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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Tue Jan 12  GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. When the lights go on again ..by Our Salford Lass
5. Unusual Event United Quiz
6. Time for a moan at Fergie's squad rotation policy


Daily RED Trivia  Tues 12th January 1999:

12/1/1957: 2 goals each from David Pegg, Billy Whelan and Dennis Viollet earn United
 a 6-1 victory against Newcastle United at Old Trafford watched by 44,911.
 Team was: Wood, Foulkes, Byrne, Colman, Jones, Edwards, Berry, Whelan,
 Taylor, Viollet, Pegg.

1985: Steve Pears made his debut against Coventry City. Pears was a brave keeper
 who made 5 appearances in 1985 before joining Middlesbrough where he made over
 300 appearances and played in two promotion-winning campaigns. 

Barry Daily Comment:
United's stand nightmare «« 
Trafford Council have ordered United to close the North stand until the cause of
 Sunday's power failure is established. The club say they are confident that the
 problem can be resolved in time for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday week. That
 game is a guaranteed sell-out and the consequences of United having to stage
 the clash with the stand closed do not bear thinking about. The electricians working
 around Old Trafford over the next couple of days may never have known pressure like it.

BREAKING NEWS - Tuesday 12 January 1999 
Celta Vigo have approached Manchester United to get Jordi Cruyff on loan until 
the end of the season. The Spanish club, who are currently second in the
 Primera Liga, want the Dutch international to boost their push for the championship.
Cruyff, who came on as substitute in the 4-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday,
 has been dogged by injury since he arrived at Old Trafford from Barcelona in 1996.

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Today! West Ham    (H) Sky Sports time 16.00 UK
  16/1 Leicester   (A)  15.00
  24/1 Liverpool   (H)  12.00 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
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180

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


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Subject: When the lights go on again ..by Our Salford Lass Well I did have a good day yesterday - very enjoyable! I'm still thawing out the fingers and toes, but despite that and the lights going out, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The day started with beautiful sunshine, clear blue skies and an overnight frost that lingered through the day and made the walk to the bus station like walking through fairyland. (A definate improvement on Eccles, this is!!) It was the sort of day that raises the spirits and makes you feel good to be alive. Unfortunately, though the spirit was willing, my ageing flesh is tending toward increasing weakness. The cold was getting to my creaking joints so I headed off straight to the ground and had to miss out on the Throstles Nest (and the walk to the stadium). I arrived about 3pm, bought a hot chocolate and headed off to my seat to watch the crowds arrive. Early entertainment was provided by Les Sealey, warming up in front of East Stand. He played to the crowd and received a very warm reception. Then suddenly, all the floodlights went off! It was like someone had pulled out the plug (which I believe is virtually what happened - an electrician cut through the wire that brings mains electricity into the stadium!). The crowd cheered, the West Ham fans started jeering about our "shit stadium" and we listened to an increasingly panicky PA announcer asking over and over again for the Norweb electrician to make contact. Why is it that they can't light the stadium, provide hot pies, keep the TV's on in the executive boxes etc, but they can still manage to bring us Keith Fane and his awful record collection? At that point the son-and-heir arrived and said cheerfully "It's all gone dark at the back!" Yes, we had noticed! As the PA system was still working, the club were able to go ahead with shooting a scene from the new film called "Best" (not surprisingly, it is about the life and times of our dear Georgie). There's been a bit of a fuss in the local press over the last few days because the film company (owned by our dear friend and would-be benefactor, Rupert) wanted the crowd to "assist" in the film by staging a minutes silence and then singing "Abide with Me" before the actor playing Best coming on to deliver a short tribute to Sir Matt Busby. I believe (in the film) this was supposed to have taken place at the memorial service after Sir Matt died, but I don't remember it. Having thought about the improbability of the West Ham fans keeping quiet during the silence and the distinct possibility that some United fans might make their admiration for Rupert public during the event, the makers of the film wisely decided only to go for the recording of the speech. So, with the stadium in darkness (I think!), we were asked to remain silent during the speech and then break into spontaneous applause (!) once it was over. From the tunnel, there came a small group of men in black suits, the one in the centre obviously being the actor playing George Best and another one with a bald head who looked like Sir Bobby (was it him?). The others I couldn't identify. They trouped onto the pitch to the accompaniment of the West Ham fans singing "Who the f..king 'ell are you?" The George Best lookalike (well he did from a distance!) then proceeded to read something unintelligible as the West Ham fans went through their repertoire - "Does she take it up the arse?", "I'm forever blowing bubbles" and various Bobby Moore chants. I thought it all rather funny (United fans are not usually very cooperative either on occasions like this) but most United fans seemed to take offence and at the end of the short piece, the whole stadium joined in "United, United" and then chanted at the West Ham fans "You're just a bunch of wankers". Whatever your opinion of their behaviour, this beefed up the atmosphere no end. For the next 45 minutes the chants were going back and forth. They sang about our "shit" stadium, we sang about their "shit" team. It was almost like the old days, with both sets of fans getting warmed up for the start of the game. Eventually, there was a loud cheer around the ground as the scoreboard burst into life and television screens starting coming on in the exec boxes (you have to get the priorities right!). Gradually, things returned to normal as first the floodlights above South Stand came on and then the floodlights above North Stand. Unfortunately they didn't have enough 50p pieces to keep pumping up the meter and the rest of the North Stand lights never did come on! From reports heard today, it was quite scary at the back of North Stand, especially when getting out after the game - I mean, who would want to be walking down all those stairs, in the dark, with the possibility of the Sausage Man creeping up behind you unseen?? It's enough to give a girl (and a few fellas) nightmares for years to come! By the time the game started, 45 minutes late, we were freezing cold but having a good time. For many, the extra good spirits had come because the bars couldn't close - their shutters are electrically operated - for most of us though, we were simply enjoying the unusual experience of a good atmosphere at a home game. The stewards did try and spoil our fun by doing their usual killjoy impressions but after taking down a few seat numbers and looking meaningfully up at the security room high in the corner, they disappeared. Throughout the first half, the chanting continued as United ran all over West Ham without even breaking sweat. As one guy said on the way home, "that's broken their f..king bubble!" They had arrived full of themselves - thinking that their position in the table makes them a good team - and they got a footballing lesson by a United team with half its stars missing. No Becks, Neville brothers, Scholes, Schmeichel. All they had was a fat nutter of a striker (Hartson for those of you who haven't recognised the description), a 17-year-old who's barely out of nappies and a very fat, ageing ex-scouser at the back. Talking of the latter, much fun was had abusing Ruddock - "You're just a fat scouse b.....d" and "You're not very thin, you're not very thin" rang out at regular intervals throughout the game. I almost (but not quite) felt sorry for him as he lumbered around the pitch trying to keep up with Dwight! As for the nutter at the front, he lived up to his reputation early in the first half when he tried to headbutt Rio Ferdinand to much hilarity from the United fans! We didn't have to wait long for the first goal (10 minutes) and then it was United all the way and a score that could have been 10 if chances hadn't been missed. Once we were a couple up, the West Ham fans did go a bit quiet, but we soon woke them up singing "You're supposed to be away!" The replied with "3-2, we're gonna win 3-2" which brought many a smile to a United fan's face. The start of the second half saw the atmosphere die a little as we reluctantly came back to our seats from the warmth of the hand driers in the toilets. It soon livened up, however, as the West Ham fans decided to start taking the mickey out of our Becks. As he jogged up and down the touchline in front of their corner, they started to chant "Is the baby really yours?" This led to my moment of the match as Becks jogged along, with a massive grin on his face, nodding his head up at the away section. Of course, the United fans then sang "One David Beckham" and "You can stick your f..king England up your arse." From then on, the theme was slag off England. Whatever your opinion on England and whether we should be slagging off our national team (a bit like criticising the Royal Family over here - it's just not done you know!), the West Ham fans asked for it and they should realise that you shouldn't start something if you can't finish it! After more anti-Becks and anti-United crap from them, large numbers of United fans started chanting "Argentina". This of course, drove the West Ham fans wild and to much hilarity in East Stand they chanted at us "You're just a fackin disgrice" (the spelling mistakes are my attempt to reproduce that awful cockney accent) and "Scum, scum" (which sounded like they were chanting for our Jaap). I had tears running down my face laughing as we chanted back "If you can't talk proper, f..k off home". I haven't enjoyed myself so much in ages! (My daughter says I haven't mentally left the school playground yet!) Of course we got a third goal and they were just chanting "4-3, we're gonna win 4-3" when Ole scored our fourth! More hilarity and "4-0 in your Cup Final" and then winding them up again with "It's just like watching England." They launched into their "one song" - "I'm forever blowing babbles", to which we replied by telling them where they could stick their bubbles! Other songs which I enjoyed - "Chim chimeny, chim chimeny, chim chim cheroo, we hate the b.....ds in claret and blue" (apologies for the spelling, I haven't the foggiest idea how you are supposed to spell it!), "Manchester, Manchester, Manchester" and "We got Wesley Brown". The final insult was the whole of Old Trafford singing "Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio" just after we scored our fourth, as they left in their hundreds. Absolute bliss!! So it was the best game in ages with a great atmosphere. What was most enjoyable was to be able to relax a bit. To be so laid back about what's happening on the pitch that you can concentrate some time on winding up the opposition. Admittedly, hypothermia was a real danger but well worth the risk! Also good to see Andy looking so relaxed - he was laughing and joking with Yorke and Hislop in the penalty area in the first half, and to see Becks so relaxed about the taunts. My man-of-the-match? I suppose it should be Stam - he turned in another totally commanding performance, but my heart says Wes Brown. He tired towards the end but in the first half especially he was superb. Some of his forward passes were out of this world. And Dwight deserves a mention. I never thought I'd ever say this, but in Dwight Yorke we finally have someone who can fill Sparky's boots - high praise indeed from me! So it was off into the night, leaving the residents of the top two tiers of North Stand stranded on their lofty perch! When I spent my season in torment up in the second tier I did wonder what would happen if ever there were an emergency. Yesterday we found out - more than 45 minutes to get everyone out. Luckily, there were no terrible consequences and hopefully the club will use this experience to ensure that there never will be (other than Alan not being able to find his chipolata in the dark, of course!) Copyright © 1999 by Our Salford Lass. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without permission of the author
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Subject: RED DEVILS CONFIDENT NORTH STAND WILL BE OPEN Manchester United are confident the north stand at Old Trafford will be open for the FA Cup clash with Liverpool on Sunday week. Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council claim they will not let the club use the stand until they are satisfied it is safe after the emergency lighting was lost in the four stair towers during the game against West Ham. Thousands of supporters were delayed as they left the stand, although United managed to evacuate everyone safely. Trafford council insist they will not permit the stand to be used until they are happy the problem has been solved. Club spokesman and assistant secretary Ken Ramsden played down the council's threats and he was optimistic that the stand would not be closed for their next home game against Liverpool. "It's not come to that and we don't expect it to come to that," he said. "We expect to have the cause identified within a couple of days and the matter resolved within a couple of days. "We are very, very confident that we will play the Liverpool game as scheduled and ticket sales are going ahead as usual. We do have a duty of care ourselves to exercise and no-one should think we are taking this lightly, but we don't expect it to be a long job and we fully expect to resolve the situation in the next few days." Barry Brotherton, community safety officer with Trafford council, claimed the local authority would not let United use the stand if they felt the problem might recur. "Our technical officers need to be reassured that the cause of the problem has been properly addressed, that the appropriate corrective action has been taken, that they are quite happy with the electrical arrangements and that any problems there were stewarding people out during the evacuation have been addressed," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "Once we are satisfied with all of that and only when we are satisfied all of that has been addressed, will we relicense the stand for public use."
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Subject: UNITED INSIST FANS WERE SAFE DESPITE BLACKOUT Manchester United have insisted fans were not in danger after the emergency lighting was lost in one of the Old Trafford stands. Supporters in the north stand, who tried to leave Sunday's match against West Ham early, were left in darkness when the emergency lighting went out on the four stair towers. The problem arose after the electricity supply had been restored to the ground following a power failure, which delayed the game by 45 minutes. Spectators had to wait while they filed out through the two emergency staircases, which had full electrical power. Some fans have criticised the club's handling of the problem, but United claim there were delays because they wanted to ensure everyone got out safely. An extra 128 United staff, plus 85 police officers, and a full medical team were deployed to the north stand to ensure the safe evacuation of the fans. United spokesman Ken Ramsden revealed that their staff had rehearsed such a scenario. He added the supporters were kept fully informed of what was going on and that everything went smoothly. "There was a loss of lighting in the four conventional stair towers, but the main lighting in the concourse itself and the two emergency stair towers had full lighting," he said. "For those people exiting under the control of our staff there were delays but that was because it was a well-ordered job. We were trying to clear the concourses before bringing more people down from the stands. "We do have practices for this kind of scenario and not just on paper, but in proper exercises, and we were able to do it successfully. Obviously it must have been worrying for the spectators and we would like to thank them for their exemplary behaviour and co-operation."
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Subject: TEDDY BARES HIS SOUL By David Anderson, PA Sport Teddy Sheringham has admitted he is unhappy languishing on the sidelines at Manchester United. The England striker has made just six starts for United this season and he did not even make the substitutes' bench against West Ham yesterday. Sheringham is frustrated at being relegated to fourth choice in the forwards' pecking order at Old Trafford behind Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. "The manager has four of us, which makes it difficult for me," he said. "I'm not sure it is even a rotation system and to be honest, I'm not coping well with not playing regularly in the first team. "A footballer wants to play football and when he doesn't get a game he is unhappy and I am no different." Sheringham, who has failed to fill Eric Cantona's boots following his £3.5million move from Tottenham in 1996, has been consistently linked with a return to the capital, but he is not ready to throw the towel in yet. "I don't feel I have reached the stage of losing my edge yet," he said. "I feel OK at the moment and I just take things bit by bit - I have to. I certainly haven't given up and I have a belief in myself. "I have been a professional for 15 years and I don't think I would have got this far if I hadn't been able to handle setbacks. "I'm still confident in my ability. The job is not too big for me and my aim now is to do my best to turn things around." Sheringham insists he has no regrets about coming to United even though the move has turned sour. He has become a favourite figure of abuse for visiting fans from London teams who take great delight in the fact that he has not won anything with United. Sheringham does not let that bother him and he feels he will have the last laugh. "I didn't win all that much with my other clubs and I certainly couldn't possibly have turned down the opportunity to join a great club like United," he said. "Despite those songs about Teddy Sheringham not winning anything, we were close last season and I see no reason why we can't take the final step this season and win something," he said in the United Review.
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Subject: Unusual Event United Quiz To kill time during a one hour wait in the North Stand after the final whistle yesterday (Evacuation Procedure indeed!) the following quiz was devised... Name the United match which was.... (1) Abandoned in the legendary Manchester rain in the 60's (2) Unfinished in the 70's (3) Obscured by the fog in the 70's (4) Played to a finish but seen in a dim light in the late 70's Anyone who can answer all 4 correctly can call themselves 'Red of the 20th Century' and wins an explanation by NORWEB why switching on the floodlights plunged the ground into darkness just as I going through the turnstiles ): Answers will be posted to everyone on Wednesday.... Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk)
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From: Jon Leigh Subject: Time for a moan at Fergie's squad rotation policy I think it's a bit too early to say yet whether or not the squad rotation is a good idea. The true result of the exercise will only show through towards the end of the season. I personally like the way the Wizard is taking a longer view of the season: it's a marathon not a sprint. I remember how in February and March last year players like Beckham were quite literally running on empty. Absolutely knackered. And they hadn't had a World Cup the previous summer either. This time around, when we get to the crucial point in the season i.e. March when the League really starts and the EC kicks in again, our players should be relatively fresh and have enough in their locker to be able to handle 2 games a week for a month or so. In the meanwhile, Fergie is still able to field a team capable of winning matches. We were outstanding yesterday while at the same time the following players all had a nice opportunity to re-charge their batteries: Neville P, Neville G, Beckham, Schmeicel, Scholes. Jon (just back from Florida and jet-lagged, kept in N Stand Tier 2 for 45 mins yesterday after the game thanks to the power cut, and central heating not working at home either. Nice to be back!). >From: Terry Dale >Subject: Time for a moan at Fergie's squad rotation policy >Jesper Blomqvist says: > "It is difficult for the players to adjust to big >squads, but we just have to get used to it and I >think we are.'' >Notice he says 'we are' getting used to it, not 'we have got used to >it'. I'm one of those who thinks that players who are constantly >'rotated' will just end up dizzy rather than fresh. Has the squad >rotation been working? Not exactly. We've won just one of our last six >league games, collecting only seven points out of a possible eighteen, >and we now find ourselves in fourth place just a couple of points above >such no-hopers as Wimbledon and with a five-point gap opening up between >us and the top two. And this is despite the fact that, after today's >game, we will have played 12 of our 21 games at home. ................
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