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May 1977

As appeared in Rothman's Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year)

MacDonald and Jane's, London 1977.


All the promotion and relegation issues are settled ... Liverpool win the League and the European Cup ... Manchester United win the FA Cup ... England beat Northern Ireland, but lose to Wales ... Emlyn Hughes is Footballer of the Year.

1 Tommy Docherty signs a new three-year contract for Manchester U. . . . Bob Paisley says that 'teams of referees and linesmen' should be kept together for a season, so they could develop some understanding . . . Austria beat Malta 9-0, the biggest World Cup win in the European zone so far.

2 Mansfield are in Division 2 after a 46 years' absence. They beat Portsmouth 2-0 to ensure promotion. On the debit side, defender Barry Foster is carried off with a broken right leg... Alan Thompson is the new player/manager of Stockport. .. The League order both FA Cup Finalists Liverpool and Manchester U. to play postponed matches on May 16 - the Monday before the Final. The decision angers Docherty . . . Franz Beckenbauer will definitely play for 'Cosmos' in New York next season. He signs a contract said to be worth over one-and-a-half million dollars.

3 Liverpool beat Manchester U. 1-0 with a Keegan goal - a pale dress rehearsal for the Cup Final. Tommy Docherty says: 'From a selfish point of view, this was a good result for us because it virtually means that win or lose at Wembley we shall be in Europe next season' ... A night of joy at Brighton. In front of over 30,000 people they beat Sheffield W. and, in Alan Mullery's first season as manager, clinch promotion to Division 2 ... Palace keep their own slender hopes alive by beating Wrexham 2-1.

4 Liverpool pay 100,000 for 21-year-old Alan Hansen of Partick Thistle . .. Juventus defender Tardelli scores the only goal of the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final in Turin ... Portsmouth suspend manager lan St. John and give the job to Jimmy Dickenson, who played a record 764 games for them and has been with the club in various capacities for 37 years .. . Billericay clinch the FA Vase at Nottingham in the replay against Sheffield.

5 Willie Ormond resigns his job as Scottish national team manager. He is taking over Hearts, the club recently relegated from the Premier Division.

7 The 'anti-hooligans' all-ticket schemes don't work! Several hundred Chelsea supporters buy black-market tickets for the away match with Wolves, and the after-match clashes outside the ground result in 111 arrests and over a dozen hospital cases. Similar scenes mar the Bristol C. v Manchester U. game ... On the field, under happier circumstances, Wolves and Chelsea draw 1-1, thus ensuring the title for the home team and promotion for the visitors ... At Bristol, Stewart Houston is taken off with a fractured leg. Sammy Mcllroy and Gerry Gow are sent-ofF. . .Tommy Docherty blames Norman Hunter for the ill temper of the match . . . Bobby Moore says farewell to London with a 6-1 victory over Orient. Other relegation and promotion issues decided. York are relegated for the second year running, Hereford and Plymouth are definitely down. Wrexham need one point from two games to reach the Second Division . .. Celtic complete the 'double' in Scotland with a 1-0 Cup win over Rangers. Joe Lynch scores from the penalty spot.

9 West Ham put five established players on the transfer list, including U-23 internationals Tommy Taylor and Kevin Lock.

10 Ron Saunders makes a verbal attack on Trevor Francis following Birmingham's 2-1 win over Aston Villa. 'Francis continually conned the referee. He got Leighton Phillips sent-off, and forced a penalty decision which was a joke. If Brian Little would get as much protection from referees, he would be the world's best striker.' Joe Gallacher of Birmingham was also sent off by ref. Peter Reeves . . . Liverpool grab a point at Coventry and need only one more to make sure of the title . .. Worcester City lose their unbeaten record. In the last match of the season Barry defeat them 3-1 in Division 1(N) of the Southern League. . . Noel Cant well resigns at Peterborough; coach John Barnwell takes over.

11 Hamburg SV win the Cup-Winners' Cup with two late goals against holders Anderlecht . . . Crystal Palace win 4-2 at Wrexham after the home team equalize a two-goal deficit. But as the home fans celebrate promotion, Palace score twice more in the last 90 seconds! Terry Venables says: 'It was the most dramatic game I have ever been involved with'. Now Wrexham must beat Mansfield in their last game to be promoted otherwise Palace will go up ... Derby beat QPR but lose Leighton James, who is sent off for arguing with a linesman .. . Wimbledon boost their chance of Football League stakes by whining the Southern League for the third year in succession.

12 Fury at both interested camps as the FA announce that the Cup Final replay -if necessary - will be played on June 27. Bob Paisley says: 'I am not intellectual enough to find words to express my disgust at this stupidity. It is cruelty. The FA are taking blood from the fans and the players. They do not think we are human.' Tommy Docherty: 'We will have to take pur holidays on the Costa del Stretford. As far as I am concerned, Manchester United come first and international matches second.' It is noted that since the war only one Cup Final needed a replay.

13 Crystal Palace win the FA Youth Cup for the first time. They beat Everton in the second leg of the Final 1-0 through a goal by Terry Fenwick.

14 A very eventful last full Saturday in the Football League. Liverpool clinch the championship - the first club to do so in consecutive seasons since Wolves in 1959 ... Tottenham are relegated after a 27-year stay in the First Division. There is a demonstration of support at White Hart Lane, and assistant manager, Pat Welton says: 'We shall do everything in our power to get back as soon as possible' ... A similar demonstration ruins Chelsea's promotion celebration party at Stamford Bridge. Several thousands of the 43,783 crowd invade the pitch. The game is halted for ten minutes and referee Robinson of Norwich threatens to abandon it. Eddie McCreadie pleads with the fans through a loudspeaker and the game ends 4-0. Afterwards Chairman Brian Mears says that next season the fans wfll be 'fenced in' and half-price concessions will be withdrawn.. . Bolton lose at home to Wolves, so Notts. Forest celebrate their promotion while on holiday in Spain ... Crystal ' Palace are also promoted without kicking a ball, as Wrexham lose at home to Mansfield ... Seven players are sent off, including Charlie George, Bob Latchford, and the young Ipswich mid-fielder, John Wark.

16 West Ham haul themselves to safety in an excellent match against Cup Finalists Manchester United. Hill scores for the visitors in 25 seconds, but Lampard equalizes on the hour. Two goals by Bryan Robspn and one by Pike answered only by Pearson for a 4-2 final score ... Bristol City also win against Liverpool, but Stoke are beaten and relegated ... A Givens goal against Ipswich gives the necessary points total to Q.P.R. to stay in Division 1.

17 Aberdeen manager Ally McLeod is named as successor to Willie Ormond as Scotland's team manager... Orient manage to grab a life saving home point against Hull - Carlisle is the club relegated from Division 2 alongside Hereford and Plymouth.... A Glasgow Select beat a Football League team 2-1 in a lacklustre 'Jubilee' match at Glasgow.

18 Tony Aveyard, Scarborough, dies from injuries received in a match a couple of days ago. The 22-year-old player was in the team which won the FA Trophy last Saturday at Wembley ... A Bettega goal gives Juventus the UEFA Cup. They lose 2-1 at Bilbao but win on the away goals rule. The same device robbed them of the Fairs Cup against Leeds a few years ago.

19 Emlyn Hughes is presented with the 'Footballer of the Year' trophy at the annual dinner of the F.W.A. by Helmut Schoen, the West German national team manager ... The Coventry v Bristol C. game kicks off five minutes late, and with the score 2-2, the scoreboard announces that Sunderland were beaten 2-0 at Everton. Consequently the players are satisfied with the draw, which keeps both sides in the First Division. Sunderland are relegated and manager Jimmy Adamson confesses to be deeply disappointed ... John Neal takes over at Middlesbrough as manager with Arfon Griffiths stepping into his place at Wrexham.

20 David Fairclough is not in Liverpool's squad for the FA Cup Final. Johnson is centre-forward and lan Callaghan is the sub. Martin Buchan has recovered from injury and United line up their strongest side, bar leg-break victim Stewart Houston at left full-back.

21 In one of the best Cup Finals for years, Manchester United make amends for last year's fiasco. They beat Liverpool 2-1 with all the goals coming in a five minute spell in the second half. Pearson's low shot beats Clemence then Case equalizes. But two minutes later a Macari drive is deflected by Jimmy Greenhoff into the Liverpool goal. It is the first time that Tommy Docherty has won at Wembley either as a player or manager, and it is United's fourth FA Cup victory - the last one was in 1963 ... While Liverpool are beaten, their European Cup opponents, Moenchengladbach, clinch the W. German championship.

23 Jimmy Bloornfield leaves Leicester. Frank McLintock plays his last game for Rangers and is tipped to take over from Bloomfield . . . Dave Clement withdraws from the England squad, and is replaced by Liverpool's Phil Neal... England fail to qualify for the UEFA Youth Tournament's semi-finals ... "The Football League to look into the events surrounding last week's crucial relegation match between Coventry and Bristol City,' writes the Daily Express... It is reported that Southport need 40,000 before June 3, otherwise they might have to go into liquidation . . . ITV refuse an offer to televise highlights of England's two tour matches. Only the Argentina match will be televised—live on BBC.

24 Liverpool will field the side that finished the FA Cup Final on Saturday, against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome . . . Andy Gray is out of the Scotland squad due to injury . . . lan Callaghan turns down an offer to manage West Bromwich Albion.

25 Liverpool win the European Cup by beating Moenchengladbach 3-1! Terry McDermott scores in the first half, but Simonsen equalizes after the break. A sensational Clemence save foils Stielike, and Tommy Smith heads home a Heighway corner kick. Keegan, who has the upper hand over Vogts, is brought down in the area by the German skipper, and Neal completes an exceptionally good night's work for the champions. It is only the second time that an English side has won this trophy... George Eastham is officially appointed as Stoke manager... Southampton pay 35,000 for Barnsley centre-half Michael Pickering.

26 Maurice Evans is the new Reading boss ... At Liverpool an estimated crowd of half-a-million people give a tremendous reception to the team.

27 Tommy Smith collects 35,000 in his testimonial match at Anfield . . . Southend pay 15,000 for Alan Foggon of Sunderland.

28 The Home Championship opens with a 2-1 win for England in Belfast. McGrath scores for the home team early on, but Channon equalizes before half-time. Tueart gets the winner, converting a pass by newly capped Talbot ... At Wrexham the Wales y Scotland World Cup dress rehearsal ends 0-0 . . . Hungary beat Greece and finish on top of Group 9 of the European section of the World Cup ... Tommy Smith agrees to continue playing for Liverpool for a further two years.

30 John Toshack will have an operation on an Achilles tendon injury . . . Four Liverpool players are recalled by Don Revie for the match against Wales, including skipper Keegan, who is certain to join Hamburg SV shortly.

31 England are beaten by Wales at Wembley! Leighton James scores the only goal of the match from a penalty. It is the first victory for Wales on English soil for 42 years.


1967 January-December
1969 August-December
1970 January-June

1970 July August September October November December
1971 January February March April May June

1971 July August September October November December
1972 January February March April May June

1972 July August September October November December
1973 January February March April May June

1973 July August September October November December
1974 January February March April May June

1974 July August September October November December
1975 January February March April May June

1975 July August September October November December
1976 January February March April May June

1976 July August September October November December
1977 January February March April May June


1977 July August September October November December
1978 January February March April May June

See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971

Bob Dunning
11 April 2007

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