are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see January 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year)
MacDonald and Jane's,
decimates the League programme . . . Colin Murphy
confirmed as Derby manager... Billy Bingham sacked at
Everton... Gerry Francis back after injury . . . Alan
Hardaker will retire on July 31... Gordon Lee takes over
1 The New Year's Day League programme is decimated by
postponements - for the third time this season the Pools
Panel is in action ... On the field, Liverpool increase
their lead to four points by beating Sunderland 2-0.
Tottenham beat West Ham 2-1 and the revived Manchester U.
defeat Aston Villa 2-0 with goals by rVarson. Chelsea
score their biggest victory for years - 5-1 against
3 Yet again postponements cripple the Bank Holiday League
programme. The backlog of matches is now larger than it
was in 1963 when the season had to be extended a month
... But Ipswich manage to play on an icy pitch, and beat
Manchester U. 2-1, strengthening their championship bid
... Sunderland lose again - their seventh consecutive
defeat . . . Fulham are beaten by Bolton at Craven
Cottage-their fourth defeat during the holiday period.
4 George Best is charged with 'bringing the game into
disrepute'. He was reported by referee, John Homewood for
events which occurred in the tunnel after the Chelsea v
Fulham match. Best says: 'I am on the wrong end of a
vendetta' ... Pat Crerand quits Northampton after only
five months Ln management... lan Scanlon, dropped by
Notts Co., goes to Scotland without the club's
permission. Manager Fenton says: 'If and when he returns,
he will be heavily fined and suspended' . . . Alan
Hardaker promises full co-operation to Don Revie in
finishing the League programme in time for England's
South American tour.
5 Northampton Town will be run by a six-strong committee,
including the chairman, the coach and the club skipper.
Chairman Neville Ronson says: 'It would lake eight or ten
matches for a new manager to put things right. That might
be too late to pull away from the relegation zone. The
players have claimed in the past that they have not had
sufficient say in the selection and tactics. So this is
their chance to prove their point'.
6 Colin Murphy is given the job of manager at Derby.
According to director Hardy, no-one was approached and
Murphy has done weil during his spell as caretaker
manager . . . Alan Hardaker lashes Fulham in connection
with the 'Best case'. In a statement he implies that
there is a secret agreement between Fulham and an
American club for Best to return to the States before the
end of the English season . . . Willie Young is banned
for three matches by the FA, and Dave Clement is
suspended for four matches by UEFA.
8 Fourteen home wins, five aways, and 13 draws in the
Third Round of the FA Cup. Wimbledon draw at home against
Middlesbrough, and Jackie Charlton accuses the Southern
League club of deliberately neglecting the pitch: 'We
couldn't play football today, the replay will show
whether Wimbledon are able to play-little or not.'
Northwich Victoria reach Round Four for the first time
since 1884, but Kettering fail at home against Colchester
and Matlock are beaten at Carlisle .. . Benny Fenton is
back in football as the secretary of Charlton . . . Gerry
Francis plays his first game of the season and comes
through the friendly at Bath without ill-effect.
10 Billy Bingham is sacked at Everton with 18 months of
his five year contract to run. The club is in the
semi-final of the League Cup, and with new costly
signings, Rioch and McKenzie, beat Stoke in the FA Cup
2-0 on Saturday. Steve Burtenshaw, the coach, is taking
over as caretaker boss.
11 Liverpool go a goal down at Palace, but eventually win
3-2 in an FA Cup replay. 42,664 people pay £30,994 to
watch the tie - a record for the Third Division club...
Middlesbrough beat Wimbledon by a Dave Armstrong penalty.
Swindon defeat Fulham 5-0, and their manager Danny
Williams says: 'Fulham have good players, but when they
haven't got the ball, they don't work. It's no good
having luxury players who don't work hard' ... In the
league QPR win the London relegation derby against Spurs
2-1 ... Alan Mullary is fined £100 for bringing the game
into disrepute, and Andy Gray has to pay £75 for the
same offence .
. . Liverpool are paired with last year's finalists St.
Etienne in the European Cup draw, Southampton will play
holders AnderleCht in the Cup-Winners' Cup, and QPR face
12 Jimmy Rimmer at Arsenal and Kenny Burns of Birmingham
want transfers, but they won't be released, until a
'suitable replacement is found'
13 Jim Whalley, a former League referee, sues the
Football League for damages. He was dropped from the list
and he claims it was contrary to natural justice. Alan
Hardaker says that he was removed because his marks were
low. During the High Court trial Peter Rhodes, a former
referee, alleges that clubs try to corrupt referees oy
offering them a high rating if they do not report their
players . . . Rothmans announce that they will not
sponsor football from next season . . . John Craven joins
Plymouth from Coventry for £20,000 - goalkeeper Milija
Aleksic leaves for same amount from the 'Pilgrims' and
signs for Luton.
15 Bad weather provides the Pools Panel with another
active Saturday and increases the number of postponed
matches. But Ipswich do play and win 2-0 a home against
managerless Everton. Liverpool drop a point at home to
West Ham. Another defeat for Sunderland - they haven't
collected a point or scored a League goal since Jimmy
Adamson took over as manager . . . An extraordinary
scuffle between team-mates Buchan and Gordon Hill is the
main feature of the Manchester U. v Coventry match.
United win 2-0 with goals by Macari. Hill says: 'Martin
hit me when the Coventry attack got past us. They expect
me to score goals and then drop back and pick up people.
I am the world's worst defender. Still, there is no hard
feeling between us - it all happened in the heat of the
16 The League Management Committee confirms that Alan
Hardaker will become chief executive officer and company
secretary for the Football League on August 1 -the day
after he retires as secretary. George Readale becomes
secretary with Graham Kelly as deputy and Norman Graham
as assistant . . . On a more informal note it is also
stated that Phil Woosnam, officer of the American Soccer
League has had discussions with English officials
concerning the release and transfer of players between
the two Leagues. Hardaker says: 'The talks have been most
beneficial for both sides of the Atlantic. The League are
concerned about the growing intervention of agents acting
on players' behalf.'
17 Jimmy Secular resigns at Newport - Colin Anderson is
to take over ... The Home Secretary accepts a three-point
plan from the FA to curb hooliganism. The plan calls for
a ban on sales of alcohol on trains and coaches, and
stiffer penalties for offenders. The FA also wish to make
more use of 'attendance centres'. Offenders would have to
report every Saturday afternoon for a specified time. 'It
would take them away from matches at the crucial time and
make them do something worthwhile' says Ted Croker.
18 Both Trevor Francis and Malcolm Macdonald score
hat-tricks in the Birmingham v Arsenal league match -
3-3! This was the first Division One match in which a
hat-trick was scored for each side since April 4 1964
when Cliff Jones (Spurs) and Gerry Baker (Ipswich) did so
at White Hart Lane. Tottenham won 6-3 ... A McKenzie goal
is equalized by Bolton's Neil Whatmore in the first leg
of the League Cup semi-final at Goodison. The 54,032
crowd see a disappointing 1-1 draw ... Nottingham F. beat
Bristol R. 6-0 in the Cup. Clough says: 'Justice was well
served because we must have missed 16 goals in the first
19 Derby clinch a place in Round Four of the Cup with a
3-2 win over Blackpool. Derek Hales scores his first goal
for the Midlanders ... Millwall buys Roger Cross from
Brentford for £8000 . . . Tommy Docherty complains about
Bristol City's strong-arm tactips at Old Trafford. He
blames referees for not clamping down on rough play.
United win 2-1 and Docherty reasons: 'The only time you
can comment on the game constructively is when you won'..
. On the same day the newspapers carry an advertisement
for a National Training Officer for referees . . . Fulham
goalkeeper Gerry Peyton, who turned down a chance to play
for England U-21, is in Eire's squad against Spain - he
is eligible on parental qualification to play for Ireland
. . . The FIFA News reports that the first World Cup
match played on artificial turf was that between Canada
and the USA in Vancouver on 24.9.76. The return match was
played on October 20 1976 in the Kingdome, Seattle,
indoors - also a World Cup first!
21 The case against the Football League brought by
demoted referee Jim Whalley is dismissed. Jack Taylor
says that there is no corruption concerning referees in
English football. . . Colchester, the only team left with
a 100 % home record this season, are beaten 1-0 by
Cambridge at home.
22 An excellent day for Manchester C. While they beat
Leicester 5-0, championship rivals Ipswich and Liverpool
lose. Brian Kidd scores four times for City - his best
ever haul in top-class football . . . Tottenham end the
16-match Ipswich sequence with a goal by Peter Taylor ...
Norwich's ex-Spurs boys, Peters and Neighbour get a goal
each in their 2-1 win over Liverpool... Sunderland get a
point, but the goal famine continues - 0-0 v Stoke . . .
Derek Hales opens his League account for Derby with two
goals against Newcastle ... QPR win their first away game
of the season at Everton, where the crowd demonstrate
against the management ... Notts Co. win 5-2 at Millwall
to continue an unusual sequence - their striker Mick
Vinter scores a hat-trick. He has scored 12 goals this
season - all of them on away grounds! Millwall also won
their last four away fixtures, but haven't won at the Den
since November 13.
24 Andy Davidson, Hull's assistant manager, needs a
police escort at the end of the end of the match at
Luton. Hull lead 1-0 until the last five minutes, but
Aston equalizes and Husband gets the winner for the home
team. Davidson was involved with verbal arguments with
the fans behind the Hull bench ... It is reported that
both Cruyff and Neeskens will be released by Barcelona to
play for Holland at Wembley.
25 QPR might move to Wembley Stadium for their UEFA Cup
tie against AEK. They could expect a bigger crowd there
and the pitch is more suitable to their style of
football. In the meantime the League Cup semi-final has,
to be postponed once again because of the waterlogged
state of the Loftus Road pitch ... George Armstrong's
proposed transfer to Brighton comes to nothing . . .
Chelsea announce dearer entrance fees from the next
League match to help their economic plight. Standing room
for adults will be £1.
26 Keith Robson of West Ham is fined £600 in an East
London Magistrate's Court for various motoring offences.
He is told that if he breaks the law again, he will
receive a prison sentence. At the hearing, Ron Greenwood
pleads for his player, saying that Robson was merely a
'silly boy' who couldn't resist the temptations of living
in London . . . Italy beat Belgium 2-1 in a friendly with
several new faces in the team - goals by Graziani,
Claudio Sara, and Christian Piot from a penalty ... A
circular from PFA Secretary Cliff Lloyd goes to his
members - the players -warning them that they could be
sued in civil court for injury caused by deliberate
fouls. In fact, the players themselves declare war on
doggers, and point an accusing finger at managers who
instruct their players to go outside the laws of the
29 Last minute dramas in the FA Cup Fourth Round at
Ipswich, Chester, Colchester; and Cardiff... Ipswich
equalize against Wolves with the last kick of the game,
and so does Colchester against Derby ... At Cardiff,
Wrexham make the score 2-2 seconds before the final
whistle, and then John Buchanan scores for the home team
straight from the move following the kick-off- 3-2! ...
Crowd trouble stops the game at Newcastle for eight
minutes, where Manchester City win 3-1. The 'other'
Manchester team beat QPR 1-0 at icy Old Trafford with a
Lou Macari goal . .. Arsenal are the only London club to
reach the last 16, with a fairly comfortable 3-1 win over
Coventry .. . Non-league club Northwich Victoria lose to
Oldham at Maine Road, but Third Division Port Vale and
Chester are definitely through.
30 Gordon Lee is the new manager of Everton. With 18
months of his contract still to go at Newcastle, Lee
decides that it would be beneficial to move nearer to his
children who are educated in Lancashire . . . Gerry
Francis of QPR is ready to resume his football career
after a long lay-off with back injury.
31 George Best is fined £75 for 'bringing the game into
disrepute'. As his 'gesture' at referee John Homewood
after the Chelsea v Fulham match was made in the tunnel,
out of sight of the crowd, the Committee felt that
leniency was the best remedy ... Trevor Francis and Brian
Talbot are the only uncapped players in the England squad
for the Holland match. Paul Madeley is omitted because he
has been unfit too often when selected.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971