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see October 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year)
MacDonald and Jane's,
The red and
yellow cards system is introduced into English League
football . . . controversy over the plan to postpone
League games to accommodate World Cup preparations ... An
entire team is up for sale . . . another poor England
performance - this time in the World Cup . . . Slokoe
resigns at Sunderland.
1 Colin Todd adds lo the general unrest at Derby by
asking for a transfer . . . Another international at
loggerheads with his club is Alan Hudson, who didn't want
to play for Stoke on Wednesday. Hudson is fined, and
warned as to his future behaviour.
2 Yellow and Red cards are introduced into English League
football, and the first player to receive a red card is
David Wagstaffe, the veteran Blackburn winger . . .
George Best is also dismissed at Southampton, where he
protests against a free-kick. Paignton referee Lester
Shapter sends him off for 'using foul and abusive
language1. Southampton win their first League game of the
season 4-1, but Derby and Sunderland are Still without a
win in the First Division. The former lose 5-1 at
Birmingham, and the latter 1-0 at home lo Everton . . .
There are 85 arrests at Leeds, where Manchester United
win 2-0 ... Billy Bremner scores the only goal of the
match for his new club Hull v Nottingham Forest . . .
Peter Taylor also makes a scoring debut, but Tottenham
are beaten at West Brom,
3 Colin Todd is slaying with Derby, and will be given a
long-ierm contract to give him the security he wanls . .
. Statistics published today congratulate Ted MacDougall
on scoring 200 league goals - the first Scot to do so
since Denis Law. Another 'Scottish' record - Kenny Burns
is the first Scot to score four goals in a Division One
match since 1966, when David Herd and Andy Lochhead did
that for Manchester United aud Burnley respectively.
4 A Gerry Daly penalty seconds from the end of a League
Cup tie at Sunderland keeps Manchester United in the
competition . . . Two Bruce Rioch goals help Derby into
the next round at Notts County . . . Ray Trcacy is back
in the Eire squad for the friendly against Turkey. Fulham
are involved in yet another sensational rumpus. Bolton
equalize in the sixth minute added on for 'lime-wasting'.
When the Fulham players protest, referee Kevin McNally
sends off Bobby Moore, the ex-England skipper. To cool
the situation manager Alec Stock takes the team off the
field. The referee, in the company of two policemen,
issues an ultimatum that unless Fulham are back on the
pitch within two minutes he'll abandon the tie in favour
of the home team, Bolton. Ten-man Fulham return and the
League Cup replay ends in a draw . . . Arsenal beat
Blackpool and will meet Chelsca in Round Four . . .
Wolverhatnpton, 6-1 winners at the weekend at Hereford,
lose at home 6-2 to revived Southampton . . . After a
goalless first half, Brighton go on a scoring spree
against Walsall and win 7-0! Peter Ward gets four in 23
minutes and lan Mellor a hat-trick in 19 minutes.
6 Bobby Moore escapes last night's sending-off - the
second of his career, and the first since 1961 - without
a ban, because according to the referee's report, he was
dismissed for 'persistent misconduct'. Alec Stock says
that he will go to the highest court in the land to
obtain justice for Moore and for Fulham. Alan Hardaker
reacts by saying that the veteran Fulham manager should
have waited until a League decision was announced
concerning the waik-out . . . Wales lose 2-0 at Cardiff
against West Germany in their Centenary international.
Franz Beckea-bauer, in his 101st game for his country,
scores the first, and Jupp Heynckes the second goal . , .
Frank Munro at Wolves and Phil Boyer at Norwich are taken
off the transfer list . . . Manchester Uruled finally
defeat Sunderland in the League Cup with a 1-0 win after
300 minutes of football.
7 Clubs complain of losing money through re-arrangement
of matches from Saturdays to weekdays due to
internationals. Leicester will apply for compensation to
the FA. Don Revie says: 'According to some people we only
have two world-class players. In that case the team need
as much organisation as possible!' . . . Portsmouth selJ
Paul Went for £30,000 to Cardiff, lan St. John, their
manager, says: 'It's a bargain price, we had to do a deal
to save the club' . . . Noel Cantwell puts the entire
Peterborough squad on transfer. They were beaten 3-0 at
home by Chesterfield, and Cantwell said that several of
his players are no longer good enough to represent the
9 A crowd invasion of the pitch causes the abandonment of
the friendly between Rangers and Aston Villa at
Birmingham. Hundreds of fans throw bottles on the pitch
and there follows a fierce battle with the police. More
than a hundred fans are injured and fifty arrested. Denis
Howell, who is at (he match, will discuss the events with
the Home Secretary. Rangers' manager Willie Waddell says;
This is the worst thing thai has happened to us since
Barcelona 1972. After this, no club will ever invite us
for friendlies' . . . Newly appointed Chesterfield
manager Arthur Cox sees his team beat Reading 4-0 . . .
Middlesbrough beat Norwich 1-0 in the only First Division
match of ihe day and go on top of Division One for the
first time since 1950 . . . Derek Hales gets his second
hat-trick of the season, and has now scored 11 goals in
nine League matches.
11 Don Givens asks for a transfer, because he is upset by
the sporadic barracking of the home fans at Loftus Road .
. . Revie selects an attacking England side against
Finland. The 4-2-4 formation includes winger Dennis
Tueart, who is back in the side after 18 month's absence
. . . 'Pop' Robson is back at West Ham from Sunderland
for £80,000 . . . Joe Martucci, Secretary of the Police
Federation, suggests that bi^-time pro football should be
suspended for one year to stop hooliganism. This drastic
measure is promptly rejected by the clubs, but Aston
Villa put a ban on all Scottish ciubs unless the
Midlanders draw Scottish opponents in a European
competition ... In the meantime one Rangers fan is jailed
for six months by a Birmingham magistrale, and many
others are fined heavily.
13 Yet another disappointing Wembley performance by
England. An early Royle goal fails to inspire ihe team
and Finland snatch an equalizer in the World Cup
qualifier. A second goal gives England victory but the
goal difference - a miserly 2-1 - and the manner of the
victory leaves a great deal to be desired. Revie says:
'My first job is to apologize to the 92,000 crowd. They
came to support us, but we didn't produce' ... In other
ties, Scotland lose 2-0 against Czechoslovakia in Prague.
Andy Gray of Aston Villa and the Czech defender Ondrus
are sent off in the first half. Panenka and Petras score
in the second half, halting the Scots' nine-match
unbeaten run . . . Danny Blanchflower's Northern Ireland
provide the best result of the day by drawing 2-2 at
Rotterdam. George Best, back in the national leani after
three years' absence, outshines Johan Cruyff, and Pat
Jennings is outsianding in goal . . . Willie Johnston of
WBA is suspended for five matches for bringing the game
14 An FA inquiry clears Villa of any blame for the riot
last Saturday . . . £15,000 Ricky Heppolette moves from
Orient lo Crystal Palace . . . Chris McGrath, who played
well for Northern Ireland on Wednesday, leaves ihe Spurs
reserves bench for Manchester United for £30,000.
15 Tommy Docherty says, following the McGrath deal: 'The
days of the big deals are over for this club, and we are
one of the few who can afford them. It is stupid these
daystopay £200,000 for a player. Clubs doing it are
heading for financial ruin' . . . QPR rejects a transfer
request from Don Givens . . . Alan Hardakcr refuses to
postpone two League games scheduled for mid-week in order
lo accommodate Northern Ireland. The tie against Belgium
on November 10 is a week earlier lhan the 'official' free
dale, and the League Secretary says: 'I am not going to
be threatened by Blanchflowcr or anyone else. The Irish
have created this situation themselves' . . . Derek
Spence goes to Blackpool from Bury for a fee of £50,000
. . . Glasgow Rangers, in an effort to improve their
fans' behaviour, announce changes in the club's policy.
In future they will sign players irrespective of their
religion, and the singing of sectarian songs will be
discouraged. The measures were welcomed by Church
leaders, but James McLean, a leader of the Loyal Orange
Institution, said: 'I have no doubt some will stay away
from matches. People may be religious bigots, but it
doesn't mean they are hooligans.'
16 Italy open their World Cup bid with a 4-1 win at
Luxembourg, a result regarded by Don Revie as
'reasonable' as far as England are concerned ... In the
League, Derby register their first win of the season in
spectacular fashion, 8-2 v Tottenham with converted
striker Bruce Rioch scoring four times. This is Spurs
heaviest-ever defeat . . . Liverpool beat Everton 3-1 in
the local Derby and go back on top of the First Division.
Stragglers Norwich, Bristol City, West Ham, and
Sunderland are all beaten at home . . . Chelsea and
Brighton continue to lead Divisions Two and Three, but in
the Fourth, Bradford City take over on top . . . Derek
Hales scores twice in Charlton's 4-4 draw at Burnley and
is the League's top goal-getter with 13 ... Terry Paine
plays his 806th and last league game. He finishes his
career where he started it - at "The Dell'
Southampton, playing for Hereford against his old club.
18 Bob Stokoe resigns at Sunderland. During his four-year
stay at the club Sunderland have won the FA Cup and only
last May won promotion back into the First Division. But
they haven't won a League game yet this season despite
substantial spending on new players. After Saturday's
home defeat Stpkoe offered his resignation, which was
accepted by the Board . . . UEFA lifts the ban on Wales
for the next European Championship, but they must not
play their home matches at Ninian Park, scene of crowd
trouble against Yugoslavia earlier this year. The
conversion of the ban into a fine is a personal triumph
for the Welsh FA Secretary Trevor Morris, who fought the
case on his own at the UEFA meeting . . . Bolton beat
Fulham 2-1 in their second League Cup replay . . . Both
Tommy Docherty and Terry Neill say that they will help
Northern Ireland by releasing players for their World Cup
match against Belgium.
19 Millwall end the marathon League Cup tie v Orient with
a 3-0 win at Highbury . . . Liverpool complain about
their accommodation in Turkey before the European Cup tie
at Trabzonspor. 'It is like a doss house,' says manager
Paisley. 'We are just here to give them a good hiding.'
20 Liverpool lose 1-0 in the European Cup through a Cemil
penalty given for a foul by Emlyn Hughes . . .
Southampton register an easy win in Northern Ireland, but
the UEFA Cup contenders have mixed luck . . . Manchester
United can only win 1-0 against Juventus - the identical
score to that of the neighbouring City in the previous
round . . . QPR draw at Bratislava against Slovan, and
Derby lose 2-0 at Athens . . . Reflections vary from
Paisley's complaint: "The ball was like a pig's
bladder', to Docherty's criticism: 'I thought the
refereeing was very poor' to Sexton's pride: 'I was
pleased with the way we hit back all the time' . . . Two
surprises in the European Cup - Real Madrid fail to beat
Bruges at home, and Torino lose 2-1 at home to
Moenchengladbach . . . Tottenham recover from Saturday's
2-8 defeat by getting two points off Birmingham, with
Keith Osgood scoring the only goal of the match at White
22 Paul Mariner of Plymouth joins Ipswich in a deal which
also involves John Peddelty and Terry Austin. The total
value is £220,000.
23 Middlesbrough are back on top of the League after a
1-0 win over WBA . . . David McNiven equalizes for Leeds
against Liverpool in injtiry time at Elland Road . . .
Derek Hales scores again for Charlton, thus establishing
a new record for the club - the first player to score in
seven consecutive matches . . . Chelsea, Brighton, and
Bradford City lead the other divisions.
25 David Nish is out for the season with a knee injury .
. . Alf Wood, freed by Hull, is wanted by Middlesbrough.
26 A season's best crowd of 52,000 see Arsenal beat
Chelsea 2-1 at Highbury in the League Cup. Brian Bason is
taken off with a broken leg early in the game, then Rpss
scores for Arsenal. Hay equalizes but within 40 seconds
Stapleton heads the winner ... At Brighton the home team
take record receipts against Derby. Ward scores in 37
seconds, Derby draw level through James . . . The
Scottish FA reject an appeal from Willie Young to lift
the life suspension from international football . . .
David Carlton, a midfielder, joins Brentford from
Northampton for £3000.
27 Manchester United score their biggest victory under
Tommy Docherty's management, beating Newcastle 7-2 in the
League Cup. Gordon Hill gets a hat-trick . . . Millwall
and Aston Villa are the other teams to reach the
28 Norman Hunter leaves Leeds following the earlier
departures of Giles and Bremner. At the age of 33, the
ex-England defender joins Bristol City for £40,000 . . .
The Alf Wood move to Middlesbrough is completed . , .
West Ham buy Anton Otulakowski from Barnsley for
£60,000. Barnsley collect a further £50,000 from
Newcastle for Martin Gorry . . . Colin Bell of Manchester
City is ready for reserve team action after a year out of
football through injury.
29 Alfie Conn is back in the Spurs side as a central
striker. Both lan Moores an4 Chris Jones are dropped for
the match against Everton . . . West Ham chairman Reg
Pratt criticizes the behaviour of Keith Robson. The
temperamental forward was booked on Wednesday during the
tie v QPR . . . Orient obtain £5000 damages from an
advertizing agency which refuses to pay the fee because
the team are playing 'unattractive football and do not
attract the TV cameras'.
30 Liverpool earn a three-point lead in the First
Division with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa. lan Callaghan
scores his first goal of the season in this match . . .
Trevor Francis outshines his rival for a place in the
England squad, Stan Bowles, in Birmingham's 2-1 win over
QPR . . . Sunderland register their first League win when
they beat Coventry 2-1 with goals by expensive signing
Bob Lee and Billy Hughes . . . Norman Hunter is booked at
Derby in his debut for Bristol City . . . Chelsea's best
crowd for over three years - 42,654 - see them beat
Southampton 3-1 in a stormy match. Now they are four
clear points ahead of Blackpool and Wolves who draw 2-2
at Bloomfield Road.
31 Archie Gemmill is suspended for three matches by FIFA.
The referee of the recent Czechoslovakia v Scotland match
reported that he dismissed No. 10 Gemmill, when in fact
it was Andy Gray who was sent off.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971