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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS Date: Tue Feb 09 00:10:24 GMT+00:00 1999 Mail: email@example.com This Issue: 1. Giggs targets Milan comeback 2. Heat on Sky to show Old Trafford battle 3. Barry Comment: possibly another Danish Keeper for United? (19/39 clean sheets) 4. M.E.N. Articles - Ole, Terry Cooke and McClaren 5. United Records - some answers 6. The not so Tricky Trees Match Report from Mark ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Daily RED Trivia Tues 9th February 1999: 9/2/1957: Gordon Strachan born in Edinburgh. Cost £600,000 from Aberdeen in August August 1984, and scored on his debut against Watford. Won an FA Cup Winners medal in 1985, the industious midfielder played 201 times for United and scored 38 goals between 1984-89. Won 50 caps for Scotland. He won League Championship medals with Aberdeen in 1980 and 1984, and Leeds United in 1992. 1965: United win 2-1 at Everton in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 3rd Round and qualify for the Quarter-Finals on a 3-2 aggregate. Watched by 54,397 John Connelly and David Herd scored the goals. Team was: P.Dunne, Brennan, A.Dunne, Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Connelly, Charlton, Herd, Law, Best. *************** Barry Daily Comment: Inter News The French midfielder Youri Djorkaeff hit a hat-trick as fifth-placed Internazionale, who play Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the European Cup next month, took their record at San Siro to 25 goals in the last five games by beating the moderate Empoli 5-1. Roberto Baggio opened the scoring with a superb sixth-minute free-kick, David Beckham's old rival, the Argentine Diego Simeone, added a second before Djorkaeff opened his account with a 35th-minute penalty. Djorkaeff added his other two goals in the 67th and 90th minutes Survey Results: Week of Feb 1 Who is the better midfielder, Keane or Zidane? Keane 36 46.2% Zidane 42 53.8% Total: 78 votes Bill's comment: it was a close call, but thankfully Keano isn't going anywhere. Maybe we'll be lucky enough to have them both someday? Barry's comment: this was a fantasy question of course as we all know Roy will stay at UNITED for the rest of his playing days just like many before him. Zidane would be a great addition to the squad as the survey shows, REDS say 50/50! ********* Manchester United Survey #37 Week of Feb 7 Who is/was United's best uncapped player? Question suggested by Chris Gowland
Steve Bruce Eddie Colman Jack Crompton Alan Gowling Jimmy Greenhoff David May Charlie Mitten Charlie Moore Remi Moses Andy Ritchie Survey opened: Sun Feb 07 99 18:45 EST 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 Top scorers incl Sat,February 6 1999 UNITED have nr 1,4 and 6! Lge Cup Cup Euro Total 1 *Yorke (Man Utd***) 15 1 0 5 21 2 Owen (Liverpool) 14 2 1 2 19 3 Aloisi (Coventry) 15 0 3 0 18 4 *Cole (Man Utd***) 12 1 0 4 17 5 Ward (Blackburn) 13 0 3 0 16 6 *Solskjaer (Man Utd***) 10 1 3 1 15 7 Gunnlaugsson (Leicester) 13 0 1 0 14 8 Dublin (Aston Villa) 12 0 1 0 13 9 Ricard (Middlesbrough) 10 0 3 0 13 10 Fowler (Liverpool) 9 1 1 2 13 Previous News: Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio http://www.iol.ie/~redcafe/kidd.htm Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United! http://www.red11.org/mufc/news/schmeichel.htm Next games: ALL Result/Fixture Index: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899z.htm 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: http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/ *** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 06/02/99 *** Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 Manchester United 25 9 3 1 32 13 5 5 2 27 14 32 50 2 Chelsea 24 8 4 0 18 6 4 6 2 17 13 16 46 3 Arsenal 24 7 5 0 16 4 5 4 3 12 7 17 45 4 Aston Villa 24 8 2 2 23 15 4 5 3 13 10 11 43 5 Liverpool 24 7 3 2 31 14 4 2 6 16 15 18 38 6 Leeds United 24 7 3 2 20 6 2 6 4 16 18 12 36 7 Wimbledon 23 7 4 1 18 11 2 4 5 11 22 -4 35 8 Derby County 24 4 5 2 11 9 4 5 4 12 12 2 34 9 West Ham United 24 6 3 3 16 18 3 3 6 9 17 -10 33 10 Middlesbrough 24 4 7 1 16 10 3 4 5 17 21 2 32 11 Tottenham Hotspur 24 5 5 2 19 16 2 5 5 10 15 -2 31 12 Newcastle United 24 6 2 4 16 15 2 5 5 13 17 -3 31 13 Leicester City 24 5 3 4 17 18 2 6 4 8 11 -4 30 14 Sheffield Wednesday 24 5 3 4 13 7 3 2 7 14 16 4 29 15 Blackburn Rovers 24 5 3 4 14 12 1 4 7 11 19 -6 25 16 Coventry City 24 5 4 3 17 13 1 2 9 6 19 -9 24 17 Everton 23 2 7 3 3 6 3 2 6 10 19 -12 24 18 Southampton 24 4 2 6 18 21 1 3 8 5 26 -24 20 19 Charlton Athletic 23 2 4 5 15 13 1 4 7 11 24 -11 17 20 Nottingham Forest 24 1 6 5 10 21 2 1 9 10 28 -29 16 *** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 06/02/99 *** 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 ****** 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 ****** CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW 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 *** FAC ROUND 5 FIXTURES ON 13/02/99 *** Arsenal v Sheffield United Barnsley v Bristol Rovers Everton v Coventry City Huddersfield Town v Derby County Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur Sheffield Wednesday v Chelsea *** PREM FIXTURES ON 08/02/99 *** Charlton Athletic v Wimbledon *** FIXTURES ON 13/02/99 *** Charlton Athletic v Liverpool West Ham United v Nottingham Forest ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++
Subject: Giggs targets Milan comeback Monday, February 8, 1999 Published at 19:34 GMT Giggs targets Milan comeback Welsh international Ryan Giggs has boosted Manchester United by expressing confidence that he will be fit for next month's Champions' League quarter-final against Inter Milan. Giggs suffered a hamstring injury against Derby last week and it was thought he would miss the March 3 game with the Italians. "The injury is nowhere near as bad as it was when I missed seven weeks last season when I tore the same hamstring. I have genuine hopes of being fit to face Inter Milan, that certainly is my target," he said. "I feel it is only going to be two or three weeks this time, nothing last last season when it was really painful." United manager Alex Ferguson has allowed Giggs to attend a Welsh get-together ahead of their European Championship qualifier in Switzerland at the end of next month. "The next week's treatment is the most important. This sort of injury always improves quickly initially, and then it takes a bit longer than people think to get really right," Giggs added. "It all depends on what it is like when you start doing more work and pushing it harder, but I am looking to Milan for the comeback, I certainly hope so." ---------------------------------------------- Giggs on schedule to be fit for Inter shootout Tuesday, February 9, 1999 Inter Milan had barely finished digesting Champions League rivals Manchester United's 8-1 weekend romp when Ryan Giggs yesterday gave them something else to think about. The 25-year-old winger breezed into a Wales get-together in Cheshire saying his hamstring injury isn't as bad as first feared and hinting he could be ready for the first leg of the quarter-final tie on March 3. It is a medical bulletin which will be felt as keenly at San Siro as it will be welcomed at Old Trafford, with Inter's prized Brazilian, Ronaldo, saying: 'Ryan Giggs is a constant danger for any defence because he is so unpredictable.' Giggs said: 'It's not as bad as it was last year when I was out for seven weeks. Hopefully, this time we're only talking around three weeks and I will be back for the Inter Milan game. 'It's a massive game and I'm desperate to play in it. The lads are flying at the moment. Obviously we all want to do well in the League but everyone has got their eye on the Champions League. It's now coming up quickly. 'I missed the quarterfinals against Monaco last season and I want to make up for that. We know if we can beat Inter this time then we have got a great chance. I think we are as well equipped as we can be to win the European Cup. 'Everyone in the team is an international. We have got some great experience after being in the quarter-finals last season and the semi-finals the year before. We have got the experience of playing big teams and in big occasions.'
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Subject: Heat on Sky to show Old Trafford battle Tuesday, February 9, 1999 Sky Television looks set to bow to mounting public pressure and broadcast the most eagerly-awaited Premiership match of the season between Manchester United and Arsenal. The game which could decide the destiny of the title was due to be played this Saturday, FA Cup fifth-round day, but had to be rescheduled, with the clubs agreeing to meet a week tomorrow. Sky is broadcasting the second leg of the semi-final of the Worthington Cup between Leicester and Sunderland on that night, seemingly dashing hopes of showing the Old Trafford clash live. But it emerged last night that Premiership chiefs are keen to showcase the clash of the season and it looks increasingly likely that both matches will be broadcast simultaneously. The corresponding fixture last season became the defining moment of the campaign with Marc Overmars' goal in the 1-0 victory giving Arsenal an ultimately crucial psychological advantage over United which took them to the title. Premiership spokesman Mike Lee said: 'We are sympathetic to the idea of broadcasting this game because of the intense interest. Consultations are under way and a final decision will be made very shortly.' A Sky spokesman refused to be drawn on the possibility of the game being televised live and would only say: 'We can definitely confirm that we will be broadcasting the second leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final. We have a commitment to broadcast that match. It is a prestigious game, the teams are just 90 minutes away from Wembley with the chance of a European place at stake. It will have all the drama of a knockout competition and it is a very significant game.' Sky has shown live simultaneous matches, both title deciders and relegation battles, on the final day of the season ever since the 1994-95 campaign, when they broadcast West Ham and Manchester United alongside Liverpool against Blackburn.
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Subject: Barry Comment: possibly another Danish Keeper for United? (19/39 clean sheets) Here in Denmark today we are talking about the Sunderland Danish keeper: Thomas Sorensen as a possible replacement to BIG PETE? Anyone else agree?? He is brilliant in goal young and can certainly throw the ball outt just like Peter: He looks like a certain replacement in the National Danish side when Peter stops. Money wise Thomas vcan be purchased from sunderland who will need money to strengthen on their expected entry to Premier football. If you want to see Thomas here he is: http://www.red11.org/ts.jpg >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Old article fron January: PROMOTION OR BUST FOR SORENSEN Sunderland keeper Thomas Sorensen helped his side to a 2-1 victory over promotion rivals Ipswich and then admitted: "I'll be disappointed if we don't go up." The 21-year-old Dane pulled off a spectacular save from Town skipper Matt Holland to deny the visitors an equaliser as Peter Reid's men opened up a 10-point gap at the top of Division One. And the victory over a side which would have gone second with a win at the Stadium of Light put Sunderland firmly in the driving seat for a return to the Premiership. "I'll be very, very disappointed if we don't go up now," said Sorensen. "It was a very hard game for us, but we had the better chances even though they had most of the ball. "They played well but at the end of the day, we got three points and that was really important for us. "Ipswich are 12 points behind us now and we need to worry about Bolton and Bradford. I think our biggest concern was to get our game back on the right track again. "We haven't played that well in the last few games, but we played well today." Sorensen was in fine form as the visitors made the early running, and he continued in the same vein after striker Niall Quinn had put his side two goals ahead with strikes in the 27th and 32nd minutes. But the keeper was beaten all ends up by Holland's blistering drive which went in off the underside of the bar seven minutes before the break. "I just heard the ping as it hit the bar - nothing else," he admitted. "It was a brilliant strike." ---------------------------- New article: DREAM BOY - Sorensen is delighted at his Denmark call-up Ace Sorensen set to cap his Danish dream THOMAS SORENSEN has hailed his first senior call-up for Denmark as a ''dream come true.'' The Sunderland goalkeeper was today included in Danish coach Bo Johannsen's squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Croatia in Split. He has been selected alongside current first choice Peter Schmeichel and is expected to play at least one half of the match. The call-up is a reward for a string of impressive displays by the 22-year-old, who has become a cult figure at the Stadium of Light. Dream Sorensen has kept 19 clean sheets in 39 games as Sunderland's only ever-present since his arrival from OB Odense last summer. Speaking for the first time about his call-up Sorensen said: ''I've got to be very happy. It's always been my dream to play in the Danish team. ''I played in a B international some years ago but I'm thrilled at the prospect of getting my chance at the highest level. ''Peter is still No 1 and it will probably be his decision whether I get 45 minutes. If I do I'm determined to do my best. ''I've been pleased with my form gone since I came to England. It's brilliant at Sunderland and results have been going well.'' Sorensen's immediate thoughts, however, are on helping the Wearsiders return to winning ways against Swindon Town on Saturday. Peter Reid's side have suffered three defeats in the space of a week but Sorensen is confident they will prove only a temporary aberration.
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Subject: M.E.N. Articles - Ole, Terry Cooke and McClaren ON TOP OF THE WORLD BY STUART MATHIESON HOT-SHOT Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is today on top of the world with an amazing strike-rate of one goal every 62 minutes!The Reds' 8-1 rout of Nottingham Forest saw their hitmen grab personal glory.Dwight Yorke's latest batch of his 21 goals means he has scored in the last six United matches so equalling David Herd's 1962 record.And Andy Cole joined the exclusive Premiership 100 club by reaching his century of league goals.Solskjaer's incredible 10-minute four goal haul was an unprecedented tally for a sub.The Norwegian's 15 goals this campaign have now moved him into sixth place in the Premiership striker's goal chart. Yorke is top with his 21 and Cole is fourth with 17.But Solskjaer's strike-rate leaves him top dog at Old Trafford catapulting his value to more than £10m and raising the question whether his goal scoring record is the best worldwide.The 25-year-old has featured in 24 matches this season but started just 10 and completed only five.However, his 939 minutes have reaped a goal almost every hour.Yorke is cracking them home one every 115 minutes while Cole is bagging them every 135 minutes.The menacing trio today won rich praise from United defender Gary Neville.``It is amazing to watch. It is the best forward play I have ever seen from Manchester United,'' he said.``The sharpness and the movement is just different to anything I have ever seen before. It is unbelievable. You have to feel sorry for the defenders because it is so difficult to stay with that sort of movement.``It's the best feeling in the world for a defender, knowing that your forwards are so clinical they will get you that goal.'' Cooke's ready to sign up BY RICHARD BURGESS TERRY Cooke is ready to turn his back on Old Trafford and join the Blues.The Manchester United starlet has been an instant hit since moving to Maine Road on a three-month loan last month.Birmingham-born Cooke has yet to lose a game in City colours and today told M. E. N. Sport: ``I'm loving every minute of it here.''The 22-year-old winger added: ``United have offered me a new contract, but I don't want to go back into their reserves.``Alex Ferguson knows I want first-team football and we will just have to wait and see how things turn out.``There are rumours that City might be interested in signing me permanently, but I am just taking every game as it comes. Still, I must admit when you come to a big club like this, you don't want to leave.``The City players and fans have made me feel very welcome and Joe Royle is a legend. I know Alex Ferguson rates him very highly as a manager.''Cooke struck his first-ever league goal in City's 3-0 triumph over Millwall this weekend and afterwards set himself a new scoring target.``I've been brought up at United to attack, but my goal record is not good enough,'' he continued.``I would like to score more often, even if they are a bit lucky!''Manager Joe Royle is delighted with his new acquisition and revealed he could sign Cooke on a permanent basis.``We have got Terry provisionally for three months and we're delighted with what we have seen so far,'' said the City boss.``He was brought up with some very good players at Old Trafford, but missed a large chunk of his career through injury.``We are still getting used to having him in the team and need to feed him the ball more often. Still, I thought he did very well on Saturday, and it doesn't seem like United need him, does it?'' SPACE AGE FOR STEVE By STUART MATHIESON STEVE McCLAREN MANCHESTER United's players aren't prone to taking things lying down but they may have to with Alex Ferguson's new number two Steve McClaren. The former Derby County assistant could take the Reds into the computer age as the innovative 37-year-old brings his space-age brand of coaching to Old Trafford. Derby boss Jim Smith was loathe to part with McClaren, his right-hand man of four years, and says United are getting one of the brightest young coaches around. ``Steve has an open mind to what people have to say,'' Smith told M.E.N. Sport. ``The biggest thing he brought to Derby was his professionalism. He looks at every available source of improving things. He listens to what people have to offer and acts on those he feels are worthwhile. ``In the time he was with me at derby he's improved our training areas and has organised new fitness tests for the players and measuring their strengths. ``Steve brought in the use of computers to analyse videos. We have videos that just follow a couple of individual performances so we can look at those closely. ``There's a room we call the prozone room at the club now where there's a huge video screen and 20 self-massaging beds. The beds prevent muscle injuries and speed up recovery for injured players. That sort of thing is rare in a football club but Steve introduced it at Derby. ``He's also very bright with his own ideas and drills on the pitch. He's a very good man, a very positive person and has a great sense of humour.'' Derby's former England international Tony Dorigo already puts McClaren on a par with new temporary national boss Howard Wilkinson. The former Chelsea, Leeds and Torino defender says: ``Manchester United are gaining a lot and unfortunately that's Derby's loss. ``Howard Wilkinson was a very methodical and brilliant coach. I put Steve as high as him. ``Once the United players get to know him they'll be good for each other. ``He will revel in working with the level of player they have at Old Trafford.''
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Subject: United Records - some answers A couple of people have asked a few questions after our 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest, so I thought I would send them out on the List. Apologies if any of them have already been aired in the last couple of days.... On the 41st anniversary of Munich, what better way to honour the 8 players who died than by scoring a goal for each of them? United now hold the best home and away wins in the Premiership 9-0 against Ipswich in March 1995 is the best at home. However, the 9-0 and 8-1 was bettered in the old First Division. Sunderland won 9-1 at Newcastle in December 1908, and also Wolves won 9-0 at Cardiff City in 1955. The eight scored at Forest was the first away 8 for United in a League game - the previous best was 7, best of which was a 7-0 win at Grimsby Town in Division 2 in December 1899 - 100 years ago. As mentioned earlier, the Reds scored 9 as recently as 1995. The last tally of 8 was almost 29 years to the day, the 8-2 win at Northampton Town in the FA Cup 5th Round (Best 6 Kidd 2) The feat of scoring 4 goals as a sub may be a new record, but I cannot confirm that. Goals in a game was asked: 6 goals for United: G.Best v Northampton Town (FAC) Feb 1970 (8-2) 5 goals for United: J.Rowley v Yeovil Town (FAC) Feb 1949 (8-0) A.Cole v Ipswich Town (Prem) Mar 1995 (9-0) 4 goals for United: R.Smith at Manchester City (Div 2) Oct 1894 (5-2) A.Turnbull v Arsenal (Div 1) Nov 1907 (4-2) J.Turnbull v Middlesbrough (DIv 1) Sep 1908 (6-3) J.Picken v Middlesbrough (DIv 1) Apr 1910 (4-1) E.Goldthorpe at Notts County (Div 2) Feb 1922 (6-1) J.Spence v Crystal Palace (Div 2) Apr 1924 (5-1) J.Hanson v Brentford (FAC) Jan 1928 (7-1) J.Spence v West Ham United (Div 1) Feb 1930 (4-2) N.Dewar v Burnley (Div 2) Sep 1933 (5-2) T.Manley v Port Vale (Div 2) Feb 1936 (7-2) T.Bamford at Chesterfield (Div 2) Nov 1937 (7-1) J.Rowley v Swansea Town (Div 2) Dec 1937 (5-1) J.Rowley v Charlton Athletic (Div 1) Aug 1947 (6-2) J.Rowley v Huddersfield Town (Div 1) Nov 1947 (4-4) S.Mitten v Aston Villa (Div 1) Mar 1950 (7-0) T.Taylor v Cardiff City (Div 1) Oct 1954 (5-2) D.Viollet v Anderlecht (EC) Sep 1956 (10-0) D.Law at Ipswich Town (Div 1) Nov 1962 (5-3) D.Law v Stoke City (Div 1) Dec 1963 (5-2) D.Law v Aston Villa (Div 1) Oct 1964 (7-0) D.Herd v Sunderland (Div 1) Nov 1966 (5-0) D.Law v Waterford (EC) Oct 1968 (7-1) A.Gowling v Southampton (Div 1) Feb 1971 (5-1) O.G.Solskjaer at Nottingham Forest (Prem) (8-1) Finally, the 20-goals-in-a-season poser. 66 times Reds have recorded 20 in a season in all competitions, in League only it has happened 32 times. Post-war Top Scorers with 20+ goals 1946-47 Jack Rowley 28 (26 Div 1 + 2 FAC) 1947-48 Jack Rowley 28 (23 Div 1 + 5 FAC) 1948-49 Jack Rowley 29 (20 Div 1 + 9 FAC) 1949-50 Jack Rowley 23 (20 Div 1 + 3 FAC) 1951-52 Jack Rowley 30 (30 Div 1) 1951-52 Stan Pearson 22 (22 Div 1) 1953-54 Tommy Taylor 23 (22 Div 1 + 1 FAC) 1954-55 Dennis Viollet 21 (20 Div 1 + 1 FAC) 1954-55 Tommy Taylor 20 (20 Div 1) 1955-56 Tommy Taylor 25 (25 Div 1) 1955-56 Dennis Viollet 20 (20 Div 1) 1956-57 Tommy Taylor 34 (22 Div 1 + 4 FAC + 8 EC) 1956-57 Billy Whelan 33 (26 Div 1 + 4 FAC + 3 EC) 1956-57 Dennis Viollet 25 (16 Div 1 + 9 EC) 1957-58 Dennis Viollet 23 (16 Div 1 + 3 FAC + 4 EC) 1958-59 Bobby Charlton 29 (29 Div 1) 1958-59 Dennis Viollet 21 (21 Div 1) 1959-60 Dennis Viollet 32 (32 Div 1) 1959-60 Bobby Charlton 21 (18 Div 1 + 3 FAC) 1960-61 Bobby Charlton 21 (21 Div 1) 1960-61 Alex Dawson 20 (16 Div 1 + 3 FAC + 1 LC) 1962-63 Denis Law 29 (23 Div 1 + 6 FAC) 1962-63 David Herd 21 (19 Div 1 + 2 FAC) 1963-64 Denis Law 46 (30 Div 1 + 10 FAC + 6 ECWC) 1963-64 David Herd 27 (20 Div 1 + 4 FAC + 3 ECWC) 1964-65 Denis Law 39 (28 Div 1 + 3 FAC + 8 ICFC) 1964-65 David Herd 28 (20 Div 1 + 2 FAC + 6 ICFC) 1964-65 John Connelly 22 (15 Div 1 + 2 FAC + 5 ICFC) 1965-66 David Herd 32 (24 Div 1 + 3 FAC + 5 EC) 1965-66 Denis Law 24 (15 Div 1 + 6 FAC + 3 EC) 1966-67 Denis Law 25 (23 Div 1 + 2 FAC) 1967-68 George Best 32 (28 Div 1 + 1 FAC + 3 EC) 1968-69 Denis Law 30 (14 Div 1 + 7 FAC + 9 EC) 1968-69 George Best 22 (19 Div 1 + 1 FAC + 2 EC) 1969-70 George Best 23 (15 Div 1 + 6 FAC + 2 LC) 1970-71 George Best 21 (18 Div 1 + 1 FAC + 2 LC) 1971-72 George Best 26 (18 Div 1 + 5 FAC + 3 LC) 1976-77 Gordon Hill 22 (15 Div 1 + 2 FAC + 4 LC + 1 UEFA) 1984-85 Mark Hughes 24 (16 Div 1 + 3 FAC + 3 LC + 2 UEFA) 1987-88 Brian McClair 31 (24 Div 1 + 5 FAC + 2 LC) 1990-91 Mark Hughes 21 (10 Div 1 + 2 FAC + 6 LC + 3 ECWC) 1990-91 Brian McClair 21 (13 Div 1 + 2 FAC + 2 LC + 4 ECWC) 1991-92 Brian McClair 25 (18 Div 1 + 1 FAC + 4 LC + 2 ECWC) 1993-94 Eric Cantona 21 (14 Prem + 4 FAC + 1 LC + 2 EC) 1997-98 Andy Cole 25 (15 Prem + 5 FAC + 5 EC) Paul Hinson (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Subject: The not so Tricky Trees Match Report from Mark I don't normally post match reports as Paul and Linda do such a good job, but I wanted to write this as a way of saying thanks on behalf of Duncan and myself to Pete and his dad Hal, for the tickets, the lift and their wonderful company on Saturday. Mad Juice and myself have only known Pete and his Dad for a short time but they treated us like life long friends - thanks very much. I had spent part of Friday night winding up a bitterman that Jon Leigh and I have known since school. He seemed more preoccupied in making sure his Godson grows up a Bertie than the impending visit of The New Den Neanderthals (Alphabet books that start ABU, number books that start 5, 1 - that sort of thing). Anyway having wound him up sufficiently I left him alone and went to bed still laughing. Pete picked up Duncan and myself at 10, then went round to pick Hal up and we were off. The weather was looking pretty miserable but chewing the fat over Utd past and present made the journey seem much more pleasurable than it might have been. Soon we were parking in the pub where we had planned to have lunch, only to find one person serving and no bar food! Having been joined by Dr Mark we drove nearer the ground to park up and arranged a meeting point for afterwards as our tickets were in the Forest main stand. Mad Juice and I decided to check out the Aviary to see if we could spot any faces, but the place was packed out and after a quick hello to Mr Boyle and a pit stop, we opted for the off licence instead. After bumping into IMUSA membership Sec Michael Shepherd near the ground we decided to find our way to our seats. The tickets said "Executive" but I would beg to differ, however it was also obvious that there was a heavy Utd presence in this area of the ground, from Mr and Mrs Megastore en famille to the more suitably attired such as ourselves. As for the game, well what can I say! Our second goal was obviously too much for one tricky not far in front of us who started waving his branches about having a go at the chief tree surgeon (sorry, steward) in our section wanting all the reds he could see thrown out. The steward took him away for a sap injection and he came back five minutes later looking a lot calmer! However this gave Duncan and I an idea for an escape to our end of the ground and just before half time asked the harrassed looking steward if it would be possible to move to some of the spare seats we had seen. No problem he said and we arrived back in the real world just as the half time whistle went. It would be difficult to add to what has already been said about our second half performance. I'm just grateful to the boys for waiting until we could join in the celebrations properly! It was a fitting tribute to the events of 41 years earlier. Meeting back up with Pete Hal and Dr Mark we made our way to our original pub, only to find it shut! Another venue was found nearer the motorway whilst the traffic calmed down then we started the journey back with the Mellorphant man keeping us amused. NASA are spending millions looking for signs of extra terrestial life but I reckon they are already here and spend Saturday evenings on the phone to their "leader". What a sad bunch. I thought I'd heard it all but when you get a Millwall fan ringing up to complain about violence at a game you just know these people are from a different planet! Having got home we hit Chorlton for a few drinks with a few of Duncans' friends, including a City fan who said the agro at Moss Dive had not been overstated. He also confirmed what most of us already knew - that Terry Cook had injected some class into City's attack, indeed the playoffs were now being seen as a realistic possibility. This had my mind working overtime. Imagine the scenario - it is a sunny weekend in early June, Moss Side has decamped to Wembley, it is 0-0 with 1 minute to go in normal time.................. I think you can guess the rest, I mean it couldn't happen, could it? Mark
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