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January 1975

As appeared in Rothman's Football Yearbook 1975-76 (6th year) :

The Queen Anne Press, London 1975

January

2 The PFA representatives meet the Football League to discuss the 'freedom of contract issue'. Alan Hardaker condemns the transfer dealings, saying that they lead to bankruptcy. 'If more clubs refused to pay inflated prices and concentrated on their youth development schemes, the game would be far better for it.' . . . Trevor Hartley, the League's youngest manager at 27, is sacked by Bournemouth. Tony Nelson, chief scout, is the new caretaker manager.

3 Nottingham F. sack Allan Brown on the eve of their Cup-tie v Tottenham . . . Don Revie writes in the Evening Standard, 'Some players don't realise how lucky they are. They should go down on their hands and knees every night and thank God they are doing something which they love and being well paid for it at the same time. There are pressures in every job and you have to learn to accept them.'

4 A truly astonishing day in the FA Cup. All five non-League clubs survive and go into the fourth round draw. Wimbledon win 1-0 at Burnley with a Mick Mahon goal, and Chris Kelly gets the winner for Leatherhead at Brighton. Wycombe, Stafford R., and Altrincham draw their games—two of them against First Division opposition ... At Goodison, Altrincham take the lead, then Everton's Gary Jones is sent off, and John Connolly is taken off with a broken leg. 9-man Everton equalise through a Dave Clements penalty ... In the other ties, Arsenal draw with York at Highbury, and Manchester U. are held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford by Walsall. But holders Liverpool, favourites Leeds, and last year's beaten finalists, Newcastle, come through ... In the Glasgow derby, Rangers beat Celtic 3-0.

6 Tom Johnston, manager of York, is leaving the club on the eve of their Cup replay. He is returning to Huddersfield as general manager . . . Brian Clough is the new boss at Nottingham F. .. . According tp expert medical opinion, Roy McFarland will be able to play top class football later in the season ... Bobby Gould, who is taken off at half-time in the Southampton-West Ham Cup tie, is seriously injured. In fact he had played for 30 minutes with a broken leg, and headed a goal!

7 Stafford Rangers beat Rotherham 1-0 and become the third non-League club to reach round four of the FA Cup. Altrincham and Wycombe are both beaten narrowly
by Evertoa and Middlesbrough respectively. Walsall beat Manchester U. 3-2 in a dramatic replay. Young striker Alan Buckley scores twice for the Midlanders.

8 Brian Clough's reign at Forest opens with a shock FA Cup replay win at Tottenham. Neil Martin scores with a header in the 34th minute-the only goal of a rather colourless match.

11 Alfie Conn scores a hat-trick for Tottenham on his first team League debut at Newcastle. Tottenham's 5-2 victory at St James's Park is the highest away score in Division One this season. But in all divisions, Plymouth establish the new record - 7-3 at Bournemouth. At Sheffield, referee Roger Kirkpatrick takes the teams off the field for five minutes because of a whistler in the crowd... Ipswich are now one point clear of the field, and at the other end, Carlisle, Leicester, and Luton are five points adrift of 19th placed Chelsea.

13 Mick McGuire is the latest Norwich recruit. John Bond pays 60,000 to Coventry for him.

14 Don Revie picks senior stars Paul Madeley and Colin Todd for the Under-23 squad against Wales. They are the two 'over-age' players allowed, and the team manager wishes to experiment with a new defensive formation. The astonished Madeley (30) says 'I never realized it was possible for anyone of my age to play for an Under-23 side. Maybe I'll feel like an old man among all the bright young stars'. The 'young stars' include newcomers Wallington and Glen Keeley. Kevin Beattie, who didn't turn up for the previous Under-23 match, has been forgiven and is also in the squad.

15 Both League Cup semi-final first leg ties end in 2-2 draws. At Old Trafford, the ex-Manchester U. striker Ted MacDougall equalises two minutes from the end for Norwich against his old club . . . Fourth Division Chester - twice behind -draw against Aston Villa with goals from Owen and Moore ... Mike Everitt, on his 34th birthday, is sacked as manager of Brentford.

16 Manchester U. sign Tommy Baldwin on a two month loan as temporary replacement for the injured Stuart Pearson... Attendances in the Football League are slightly higher in the first half of the season than last year.

17 Bradford City manager Bryan Edwards is sacked... Jeff Blockley signs for Leicester. The 100,000 fee is well below the figure Arsenal paid Coventry for him 18 months ago.

18 Bob Latchford scores twice on his 24th birthday at Birmingham, against his old club, and Everton go to the top of table. A Sykes own goal completes the 3-0 scoreline and Dave, Bob's brother is the Birmingham goalkeeper... Manchester C. beat Newcastle 5-1 - the second week running that Newcastle have conceded five goals. At half-time manager Harvey goes into the referee's dressing room, asking . for more protection for his players.

20 Bill Anderson, assistant manager of Nottingham F., resigns ... Wrexham put all their players on the transfer list. The club's financial position is 'embarrassing andm 'serious' according to manager John Neal, and they are forced to unload in order to survive ... Paul Madeley has dropped out of the Under-23 squad because he is suffering the after effects of the innoculation given to 34 players of the senior squad in preparation for the Cyprus trip . . . John Docherty, 34-year-old Q.P.R. coach, is the new Brentford manager. As a player he signed for Brentford on three different occasions, following moves to Sheffield U. and Reading.

21 A fourth consecutive victory for the England Under-23 team. They beat Wales 2-0 at Wrexham with goals by the Ipswich pair Beattie and Johnston.

22 Ron Saunders chalks up a unique hat-trick. He is taking his third club to a League Cup final in successive years. Aston Villa, 3-2 winners over Chester, will meet Norwich, conquerors of Manchester U.... Ray Evans of Spurs signs for Millwall for a 35,000 fee ... Richy Nicholson, 15 years a league referee and linesman, has been banned for life for publicly criticising fellow official, Clive Thomas. Nicholson says: 'The Referees' Association's attitude is all wrong. Nobody is above criticism, not even referees'.

23 England's European Championship match in Cyprus is called off by UEFA due to the political situation on the island ... Derby's objection is rejected, but the English club will lodge an appeal in order to stay in the UEFA Cup. In the mean time, Velez are fined 500 because spectators set off firecrackers. The Yugoslavs are paired in the quarter-final draw with Twente Enschede . . . Leeds will play Anderlecht in the European Cup. Manager Armfield says, 'Anderlecht are a good side, but the important thing is that we won't be involved in too much travelling' ... John Benson (Norwich) has been appointed as the player/manager of Bournemouth ... Grirmsby pay 20,000 to Rotherham for striker Ron Wigg.

24 Q.P.R. are the first club to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup, by beating Notts Co. 3-0 in an evening match... Manager Harry Gregg leaves Swansea... Alex Cropley, Arsenal's expensive Scottish winger, is out with a broken leg.

25 Southern League team Wimbledon hold Leeds to a goalless draw at Elland Road in the FA Cup. Dicky Guy saves a Lorimer penalty in the 82nd minute ... Leather-head are out, after leading 2-0 at half-time at Leicester, and Peterborough beat Stafford Rangers 2-1... Holders Liverpool are beaten by Ipswich, and last season's losing finalists, Newcastle, lose at Walsall.. . Several league games and a couple of Cup ties are postponed because of wet weather.

27 After three year's absence, Charlie Cooke is included in the Scottish squad.

28 West Ham beat Swindon 2-1 in their FA Cup replay and qualify for an all-London clash against Q.P.R. in Round 5 ... The Wimbledon-Leeds tie is postponed due to the waterlogged state of the pitch. Now the match will be played on February 10 at Crystal Palace—a two week delay in order to release the Leeds players for Scotland's match in Valencia.

29 George Armstrong, who hasn't scored since May 1973, gets two goals in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Coventry in the FA Cup replay . . . The postponed England match against Cyprus will be played on May 11 ... Chris Kelly, the Leatherhead striker, signs for Millwall. No fee is involved, but the London club will play a friendly at Leatherhead . . . Paul Smith, the Huddersfield midfield player, is transferred to Cambridge for 1!
30 Chester sign Graham Pugh of Huddersfield for 20,000.


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1971 January February March April May June


1971 July August September October November December
1972 January February March April May June


1972 July August September October November December
1973 January February March April May June


1973 July August September October November December
1974 January February March April May June


1974 July August September October November December
1975 January February March April May June



1975 July August September October November December
1976 January February March April May June



1976 July August September October November December
1977 January February March April May June


See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971

 
Bob Dunning
8 January 2005

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