are they now?
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see March 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1976-77 (7th year) :
The Queen Anne Press,
over Ladbroke's offer to sponsor the Home International
Championship ... Peter Storey says he'll never play for
Arsenal again ... England flop in the European U-23
Championship ... Bertie Mee announces his retirement. . .
Crystal Palace start sliding.
3 Penalties play vital parts in the British clubs' games
in European football. Mansveld scores two penalties in
Den Haag's 4-2 defeal of West Ham in the European Cup
Winners' Cup. Ray Clemence saves a penalty at Dresden in
Liverpool's 0-0 draw io the UEFA Cup. Bobby Lennox misses
a penalty at Glasgow in Celtic's 1-1 draw with the East
Gennan team Zwickau. Wrexham lose at Anderlecht 1-0. The
top tie of theevening ends in a 2-2 draw between
Moenchengladbach and Real Madrid... Newcastle sign Roger
Jones arid Graham Gates from Blackburn in a £100,000
4 Both Terry Venables and Jim Cannon, respectively
Crystal Palace's coach and player, are found guilty of
bringing the game into disrepute by the FA . . .
Brentford sign Andy McCulloch from Oxford for £25,000.
5 Don Rogers re-joins Swindon from QPR in a £30,000
transfer deal . . . The FA turns down Ladbroke's offer to
sponsor the Home International Championship. But Trevor
Morris, Welsh FA Secretary, says: 'They cannot decide
without consulting the other three Associations. We would
benefit by £18,000 per year from the sponsorship, and as
far as we are concerned, ihe deal is on'.
6 Crystal Palace reach the semi-finals - the fourth Third
Division side since the war to do so, and the first since
1959. Alan Whittle scores the only goal of the match at
Sunderland . . . Bradford City lose 1-0 against
Southampton . . . Derby beat injury-hit Newcastle 4-2,
Manchester United are held to draw by Wolves ... In the
League, a surprise Liverpool home defeat enables QPR to
go two points clear at the top of the First Division.
7 Malcolm Allison is reported to be in line for the USA
team manager job during the coming summer. He would coach
and select the learn for the four-cornered tournament
which also involves England. He says: 'I would only go if
I could take Terry Venables with me. In a month coaching
the best players in America, I could teach them more than
they have learned in the history of the game there'...
Don Revie adds four players to the U-23 squad for the
match against Hungary in Budapest - Dodd, Mills, Wilkins
and new boy Paul Jones of Bolton. But only Dodd, who
takes the place of the injured Beattie, is included in
the team which will start the game.
8 Peter Storey is suspended for 14 days by Arsenal. The
ex-England player has allegedly not reported for training
for 10 days . . . The FA Cup semi-final draw ensures that
a team outside the First Division will appear in the
Final for the third lime in four years.
9 QPR buy Peter Eastoe, the 22-year-old Swindon striker
for £80,000 ... Crystal Palace drop yet another home
point - they haven't won a League match at Selhurst Park
since November... In a pulsating Cup re-play, Manchester
United beat Wolves 3-2 with an extra-time Sammy Mcllroy
goal. Tommy Docherty: 'This is the first time that the
Cup Final will be played at Hillsbrough -- for what else
can you call our semi-final match against Derby? The
other semi-final is a bit of a joke really'.
10 England U-23 flop in Hungary in the first leg of their
European Championship tie. The 3-0 defeat is described in
the Press as "hopeless", Jeff Powell writes in
the Daily Mail: 'The real message from this match is that
the 1978 World Cup Finals could be moved from Argentina
to the Moon for all it will matter to most of these
England players'... On the last day before Ihe transfer
deadline, Sunderland sign Ray Train for £80,000 from
Carlisle. Brighton pay £30,000 for Brian Horton of Port
Vale and Dennis Nelson goes to Reading from Crewe for
£10,000. Newport collect a club record £15,000 from
Swindon for Steve Aizlewood.
11 Coach Ian McFarlane leaves Manchester City, the League
Cup winners, and signs as chief coach for Sunderland . .
. Bobby Moore is dropped by Fulham - he is said to be
contemplating a contract with a club in the USA.
13 All four championship aspirants win in Division 1 ...
Manchester United build up a 3-0 lead against Leeds at
Old Trafford in front of yet another near 60,000 crowd,
but two late goals by the visitors make Ihe score more
respectable . . . Dennis Tueart misses two penalties
against Burnley, and is involved in an incident with Jim
Thompson, who is sent off. The match ends in a goalless
draw . . . Crystal Palace are the only team with
promotion hopes to win in Division 3. ...
16 Peter Storey says that he'll never play for Arsenal
again. The ex-international defender is 'fed-up' with
reserve team football and feels unwanted at Highbury...
Crystal Palace win their first home League match since
17 Both English teams - West Ham and Liverpool - progress
into the semi-finals of the UEFA competitions. West Ham
score three times in the first half, but a second half
Den Haag goal opens up the game again. Finally West Ham
win with the help of the 'away goals' ruling - 5-5 ...
Jimmy Case and Kevin Keegan score in Liverpool's 2-1 win
over Dynamo Dresden. Wrexham and Celtic lose against
Anderlecht and Zwickau respectively ... a surprise result
in the European Cup is St Ettenne 3 Dynamo Kiev 0. The
other Eastern European side Hajduk Split also eliminated
by PSV Eindhoven by the same score .. . Real Madrid are
in the semi-final with an 'away goal' win over
Moenchengladbach ... Bulgaria provide the strangest score
of the nightLevski 5 Barcelona 4. Barcelona win on
an 8-5 aggregate and join Bruges, Hamburg and Liverpool
in the UEFA-Cup draw ... In front of a miserly 8,874
people, a patched-up Football League side beat the
Scottish League 1-0... Manchester United drop a point at
Norwich, but in the Second Division Bristol City
strengthen their position at the top with a surprising
1-0 win at West Bromwich.
18 Don Revie names his England squads, for the matches
against Wales and Hungary U-23 but his plans are soon
altered, because the Derby v Stoke match is rearranged
for the same week. Five players drop out of the senior
squad, and four others, including Bolton and Bristol City
footballers drop out of the U-23 squad. Revie says: 'I
don't blame Derby manager Dave Mackay. I know how
difficult it is for him. But this is yet another chance
lost of getting our best lean together. No one should be
surprised if England don't succeed in internationals' . .
. Dave Waison will miss the rest of the season with a
19 Ray Kennedy, Dave Clement and Phil Parkes of QPR are
called into the full England squad ... Kevin Lock and
John Middleton are the new members of the U-23 Squad.
20 Aston Villa's Chris Nicholl scores all four goals in
the Leicester v Aston Villa (2-2) match. Brian Kidd gets
a hai-trick in Arsenal's 6-1 win over West Ham United ...
Alan Buckley also gels a hat-trick, taking his season's
total to 29 in the League.
22 Gary Jones of Everton is put on the transfer list...
Peter Taylor of Crystal Palace is selected for the
England squad to play Wales, and four Manchester United
players are selected for U-23 match against Hungary at
Old Trafford . . . Bertie Mee, manager of Arsenal,
announces that he will retire at the end of the season.
23 England are out of the U-23 European Championship.
Although a late rally gives them a 3-1 win over Hungary,
they go out on a 4-3 aggregate in front of a 33,410 crowd
ai Old Trafford - a record for a U-23 fixture in England
. . . Bolton lose again at home to Blackburn and are
slipping in the Second Division race.
24 A depleted England side beat Wales 2-1 in the
Centenary match at Wrexham. Including the substitutes,
eight players are capped for the first time. Ray Kennedy
and Peter Taylor score their first goals for England. He
is the first Third Division player to be selected for
England since Johnny Byrne - also of Crystal Palace -15
years ago . . . Alan Mullery, the 34-year-old Fulham
captain says he will retire at the end of the season. He
also says that he would like to go into football
management... Charlie George suffers a dislocated
shoulder injury as Derby drop a home point against Stoke.
In the same match Stoke's Alan Hudson cracks a bone in
his foot and is out for the rest of the season...
Scotland beat Holland 2-0 to make the aggregate 2-2 in
the U-23 international but lose the penalty contest 4-3
and are out of the European Championship ...
25 Dave Clement of QPR is suspended for two matches by
the FA ... In an emotional Press Conference, Bertie Mee
reveals his reason for leaving club management. The
pressures on an Arsenal manager are sometimes
intolerable' he says, 'and I was not quite as motivated
in the last two years as I should have been'. He added
thai his dearest wish is to stay with Arsenal in some
27 The top clubs in Division One all win. Asa Hartford of
Manchester City is sent off at QPR and David Webb gets
the only goal of the match . . . Liverpool sub.
Fairclough scores twice in their 2-0 win over Burnley . .
. Manchester U. beat Middlesbrough after a goalless first
half and Derby defeat Birmingham . .. Sheffield United
are definitely relegated following their 5-0 thrashing at
Spurs... Allan Clarke scores his 200th league goal -
against Arsenal in Leeds' 3-0 home win . . . Mark
Wellington,-Leicester's U-23 international goalkeeper
fractures his ankle.
30 A brilliant John Toshack goal gives Liverpool a
surprising 1-0 win at Barcelona ID the UEFA Cup. Toshack
says: 'When my career is over and 1 look back on all the
goals I scored, this one will probably stand out' . . .
More than 38,000 people see Peter Taylor of Crystal
Palace miss a penalty in the vital Third Division
promotion match against Millwall which ended in a 0-0
draw. Palace wanted to play a day earlier because of
their forthcoming Cup semi-final, but Millwall's manager
Gordon Jago refused their request... Alan King moves to
Everton from Luton for £35,000.
31 Graham Paddon gives West Ham the lead against
Frankfurt, in the Cup Winners Cup, but the Londoners lose
the match 2-1 - a result greeted with satisfaction by
manager John Lyall . . . Elsewhere in Europe, Real Madrid
draw with Bayern Munich 1-1 and St Etienne beat PSV 1-0
in the European Cup. After the match at Madrid, a
spectator attacks the referee, and knocks down Bayern's
Gerd Muller, who goes to rescue the official... Glasgow
Rangers are in the Scottish Cup Final. Two goals down at
half-time to Motherwell, they fight back and goals by
Miller and Johns (2) put them through.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971