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 1975-76 (6th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
1 Trevor Francis, the Birmingham striker who withdrew
from the England squad earlier in the week, is likely to
be out of football for three months with a leg injury.
2 John Duncan, Tottenham's new striker from Scotland,
scores two goals at Stoke, where the Londoners draw 2-2
... Ipswich beat Liverpool and the teams in the top half
of the table are bunching again ... A Stuart Pearson
hat-trick helps Manchester U. to a 4-0 win over Oxford.
United are now five points clear at the top of Division
4 Martin Olivers is still available for transfer. After a
long talk with manager Neill, the Spurs striker insists
on staying on the list. Eddie Kelly of Arsenal would also
like a move, but the club wishes to sign a replacement
5 After a 0-0 draw in Budapest, Liverpool are out of the
European Cup-Winners Cup on the 'away-goals' ruling - the
third English club to be eliminated this season' through
6 Leeds, with Bremner back in the side, beat Ujpest Dozsa
3-0 in the second leg of their European Cup tie to go
through 5-1 on aggregate... Derby salvage England's
fading fortunes in the UEFA Cup by earning a 2-2 draw in
Madrid against Atletico and then winning the penalty
kicks contest 7-6. Powell scores from the last vital,
spot kick, and then Colin Boulton saves from Eusebio...
Sammy Nelson of Arsenal has had an operation on his left
leg and will be out of action for at least six weeks: ...
Joao Havelange says that FIFA will choose a 'back-up'
venue for the 1978 World- Cup Finals in case Argentina
fails to meet the necessary requirements ... John
Gidrnan, the Aston Villa full back, is in hospital with
eye injuries after a firework accident.
7 Ron Bradley, the Scunthorpe manager, resigns ... Mario
Marinho is banned for three matches by FIFA following a
clash with Neeskens during the World Cup ... Peter Feely,
who is on loan to Gillingham from Fulham, is staying with
the Third Division club-the fee is £6000 . . . Brentford
pay £15,000 for Terry Johnson of.. Southend ... Derby
County draw Velez Mostar in the.UEFA Cup.
9 A remarkable day for the Bristol clubs in Division Two.
City beat Manchester U. 1-0 at home, and Rovers defeat
second-placed Norwich by the same score . . . Manchester
C. take over the lead in the First Division after their
1-0 win at Stoke ... Both Jimmy Pearce and Peter Collins
of Spurs are told to give up football for health reasons.
11 Norman Hunter has a cartilage operation, which puts
him out of football for three months ... Alan Sunderland,
the young Wolves forward, breaks his leg in an accidental
collision during training.
12 Jimmy Secular receives a £25,000 payment from Cardiff
as settlement for his broken contract... Terry Cooper is
included in the England squad for the Wembley game
against Portugal. The Leeds full-back, 30, made his last
appearance for England against Switzerland in 1971. Since
his return into first-class football, after a long injury
lay-off, Cooper has played only 17 matches. Revie says,
'He is in on merit. I am too much of a professional to
pick people on sentiment.'... Martin Chivers signs a new
four-year contract for Tottenham.
13 The shock result of the season in the League Cup
-Fourth Division Chester beat First Division Leeds 3-0
... The transfer market comes to life again. Terry
McDermott, the England Under-23 midfielder, goes to
Liverpool from Newcastle for a £175,000 fee. Alf Wood
joins Hull from Millwall (£75,000) and Arsenal take
Robbie James from Swansea on a month's loan.
14 Luton sign Peter Spiring from Liverpool for £70,000.
This ex-Bristol C. winger hasn't made a first team
appearance during his 18-month stay with Liverpool. ..
Don Revie bans his players from watching the TV recording
of the Switzerland v Portugal (3-0) friendly. He is
worried that his players might under-estimate Portugal
after seeing them in action!
15 Terry Mancini is banned for two matches and fined
£150 for bringing the game into disrepute. The Arsenal
defender has admitted that after the Q.P.R. v Ipswich
game he pushed his shorts down in front of the directors'
box as a gesture of jubilation. The incident has not been
reported by the referee, but has been widely publicised
on TV and in the newspapers ... Gordon Jago pays £25,000
for Huddersfield striker Phil Summerill-he is the
replacement in the Millwall team for the departed Alf
Wood ... Dan Tana, the Yugoslav born showbiz personality,
is the new chairman of Brentford ... Doncaster 'suspend'
manager Maurice Setters with full pay.
16 44 goals in the First Division-the best for four
years! 136 in all divisions - the best this season! Top
attendances at Goodison (56,797) and Old Trafford
(55,615). Ipswich take over the lead on goal average, but
only 2 points separate the top ten clubs. On a good day
for London clubs, only Chelsea are beaten in Division One
- 0-5 at Newcastle! Ray Clarke gets a hat-trick for
Mansfield, and leads the League scoring chart with 17
goals... lan Scanlon also scores three times in 2 min. 45
sec. for Notts Co. v Sheffield W. It is the second
fastest recorded hat-trick behind Jimmy Scarth
(Gillingham) who scored a hat-trick in 2 min. 30 sees, in
19 A last-minute Dave Johnson goal gives Young England a
3-2 win over Portugal in Lisbon. Steve Ferryman is sent
off in the 57th minute for dissent. England now lead the
Group with 4 points after 2 matches ... Rod Belfitt joins
Fulham from Sunder-land on a month's loan.
20 A mixed day for British football in the European
Championship. England play out a rather dull goalless
draw against Portugal at Wembley, Scotland lose at home
to Spain, and Eire draw with Turkey in Istanbul. Terry
Cooper is taken off at Wembley with a leg injury after 23
minutes . . Hutchison misses a penalty at Hampden win
Scotland are leading 1-0 ... Givens scores Eire's goal -
his fourth in two internationals ... Off the field, UEFA
suspensions will affect several players. Terry Mancini
(sent off against Russia) is banned for four matches,
Duncan McKenzie (sent off against Ujpest Dozsa) for
three, and Tommy Smith (feigning injury) for two matches
. . . Wales beat Luxembourg 5-0 at Swansea - their best
ever win against foreign opposition.
21 The long-drawn-out Peter Shilton saga is over. The
Leicester keeper moves to Stoke in a £325,000 deal - a
world record for a goalkeeper. Ambitious Stoke have now
spent three quarters of a million pounds recently on
players, and will pay for Shilton in instalments.
Leicester use some of the money by offering £160,000 for
John Toshack, Liverpool's Welsh international striker .
.. Spurs agree that Chivers can play abroad - possibly in
South Africa - during the summer . . . Brighton sign
Graham Winstanley from Carlisle for £20,000 - he is the
17th new player since manager Peter Taylor joined the
club just over a year ago..
22 Ron Atkinson, the ex-Oxford player, moves into the
other University town as manager of Cambridge U.
23 Nine league games are postponed because of ground
conditions .. . Manchester C. lead Division One after
their 4-1 win over Leicester . . . Peter Noble heads
-goals in Burnley's 4-1 win over Newcastle. Malcolm
Macdonald is substituted in Ithis match the first
time since he joined Newcastle three-and-a-half years ago
. .. IPeter Shilton's debut for Stoke is described by
manager Waddington as 'out-of-Ithis-world' . . . Don
Rogers gets his first goal for Q.P.R. in their surprising
3-1 win at Middlesbrough . . . No shocks in the First
Round of the FA Cup, although several non-league clubs
manage to draw with Third and Fourth Division opponents
... A heavy stone is hurled into the Newcastle coach as
the team leaves Burnley on their return journey. It hits
John Tudor, whose head wound needs 12 stitches.
25 In the FA Cup, three non-League clubs - Wigan,
Altrincham, and Gateshead - beat Fourth Division
opponents, and Colchester defeat Southampton in the
League Cup, to reach the quarter-finals for the first
time in the club's history . . . The PFA meeting in
Manchester, under chairman Derek Dougan, renews the claim
for freedom of contract. They argue that the present
system is not only illegal but it costs football a great
deal of money. Secretary Cliff Lloyd says, 'The tragedy
is that when we met Minister for Sport, Denis Howell,
following the Chester Report, he said there would be no
levy board unless the recommendations on contracts and
transfers were implemented. Yet the League chairmen
totally ignored our case, even Ithough it has been
substantiated in the High Court and recommended by three
independent bodies.'... West Ham sign another striker -
Alan Taylor from Rochdale. 21-year-old Taylor joined
Rochdale from non-league football for £3000, but West
Ham pay £45,000 for him... In future, England under-23
players will get £50 win bonuses, and £25 for a draw
above their usual £50 appearance money.
26 The Toshack transfer to Leicester is off. A medical
report casts doubts over his future and Leicester
withdraw their offer ... Three more non-League clubs
reach the Second Round of the FA Cup.
27 Derby manager Dave Mackay sends on two subs against
Velez Mostar twenty minutes from the end of their UEFA
Cup tie with the score 0-1. One of them, Bourne, gets two
goals, and the other, Hinton, one, for a 3-1 win! ... In
the Alan Gilzean Testimonial, Spurs beat Red Star
Belgrade 2-0 in front of over 22,000 spectators ...
Manchester U. transfer George Graham to Portsmouth in
exchange for Ron Davies, the veteran Welsh international
striker ... Sexton makes his first signing for Q.P.R. He
buys Don Shanks from Luton for £35,000.
28 Millwall sign Ray Goddard, the Orient keeper, for
£10,000 and Tommy Baldwin from Chelsea on loan ..
Newcastle manager Joe Harvey has been reprimanded by his
chairman for saying that his club may not compete again
in the Texaco Cup. Lord Westwood says, 'Our involvement
in the competition is a matter for the board to decide,
and this certainly is not going to be our last season in
it'. Newcastle are in the final of the Cup where they
30 The highest League attendance since April 1973 -
60,585 - are at Old Trafford for the Second Division
clash in which United beat Sunderland 3-2 ... Stoke are
the new leaders of the First Division. They have gained
five points out of six since the signing of Shilton, and
are now one point ahead of the field.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971