are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see December 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year)
MacDonald and Jane's,
Adamson takes over at Sunder land , . . Pools Panel in
operation as weather worsens . , . Duncan McKenzic
transfers from Anderlecht to Everton . . . Brace Rioch
follows him a couple of days later... Derek Hales moves
to Derby,.. Alec Stock quits at Fulham... Alan Hudson
goes to Arsenal.
1 Dave Webb scores the winning goal for QPR against
Arsenal in the League Cup Quarter-final. Earlier, an Alan
Ball penalty is saved by Phil Parkes ... Aston Villa beat
Milhvall in the same com petition, and surprise away
winners Bolton (at Derby) and Everton (at Manchester
United) complete the last four . . . After days of
negotiations, Everton withdraw their bid for Duncan
McKenzie of Anderlecht.., Jimmy Adamson is appointed
manager at Sunderland. His assistant will be lan
MacFarlane, who has been acting as caretaker manager
since Bob Stokoe's resignation.
2 Everton make a bid forBruce Rioch of Derby.
3 Sheffield United end Chelsea's unbeaten sequence with
an Ian Hamilton penalty.
4 Due to wholesale postponements, the Pools Panel is
called into action for the first time since December
1973. Of the matches played, the eagerly awaited Ipswich
v Liverpool clash ends in a 1-0 win for the home learn.
Paul Mariner heads the winning goal. Now, Ipswich are
only one point behind Liverpool with a game in hand ...
Malcolm Macdonald scores his first hat-trick for Arsenal
against his old club, Newcastle in a 5-3 win . . . Kcnny
Burns also gets three in Birmingham's 6-2 victory at
Leicester... A penalty given against Orient for a foul
committed by Derek Clarke is missed by his brother Frank,
the Carlisle striker, but Carlisle win 1-0.
6 Rioch turns down Everton's offer, but manager Bingham
secures the £200,000 transfer of Duncan McKenzie from
Anderlecht.... Following a stormy Cup replay between
Crystal Palace and Brighton at Stamford Bridge, the
seasiders manager, Alan Mullcry, rushes on the pitch and
argues with referee Ron Challis. He also gestures to the
crowd, and talking to the Press blames the referee for
'stealing' the match from Brighton. The controversy
centres around a twice-taken penalty .. .Ted Croker says
that England are in a stronger position in the World Cup
than Italy because our rivals have two more difficult
away games to play.
7 Dave Clement is sent off at Cologne in the 43rd minute,
but the '10-men' QPR hold out, and go into the
Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Cup on a 4-4 aggregate with
the help of an away goal.. . Ipswich continue their
excellent run with a 4-2 win at Birmingham, and are now
on top of the League table with one point to spare ...
Gerry Peyton, Fulham's new goalkeeper from Burnley, is
included in England's Under-21 squad. But Peyton, born in
Birmingham of Southern Irish parents, says that he would
rather play for the Republic of Ireland. 'Over-age'
players, Trevor Francis and Brian Talbot, are in the
squad in order to give Don Revic an idea of iheir
adaptability to international football.
8 Bruce Rioch changes his mind once again and signs for
Everton£200,000 . . . AC Milan and Red Star
Belgrade are eliminated in Ihe UEFA Cup, but favourites
Juventus, Barcelona and Feyenoord survive ... A friendly
against Manchester United raises nearly £8000 for
Newport County ... A Nottinghamshire County Councillor
suggests that football hooligans should be hosed-down
with water jets. The town authorities are concerned about
Chelsea's forthcoming visit. The recent behaviour of the
London club's fans gives reasonable cause for anxiety.
9 David Mills is on the transfer list at Middlesbrough,
and several clubs show interest... Alan Mullery is
charged with 'bringing the game into disrepute' after he
was reported to the FA by referee Ron Challis.
10 lan MacFarlane is sacked at Sunderland. He has been in
full charge between the dismissal of Stokoe and the
appointment of Jimmy Adamson.
11 The Pools Panel operates again as 29 games are
postponed and five abandoned in League and Cup on both
sides of the border. But Liverpool do play and beat QPR.
3-1, which puts them on top of the League again as
Ipswich are without a match ... Andy Gray scores with two
headers in Aston Villa's 3-1 win at Leeds. He now leads
the Div. One scoring list with 15 ... Kettering are the
only non-league side to be sure of a place in Round 3 of
the FA Cup, but Goole and Hitchin earn replays at Wrexham
and S win don respectively.
12 Charlton striker Derek Hales becomes the costliest
player to leave the Second Division as Derby pays an
estimated £280,000 for him. Colin Murphy, Derby's acting
manager, who has been involved in deals worth
half-a-million during the last few days says: 'Whatever
happens about the managerial situation, I am certain that
Hales will be a great asset to Derby'.., John Bond and
Tony Book offer solutions to free soccer from the
vagaries of winter. Book calls for Summer Football with a
complete shut-down during the winter. Bond says that the
entire programme should be postponed when the grounds are
not fit to playwhatever the referee says.
33 The pre-Christmas London transfer spree continues.
Arsenal buy Alan Hudson from Stoke for £200,000, and let
John Radford go to West Ham for £80,000 .. . Alan
Sunderland of Wolves is called into the England squad for
the influenza victim Trevor Francis ... The Third Round
of the FA Cup draw is made once again on a
Mondayholders, Southampton are home to Chelsea, and
league leaders Liverpool meet Crystal Parace at Anfield.
The other ties include five all-First Division clashes..
A late Possee goal gives Orient a 1-1 draw against Notts.
F. at home in the first leg of the Anglo-Scottish Cup
14 The long-rumoured changes at Fulham are announced
officially. Alec Stock quits as manager and refuses to
stay on in an advisory capacity. Tommy Trinder becomes
'Life President', and Guy Libby, a Surrey stockbroker, is
the new Chairman. The Icam, in front of their lowest gate
since the acquisition of Best, beat Blackburn 2-0 ...
Northwich Victoria from the Northern Premier League beat
Peterborough 4^0 in the FA Cup, but Goole fail against
Wrexham in a replay.
15 Liverpool are beaten 5-1 at Aston Villatheir
heaviest League defeat since 1963. All the goals are
scored in the first halftwo of them by Andy Gray,
who now leads Division One with 17 ... In a tough match
Derby draw with Arsenal 0-0a mediocre debut for
Hales. Acting manager Murphy complains about Arsenal's
tactics, and reveals that Derby made an offer to Bill
Shankly to join them in an advisory capacity ...
Nottingham F. beat Orient 4-0 to clinch the
Anglo-Scottish Cup ... In their first ever official
Under-21 international, England draw with Wales 0-0 at
16 Bobby Campbell is promoted into the manager's chair at
Fulham . .Sammy Nelson is suspended for three matches.
18 West Ham defeat Liverpool 2-0the champions'
third defeat in four games. Now they are level on points
with Ipswich on top of the table. . . . Norwich win at
Sunderland, but their recent signing Graham Paddon
suffers a broken leg... Mick Channon scores a hat-trick,
and Duncan McKenzie gets his first goalsone from a
penaltyback in English football... Sam Bolton,
former chairman of Leeds, dies
at the age of 82. He was chairman of the FA Cup Committee
and a Life Member of the FA and Football League.
20 George Best is allowed to carry on playing for
Fulhamhis case is not even discussed at the League
meeting... Gordon Banks will go to the USA and play for
the Miami Tornados . . . Two managers sign long-term
contracts for their clubs. Gordon Jago will stay with
Millwall for at least three years, and Bob Paisley is
assured job security at Liverpool for life.
21 Dixie Deans of Luton is sent off at Bolton, where the
home team's 2-1 win puts them into second place in
Division 2 ... John Newman, manager of Exeter, joins
22 Alan Ball beats the Christmas deadline and joins
Southampton for a £60,000 fee. Lawrie McMenerny says:
'He is a grafter, will do well in the Second Division1.
Ball says: 'Terry Neill wanted new faces at Arsenal. I
chose Southampton because of manager McMenemy' . . .
Chelsea's game at Nottingham against County is switched
to a Friday night in January to avoid crowd trouble on a
Saturday. Alan Hardaker attacks the decision. 'Before
they consulted the League, they, the police, made
statements which implied that we are in a situation when
hooliganism cannot be contained. This decision aggravated
the situation, and will cost money to the clubs.'
24 Mike Summerbee joins Blackpool on a free transfer from
27 Over 900,000 spectators watch the Boxing Day fixtures.
Ipswich, without Mariner, draw at Coventry, and as
Liverpool beat Stoke 4-0, they are back on top of the
table. Dennis Smith is sent off in this match ,.. Willie
Young is dismissed at Tottenham where Arsenal draw 2-2 .
. . David Mills, transfer-listed Middlesbrough striker,
scores a hat-trick in the 3-2 home win over Aston Villa
... Leeds lose at home, and Jimmy Armfield has a
confrontation with his players after the match behind a
closed dressing room door . . . George Armstrong, an
Arsenal pro. for 14 years, walks out on the club. He
refuses to travel with the team because the club won't
grant him a transfer. He says: Terry Neill promised me a
transfer. But he let Ball and Cropley go, and now he says
that the club needs me.' Neill answers: 'The door is
still open. I would like him to reconsider'.
28 Away wins for Bolton and Millwall give these clubs a
lift in the promotion race... Rotherham go on top in
Division 3 ... Franz Beckenbauer is elected 'European
Footballer of the Year' for the second time in his
career. Renscnbrink of Anderlecht is second, and the
Czech goalkeeper Viktor is third. Kevin Keegan is fourth
ahead of Platini of France.
29 The Armstrong dispute is over at Arsenal. For the time
being the veteran winger is staying with the club . . .
Due to bad weather 17 jeague games are postponed, but at
Maine Road, Manchester City draw with Liverpool Joe Royle
gets the opening goal for City, and in the 89th minute a
Callaghan cross is headed by Dave Watson past his own
goalkeeper.. .Chelsea suffer their heaviest defeat of the
season at Luton - 0-4... Newcastle pay £80,000 for
Chesterfield 'keeper, Steve Hardwick. The same club
produced such fine goalkeepers as Gordon Banks, Ray
Middleton, and Alan Stevenson.
30 A New Year's message to the football fraternity from
Don Revie: 'We face two World Cup games, home and away,
against Luxembourg and a possible Wembley decider against
Italy. The task is far from impossible. Our destiny is in
our hands. My own concern is to marry the best of our
domestic game with a realisation that what we produce al
home every Saturday is not ideal for international
competition. At home we give the fans what they want -
football played at 100 miles an hour. We have been bred
on that kind of all-action game and in its own way it
typifies the English game. But at international level I
doubt if this is where we can achieve progress. We need
to slow down and work more at the skilful aspects of our
31 A fresh dispute between the Football League and
Fulham. The Second Division club asks the League to
sanction Best's registration. Certain conditions outlined
by the League seem to discriminate against the
much-travelled player, and would prevent him leaving
Futham before the end of the season. If others are
allowed to go and play in the USA during the English
season, why not Best? asks Fulham.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971