... 'Jim Morrow,
manager of the England schoolboy team, wants nothing to
do with Don Revie's "coach the kids" call to
professional players', writes the Daily Express. Morrow
is not impressed at the idea of using a player who may
have a bad disciplinary record.
26 Mickey Purser is no longer Millwall's chairman. The
64-year-old car dealer resigns after 20 years in office,
and his place is taken by Herbert Bumidge.
27 Keith Weller is fined £100 with £60 costs for
'bringing the game into disrepute' ... Gordon Jago, QPR's
manager, resigns and chairman Jim Gregory says that the
Board will accept Jago's decision. This dramatic
development follows on a poor start to the season by
Rangers, and some unrest amongst their players. Venables
was sold, Mancini listed, Bowles suspended. Until a new
manager is appointed, Jago's assistant, Stan Anderson,
will run the club.
28 Barry Butlin (Luton) joins Nottingham F. for a
£120,000 fee... League leaders Ipswich lose at
Newcastle, and the field is bunching again at the top of
the table ... After a disastrous day for London clubs,
four of the five bottom places are occupied by Chelsea,
Arsenal, Spurs, and Q.P.R. West Ham are the only club in
this depressed football area in form - they win 5-3 at
Burnley. They have scored 20 goals in four matches!
30 Gordon Jago says that he quit Q.P.R. because he was
demoted. He was made team-manager only, and wasn't
allowed to do the job for which the board appointed him.
Chairman Gregory denies these allegations... Colin
Prophett joins Swindon from Norwich for a £20,000 fee.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971