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Date: Wed Feb 03 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Survey #35 Results
2. Charlton Diary from Kerry
4. Takeover Developments
5. Fergie honoured by City (no, not that one!)


Daily RED Trivia  Wed 3rd February 1999:

3/2/1900: Gilbert Godsmark made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday. Godsmark was
 a dashing Forward who made 9 appearances and scored 4 goals before being called
 up for the Boer War, and he was killed in action in South Africa in February 1901.

1969: United win 2-0 at Watford in an FA Cup 4th Round replay watched by 34,000.
 Denis Law scored both goals. Team was: Stepney, Fitzpatrick, Dunne, Crerand,


Barry Daily Comment:

TODAY! Derby (H)  20.00 -  "LIVE" real audio on the net:

PS: I heard the whole Arsenal team was suspended from scoring goals?

Pos Team                 P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
1  Manchester United    23  12   8   3  50  26   24   44  Goals/game 2.17!!!
4  Arsenal              23  11   9   3  24  11   13   42  Goals/game 1.0434782
19 Charlton Athletic    23   3   8  12  26  37  -11   17  About the same as Arse

Previous News:
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Today!  Derby     (H)  20.00
6  Nottm Forest   (A)  15.00
14 Fulham         (H)  14.00  FAC 5th round 
17 Arsenal        (H)  20.00 
20 Coventry       (A)  15.00
27 Southampton    (H)  15.00

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 United             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    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043

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

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    23  12   8   3  50  26   24   44
 2  Chelsea              23  11  10   2  34  19   15   43
 3  Aston Villa          23  12   7   4  35  22   13   43
 4  Arsenal              23  11   9   3  24  11   13   42
 5  Leeds United         23   9   9   5  36  23   13   36
 6  Liverpool            23  10   5   8  44  28   16   35
 7  Wimbledon            23   9   8   6  29  33   -4   35
 8  Derby County         23   8  10   5  23  20    3   34
 9  West Ham United      23   9   6   8  25  31   -6   33
10  Middlesbrough        23   7  11   5  32  28    4   32
11  Leicester City       23   7   9   7  25  27   -2   30
12  Tottenham Hotspur    23   7   9   7  29  31   -2   30
13  Newcastle United     23   7   7   9  28  32   -4   28
14  Sheffield Wednesday  23   7   5  11  25  23    2   26
15  Everton              23   5   9   9  13  25  -12   24
16  Coventry City        23   6   5  12  23  32   -9   23
17  Blackburn Rovers     23   5   7  11  22  30   -8   22
18  Southampton          23   5   5  13  23  46  -23   20
19  Charlton Athletic    23   3   8  12  26  37  -11   17
20  Nottingham Forest    23   3   7  13  19  41  -22   16

*** FIXTURES ON 03/02/99 ***
   Manchester United  v  Derby County

*** FIXTURES ON 06/02/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Blackburn Rovers
             Chelsea  v  Southampton
        Leeds United  v  Newcastle United
      Leicester City  v  Sheffield Wednesday
           Liverpool  v  Middlesbrough
   Nottingham Forest  v  Manchester United
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Coventry City
     West Ham United  v  Arsenal

*** FIXTURES ON 07/02/99 ***
        Derby County  v  Everton

Leading English premier league scorers 
 13 - Michael Owen (Liverpool) 
 12 - Dion Dublin (Aston Villa, 3 for Coventry), Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) 
 10 - Andy Cole (Manchester United), Hamilton Ricard (Middlesbrough), 
      Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United)


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Subject: Survey #35 Results ******************************** Survey #35 Results: Do you consider the FA Cup to be less important than the Premier League and European Cup? Yes: 115 65.0% No: 62 35.0% Total: 177 Comment: Clearly The FA Cup comes last on the Treble List. European Cup Premier FaC in that order I say! ******************************** THIS WEEK'S Controversial Question #36: Who is the better midfielder, Keane or Zidane? Bill's comment: not that we'll be losing Keano or anything, just gathering some opinions that's all! :))))))))))) There's only ONE Keano!! Vote here: http://www.red11.org/miva/survey.mv We also have a survey about Sam Haywards Background/Wallpaper Pics: Please vote for your favorite background design: (this page shows all the backgrounds at once, fast loading) http://www.red11.org/miva/survey_wallpaper.mv Bill McArthur "There's only ONE United - Manchester United!"
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Subject: Charlton Diary from Kerry What with Charlton being just down the road from me, everyone decided that it was down to me to sort out the pre-match drinking facilities. Being the culture vulture that I am, I decided to opt for Greenwich - only about 2/3 miles from the ground, and full of decent watering holes to satisfy the liver. However, I had failed to take into account the fact that BR might decide to do some engineering works on the line, despite the fact United were playing Charlton and there may perhaps just be a slight demand for the service that day. And so it came to be that rather than brave travelling by a series of buses, I gave my mum a ring and got a lift straight to the pub in 20 minutes (cheers mum!). The pub was reached at 12 on the dot, and myself, Barney & Phil managed to be the first ones in there, which I am sure says something about us, although I am not sure if it is too good! Anyway, Steinlager was available for the bargain price of œ1 a bottle which facilitated what was to become rather a good session. Gradually more and more Reds arrived, and by 2pm the place was full of about 70/80 of us, mostly taking advantage of the cheap bottles on offer! Barney was readying himself to leave for the ground at this stage, which we thought was a bit odd, until we managed to persuade him that it was in fact a 4pm kick off, not 3! This feat was finally achieved after asking everyone within ear shot, and exhibiting 3 tickets that showed the kick off time as 4pm. More drinks were duly ordered to toast this ÈsuccessÉ and by the time we came to leave, there was a very ÈhappyÉ bunch making their way to the ground. A few of us decided to walk it as it was Èonly up the roadÉ and so we set off. We were being led in our journey by Phil who decided that we just had to stop in every pub along the way to have a quick drink, so by the time we arrived at the ground (just after kick off I think!) I was a little inebriated. My seat wasnÉt actually too bad, but then for œ25 it shouldnÉt be, especially when Southampton fans paid œ18 for exactly the same section. Rather bizarre was the sight of the whole United section stood for the entire 90 minutes except for one block next to us! The fact that we did not recognise a single person in that section coupled with their apathy to what was going on around them made it quite obvious that this was a section that had been allocated to the execs. Just why do they bother? Onto the game - well, it occured! It wasnÉt the finest feast of football youÉve ever seen by a long shot - although we dominated possession, we couldnÉt seem to do anything with it, and as a result had very few chances. Nicky Butt scared a few people towards the back of the stand behind the goal, and was unlucky to drive just wide with another effort, while GiggsÉ volleyed effort was kept out well by Royce, but apart from that we created little. It seems that Ryan Giggs needs to spend several weeks just practicing passing the ball to players in the same coloured shirt, as this task seems well beyond him at the moment. However, just as in the Liverpool game the week before, a last minute goal was enough to seal victory. A lofted ball from Scholes was met not so much powerfully, but with precision by Dwight Yorke who guided the ball delicately into the corner of the net. Cue madness on the terraces - well, that is if you were in the ground at the time, eh Mick & Rich!? After the severe stick I got from leaving early at Leicester and missing Yorkes hat-trick goal and StamÉs effort, it was very good to hear of their plight, especially as it occured just 2 weeks later! Retribution indeed! Anyway, it was a happy bunch that left the ground having seen another last gasp clincher, and we all felt that it would be rude not to celebrate this victory with a few ales. As luck would have it, there was a pub on the corner by the ground, open, and full of Reds. One Arsenal fan (?) was sitting in the pub with his mate for some unknown reason, which brought forth several choruses of Èone Arsne WengerÉ and hastened his departure somewhat. A few beers and a bit of a sing-song later, and it was time to head back into town. By this stage, I was a little the worse for wear, as IÉm sure those present will testify, so after this it is all a little hazy. The train journey was quite good fun, full of Reds receiving rather strange looks from ÈnormalÉ people going about their daily business and quite shocked to have it interupted by a group of drunken Reds! We arrived back at Charing Cross and headed off for a final pub. I managed to fall asleep in this pub, so couldnÉt verify anything that went on at this stage! I eventually awoke, and thought I was still in Charlton, before leaping into action and rushing home to get back in time for the Super Bowl. Despite the fact there were still tubes and trains running that would have got me home in about 30 minutes, I decided to get a night bus. I seem to remember waiting an absolute age for mine to turn up, which eventually it did. I now know the reason that I had to wait for so long was the fact that when I got to Trafalger Square, it was at least an hour until the night buses started running, which explains my wait! An uneventful journey home was mostly spent sleeping before the kind person next to me that I had asked to wake me Èif I happened to fall asleepÉ did just that and woke me. Upon arrival back at home, I started to watch the Super Bowl, and the next thing I knew it was 5am, I was still dressed and on the sofa downstairs! Needless to say, work at 9am was not a place that I wanted to be, and it was a rather ill looking and feeling person that trudged in the next day. A Euro Away style session on a Sunday is not something I intend to repeat, well, not until the next one anyway... Cheers Kerry
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Subject: UNITED WARN FA OVER FERGIE Manchester United will resist any attempts by the Football Association to appoint Alex Ferguson as Glenn Hoddle's successor. The FA are set to decide if Hoddle should be sacked for his ill-judged remarks about the disabled. If Hoddle is shown the door, Ferguson could be an FA target. But United chairman Martin Edwards said: "Every time England change their manager Alex Ferguson is linked with the job, but the situation is that Alex Ferguson is under contract to Manchester United and we're happy with that." Noel White, chairman of the FA's influential international committee, hinted that ferguson could be a target when he stated recently that the next England coach would be selected regardless of nationality. But United are determined to hang on to the man who has transformed them into one of the most feared sides in Europe. Ferguson's current contract expires in the summer of 2000 and United chiefs plan to begin talks on a lucrative new deal in the summer. Ferguson, who coached Scotland at the 1986 World Cup Finals, is planning a testimonial at United next season and he refused to comment on the speculation.
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Subject: Takeover Developments BSkyB asked to share football BRITISH SKY Broadcasting is under pressure to relinquish its exclusive grip on Premiership television rights as a condition for its ?623m takeover of Manchester United being allowed to go ahead. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission, which is preparing a report on the takeover, has written to BSkyB and Manchester United, suggesting the broadcaster does not buy rights to matches it does not intend to show. The clause is one of a number the commission may insist on in return for agreeing to the takeover. The watchdog is due to deliver its report to Stephen Byers, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by 12 March. Industry experts believe the clause could provide the basis for a compromise in the dispute between the Office of Fair Trading and the Premier League, currently being heard in the Restrictive Practices Court. The OFT, which accuses the Premier League of acting as a cartel, wants to increase the amount of live football on television. BSkyB's current contract with the Premier League allows it to broadcast 60 live matches a season. Because the arrangement is exclusive, the other 320 matches are not shown. If the commission insists on the condition, BSkyB would either have to expand massively its coverage of Premier League matches or agree to allow other broadcasters to televise matches. City analysts said that with the explosion in the number of channels with the arrival of digital television, BSkyB could increase its coverage. However, lawyers for BSkyB argue that it would make it almost impossible to put a value on the contract. At the moment, BSkyB chooses the matches it wants to show several months in advance. The Premier League is also resisting the move. It argues that increasing the number of games on television would cause fixture chaos.
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Subject: Fergie honoured by City (no, not that one!) From the Press Association Tuesday February 2, 1999 Alex Ferguson is to receive the freedom of Aberdeen, it was announced on Tuesday. Councillors in the city unanimously approved a proposal that the Manchester United boss and former Aberdeen manager should be given the honour - the highest the city can bestow. Ferguson was Aberdeen's manager during an unprecedented period which transformed the club from also-rans to a real threat to Celtic and Rangers. He also led them to glory in the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup in which they defeated Real Madrid. He is understood to be delighted by the plan, put forward by Lord Provost Margaret Farqhuar, to make him an honorary freeman of the city and has indicated he will accept if he is formally offered the honour. An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: "The full council approved the proposal unanimously and a special meeting to ratify today's decision will take place next Monday, though that's really just a formality now." A date has not yet been set for the conferral ceremony but it will take place before the council elections on May 6.
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