are they now?
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see September 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1976-77 (7th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
Rail soccer specials are cancelled for the remainder of
the season . . . Wall; Barnes dies aged 55 ... Brenner
and others involved in Copenhagen nightclub
rumpusthey are banned for life by Scotland ....
outline proposals are announced for granting freedom of
contract (o players . , . Gianna Rivera 'buys' AC Milan
... big bonuses for England players if they do well in
the European Championship.
1 'Identity cards for football fans and the ending of
British Rail specials become imminent as the soccer
authorilies, politicians and magistrates act in an
attempt to halt hooliganism.' writes the Daily Mail. The
Football Association urged a two-point plan for
transporting fans to and from away matches. 1. Trains
would be chartered by either official supporters' clubs
or the football clubs themselves, and the organisers
would be responsible for the behaviour of the fans. 2.
The trips would be available only to registered
supporters carrying an identity card and a ticket for the
2 George Miller takes over as manager of Falkirk.
3 England beat Switzerland 2-1 in Basle, but play below
form . . . Scotland win in Denmark to keep their faint
hopes alive in the European Championship, but N. Ireland
lose at home to Sweden ... UEFA makes it clear that there
will be no European finals of any kind staged at Wembley,
Hampden Park, or any British ground until they erect 8ft
fences all round the ground ... British Railways cancel
all football specials for the rest of the season, and
there won't be any 'cheap day returns' on Saturdays until
3 p.m. Clubs may charter their own trains but they will
be responsible for any damage. Alan Hardaker says, This
regulation came about three or four years loo late. And I
don't like the expression 'soccer hooligans' -they are
merely hooligans, no-one wants them in football.1
4 Wally Bames, the ex-Wales and Arsenal full-back, dies
at the age of 55 after a short illness ... Wembley
officials say that the erection of fences will not create
a problem, and England could stage the finals of the
current European Championship.
6 There are no arrests and no hooliganism is reported -
perhaps a result of the disappearance of B.R. 'football
specials'.. . Ted MacDougali of Norwich scores a
hat-trick against Everton . . . Crystal Palace win at
Cardiff 1-0 and are the only team to have won all their
league matches this season. . .. Billy Bremner, Willie
Young, Arthur Graham, Joe Harper and Pat McCluskey face a
Scottish FA disciplinary enquiry following alleged
incidents in a Copenhagen nightclub. Bremner says, 'I
have heard about these rumours. They are nonsense. There
was no row in (he club, no light, and no trouble about
the bill. Anyway, what we do in our spare time is nothing
to do with anyone else.'
8 The five Scottish players who were allegedly involved
in the 'Copenhagen incidents' are banned for life by the
Scottish FA. Billy Bremner and the others will never play
again for Scotland on any level. Bremner says, 'I am
staggerd. I don't know if I shall be allowed to appeal.'
In addition, Ronnie McKenzie of Falkirk who has been with
the squad says that he does not want to be considered
again for selection as trainer to the Scottish team ...
A new scheme is
proposed following discussions between the Football
League and the Professional Footballers' Association.
This scheme, which might start next season, includes the
introduction of compensation payments, which will replace
transfer fees when a player moves to a new club at the
end of his contract. The compensation has computer-like
dimensions, being based on the basic salary offered by
the new club, multiplied by a factor determined by the
player's age and the Division he has been playing in. The
multiplying factor has yet to be decided by the
Secretaries of the League and PFA, Alan Hardaker and
Cliff Lloyd respectively.
Contracts end on June
30 and clubs must notify players by March 1 whether they
intend to re-engage them, and on what terms. If the terms
are less favourable than those which the player has been
receiving he can move to a new club without compensation
being paid. The League will publish a list of players
offered terms by their clubs, and as soon as they do so,
players can start negotiations with interested clubs.
Restrictions on signing-on fees will be abolished and any
such fees will be paid in weekly instalments over the
entire period of the contract. There will be no transfer
deadline under the new system.
step is the proposed abolition of the apprentice system
for 16-year-olds. In future all players between 16 and 18
may sign only as part-time contract players. Clubs will
have to train such players in an outside job or make
adequate provision for their further education. There
will be no maximum wage for them, and the minimum wage
for all full-time contract players will be £30 a week,
instead of a scale varying with age and Division. But the
entire system is to be the subject of further discussions
with all interested parties.
9 Arthur Horsfield joins Watford from Charlton ... Paul
Crossley (Tranmere) and John James (Chester) change clubs
. . . Jimmy Adamson, the Burnley manager, says that the
new 'freedom of contract' system would kill football if
introduced in its proposed form.
10 Poland beat World Cup silver medallists Holland 4-1 in
the European Championship . . . Chelsea lose at Crewe
through a disputed penalty and Lincoln defeat Stoke in
the League Cup. ... Leeds United reprimand Billy Bremner
and warn him about his future conduct as a consequence of
his being banned by Scotland.
11 Leeds are warned by the FA that if their disciplinary
record does not improve, they will be fined. The
Yorkshire club, in the company of eight others including
Birmingham and Southampton, appear in front of a special
committee... England manager Don Revie advocates the
birching of 'soccer hooligans' in a broadcast. 'We have
tried everything, we might as well try this drastic
deterrent' . . . Norwich manager John Bond attacks
Manchester City's over-defensive methods in the League
Cup tie against his team at Norwich, and says that
football has no future if teams persist in boring the
public ... It is announced that there will be a train and
bus strike in West London on Saturday as a defensive
measure against the invading Manchester U. fans on their
way to Q.P.R.
13 Another high-scoring day in the First Division
underlines the bright opening to the season. Manchester
U. lose their unbeaten record at QPR, but West Ham cling
to theirs with a last minute equalizer at Leicester
having been 3-0 down at half-time . . . Peter Noble
scores all four goals for Burnley in their 4-4 draw with
Norwich. Jim Holton of Manchester U. breaks a leg in a
15 In the first European match of the season, Duisberg
beat Paralimni of Cyprus 7-1.
16 Tottenham pay £100,000 for Willie Young the Aberdeen
centre-back, recently banned by Scotland.
17 A mixed start for English clubs in Europe. At
Goodison, A.C. Milan draw 0-0 with Everton in the UEFA
Cup. Four Italians are booked, and Everton's Mike Bernard
is sent off. A.C. Milan's club President Buticchi has
been ousted and a group of businessmen have bought up his
shares for over £1 million. Ex-player Gianna Rivera will
run the club with the help of the veteran coach Nereo
18 Freddie Goodwin is sacked by Birmingham. He has been
with the club for five years, and brought it up from the
Second Division in his Second season, but they have
collected only two points in their first seven matches
this year. Goodwin says: 'I've no regrets about my years
at St. Andrews. I've always given 100% and had faith in
my methods. But a bad start to the season meant that the
board and myself have been increasingly on trial'. Willie
Bell takes over as caretaker manager until a new man is
19 Sheffield United sign Chris Calvert, the York City
full-back for £30,000 ... Frank Worthington - dropped by
Leicester for last Wednesday's League Cup tieasks
for a transfer, but manager Bloomfield says that he won't
be allowed to leave the club.
20 Manageress Birmingham beat Burnley 4-0. Burnley's Doug
Collins is taken off with a serious leg injury and
Leighton James is carried off... Alan Cowling gets a
hat-trick in Newcastle's 5-1 win over Wolves ... Tony
Currie of Sheffield U. is substituted at West Ham for the
first time in his career.
21 lan Brennan, the young Burnley full-back, sustains a
broken leg in a car accident . . . Eddie McCreadie fines
the Chelsea players booked for dissent - Hutchinson and
22 It is announced following an FA Council meeting that
England players will get £5000 each if they win the
European Championship. There will be a £2000 bonus
payment for reaching the quarter-finals, and £1000 each
for victories in the semifinal and the Final. Don Revie
says, 'Let me make it quite clear that when I ask players
to pull on the England shirt I expect them to do it first
of all for the pride of playing for their country. But
football is a short career and the players' rewards
should be proportionate to the amount of money the
national association collects as the result of their
efforts' . . . The same FA Council meeting agrees to
raise Cup final ticket prices-the gate receipts in 1976
will be £420,000.
23 Marcus Lipton MP attacks the bonus plan for the
England team. 'Apart from any other consideration, this
business of bribing players to play better or rougher
than they otherwise would, is going to kill this sport'
be says. This is sheer prostitution of the game of
football. How the devil can we expect ordinary people to
have £6 maximum increase when these vast sums are being
offered to soccer piayersT ... In the evening fixtures,
QPR beat Leicester 1-0 and move to second place - still
undefeated ... But Crystal Palace's run ends at home when
they are beaten by Brighton . . . Sheffield U. register
their first win of the season and Birmingham collect two
more points-four in as many days under caretaker manager
Willie Bell ... Aston Villa pay £100,000 for Blackpool's
23-year-old goalkeeper John Bunidge.
24 Brighton manager, Peter Taylor, suspends four players
following a 'disgraceful display' in a recent reserve
match ... Mick Jones, the Leeds striker, whose career
ended due to a knee injury, will get £20,000 golden
handshake as part of an insurance settlement . . . Bobby
Charlton takes a job with a travel agency. He has turned
down several offers inside the game, and says, 'I'm not
leaving the game with ill-will. It has been good to me. I
don't think I did a bad job as a manager'.... Hungary
beat Austria 2-1 in the European Championship-Wales need
only' one point to reach Ihe quarter-finals.
25 Welsh referee Ron Jones is killed in a car accident.
The 37-year-old official, who was due to referee his
first European match in four days' time, was on his way
home from the Hereford v Swindon game ... Norwich manager
John Bond signs Forest centre-back David Jones for
£40.000... Jimmy Melia resigns at Southport. They had a
gate of 871 for a league match on Wednesday ... Don Revie
takes on Ken Burton as a full-time assistant. Burton was
in charge of the UEFA Youth Cup-winning side last season,
and will be mainly concerned with the development of
young talent . . . Tommy Baldwin is released by Chelsea
on a free transfer.
27 Andy Gray, Dundee United's 19-year-old striker is
Villa's second big signing of the week-£110,000 . . .
Italy draw 0-0 with Finland in Rome, and the 50,000 crowd
demonstrate against their own players . . . Leicester
still haven't won a league game this season . . .
Tottenham boss Terry Neill apologises to the fans for his
team's poor display against Arsenal. 'It made me feel
ashamed. I can't apologise enough to the spectators. It
was the kind of stuff that will kill football.'
29 Seven players are booked and one sent off in the
Mansfield v Ayr U. Anglo-Scottish Cup tie ... The FA
announce an enquiry concerning the pitch invasion during
the recent Luton v Chelsea match.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971