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Date: Tue Jan 05 08:33:08 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. BBC Sir Bobby slams World Cup changes
3. Bitter Sweet Irony


Daily RED Trivia  Tue 5th January 1999:

5/1/1895: Newton Heath win the first ever home League match against Manchester City 4-1.
 Clarkin 2, Donaldson and Smith scored for the home side in a Division 2 game watched
 by 12,000.  Team was: Douglas, McCartney, Erentz, Stone, McNaught, Stewart, Clarkin,
 Donaldson, Dow, Smith, Peters.  

1932: Bill Foulkes was born in St Helens. A sterling, loyal servant, Foulkes made his
 debut at Full-back at Liverpool in December 1952, and whilst amassing 682 appearances
 and 9 goals between 1952-69, won 4 League Championship medals, 1956, 1957, 1965,
 1967, 1 FA Cup Winners medal in 1963 and a European Cup Winners medal in 1968.
  Survivor of  the Munich crash, he won one England cap in 1954. 


Barry Daily Comment:
The FAC 4th rnd tie v Liverpool is set for Sunday 24th Jan
live on Sky sports in UK

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

  10/1 West Ham    (H) Sky Sports time 16.00 UK
  16/1 Leicester   (A)  15.00
  24/1 Liverpool   (H)  16.00 Sky Sports FA CUP 4th rnd
  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: UNITED'S FUTURE IT WOULD seem that there is only one hope for the rest of football to stop the might of Manchester United - and that's to start a war! The Old Trafford giants are currently putting the finishing touches to a massive project to build a massive new, £143 million training complex at Carrington, a suburb of Manchester. But the conditions which have been placed upon the club regarding the prime agricultural land they intend to build on is that in the event of war the area must be turned over to the government within 24 hours in order to grow vital crops. United's Group Property Manager George Johnstone has admitted: "We've had conditions placed upon its use which mean we have to be able to turn the site to agricultural use within 24 hours. The theory is that if there was an invasion or an outbreak of war then that is what we would have to do. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries insists such conditions are imposed when building takes place on top quality farmland." United have not been deterred by the possibility of their training pitches being turned into cabbage patches and, in true British Bulldog spirit, are pushing ahead with their plans. But should the conflict with Iraq escalate, who knows what the impact on United's world-renowned youth development could be if they were left with nowhere to train their boys?
Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: BBC Sir Bobby slams World Cup changes Monday, January 4, 1999 Published at 09:50 GMT Sir Bobby slams World Cup changes Sir Bobby: 'I just hope it's not based on finance' World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton has slammed proposals by football's governing body, FIFA, to turn the World Cup into a biennial competition. Sir Bobby Charlton: My first instincts were that this would be a disaster Sir Bobby said the idea, presented by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, would devalue the biggest single-sport event on the globe. Mr Blatter's proposals include holding the finals every even-numbered year instead of every four years, with the World Cup qualifiers taking place in odd-numbered years. Sepp Blatter: Present system old fashioned The controversial move, if agreed, would herald a complete change of the international competition but Charlton, a medal winner with England in 1966, has already condemned the proposed changes. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Charlton said: "I don't see how they could do that because there wouldn't be time to qualify. "My own personal feeling is that every four years is often enough because it's something to look forward to. "You have to wait for it and it increases the whole value of it. I just hope it's not based on finance. "When it comes from Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, you take it seriously because he won't have said it lightly. But my own feeling is that it wouldn't have the same attraction, and that would be very sad." Out-of-date Blatter believes the current format, with the World Cup played every four years, is out-of-date and threatened by a proposed European Super League of clubs. He said: "I want a football world championship every two years. Then the national teams will get the rankings they deserve. "The existing four-yearly tournament is out-of-date. It dates from the 1930s when teams chugged from one continent to another on ships." Blatter's plan would see national teams take part in continental tournaments to qualify for the World Cup finals. It would mean the current European Championships format would have to be scrapped, and perhaps become a qualifying competition. Any changes could not come into force before the year 2006 - when England are bidding to stage the tournament. Director of the England 2006 campaign, Alec McGivan, and Football Association spokesman Steve Double both gave a cautious reaction to the proposals. McGivan said: "It is an interesting idea but it would need to be looked at very carefully." Double added: "It's a very interesting proposal, but we would need to see the details before being able to comment fully. "It would obviously have a huge impact on domestic fixtures, not only in this country, but arguably every country in the world.
Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Bitter Sweet Irony Yesterday I found myself down the local surrounded by a wonderful :( mixture of Chelsea, Arsenal, Mickeys and Rangers fans (all had made the retro journeys from SW6, North London etc..... and really don't come from the Berkshire area of England) - Trying hard with the other 3 Reds in the pub not to get affected by the small time bastards we watched Utd play with the extra yard that seems to have eluded the team over the past month or so - Jaap Stam deserving the MOTM for a flawless first half performance that allowed Pete the chance to sit on the deck chair chucked at him in the Nou Camp. Boro caught Utd out with a move we should have stopped - A simple cross field pass - Wes Brown miss judged the ball and miss timed his jumped allowed a flick on to Andy Townsend in space who rolled the ball under the big man - it was a well taken goal, although as Andy Gray described it was well against the run of play in true smash and grab style. The majority of the pub went mad in true ABU style - one of the Rangers fans thought it would be good to put a record on the juke box as a piss take and the whole place rocked to 'Always look on the bright side of life' (just like Hillsborough in the cup a few years back - remember that fuck up along with James' sit down at half time ?) Once Utd scored once, you knew that the game would end that day - Fergie opted for an out and out strike attack replacing the Blomquist with Ole and their dominance created another 2 goals from great moves - even a disputed penalty had Fergie looking in the sky for two moons after Nicky Butt (appeared) to be scythed down - replays suggesting no contact took place (what did the man from Govan say about refs last week ?) - about time we got something was the subliminal message and was accordingly apportioned. The whole pub went quiet and in true western style I strutted to the juke box inserted a pond coin and three times I selected 102 / 23 - walked behind the bar to ensure maximum volume was established and savored the moment as the sad bastards who 30 minutes before were celebrating a world cup victory shuffled, heads bowed out into a rain storm with Eric Idle wishing them well - me well I sat in front of the fire grinning like a Cheshire cat at the irony of it all (small time bastards). Oh and I still had enough left for the Rangers fans that hung around for the Celtic game who were subjected to a couple of Hail Hail the Celts are here, and as much Daniel O'Donnell as the juke box allowed - all in all a pleasant afternoon out - bring on the mickeys.......... Mick.
Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: FERGIE SAVOURS CUP CLASH Manchester United jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire when victory over Middlesbrough handed them an FA Cup fourth round clash with arch-rivals Liverpool. But United boss Alex Ferguson savoured the prospect of a Cup clash of the giants. ''It's a belter, it's fantastic,'' said Ferguson. ''There are some terrific ties in the next round, but Manchester United v Liverpool is always a big game." United's Dutch defender Jaap Stam sought to play down the tough draw after seeing off Boro. ''It doesn't matter who we get,'' insisted Stam. ''I don't know the other teams who went through, but they're all strong teams so if we want to win it, we know we have to beat them.'' Giggs added: ''It's always a tough game and there's a bit of extra spice with it being in the FA Cup. The lads are looking forward to it already.'' Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who opened the scoring in his side's comfortable 3-0 victory at Port Vale from the penalty spot, said: ''I don't think you can get much tougher than that. ''We've had a great result today and we'll enjoy that, and we've got a month or so until the next game, so we'll look forward to that. ''It's a difficult draw for us, especially being away from home. We thought this was reasonably tough game, but the next round is a massive game. ''It's a great tie. Manchester United are a great side flying high in the league.''
Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: TREBLE NO TROUBLE FOR UNITED Manchester United can win a glorious treble of Champions' League, Premiership title and FA Cup this season, according to Middlesbrough's Neil Maddison. United set up a mouthwatering FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Liverpool later this month when they beat Boro 3-1 at Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson's men also have two March dates with Inter Milan in the last eight of the Champions' League, while they are also well poised behind the leaders in the title race. Maddison believes United can successfully juggle these three campaigns because of the huge squad at Old Trafford. United beat the Teessiders without the suspended Gary Neville and David Beckham, while Paul Scholes and Ronny Johnsen had flu. Ferguson even afforded himself the luxury of leaving England international Phil Neville on the bench. Maddison feels with such an embarrassment of riches it is possible for United to record the unprecedented hat-trick of silverware. Liverpool came closest to achieving the feat in 1977 only to lose in the FA Cup Final to Tommy Docherty's United. ''They are the biggest club in England and they are strong enough to win anything,'' he said. ''They can go all the way and win the FA Cup, the league and in Europe as well and I hope they do. ''You've just got to look at their squad and who's on the bench with the likes of Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. ''They've got a fantastic squad and they've also got the best manager in the league in Alex Ferguson - he's superb. ''He knows how to handle his players and I don't think all this will be a problem to them. ''You look at someone like Paul Scholes, who has been in and out of the side recently, and I can't believe he has been out of the side because I think he is a fantastic player. ''That just highlights the sort of squad they've got.'' While United pursue glory on three fronts, Middlesbrough have set their sights on a less lofty target - Europe. The Teessiders have raised a few eyebrows with their fine first half to the league campaign and Maddison claims their aim now is to qualify for a place in the UEFA Cup for the first time. This is also manager Bryan Robson's target and he wants his side to beat their highest ever finish in the top flight of sixth. ''Now we're out of both cups it's all about league form,'' said Maddison. ''No-one could have envisaged the position we are in and we would have settled for this at Christmas. ''We've set the standard for ourselves and now we've got to keep on going. ''We've had a couple of bad results - Liverpool at home and Derby away - but you get defeats like that and the challenge for us now is to dig deep and bounce back. ''We've got to get some results to keep us up there because we believe we can play in Europe. ''We can get a European spot and that's the aim for us now.''
Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

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