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Date: Sat Jan 02 12:26:29 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Robson won't have to join United to become a true great 
3. Manchester United back in top 20 in rankings  


Daily RED Trivia  Sat 2nd January 1999:

2/1/1905: In Division 2 United hammer Bradford City 7-0 at Bank Street watched by
 10,000 with goals from Tommy Arkesden 2, Charlie Roberts 2, Jack Allan, 
 Jack Peddie and Robinson (og). Team was: Moger, Bonthron, Hayes, Downie, 
 Roberts, Bell, Schofield, Allan, Peddie, Arkesden, Hartwell. 

1988: United win 1-0 at Watford in a Division 1 match watched by 18,038 thanks
 to Brian McClair's 12th League goal of the season. Team was: Turner, Anderson,
 Albiston (Davenport), Bruce, Moran (O'Brien), Duxbury, Robson, Strachan, McClair,
 Whiteside, Gibson.


Barry Daily Comment:
Today's FACUP fixtures

*** ROUND 3 FIXTURES ON 02/01/99 ***

              Aston Villa  v  Hull City
         Blackburn Rovers  v  Charlton Athletic
         Bolton Wanderers  v  Wolverhampton
            Bradford City  v  Grimsby Town
             Bristol City  v  Everton
                     Bury  v  Stockport County
             Cardiff City  v  Yeovil
            Coventry City  v  Macclesfield Town
          Crewe Alexandra  v  Oxford United
           Leicester City  v  Birmingham City
             Lincoln City  v  Sunderland
         Newcastle United  v  Crystal Palace
        Nottingham Forest  v  Portsmouth
          Oldham Athletic  v  Chelsea
          Plymouth Argyle  v  Derby County
      Queens Park Rangers  v  Huddersfield Town
         Rotherham United  v  Bristol Rovers
       Rushden & Diamonds  v  Leeds United
         Sheffield United  v  Notts County
              Southampton  v  Fulham
                Southport  v  Leyton Orient
             Swindon Town  v  Barnsley
        Tottenham Hotspur  v  Watford
          Tranmere Rovers  v  Ipswich Town
          West Ham United  v  Swansea City
                Wimbledon  v  Manchester City
                  Wrexham  v  Scunthorpe United

*** ROUND 3 FIXTURES ON 03/01/99 ***
        Manchester United  v  Middlesbrough
                Port Vale  v  Liverpool
      Sheffield Wednesday  v  Norwich City

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

     3/1  Middlesboro   (H) FA CUP 3rd rnd 16.00 UK
    10/1 West Ham       (H) Sky Sports time 16.00 UK
    16/1 Leicester      (A)  15.00
    31/1 Charlton       (A)  15.00 UK

UNITED Stats v All teams:


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds                    Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlebrough             Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Notts Forest             Home     W  3-0     3    55,216 
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd    v   Inter Milan
 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17


Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: YORKE SET FOR CUP COMEBACK Dwight Yorke will return for Manchester United against Middlesbrough in Sunday's FA Cup third round tie at Old Trafford. Manager Alex Ferguson is delighted his leading scorer has recovered from the groin strain which kept him out for all but an hour of the last five games. With Yorke rejoining Andy Cole in the United attack it looks as though Paul Scholes will drop into midfield to partner Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs. However, Ferguson could spring a surprise and bring in teenager Jonathan Greening for his FA Cup debut. Reserve striker Greening can operate on the right flank. Wes Brown and Philip Neville are in contention for the right-back spot as Ronny Johnsen partners Jaap Stam at the centre of the defence. Team (from): Schmeichel, Brown, Stam, Johnsen, Irwin, Scholes, Butt, Keane, Giggs, Cole, Yorke, P Neville, Sheringham, Blomqvist, Greening, Solskjaer, Berg, van der Gouw. FERGIE - NO REPEAT DEFEAT TO BORO Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson does not believe lightning will strike twice as his Premiership high-fliers go into Sunday's FA Cup third round tie against Middlesbrough. A fortnight ago Bryan Robson took his side to Old Trafford to pull off the shock of the season against his former club by beating United 3-2 - the Teessiders' first win there in 68 years. Ferguson is certain his players will not make the same mistakes again. ''What we learned from the defeat was that the players knew the defensive mistakes they made contributed to the result,'' Ferguson said. ''I think we would have won the match if we hadn't been so careless in our defending but the points have been made and there was good evidence in the second half at Chelsea that we are starting to look a bit more solid. ''I think the players' concentration has to be vital in that area and if that is the case we will have a much better Sunday than the last time we played Boro.'' Striker Dwight Yorke is fit again after missing four of the last five games - one of them the Middlesbrough defeat. ''He (Yorke) has had a fantastic start to his career at Manchester United,'' Ferguson said. ''He is a wonderful player and it's always good to welcome back players like him.'' But David Beckham and Gary Neville are missing, each suspended for picking up five bookings. ''It does simplify things a little with two less bodies to contend with but nonetheless we still have to get a team with balance,'' Ferguson explained. ''But we go into the new year with everybody fit and available except David and Gary.'' It should be a good Cup tie and I'm looking forward to it,'' Ferguson added. ''With Middlesbrough beating us a fortnight ago it gives it a little bit of an edge and with Bryan Robson and Gary Pallister coming back again that adds a bit of something to it as well. I think the players will be ready for it.'' United go into the game after keeping consecutive clean sheets against Nottingham Forest and Chelsea - the first time that has happened since November. Three straight would be a first this season. ''That is the secret of successful teams. It has always been an important factor at our club and hopefully that is going to be obvious in our play in the next few weeks,'' Ferguson said.
Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Robson won't have to join United to become a true great By Ken Lawrence Saturday, January 2, 1999 Bryan Robson is universally regarded as Alex Ferguson's heir-apparent at Old Trafford. But at least one man close to the former England captain is convinced that Robson can create his own managerial legend without needing to return to Manchester United when Ferguson finally steps down. Gordon McQueen, former United centre half and now part of Robson's backup team at Middlesbrough, believes that a dynasty to rival that of Ferguson's in Manchester is already being established by Old Trafford's former Captain Marvel. Robson, having built from the ruins of relegation an even better Boro side than the one which reached two Wembley finals in the season the club slipped back to Division One, recently inflicted a rare Old Trafford defeat on Ferguson in the Premiership and aims to do the same tomorrow in the FA Cup. McQueen said: 'Bryan has that certain quality, that ability to lead by example and not be swayed away from his own judgment. He and Fergie are different sort of people but they have some important things in common. They act decisively, they have self-belief and they have strong convictions about football and life.' He openly admits that he is still part of the professional game only because the sheer power of Robson's conviction. McQueen had virtually retired to a quiet, enjoyable life near the banks of the River Clyde with golf and a little television work as his diversions when he received a telephone call from Robson. In 20 minutes, Robson persuaded McQueen to head south to be part of what seemed to be the ultimate vision of success for a football club. McQueen recalled: 'He rang me and said: "Look, I am going to become new manager of Middlesbrough. We are going to get promotion. We are going to bring in some of the biggest names in world football. We are going to build a new, all-seater stadium, and we are going to have in place the best training ground and training facilities in Europe, if not the world." 'It sounded extraordinary, unbelievable. But I reckoned that if Robbo was saying it would happen, then maybe it just might. And he was not wrong. Everything he said would happen, has happened. I simply hope that he continues on this course with Middlesbrough because, with him in charge, I truly feel the sky is the limit.' Even now, despite the Premier-ship triumph at Old Trafford and a place in the top end of the table, McQueen believes Robson does not get the credit he deserves. McQueen said: 'Despite the success we have had - two promotions to the Premiership, visits to Wembley for cup finals - Bryan still has so many detractors because they think that, because of the money he has had, it has all been too easy. It is true that, thanks to our chairman Steve Gibson, he has been allowed to spend plentifully. But as other managers have shown, having the money doesn't mean having the talent to buy the right players or get the best out of them. 'He has also been criticised for his decision to bring in so many foreigners when Middlesbrough were first promoted, especially the likes of Juninho, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Emerson. 'Because we went down at the end of that season, Robbo was considered to have bought with bad judgment. But, just like Alex Ferguson, Bryan rarely speaks before he thinks. Not only that, he thinks even longer before he acts. 'When people had a go at him, they did not grasp what he was doing. He wanted to bring in as many big names as possible to raise Middlesbrough's profile. He wanted the world to see that we were going to be major players. 'He also explained that even if the experiment did not work, he would always be able to profit from the scheme - and he did. He made at least £5million by selling Juninho to Atletico Madrid; he got his money back on Ravanelli; and he lost a tiny amount on Emerson. 'Having been relegated, he went to work again, this time in a different way. He brought in players who would not only get Boro back into the Premiership but would give them the stability to stay there. 'So now we have people like Brian Deane, Andy Townsend, Dean Gordon and plenty of others. Excellent professionals. We have Paul Gascoigne, who people believed could not change. Well he has. Robbo has seen to that. 'Now we are near the top and looking safe. Now we will see Bryan move into Phase Three. That will involve bringing more glamorous stars. All of it has been part of a strategy our manager has adopted and has stuck to, despite the doubts about his abilities.' No matter the outcome of Middlesbrough's FA Cup visit to Old Trafford, Robson is already proving that he has taken his former employer's advice and gone away to learn his trade as a manager. The only concern for those inside Old Trafford now is that Robson may just have learned his managerial lessons too well to want to desert The Riverside. Another triumph over United in the Cup tomorrow will only deepen that concern.
Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Manchester United back in top 20 in rankings LONDON, Dec 31 - Manchester United returned to the top 20 of the European club rankings list this week thanks to two good performances over Christmas. The 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest followed by a goalless draw away at championship rivals Chelsea took them from 21st to 19th in the table. Porto dropped from 19th to 20th while Wisla Krakow of Poland fell out of the top 20. With only English and Scottish leagues in action over the holiday period, there were few changes in the overall rankings. TOP 20 CLUB RANKINGS (last week's position in brackets) Points (1) 1 Bayern Munich Germany 100.94 (2) 2 Parma Italy 89.53 (3) 3 Olympique Marseille France 88.46 (4) 4 Fiorentina Italy 87.33 (5) 5 Girondins Bordeaux France 86.13 (6) 6 Bayer Leverkusen Germany 84.19 (7) 7 Dynamo Kiev Ukraine 81.93 (8) 8 AS Roma Italy 81.62 (9) 9 Inter Milan Italy 81.08 (10) 10 Lazio Italy 80.92 (11) 11 Real Mallorca Spain 77.41 (12) 12 Rosenborg Trondheim Norway 76.94 (13) 13 Dinamo Bucharest Romania 76.91 (14) 14 Bologna Italy 76.89 (15) 15 AC Milan Italy 76.07 (16) 16 Celta Vigo Spain 73.99 (17) 17 Partizan Belgrade Yugoslavia 73.90 (18) 18 Rapid Bucharest Romania 73.64 (21) 19 Manchester United England 73.03 (19) 20 Porto Portugal 72.75 Worst five rankings (466) 466 Doxa Katokopia Cyprus 17.80 (467) 467 B93 Copenhagen Denmark 16.25 (468) 468 Maccabi Jaffa Israel 11.81 (469) 469 Tyumen Russia 11.65 (470) 470 Hapoel Beit'Shan Israel 9.84 (Computer rankings based on current season's results only, taking into account strength of league, ratio of wins to defeats and ratio of goals scored to goals conceded; bonuses for European club and domestic cup results) Successive wins CSKA Moscow Russia 12 Rijeka Croatia 7 Fenerbahce Turkey 6 Porto Portugal 6 Anorthosis Famagusta Cyprus 5 Dynamo Kiev Ukraine 5 Inter Bratislava Slovakia 5 Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 5 Olympiakos Piraeus Greece 5 Season record: Partizan Belgrade Yugoslavia 15 Unbeaten runs AIK Stockholm Sweden 19 Chelsea England 19 Obilic Belgrade Yugoslavia 17 Partizan Belgrade Yugoslavia 17 Sparta Prague Czech Republic 15 Season record: Molde Norway 21 Successive defeats Doxa Katokopia Cyprus 9 Charlton Athletic England 7 Chaves Portugal 7 Universitatea Cluj Romania 6 Paniliakos Pirgos Greece 5 Zhemchuzhina Sochi Russia 5 Season record: Tyumen Russia 18 Since last win Nottingham Forest England 17 Jaro Jakobstad Finland 15 Kortrijk Belgium 15 Ethnikos Piraeus Greece 14 Lokomotiv Plovdiv Bulgaria 14 Season record: Tyumen Russia 19 Best attacks Goals Games Average Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus) 52 13 4.00 Dinamo Bucharest (Romania) 57 17 3.35 Litex Lovech (Bulgaria) 48 15 3.20 Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus) 41 13 3.15 Rosenborg Trondheim (Norway) 79 26 3.04 Worst attacks Ethnikos Piraeus (Greece) 4 14 0.29 Venezia (Italy) 5 14 0.36 Veria (Greece) 5 14 0.36 Canakkale Dardanelspor (Turkey) 8 17 0.47 Doxa Katokopia (Cyprus) 7 13 0.54 Hapoel Beit'Shan (Israel) 7 13 0.54 Best defences Hapoel Haifa (Israel) 3 13 0.23 Inter Bratislava (Slovakia) 6 15 0.40 Real Mallorca (Spain) 6 15 0.40 Kryvbas Kryviy Rih (Ukraine) 7 15 0.47 Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia) 8 17 0.54 Worst defences Aris Limassol (Cyprus) 44 13 3.38 Hapoel Beit Sh'an (Israel) 40 13 3.08 Sogndal (Norway) 80 26 3.08 Tyumen (Russia) 89 30 2.97 Apollon Athens (Greece) 40 14 2.86 LEADING SCORERS 1 Sigurd Rushfeldt (Rosenborg Trondheim) 27 2 Oleg Veretennikov (Rotor Volgograd) 22 3 Rune Lange (Tromso) 20 4 Jostein Flo (Stromsgodset) 19 Petter Belsvik (Stabaek) 19 6 Arild Stavrum (Helsingborg) 18 7 Ruud Van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven) 17 8 Rikardur Dadason (Viking Stavanger) 16 Ionel Ganea (Gloria Bistrita) 16 Mario Jardel (Porto) 16 Andreas Lund (Molde) 16 GOALS PER GAME IN LEAGUES 1 Cyprus 4.01 2 Norway 3.69 3 Denmark 3.40 4 Israel 3.22 5 Belgium 3.16 6 Netherlands 3.07 7 Romania 3.04 8 Hungary 3.01 9 Yugoslavia 3.00 10 Germany 2.93 11 Greece 2.86 12 Poland 2.85 13 Turkey 2.84 14 Slovenia 2.82 15 Bulgaria 2.81 16 Switzerland 2.80 17 Croatia 2.73 18 Slovakia 2.69 19 Czech Republic 2.67 20 Ukraine 2.64 21 Sweden 2.60 22 Russia 2.57 23 Italy 2.56 24 Finland 2.54 25 Austria 2.51 26 England 2.49 27 Portugal 2.48 28 Scotland 2.43 29 Spain 2.42 30 France 2.41 Main fixtures this weekend Jan 2 Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic FA Cup Jan 3 Manchester United v Middlesbrough FA Cup Jan 3 Rangers v Celtic Scottish League Jan 3 Celta Vigo v Real Oviedo Primera Liga Jan 3 Extramadura v Real Mallorca Primera Liga
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