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Date: Mon May 03 08:29:54 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Sunbathing in Salford Personal Report by OUR SALFORD LASS
2. This was not a holiday Villa Personal Report by RED KELLY
3. Juventus Report Personal Report from Richard Martin
4. Survey #45 result + Survey #46 Question 
5. Tickets in Madrid
6. Welcome to the Show The Show that Never Ends" Test your MUFC Knowledge NOW!
7. Reds to lure Ajax 'keeper? «« 


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Daily RED Trivia  Mon 3rd May 1999:

 Reg Allen born in London. An agile goalkeeper, Allen made his United debut 
 against Fulham in August 1950, and won a League Championship medal in 1952.
 He totalled 80 appearances for the Reds between 1950-52, and retired from the game
 in 1953. Allen earlier played for Queens Park Rangers. 

 United lose the FA Cup Final 0-2 to Bolton Wanderers at Wembley watched by
 100,000. The young and patched-up United sides chances were hampered by a dubious
 challenge by Lofthouse on keeper Harry Gregg which was not penalised. Team was:
 Gregg, Foulkes, Greaves, Goodwin, Cope, Crowther, Dawson, E.Taylor, Charlton,
 Viollet, Webster.


Barry Daily Comment:
 Update plain and simple.........
      UNITED            Chelsea          Arse
 5   Liverpool  (A)35  Leeds    (H)36    Tottenham  (A)36
 8                     Tottenham(A)37
 9   Middlesboro(A)36
11                                       Leeds U    (A)37
12   Blackburn  (A)37
16   Tottenham  (H)38  Derby    (H)38    Aston Villa(H)38

MAXIMUM Poss:   83pts           79pts                81pts

  SUNDAY 2nd May ..... Keane pledges to remain a Red
Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has intimated in a interview that he
may be willing to commit the rest of his career to the club.
The Republic of Ireland international has afforded legendary status at Old
Trafford, and he has hinted that he may reject the lure of continental
football to remain at the club.
He said: "I'm happy in Manchester. I like my way of life."
"I watch Italian and Spanish football, its interesting and I like it. But
the grass is not always greener."
The news will undoubtedly come as a major boost to manager Alex Ferguson,
who holds Keane in the highest esteem as his midfield lynchpin.

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Next games: 
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UNITED/Arse/Chelsea then go to http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm

Next Games:
5  Liverpool (A) 20.00 PL           Live on Sky Sports UK
9  Middlesbrough (A)  16.00 PL      Live on Sky Sports UK
12 Blackburn (A)  20.00 PL          Live on Sky Sports UK
16 Tottenham (H)  16.00 PL          Live on Sky Sports UK
22 FAC Final Wembley Newcastle  (N) Live on Sky Sports UK
26 European Cup Final Bayern Munich  Nou Camp 

UNITED Stats v All teams:

             Arsenal   1-0   Derby County          37,323

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 02/05/99 ***
Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Arsenal              35  20  12   3  55  15   40   72
 2  Manchester United    34  20  11   3  75  34   41   71
 3  Chelsea              35  18  14   3  52  27   25   68
 4  Leeds United         35  17  12   6  59  31   28   63
 5  Aston Villa          36  15  10  11  48  41    7   55
 6  West Ham United      36  15   9  12  42  47   -5   54
 7  Middlesbrough        36  12  15   9  48  49   -1   51
 8  Liverpool            35  14   8  13  63  46   17   50
 9  Derby County         35  12  12  11  37  42   -5   48
10  Tottenham Hotspur    35  11  13  11  43  43    0   46
11  Leicester City       35  11  13  11  37  43   -6   46
12  Newcastle United     36  11  12  13  47  51   -4   45
13  Wimbledon            36  10  12  14  40  58  -18   42
14  Sheffield Wednesday  36  11   7  18  39  42   -3   40
15  Everton              36  10  10  16  36  45   -9   40
16  Coventry City        36  11   7  18  37  49  -12   40
17  Southampton          36   9   8  19  33  64  -31   35
18  Blackburn Rovers     35   7  12  16  36  49  -13   33
19  Charlton Athletic    36   7  12  17  37  52  -15   33
20  Nottingham Forest    36   5   9  22  32  68  -36   24

*** FIXTURES ON 05/05/99 ***
             Chelsea  v  Leeds United
      Leicester City  v  Derby County
           Liverpool  v  Manchester United
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Arsenal

*** FIXTURES ON 08/05/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Charlton Athletic
    Blackburn Rovers  v  Nottingham Forest
        Derby County  v  Coventry City
             Everton  v  West Ham United
      Leicester City  v  Newcastle United
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Liverpool
           Wimbledon  v  Southampton

*** FIXTURES ON 09/05/99 ***
       Middlesbrough  v  Manchester United



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
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316
13/03/99    Newcastle United         Away     W  2-1     1    36,500
21/03/99    Everton                  Home     W  3-1     1    55,182
03/04/99    Wimbledon                Away     D  1-1     1    26,121
17/04/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home     W  3-0     1    55,270
25/04/99    Leeds United             Away     D  1-1     2    40,255
01/05/99    Aston Villa              Home     W  2-1     1    55,189


HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 27/02/99 - Southampton (55,316)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  15/08/98 - Leicester City (55,052)
BEST WIN:                06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:         20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)
BEST HOME WIN:           17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT:    19/12/98 - Middlesbrough (2-3)
BEST AWAY WIN:           06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:    20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)

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  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

**DYNAMO KIEV      2 v 0  REAL MADRID         (Agg:3-1)
OLYMPIAKOS         1 v 1  **JUVENTUS          (Agg:2-3)

Semi Finals 
Manchester United v Juventus  4-3agg 1-0 [1-1]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev  4-3agg 1-0 [3-3]

Venue Camp Nou (Estadi FC Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain 
Date Wednesday 26 May 1999 Kick-Off 20.45 CET (19.45 GMT) 


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Subject: Sunbathing in Salford Personal Report by OUR SALFORD LASS It's official, summer has arrived in Manchester. For the last couple of days we have been bathed in sunshine and the temperature has been known to reach the heady heights of 18 degrees centrigrade! This morning I have my first tan of the summer - a bright red face and a triangular red mark where the neck of my shirt opens! Going in the opposite direction to everyone else (all the hikers and ramblers were heading for the Peak District for the weekend), I set off to Old Trafford early so that I could go to the membership office and spend lots of money I don't have. At 1.45pm, the forecourt was full of United fans. No sign of the balloons or flags we had been promised (thank God!), but lots of colour - a riot of red shirts, scarves, wigs, face paints. Since preparatory work has already started on the changes to East Stand, the membership office has been moved, so I set off towards the Stretford End to find the new location. I walked through the shade and quietness of the United Rd tunnel, under North Stand and walked on, and on, and on until I was practically in the Stretford Arndale! Eventually, the membership office came into view. I queued for our Cup Final coach tickets and collected an application form for the coach trip to Barcelona (always live in hope, that's my philosophy) and then had to go into another queue for the coach tickets for Boro and Blackburn. Spying a well-known list member jumping the queue, I followed him and soon found myself chatting up a very kind gentleman who made a promise he will be expected to keep - ask no more at present, all will be revealed after he comes good! Eventually, with more paperwork in my hot little hand than the contents of your average filing cabinet, we strolled back to the forecourt and stood chatting in the sunshine. All very relaxed and this was to set the tone for what turned out to be a very enjoyable day indeed. Being a Salford lass, the sun and I only get on well together in small doses, so eventually I headed for the dark, subterranean depths of the concourse behind East Lower, where I bought a pasty and a coffee and waited for the son-and-heir, whilst humming along to the sound of Viva Espana being played by our dear Mr Fane. The son-and-heir arrived eventually, sweating profusely and moaning about the heat - he's his mother's son alright - and we headed off to our seats to find OT full and buzzing. For the first home game in ages, the atmosphere looked like it was going to be a good one. And it didn't disappoint. Standing in the sunshine, acclimatising ourselves for the 26th, I found myself unable to stop grinning - looking around the stadium and thinking about what we have achieved already this season and what we could still go on to achieve. When Fergie came onto the pitch to receive the Carling Manager of the Month award, the whole stadium rose and saluted the man who has made all this possible. And make no mistake - whatever the contribution of others both on and off the pitch, without Alex Ferguson we would not be where we are today, and everyone in the stadium yesterday knew that and was saying thank you. Before the game started, there was a minutes silence for Sir Alf Ramsey. I would like to report that it was immaculately observed, as were the silences recently for Hillsborough, but unfortunately some prat up in the away section decided to make a tw*t of himself in the middle of it. There's always one, isn't there? The team sheet gave some reason for worry - no Stam, Giggs, Cole, Berg, Ole. But we had a revitalised Sheringham up front with Dwight, Superstar was back and Ronnie's injuries had obviously been exaggerated! Anyway, it was impossible to worry for long, standing in the sunshine a wall of sound behind you and the away fans getting cheeky up to our left. (Perhaps the resident worry warts on the list - you know who you are - should come out into the sunshine of East Lower?) There were no balloons and only a couple of (very small) flags, but the atmosphere was brilliant from the start of the game, so obviously some fans had taken Fergie's pleading to heart. The Villa fans helped by being that irresistable combination - mouthy away fans who are also pathetically easy to wind up. They began with the highly original "You're gonna win f**k all" (from a team that never wins f**k all, that always gives much amusement in East Stand) and then went on to spend most of the game abusing Yorkie, whilst we sang "Dwight Yorke, wherever you may be" and "What a waste of money". We really got them jumping up and down in their seats when we reminded them that they used to be "Villa, Villa top of the league" and that they are now "Half season wonders". As an aside, can someone please explain to me why, when its hot, it's never the good looking young men who take off their shirts, but the fat, ugly looking bastard in the middle of the away supporters? It appears that Tango Man has moved to the Midlands! On the pitch, United were bossing the game and the Villa players were doing what Gregory later called "hunting for autographs". For the first time in ages, we were playing towards the Stretford End for the first half, and very early on we had an excellent chance when Sheringham crossed the ball in the box and Scholes just failed to connect with it. Then we got a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Becks put in a perfect shot which looked to us like a brilliant save by Oakes but later turned out to have been saved on the line by a header from Gareth Southgate. Eventually the pressure paid off and after a scramble in the penalty area, a cross from Scholes was bundled into the net by Watson for an own goal. We couldn't see what was happening and eventually started our celebration a couple of minutes after the rest of the stadium! Now the atmosphere off the pitch really began to kick in and we were singing about going to Barcelona and Wembley. "We shall not be moved" echoed around the stadium as we celebrated in the sun. This did not put the Villa fans in a good mood and they began to scrape the bottom of the barrel. They began with "You bought Sheringham" (not a sensible chant for a club that bought Stan Collymore!) to which we replied "Teddy's going to Wembley", slid down a little further into "Stand up, if you hate Man U" and then really descended into the depths by singing "You'll never walk alone" whilst doing their aeroplane impressions. This, of course, raised the atmosphere in the East Stand as we asked them "Who the f**k do you support?". We spent the rest of the game telling them they were "scouse bastards" and a bunch of "thick, Brummie bastards" (it's not exactly Shakespeare, is it?). On the pitch, the lads decided to have a short break and enjoy the sunshine, during which Stone (Villa's best player, in my opinion) picked up an off-side ball, crossed it into the box and they were level. Fergie was running up and down the touchline screaming and shouting and we were stunned into disgusted silence for a couple of minutes whilst the Villa fans celebrated being 1-1 in their Cup Final. Just before half-time, Teddy had a great shot saved by Oakes and we went in at half-time still at 1-1. It was good in the second half to have United attacking towards us and we didn't have to wait long to see something really special. Some fans were still coming back with their pies when we got a free kick and Becks placed the ball ready to take it. I was just muttering "why doesn't he give someone else a chance now and again?" when his shot curled over all the players in the box and nestled itself into the top corner of the net, no Gareth Southgate to save it this time. We went mental as Becks ran across to celebrate in his favourite spot - in front of the disabled section (nothing to do with the fact that the away fans are above them, of course!). It's not surprising that fans of other clubs hate him (and that we love him) - he has learned how to wind them up beautifully whilst looking totally innocent! From then on, it was end-to-end stuff the sort of game that shreds the nerves but ensures that the atmosphere doesn't die a death. As both Fergie and Gregory prowled up and down their own bits of the touchline, we alternately sang "We shall not be moved" in celebration, and hid behind out hands ever time the ball went down the other end. They didn't get a penalty and we did (for a feather light nudge in the back, but you're not going to refuse it, are you?) and we waited for Mr Dependable to slot it home. Unfortunately, Denis slipped a few seconds too early, on a very wet pitch, and Oakes pulled off a fine save, so we had to carry on trying to keep our blood pressure under control for the rest of the game. Towards the end of the game, Dion Dublin was substituted and we showed the Villa fans how you are supposed to treat your ex players - he was applauded off the pitch. When the game ended Becks came over to the East Stand as we sang "One David Beckham" and then we all went home (or in my case to Sammy Platts) happy in the early evening sunshine. Moments of the match? Becks getting so carried away pulling faces at the Villa fans whilst taking a corner, that he didn't realise everyone was waiting for him to get on with it, and Dwight giving us the thumbs-up as we responded to the Villa fans' abuse of him. Man of the match? Difficult one this, but I'd probably give Teddy the edge again, which gives me much pleasure - as I've said before, I'd much rather love our players than be irritated by them. Having said that though, it was also good to see Superstar have a very good game. I was starting to think we were going to lose him, but maybe not. Right, bring on the scousers - we're ready for them! Copyright © 1999 by OUR SALFORD LASS. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without permission of the author
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Subject: This was not a holiday Villa Personal Report by RED KELLY This was not a holiday Villa After a week of speculation about Barca tickets and official trips it was nice to get back to watching football yesterday afternoon, or was it? The news that the official club trips were now available to those in possession of FA Cup Final tickets and full token sheets and that they were surprisingly cheap at last ended all the speculation. But the question is, how many official trips are actually available? It's been a nervy week and yesterday's game didn't help much to calm those nerves. It seems that most of us have been spending half the night either wondering how we can afford to go to Barcelona or how we would be able to get hold of a ticket even if we had found the money to get there! And to top it all we were playing football on a Saturday afternoon. We don't play football on a Saturday anymore do we? But it was true, a game at the end of the season at Old Trafford, and a 3 o'clock kick-off to boot. And it was sunny, in fact it was so sunny that a t-shirt was all you needed to wear. But surely it wouldn't be that sunny in Manchester I thought, but I was wrong. I wish we hadn't decided to travel up the M6 though because it ended up a journey which took nearly twice as long as it should have done. It was slow going all the way until we were way past Birmingham. You may have thought it was all the Villa supporters on the road, but we saw more QPR fans than them. In fact Hilton Park services was stacked full of those wearing blue and white hoops.The speculation as to whether they would stay up was rife, "if we draw and Bury lose, we're safe," "no but if...." and so it went on and on. In the event they both lost so neither are safe. We eventually arrived at Old Trafford which was bathed in sunshine and I was beginning to wonder why I'd even bothered to bring a jacket, it was a beautiful afternoon more reminiscent of the start of the season than near the end. We were supposed to be picking up some red leaflets to distribute in the ground to remind people to get behind the team as Fergie had requested. Now is not the time for sterility, now is the time for passion, there were only five games to go for the title. The leaflets were passed along the rows with the intention that they be torn up after reading and thrown into the air to herald the arrival of the teams on the pitch. Well, we did anyway - if that's what Fergie wants, then that's what he gets. Torn up bits of paper yes, balloons........maybe not. The Wizard had been out on the pitch to collect his award for manager of the month - well, who else would it be? Then there was a fairly well observed minute's silence for Sir Alf - didn't hear any Argentina chanting - so perhaps we're not that bad after all and it's all this anti Ingerland stuff is really tongue in cheek! The atmosphere was definitely better than it has been for a while helped by the pathetic Brummies and their identity crisis. It appears they're not sure whether they are from Birmingham or Liverpool. What a dilemma - bad enough being from either one or the other place, but not being able to choose must be a real worry. We knew we would be without Keano for this one, but no Stam, no Cole, no Giggs and things looked slightly different. Still, why should we worry, they had been on the slide for weeks and we reminded them at every available opportunity with "you're only half season wonders." They didn't like that at all. You're not supposed to like it you daft bastards, this is football, the end of the season and even if you're not going to win anything we're having the time of our lives. So there was plenty of the usual Munich stuff we've come to expect from this lot. Plenty of the "do yow cum from Man-chis-tuuur", does this mean you come from Aston then? I don't think so. And as for Dwight Yorke, he came in for stick all the way through. "Stand up if yow ate Dwoight Yorke" they sang, whereas we may have taunted Dion with "you used to play for a big club" when he went in hard on Schmeichel, but when he was substituted late on he still received an ovation. Now that's how to treat ex players you sad bastards. United attacked the other end in the first half and for the greater part of the 45 minutes Peter was more or less a spectator down at our end. The team may have been changed around again, but everything seemed to be going according to plan even though it was difficult to see any detail of what was going on with the Stretford bathed in sunshine. The whole thing seemed like a bit of a stroll in the park. All too easy really which was a concern, but when Becks stepped up to take a free kick to the left of the area we thought we had a chance. He'd spent the previous few minutes over-hitting crosses from great positions, but this was his speciality after all. As he swung his foot we knew it was in. The ball curled towards the corner of the net but then it seemed to bounce back. "How the hell did that happen?" And then we saw that Southgate had been on the line and headed clear. Undaunted the lads kept the pressure on and then suddenly we'd scored. Actually we didn't know we'd scored at all, we saw Scholsey with the ball on the edge of the area and then the Stretford went up, so we thought we must have scored. It took a second or two to work it out the teams were getting ready to kick-off again so even if we hadn't got a clue how the ball had ended up in the back of the net or who had put it there, there it had obviously been. We weren't so happy a while later though when they equalised and the linesman to our right decided not to raise his flag for what we thought was a blatant offside. Joachim slipped in front of David May I think it was and slid the ball under Schmeichel. The Villa fans went mad of course and started with their version of the scouse anthem "you'll never walk......" well, you know the one. The scores were still level at half time despite Teddy forcing a couple of saves from Oakes. He lead the line well yesterday and is at last showing a passion for the Red cause. I expect he sniffs real gold for the first time, but he seems up for the task. He'd also been the subject of some Villa baiting after we'd sung, "you've got Collymore, you've got Collymore, you sad bastards, you sad bastards, you've got Collymore." So they retorted with the same about Sheringham. Our reply was easy: "Teddy's going to Wembley, Teddy's going to Wembley na na na na." Half-time came and we were as level as we'd started. Right at the start of the second half and the berated Yorke goes down from a tackle by the less than diminutive Wright about thirty yards out. As Becks was placing the ball Steve said to me, " they don't seem to think they need anyone on the line this time." Prophetic words or what? They didn't seem to think they needed anyone in the wall either. Becks couldn't believe his luck as Nicky and Teddy joined two Villa players and stood between them. It was a gift, Beckham took the kick, the wall was parted by Nicky and Teddy, the ball flew through the gap and we saw it arc into the top corner of the net. The keeper never moved an inch. Cue real celebrations this time and taunts for the sad bastards over to our left. "Can you hear the scousers sing," and "shit on the Villa, shit on the Villa tonight" we sang at them. How that last one trips nicely off the tongue! United were well in command by this time and when Phil Nev was pushed in the box and Dennis stepped up to take the spot kick we thought it would all be over. Oh no it wouldn't! Oh yes it would. Oh no it wouldn't. It was all going so well, Dennis took the kick, did his trademark slip over, but Oakes saved it. That was enough to give us palpitations during the last ten minutes. The sun had already disappeared behind the clouds and seemed about to set on our season as the Villa players were buoyed by that penalty miss and came charging at our defence like their lives depended on it. Hang on lads you were dead and buried a few short seconds ago and Easter's over, so what's with the resurrection? How anyone could have left the ground before the end I have no idea but quite a few did. I sat there unable to look most of the time, wiping the nervous sweat from the palms of my hands as the minutes ticked by very very slowly. Two minutes of injury time seemed like two hours as the Brummies seemed intent on spoiling our day out. Eventually the whistle went and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief. Three points in the bag, two ahead of the Arse and equal games played. The scousers are next and as I had passed my ticket on to Steve weeks ago as I couldn't make the original date, I'll be watching on TV. Yesterday a young man who wears the red shirt with pride battled his way through ninety minutes of football. He never gave up and displayed the type of spirit that typifies the players we love to wear our colours. It was fitting he should score the goal that won us the game and there was one moment, apart from that superb free-kick which typified his spirit. He was over to take a corner down by the away support and was facing the usual barrage of vitriolic abuse. He placed the ball and took his time, standing half-turned towards his tormentors, like a matador about to wave the red cape at the bull. David Beckham has come of age this season and I'm glad he plays for us. After the game we spent a good hour at a post match IMUSA 'party' in Sammy Platts as a celebration of recent achievements and discussions on the many problems still to be solved. You may not agree with all of IMUSA's ideals or everything they say, but IMUSA work tirelessly and constantly on behalf of supporters. Some only give up a few hours of their time, others give up days, weeks and sometimes months to try and make sure all supporters of Manchester United get a fair deal. Spokespeople are not always allowed TV or radio exposure, but the issues are always raised - always. On the way home, later than usual we encountered a lot more traffic than we thought we would. It wasn't the travelling United supporters though, it was car after car, coach after coach of those Liverpool born and bread "do you come from Manchester" scousers. They obviously wait til everyone else has gone in the hope that no-one will see them returning south - "same old scousers, always cheating'. But back to the real world, this is a special time for us. I have never known a season which promises so much and we only have six games left. Six games to win and if we do, then the history books will have to be re-written. We can only hope and sing the lads home. Copyright RED KELLY 1999
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Subject: Juventus Report Personal Report from Richard Martin It's a bit late (sorry Terry !),but here goes. For those who've had the pleasure (sic) of going to Turin to see United before,you'll understand when I say that it is,err..,a not very exiting place to go out in,and the police make their Milanese colleagues seem like boy scouts. So it was decided that we would avoid Turin the night before the match and instead fly out very early on the Wednesday morning to Milan,and then get a train to Turin.Besides,for some of us,this was our 6th European away of the season and we were fast running out of holiday time !! Next season is going to get even worse. Having arisen at the unearthly hour of 2:15am,I was picked up by Sean and Gordon at 3:45am so that we could get down to Stanstead in time for the 7:45am flight,and to meet Mick,Kevin (who still has a ticket from the 1968 ECF,but which his parents wouldn't let him go to !),Mark and Micky at the airport. After his "drinking for United" exploits in Milan,Gordon was under strict orders to behave himself this time - I didn't carry out my threat to put him in a straight jacket and make him drink through a straw,but he did have the final warning ! Kerry and Ed were on a different flight to Milan,so we had arranged to meet them at the railway station in Turin later that afternoon.If Kerry was to be believed,he had arranged the night out before the flight with some stewardesses at Heathrow AIrport.We waited with (un)bated breath for the gory details ! Within 10 seconds of landing in Milan and turning on my mobile phone,I received a panic call from Kerry saying that they had overslept by 3 hours at the Heathrow Airport hotel and had missed their flight.Oh yes,and that he had got off with a 30-something year old overweight married "hound" in his words (later verified by Ed as a "f****** disgrace"),which he seemed to be remarkably proud about !! (not seen your report yet Kerry ?????).Rumours that Kerry was tied to the bed at his request by the said hound and treated as a sex object are entirely true (probably).We left it that Ed and Kerry were going to try and get a later flight and that we would meet them in the ground instead. We met up with Duncan and Mark at Milan station and arrived in Turin mid-afternoon.After checking into the hotel,we had intended to go straight to The Shamrock (about the only decent pub that Turin has to offer),only to hear that it was closed and that it had "gone off" in there the night before,with Juve fans firing rockets into it and 17 arrested.I must add,however,that I have not heard or read anything about this since,so I say it with a great deal of scepticism.In fact,I believe the story to be complete bollocks. We also heard that the police had imposed an alcohol ban on the entire city.For a while we found this to be the case.However,with a bit of searching around down the side streets,we eventually found a few bars that were open and commenced catching up. There was a very large police presence in the city centre,but for once,everything was civilised and I have to compliment the Turin police on this.In fact,they were perfect angels in and around the ground as well.The lessons from Milan had obviously been learnt,but why does it take a near catastrophe for this to happen ? Unfortunately,whilst waiting to board the tram to take us to the ground,Kevin had his wallet stolen by a pickpocket.Thankfully he had his ticket elsewhere on his person,but it still cost him a lot.I can't believe how quick this "double act" worked him over;one put his hand in Kevin's inner jacket pocket,Kevin instinctively lent forward to push him away,and the other dipped into his back pocket and was away.Job done in 2 seconds flat. We got to the ground about 2 hours before kick off and intended to go to a Juve bar that Sean,Gordon and myself had been to the last 2 seasons. The same people were in there in 1997 as had been the first time in 1996;they remembered us from the season before,bought us drinks and a good time was had by all.We even jokingly said that we'll see them again next (this) season !! Unfortunately when we arrived at the bar,it had been closed down as part of the alcohol ban,which was a shame as we were looking forward to renewing acquaintances. Instead we went to a cafe/bar just outside the ground who wouldn't serve us alcohol on its own.So instead I asked for a small bowl of pasta and 7 pints of lager to wash it down with.To my amazement and everyone else's laughter,I was served,so another small bowl of pasta and 7 more lagers quickly followed before they sussed out what we were doing !! Wanting to avoid the pre-kick off mayhem that we experienced in Milan,we got in the ground about 45 minutes before kick off (I haven't been into a ground this early since probably the mid/late 80's). The run up to k/o time went by very quickly,the atmosphere was building up well with everybody in fine voice,and I even bumped into Kerry and Ed who finally made it to Turin. We all know what happened in the match,so I won't repeat the sequences. What did I think after 11 minutes when we were 2 down ? Well,I thought before the match that we could get a 2-2 draw,and the way that I looked at it was that we had 79 minutes to get our 2 goals back.Apart from 1 defensive lapse and a freak deflection,we hadn't played that badly. By the time that we had pulled it back to 2-2,I was already physically and emotionally exhausted and it's fair to say that when Coley got the winner,I reached new levels of emotion and elation that I never new existed,as I am sure we all did,whether watching it in person or on TV.The last few minutes and at the final whistle saw scenes that will live with me until my dying day.Everybody was hugging each other,grown men and women were in tears and you just knew that this was the best place on earth to be at that moment in time.The thoughts of those back home were not far away,however,and I was able to make a quick call back home to my dad (who's now in his 64th year of watching United) to share this special moment with him. I can't single out any player as my man of the match.They all played the game of their lives.If I have to mention anyone though,it has to be Roy Keane.I think it is a tragedy that he is going to miss the night of his life (and the ginger prince).Many a player would have cracked after receiving a 2nd booking (the blubbering Gascoigne a prime example),but not our Roy.It just made him even more determined not to ruin the night for his team mates. Despite being kept in the ground for 60 minutes,it bothered nobody.We waited,we sang,we stood in a daze each with our own thoughts and massive grins on our faces.Long after the match had ended,Fergie came back onto the pitch for an interview and gave us all a wave.A big chant of "Ferguson's red & white army" echoed around the empty stadium.We called for the players to come back out,but I guess that they were still celebrating themselves. After another 30 minute wait on the bus and a 15 minute journey,we finally made it back to the central station area at about 12:45am.Everyone was tired.Some went back to the hotel;Mark,Duncan & me went in search of food and beer. We finally got back to the hotel at about 2am,with the slight problem that Mark & Duncan didn't have a room and that the hotel was full.The night porter had already sussed that there were people jibbing my room,so no way was he going to let Mark and Duncan upstairs.In fact,he wanted me to go up and kick at least one person out ! A stand-off followed and we tried to be reasonable about things,but just when we thought that this would go on all night long without any of us getting any sleep,Duncan threatened to strip off in the hotel foyer.The night porter,when faced with such a ghastly sight,then gave in and miraculously "found" 2 spare single rooms and the deal was done.Why he couldn't have done this 20 minutes earlier,only he knows,but we all finally were able to crash out after a very long,tiring,but exceptionally enjoyable day ! We awoke the next morning all still in a daze from the previous night.Although we still had to head back to Milan and not catch our flight until 8pm,we didn't care.The Easyjet pilot was a top man by leading the singing on the flight back home where the new Jaap Stam song got a fine rendition Yip yap Stam is a big dutch man, Catch him if you f****** can, Try a little trick and he'll make you look a dick, Yip yap,Jaap Stam Copyright Boylie 1999 !! (one of his better efforts) And so,after a roller coaster ride of a champions league campaign,we have finally reached the holy grail final. I count myself lucky to have been to every CL game this season.From the most boring game that I have ever seen in Lodz (where we "entertained" ourselves by singing "if you all hate scousers,drop your pants" and "mooning" Fergie and Beckham at the end of the match,followed by an 11 hour overnight train journey back to Berlin),through this red's idea of utopia in Munich (watching United AND going to the Munich Beer Festival at the same time !),on to wonderful,wonderful Copenhagen,a mega 5 day piss up in Barcelona (definately the best city in Europe),a magic night in Milan (even though I missed ginger's goal thanks to Gordon's indiscretions !),to one of the best nights of my life and probably the greatest game that I have ever seen in Turin. For those of you lucky enough to be going to Barca (and I really wish that every one of you could go),enjoy yourselves like never before.Life just doesn't get any better than this.Altogether now... "We're all off to sunny Spain,to see Man United"...... -- Richard
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Subject: Survey #45 result + Survey #46 Question Q#45 Results: Do you believe that Martin Edwards should resign as Chairman of the Manchester United board of Directors? Yes: 86 51.2% No: 82 48.8% Total: 168 Question closed 05-02-99 21:50 EST Barry Comment: So many voted and many were split! Its a 50/50 split decision right down the middle! Martin Edwards may be unpopular for his PLC manouveres but maybe many REDS say he is a Manchester United supporter at heart?! Listen to Martins Interview at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/edwards_martin_170499.ra 11 mins! 760k Real Audio **** Q#46: Are you going to the European Cup final in Barcelona? Question now open. Vote here http://www.red11.org/miva/survey.mv The www.red11.org Web Team: Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Graphics: Sam Hayward Reports: OUR SALFORD LASS & Red Kelly Design: Diana Low Stats: Paul Hinson Masterfan 1999 Devil's Advocate REDitorials: http://www.red11.org/mufc/devilsadvocate
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Subject: Tickets in Madrid I'm a match going red working in madrid at the moment and visited the spanish football federation headquarters on monday. Firstly they said i couldn't have a ticket as i didn't live in madrid, when i proved i did they asked me to produce my passport, looked at it and said i was english, born in Stockport, Manchester so had to go to manchester to get a ticket !!! Then i sent in a spanish workmate. Their response this time was that he was a Real Madrid season ticket holder (alledgedly looked it up on their data-base) and so he had no reason for wanting to go, hence no ticket. I then heard off another mate that when he went they had told him the match was sold out ! and other reds over-here who applaid months ago and have got nothing back.(sounds like O.T.) So it all looks shite out here. The only way you can apparently get a ticket in Madrid is off a tout. The concierge of my apartment has a mate who deals in tickets at the Bernabeu and Nou Camp and i've been told he will visit me next week with some tickets. The price, haven't got a clue but who cares !!!!!! Also heard thro' the spanish guys at work that tickets will be on open sale at the spanish federation headquarters from 15th may. More rumours out here than dwight has had shags ! Anyway will keep you all posted. Cheers, Gerry
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Subject: "Welcome to the Show The Show that Never Ends" Test your MUFC Knowledge NOW! www.red11.org Quiz Page http://www.red11.org/miva/quiz/quiz.mv - you must enter a name - the program will show you the "Top 10" for the quiz you just ran Running now try your luck! Quizzes already running: 1 www.red11.org General Quiz 2 www.red11.org History Quiz 3 The SALFORD LASS Quiz 4 FA Cup Quiz 5 David Beckham Quiz more to come *** If you would like to "create your own" Manchester United Quiz *** You can do this on the net, just ask Barry or Bill for instructions at email: barry@www.red11.org You will need a given password. Thanks to Paul Busby for his help on the Quiz Questions Paul Busby's Homepage - from Manchester http://www.pitman.u-net.com/index.htm The Ultimate Satistician on the net, United FAQ , one of the very best UNITED web sides. Good Luck all REDS who try the quiz! Barry and Bill at www.red11.org MASTERFAN 99 Paul Hinson will be creating his own quiz soon!
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Subject: Reds to lure Ajax 'keeper? «« Reports in the Sunday press claim that Liverpool are to capture the signing of Ajax's Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, to replace summer departure David James. Van der Sar has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, but there is speculation suggesting that Liverpool are prepared to pay in the region of £8m to lure the giant 'keeper to Anfield. What truth there is in the stories remains to be seen, with the transfer fee seeming rather outlandish - especially for a goalkeeper. United are still regarded to be favourites to sign the World Cup star, and his friendship with Jaap Stam , the United defender and Van Der Sar's international teammate, could be a crucial factor in his final decision.
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Subject: KIDD FACES UP TO PROSPECT OF SACK By Bill Pierce, PA Sport. Brian Kidd claims he will accept the sack and walk away from Blackburn Rovers without any grounds for complaint if that is what owner Jack Walker decides in the summer. It is a startling, honest admission from the former Manchester United coach whose first ride on the Premiership managerial merry-go-round has turned into a roller-coaster of sky-high finance and heart-sinking misfortune. Kidd's Ewood Park start was upwardly mobile with four wins, five draws and just one defeat in the first 10 League games after his momentous decision in December to leave 12 years of Old Trafford glory behind him and up sticks to Blackburn. Rovers had taken just nine points from 15 games and were third bottom in the table when he replaced Roy Hodgson and made mega-rich owner Walker believe that relegation worries for the 1995 champions were finally off the agenda. But after Saturday's goalless draw at fellow-strugglers Charlton, Kidd is back where started - back in the bottom three after just one win in 13 for a club whose spectacular spending spree he has extended to nearly £40 million this season. Now time is running out, with just three games to go in which Kidd must save Rovers from becoming the most expensive side in the Nationwide League. And he admits: "I'll have three years left on my contract in the summer but it's Jack's decision what happens then and he'll make it. It's not up to me. "I still think we'll stay up. We want to get this season out of the way and start again because we are developing some very good kids and we still want to bring some more quality into the club. I hope it is me who will be doing it. "But whatever happens I still believe I have one of the best jobs in football - with a marvellous owner to work for. I knew what the challenge was and I am enjoying it - honestly. "I don't look at the last four months as being a personal disaster for me. I'm there to be shot at but I think I've done all right considering the circumstances. I've never taken Jack Walker's money for granted. When we want to buy a player I sit down with him and discuss it and if he tells me, 'no, you are not on' I accept it. "The only thing I would change is being able to have all the players on the training field every week, Monday to Friday. We've bought a lot of new ones but so many have been injured. Kevin Gallacher was out for a long time, Garry Flitcroft still is and now Chris Sutton and Billy McKinlay are missing for the rest of the season.. "As soon as I arrived things were already going on to take Tim Sherwood out of the door to Tottenham and so it has been difficult to get the balance right. "But I'm never going to start feeling sorry for myself. I'm not that type. I'm a lucky lad to have had 30 great years in football and what I achieved with Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford is something I'm very proud of. "There is no point in looking back, though. Some people said I made a mistake leaving United but I have no regrets. What matters now is Blackburn, not me. I don't talk about it with Alex. He's got enough on his plate. "And I don't think he's going to tell me anything helpful before we play United do you ?" As Kidd points out, Blackburn's one game in hand over relegation rivals Charlton and Southampton is against United. So the battle for survival won't get any easier. But Kidd was not unhappy with a point at The Valley despite a Jason Wilcox header coming back off the underside of the bar and Ashley Ward being denied a penalty 10 minutes from time when he tumbled over Charlton's substitute goalkeeper Andy Petterson. Charlton boss Alan Curbishley, though, seems almost resigned to his team going straight back down to the First Division. "We need at least four points from our last two games against Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday to have any chance," he said, "and if we lose at Villa next Saturday I think we can forget the other one. "We've got to hope it goes to the final game now but when we look back on it we've got to accept our home form has let us down. We haven't won any of the last five at The Valley and that could be the decisive factor." Charlton's decision to keep back half the £8 million Sky TV cash they received for joining the Premiership elite can be applauded as sensible housekeeping. If they do go down they will at least still be in reasonable financial shape to launch another attempt. Curbishley may always wonder, though, what might have happened if he had splashed all the cash on new players. It could end up as little consolation to him that his side, augmented this season by only a handful of bargain buys like Martin Pringle, Chris Powell, Graham Stuart and Neil Redfearn looked no worse or no better than free-spending Rovers. He said: "Ashley Ward cost Blackburn more than our entire squad cost but the big thing you have to remember is that clubs who have been in the Premiership from day one have had seven years of big TV income and we've had only one. "If we stay up I'm sure we'll be better equipped for the Premiership next time than, say, Bradford and Ipswich. But I'm told that seven of the last 10 promoted clubs went straight down again. I think that says it all." In a largely featureless scrap on Saturday, Charlton had more of the play but fewer of the chances. The tension of the occasion got to both sides and no forward could take advantage of nervous defences. Swedish striker Pringle, whose header on his own goal-line crucially prevented Wilcox's splendid first-half effort finding the net, missed badly after the break when turning on Stuart's neat flick to shoot straight at Blackburn goalkeeper John Filan. But it wasn't as bad as Keith Gillespie's wastefulness for Rovers in the early minutes when driving a careless clearance by Carl Tiler well wide with the goal at his mercy. Survival instincts made emotions run high and referee Gary Willard showed the yellow card eight times in equal proportion to both sides. He also gave Petterson - a half time replacement for injured keeper Simon Royce - the benefit of the doubt when Ward fell over his challenge in the box with just 10 minutes left. But that brought tempers to the boil and Tiler lashed out at Ward as the players left the field at the end. Willard confirmed he will report Tiler to the Football Association for striking an opponent which, in effect, constitutes a sending-off offence punishable by a three-match ban.
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