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|Thirty Years Ago|
As appeared in Rothman's Football Yearbook 1971-72 (2nd year)
The Queene Anne Press, London 1971
Note : The news from thirty years ago has an archive below
1 The Dodgins, father and son, involved in high adventures while successfully saving 100 pound fines facing them for late delivery of their teams. . . Bill junior had to take a taxi the last twenty miles to Torquay U. before handing in the Fulham names. . . Bill senior had a breathless run before a passing motorist went out of his way to take him to Rotherham U. ground. . . John Cormack surprise choice over Alan Gilzean in Scotland squad named for Nations Cup game with Denmark. . .meanwhile Scotland international keeper, Jim Herriott, unable to gain place in Birmingham C's. team, on loan to Mansfield T. . . .
2 Gordon Hill, rated by the players as the best referee in Football League, came back from ban of one match after being interviewed. . .
3 Although Coventry C. beat Bayern Munich 2-1, they went out of Fairs Cup on 7-3 aggregate. . . and Motherwell beat Tottenham H. 5-4 . . . it took extra time before Bristol C. could beat Leicester C. 2-1 in League Cup. . . Hibernian v Rangers Scottish League game postponed owing to pitch being flooded. . . Fred Pickering suspended for fourteen days by Blackpool manager Jimmy Meadows for breaches of club discipline. . .
4 Everton and Moenchengladbach were absolutely level after two games in second round of European Cup. . . so for the first time, the penalty system was brought into use. . . after five players of each side had taken a shot, Everton won 4-3 . . . but in Fairs Cup, Honved beat Newcastle U. 3-0 under same system. . . Chelsea, Manchester C. and Cardiff C. all through in Cup Winners Cup. . . Arsenal beat Sturm Graz by last minute Peter Storey penalty in Fairs Cup. . . Liverpool and Leeds U. also through. . .
5 In draw for Third Round of Fairs Cup. Arsenal at home to Beveren Wass, of Belgium, Leeds U. got Sparta Prague, Liverpool away to Hibernian. . . Matt Tees rejoined Grimsby T., his first club. . . Torquay U. signed Bristol C. reserve goalkeeper Mick Mahoney, whom they had loaned at start of season. . . Arsenal announced profit of 56,000 pounds . . .
6 Cambridge U. paid their highest fee, 5,000 pounds, to Crewe Alex. for Ivan Hollett . . .
7 Jim Furnell, former Arsenal and Liverpool keeper, made debut for Plymouth against Gillingham, won 2-1. . . Ron Davies, Bobby Moore, George Best, Ian Hutchinson, Alun Evans, Billy Bremner, Terry Hennessey and Jimmy Greaves, among fourteen top stars ruled out of the day's league games through injury. . . C. Palace saved a point in last minute against Leeds U. when Gary Sprake dropped a freak shot from full back John Sewell into the net. . . Liverpool bid 100,000 for Cardiff's John Toshack, who had scored eight goals in six games. . .
8 Play in Under-23's international between Austria and Italy halted for four minutes when players started fighting. . . peace restored and [taly won 3 1, at Varese . . . Hungary beat Switzerland 1-0 at Baste; at Brussels, Belgium 1 France 2. . . Atletico Bilbao won 2-1 away to Real Madrid. . .
9 Birmingham C. fined 5,000 pounds by Football League for making an illegal approach to, and employing, coach Willie Bell while he was still on contract to Brighton . . . Players of Bradford Park Avenue in Northern Premier League agreed unanimously to take a 4 pound wage cut to help club. . . C. Palace shocked 45,000 Highbury fans by winning League Cup replay 2-0 . . . Docherty got three in Brentford's 6-4 defeat of York C., highest aggregate of season, to date. . . in draw for First Round Proper of F.A. Cup odd to see name of Aston Villa (away to Torquay U.) and Preston N.E. (home to Chester) . . . Southend U. made a loss of 38,258 pounds, which meant that they were nearly 75,000 pounds in the red. . . C. Palace announce loss of over 197,000 pounds, roughly the amount spent on new players in the summer for their second season in First Division. . .
10 John Toshack said he would sign for Liverpool at 110,000 pounds fee. . . deal delayed because of fault to charter aircraft due to fly him to Liverpool . . . finally completed the following day. . . The four British Football Associations considered, and finally turned down a sponsor bid of 100,000 pounds to 'stage' the home international series in May . . . this followed the rejection by the Football League of the 600,000 pounds bid to take over the Football League Cup . . .over 26,000crowd paid 10,000 pounds in tribute to the loyal service given to Manchester U. by Bill Foulkes . . . nobody really worried at Old Trafford that neighbours, City, won 3-0. . . Australia, on round the world proving tour, beat Israel 1-0 in Tel Aviv. . . Football Association considering dropping the National Anthem when East Germany play at Wembley 'to avoid political embarrassment' . . . public opinion led to the anthem being played. . . Halifax signed Tony Rhodes, reserve Derby Co. centre half. . . Tom McAnearney officially appointed manager of Crewe Alex. (see October 15) . . .
11 With two Brian Kidd goals, England defeated Sweden 20 in Under-23's international at Hull . . . In European Nations Cup Scotland defeated Denmark 1 0, Northern Ireland lost 0 3 to Spain, and Wales drew no score with Rumania. . . two high scoring night league games, Plymouth 4 Shrewsbury T. 4; Crewe Alex. 6 Chester 3 . . . and no player scored more than two goals. . . in F.A. Cup replay Wigan Ath. beat near rivals Skelmersdale 5 0 . . . newly signed Tony Hateley showed annoyance when pulled off eight minutes from the end of goalless draw with Lincoln C. . . . Oxford U. manager Gerry Summers signed three years contract. . . Johnny Speight, creater of 'Till Death Us do Part' elected Chairman of Athenian League Southall . . . Billy Bremner, Leeds U. captain, fined 150 pounds and given suspended sentence by F.A., stated to be heaviest ever imposed on an individual player. . . altogether Bremner has paid out 500 pounds in fines during his career . . . Jimmy Gabriel, sent off and carried off against Leeds U., received no further punishment from F.A. . . . all details settled in the Toshack move. . . Liverpool paid Cardiff C. 110,000 pounds, and Toshack went straight to the Liverpool treatment room. . .
12 Reg Davies, Kings Lynn player-manager, and fonner Newcastle U. and Wales forward, stated he would emigrate at end of season. . . Phil McGovem left Newcastle U. for Ayr U. for 10,000 pounds fee. . . By winning 2-0 at Tranmere, Bristol R. went to top of Third Division. . . Birmingham C. manager Freddie Goodwin described the seven weeks' ban on his player, Gary Pendry, sent off in pre-season friendly, as 'savage' . . . Cambridge blue Roy Cutler left Hitchin for Enfield . . .
14 Although rain poured torrentially all afternoon, 61,000 saw Tottenham H. beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and over 50,000 at Anfield . . . at Highbury (34,503) C. Palace and Arsenal scored within thirty seconds of each other. . . that was final score. . . both Tottenham H. goals came in last two minutes after Marvin Hinton had gone to hospital with leg injury. . . Bobby Moore scored a great goal for West Ham U. . . . then when his clearance knocked out referee J. Lewis, he stopped the game by blowing the official's whistle. . . other end of the crowd story . . . only 6,410 at Millwall v Bolton W. the smallest crowd at the Den since Millwall went back to Second Division five years back. . . spectator Bob Redford achieved personal ambition. . . from his home at Branston, Lincoln, travelled to the Bury match, which meant he had visited all 92 grounds. . . Pop Robson, fined 100 pounds by Newcastle for making public statements about his attitude to the club. . . .
16 Bobby Moore Testimonial match against Celtic, sponsored by Esso, produced approximately 19,000 pounds . . . in Glasgow, Rangers beat Moscow Dynamo 1-0 . . . Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton named as goalkeepers in England squad to meet East Germany at Wembley . . . both Charlton brothers left out, as well as Gordon Banks. . .
17 Watford signed Workington T. captain Dave Butler for 11,000 pounds. . . and Peterborough U. signed 17-year-olds Peter Davitt and David Eldred, first players to graduate through Manager Jim Iley's youth policy. . . Milan goalkeeper Lido Vieri, sent off against Newcastle in Fairs Cup, fined 660 pounds and banned by Italian Soccer Federation from all international matches for three years. . . in European Cup Everton against Panathinaikos, of Athens, and Celtic versus Ajax of Amsterdam. . . in Cup Winners Cup Cardiff C. got the plum with Real Madrid; Manchester C. against Polish Gornik and Chelsea versus Bruges . . .
18 Blackpool advertised in national press for Team Manager-Coach . . . Bobby Moncur, Newcastle U. and Scotland captain, joined committee of Professional Footballers Association, in place of Terry Neill, player-manager of Hull C. . . . Tottenham H. and Manchester U. into the semi-finals of League Cup, at expense of Coventry C. and C. Palace. . . by beating Stoke C. 4-1 Leeds U. opened up four points gap at top of Division One. . . semi-final pairings of League Cup, made on BBC TV after the match at Tot ten ham . . . Fulham or Bristol C. v Tottenham H.. Manchester U. v Bristol R. or Aston Villa. . . Les Rimmer, Shrewsbury secretar; for 19 years, resigned for personal reasons. . .
19 Jimmy Mcllroy resigned as team manager of Bolton W. after only 18 days, 24 hours after John Banks had taken over as Chairman. . . General Manager Nat Lofthouse assumed the team duties. . . note, he did this again in March when Jimmy Meadows resigned. . . Oxford U. signed Nigel Cassidy from Scunthorpe U. for 20,000 pounds. . .
20 Announced that a Hall of Fame would be opened in London next March. . . from Munich came welcome news that full sporting contacts between East and West Germany were to be resumed, after break of eleven years. . .
21 In emergency, and absence of Ron Davies, Jimmy Gabriel played centre forward against Manchester U. . . . and scored the only goal of the match. . . Southern League Barnet blasted bottom of Fourth Division Newport Co. out of F.A. Cup, 6-1 . . . Grantham after winning a replay on the Thursday, beat Stockport Co 2-1 . . . it rubs off you know, for their manager in this historic first defeat of a league side in 90 years, is Terry Bly, hero of Cup runs with Norwich C., Peterborough U. and Coventry C. . . . biggest crowd of 15,965, saw Charlie Crickmore's penalty win for Notts. Co. over Port Vale. . . smallest gate, of 1,600, saw free scorer MacDougall save a draw for Bournemouth at Oxford C. four minutes from end (now see the 25th) . . . Bobby Svarc of Lincoln C., on loan to Barrow, but Lincoln C., not wanting him cup-tied, played him against Barrow, and he scored in the 2-1 victory . . . Roger Hunt did hat trick against Birmingham C. . . . 53,777 saw Liverpool defeat Everton 3-2 in local derby. . . two new boys, Heighway and Toshack scored for Liverpool . . . Chelsea's Alan Hudson made satisfactory return in reserve game after month out with 'shin bone fatigue' . . .
23 Bobby Seith, former Dundee and Rangers coach and Preston N.E. manager, appointed manager of Hearts. . . Billy Lucas came back as manager of Newport Co. for third time, a Football League record. . . player-manager Bobby Ferguson stayed on as player. . . in F.A. Cup replay Crawley 'Butchered' by Chelmsford . . . Butcher scored three in 6-1 win. . .
24 While Hereford, managed by John Charles, were winning an F.A. Cup replay at Northampton, Bristol C., with penalty goal by Sharpe, were by-passing Fulham into the semi-final of the League Cup. . . Ralph Coates, Burnley star, injured in training, out for five weeks with ligament trouble.. . .
25 England defeated East Germany 3-1 at Wembley before 93,000 . . . good performance in first international of season. . . Peter Shilton got his first cap as Gordon Banks by-passed, and Sadler at centre half. . . Sir Alf Ramsey's comment, 'I was very happy. They all played well against good opposition' . . . Aston Villa moved into semi-final of League Cup with 1-0 win over Bristol R., so in 48 hours dreams of an all-Bristol final at Wembley were ended. . . Having earned Bournemouth a reprieve at Oxford, Ted MacDougall, top scorer in the four divisions, celebrated with six goals in 8-1 replay win. . . Alex Dawson rejected terms offered by Brentford with whom he was on loan, and returned to Brighton . . . a penalty took Slough into the F.A. Cup Second Round for the first time in their 80 years' history . . . Adams' spot kick beat Wycombe W. . . .
26 Great quote by Billy Lucas as once again he took on the life-saving job at Newport . . . 'I have been out of football for 18 months. I got to the stage when I could not sleep at night, because I didn't have anything to worry about as I did when a manager!' . . . David Toon, born the year that David Mackay won his first Scottish cap, stood by, at the age of fifteen (he would not be 16 until Jan. 9, 1971) to play for Derby Co. against Nottingham F., but was not needed as Derby Co. won 4-2 . . . Arsenal carried out tests to determine whether their players were colour blind . . . tests okay. . . which brought a newspaper headline 'Arsenal DO See Red' . . . Jimmy McLaughlin, former Irish winger, appointed assistant trainer-coach at Shrewsbury T. . . . Doug Livermore, 25,000 pounds signing by Norwich C. from Liverpool, and Fred Kemp left Southampton for Blackpool at 35,000 pounds fee. . . Jim Barrett, with the unenviable record of having only one kick at the ball in his only international for England, before retiring hurt, died, aged 63 . . .
28 Gaining their first away win since March 15, 1969, Charlton Ath. shattered Q.P.R. with three first half goals. . . ended 4-1 . . . George Graham went on as second half substitute against Liverpool at Highbury, scored one of the two winning goals. . . Bobby Tambling went off after 62 minutes against Wolverhampton W. at Selhurst, and was out for next five months with hamstring trouble. . . at one time Burnley had only nine men on the field against Newcastle U. . . . Merrington and Dobson injured in collision. . .
29 Dutch First Division team AZ67 obviously didn't know their A-Z of football . . .lost 8-1 to Ajax . . . all clubs trained by English managers in Spain and Portugal lost their league games. . .
30 Hinted that Aston Villa might make a 70,000 pound bid for David Watson, Rotherham U. centre half turned striker. . . Later of course he signed on 100,000 pounds for Sunder]and . . . Malcolm Allison, assistant manager at Manchester C., warned by Board members not to take sides in the struggle for take-over power. . . F.A. announced that each of the 1971 Cup Finalists will receive 20,000 tickets, an increase from 16,000 each. . . Roy McFarland and Derek Parkin dropped out of England Under-23's to meet Wales. . .
|Bob Dunning 8 January 2005||
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