are they now?
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
see May 1970-71
As appeared in
Rothman's Football Yearbook 1977-78 (8th year)
MacDonald and Jane's,
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
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
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 televisedlive 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
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
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
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.
See Calendar 1970 and Calendar 1971