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Date: Wed May 12 08:34:56 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. PL this morning: baaaaa'"Cool fantastic excellent amazing superb marvellous"
2. Pay refs more?  From: "David Marshall, Brisbane, Australia" 
3. Official Preview:  MAN OVERBOARD
4. Match preview : THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 
5. Jaap Stam column - The Telegraph
6. Kidd stands by every word as he prepares for The Gaffer
7. Keane fear for key games - Guardian
8. £500K IF UNITED WIN  
9. United must beat man of their folklore to stay on course
10. Fit-again Giggs to return at Blackburn
11. Sheep Shaggers
12. Sir Matt is Gone for the Big Championship day!


This is a GREAT DAY!
May 11 22.00   Result: Leeds 1-0 Arsenal
    Paddy Crerand revels in Leeds victory v Arse!
      155k   2.23  Glory Glory RED sky at night Leeds delight!

 1  Manchester United    36  21  12   3  78  36   42   75
 2  Arsenal              37  21  12   4  58  17   41   75

TODAY! See the BOSTON REDS celebrate the win at Boro' live!
  + Paul Hinson receives the Masterfan Trophy from Jaap Stam at OT last week!
     PICS + Match preview!
      "Here comes the PL"
         RED Barry

Daily RED Trivia  Wed 12th May 1999:

 Don Gibson born in Manchester. Gibson made his debut at Bolton Wanderers
 in March 1950, winning a League Championship medal in 1952. The industrious
 Half-back made 114 appearances between 1950-55, and became Matt Busby's
 son-in-law  before transferring to Sheffield Wednesday for £8,000 in June 1955,
 where he won Second Division Championship medals in 1956 and 1958.  

 United lose 2-3 to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final at Wembley watched by
 100,000. The Reds mount a late fightback with goals from Gordon McQueen
 and Sammy McIlroy but it was all in vain. Team was: Bailey, Nicholl, Albiston,
 McIlroy, McQueen, Buchan, Coppell, J.Greenhoff, Jordan, Macari, Thomas.

 United draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final at Wembley 
 after extra time watched by 80,000. Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes 2 scored
 for the Reds. Team was: Leighton, Ince, Martin (Blackmore), Bruce, Phelan,
 Pallister (Robins), Robson, Webb, McClair, Hughes, Wallace.


Barry Daily Comment:
L...s did it! After a tremdous match with missed penalty and loads
of chances both ends Hasselbaink finally beat Seamen and gave us
a dearly welcome PL present which simply means one big win or 4pts will 
be enough. A win tonight v Blackburn more or less seals the PL Championship!
Enjoy the party at OT on Sunday!!!!! 

This message cam in from the pub late last night:
Live (from of all places) thThrostles Neest.
'super  super leeds super super leeds'
'super  super leeds super super leeds'
stand up if you 'ate  man u, sorry thats taken it a bit tooooo far.
'Pat and Duncan (the ONLY list members in te Throstles)!!!!

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:
If you would like ALL the final fixtures for
UNITED/Arse/Chelsea then go to http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm

Next Games:
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:

        Leeds United   1-0   Arsenal               40,124

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 11/05/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    36  21  12   3  78  36   42   75
 2  Arsenal              37  21  12   4  58  17   41   75
 3  Chelsea              37  19  15   3  55  29   26   72
 4  Leeds United         37  18  12   7  60  32   28   66
 5  Aston Villa          37  15  10  12  51  45    6   55
 6  West Ham United      37  15   9  13  42  53  -11   54
 7  Derby County         37  13  13  11  39  43   -4   52
 8  Liverpool            37  14   9  14  65  49   16   51
 9  Middlesbrough        37  12  15  10  48  50   -2   51
10  Leicester City       37  12  13  12  40  45   -5   49
11  Tottenham Hotspur    37  11  14  12  46  48   -2   47
12  Newcastle United     37  11  12  14  47  53   -6   45
13  Sheffield Wednesday  37  12   7  18  40  42   -2   43
14  Everton              37  11  10  16  42  45   -3   43
15  Wimbledon            37  10  12  15  40  60  -20   42
16  Coventry City        37  11   8  18  37  49  -12   41
17  Southampton          37  10   8  19  35  64  -29   38
18  Charlton Athletic    37   8  12  17  41  55  -14   36
19  Blackburn Rovers     36   7  12  17  37  51  -14   33
20  Nottingham Forest    37   6   9  22  34  69  -35   27


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
05/05/99    Liverpool                Away     D  2-2     2    44,702
09/05/99    Middlesbrough            Away     W  1-0     1    34,665


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 3-2 [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) 


Tonight United can clinch a 3 pt lead with one game left! Click on table for details!

Subject: PL this morning: baaaaa'"Cool fantastic excellent amazing superb marvellous" We all wore our sheep's clothing yesterday & it worked purrr'fectly. :))))) I admit I watched every kick I was not pleased when Leeds mssed that pen! My heart was in my mouth all thro' the 2nd half. I shouted out LOUD when Hasselbaink went & levelled Dwights goal tally for the season! I thought I was seeing things! It had appeared all the game that Arse would steal a lucky 1-0 win. I was nervously hoping for the draw but a loss was beyond my hopes. Leeds deserved their win but it could so easily have been otherwise. "Cool fantastic excellent amazing superb great marvellous" these are just a few words that come to mind. baaaa'aaaaaa'aaaaaa from RED Barry PS *** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 11/05/99 *** Leeds United 1-0 Arsenal 40,124 *** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 11/05/99 *** Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts --------------------------------------------------------- 1 Manchester United 36 21 12 3 78 36 42 75 2 Arsenal 37 21 12 4 58 17 41 75 3 Chelsea 37 19 15 3 55 29 26 72 4 Leeds United 37 18 12 7 60 32 28 66 Barry@www.red11.org Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Theatre Of Dreams: http://www.red11.org " If ever they are playing in your town You must get to that football ground Take a lesson come to see Football taught by Matt Busby Manchester, Manchester United A bunch of bouncing Busby Babes They deserve to be knighted "
Tonight United can clinch a 3 pt lead with one game left! Click on table for details!

Subject: Pay refs more? From: "David Marshall, Brisbane, Australia" Hi All, I've just watched the first half of the Sheepshaggers v Arse and (apart from the former missing the penalty) one thing that has stood out for me is the ref. He seems to be booking Arsers for the same kind of offense that he is allowing for the Leeds' players. While that suits me fine, it is a worrying thing. Furthermore, he is also booking players where other refs wouldn't. Lack of consistancy amongst officials is a problem that is difficult to solve. The two events that have really upset me, however, are two incidents in which players ahve played the ball after the whistle was clearly heard. and not even so much as a frown from the ref. Ovarmaaaaaars early on tooka shot when cought off side and Halaaaaaaaand later on in an incident identical to that which had Dennis sent off. This leads me to ask are English referees professional yet? If not, with all the money in the game they should be, then their dependency on income from the caper could be a factor in ensuring some comsistancy and accountability. I just watched the second half. Nothing to add!!!! Other than - "Harry Kewell, Harry Kewell cool Harry, Harry Kewell........." Oh, BTW, my bowels were a little obstinate yesterday, but I cought glimpse of Mr Ellery in the Chelsea match and that seemed to get me going right champion! It might work. No need for harsh laxatives, keep a picture of slap head pinned inside your dunny door. Cheers, David Marshall Brisbane, Australia. Red 'til I'm dead.
Tonight United can clinch a 3 pt lead with one game left! Click on table for details!

Subject: Official Preview: MAN OVERBOARD Like any meeting of old friends on the football pitch, Brian Kidd versus Alex Ferguson will be hyped to the hilt. But very few such games can rival the significance of Wednesday night's titanic clash at Ewood Park. One team needs a win to maintain its challenge for the Championship trophy. The other needs a victory just to stay in the Premiership, and that is the only thing on the mind of their manager. "The press will go on about United and Rovers. But that doesn't concern me," insists Kidd. "My only concern is for Rovers. It's all about what we do and I will carry on that way on Wednesday." That has been the way of life for Brian since 3 December 1998, when he surprised the football world by leaving Old Trafford for Ewood Park. The opportunity to step out of Alex Ferguson's shadow and manage a club of his own was too good to resist. But now that things are so bad for Blackburn, the cynics wonder if Brian regrets his big decision. Since Kidd first took the reins, Rovers have won only five League matches in a miserable run of twenty-one. The last victory came seven games ago, against Wimbledon. Meanwhile, life has rarely been better for the club he used to call 'home.' United have lost just one match since their former coach emptied his locker, and that was on a day when Alex Ferguson was also absent. In fact, Kidd's replacement Steve McClaren has yet to taste defeat on the Reds' bench, having sat there for twenty-one games in the League, FA Cup and European Cup. He could yet be the talisman that lands the treble for Manchester United. A proud "Paul Hinson" & Jaap, taken last week! Should that happen, there will be no sour grapes from Kidd. He knew the Lancashire hotpot needed more than just a stir when he joined Blackburn, although he might have expected to have one or two more ingredients at his disposal. As it is, an injury crisis has deprived Kidd of numerous first team players at any given time. His personal shopping bill of eighteen million pounds has only just covered the holes left by Chris Sutton, Billy McKinlay, Gary Flitcroft, Jeff Kenna, Nathan Blake and Christian Dailly. Any of those names might have improved Rovers' chances of beating the drop, but Sutton in particular has been sorely missed. Last season's top scorer with 21, Sutton has contributed only four this year, having played half the number of games. This term's goal chart is topped by Ashley Ward and Kevin Gallacher with five apiece, but only one of these strikers is likely to face United. Ward is fit again, but Gallacher - who missed a crucial penalty against Nottingham Forest on Saturday - is doubtful. As for Alex Fe‘rguson, he has a much longer roster to choose from, even if Roy Keane is ruled out. The skipper is not expected to play, after hobbling into training on Monday morning. Instead he'll channel his powers of recovery into the weekend's Premiership finale against Tottenham, or at worst, the FA Cup Final against Newcastle United. Nicky Butt will deputise for Keano, and David May should face his old club, following his sterling work for United at Middlesbrough on Sunday. In attack, Fergie might prefer Cole's pace to Sheringham's guile, while Ryan Giggs is set to return on the left wing. The nailbiting action starts at 8 pm on Wednesday evening, and you can listen in - live - to our audio commentary of this crucial match. For more information, please click here. Probable teams: Blackburn: Filan; Croft, Henchoz, Peacock, Davidson; Gillespie, Carsley, Wilcox, Dunn; Ward, Jansen. United: Schmeichel; G Neville, Stam, May, Irwin; Beckham, Scholes, Butt, Giggs; Cole, Yorke.
Tonight United can clinch a 3 pt lead with one game left! Click on table for details!

Subject: Match preview : THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE DEFIANT KIDD HOPES FOR BLACKBURN BACKLASH Brian Kidd is facing up to his glorious past, knowing Manchester United could hammer home the final nail in Blackburn's Premiership coffin. Kidd wishes United well even though he is on the brink of relegation at Rovers, the moneybags outfit who may prove that no club is too rich to go do. Five months into his troubled reign at Rovers, Kidd just cannot shake off the love of a club to whom he has devoted the vast majority of his professional life. He said: ''United can still do the Treble, I really hope that United win the European Cup, for the gaffer and all the adversity he has been through there. I still have such admiration for him and for all he has done for me and my family.'' Now at Ewood Park, the irony of all ironies could be about to shatter the former Old Trafford winger turned Alex Ferguson's No.2, who is demanding more character from his team who he publicly berated after Saturday's defeat against already relegated Nottingham Forest. Kidd wants the three points against his old club, but he still wants Fergie's men to land their treble dream. For though the man may wear the blue of Rovers proudly these days, but if you cut him in half, you would still find Manchester United stamped right through this son of Salford. But he has got no regrets. Not for his TV attack on his spineless new Rovers at the weekend, not for deciding to leave his post as Ferguson's right-hand man earlier in the campaign for a chance to run his own big club. Kiddo still calls Fergie the boss or gaffer, and cannot hide his deepest feelings. He said: ''I have great respect for the gaffer, he took a chance on me all those years back and I have great admiration and respect for him. And I really hope that United do it and win the European Cup, for the gaffer and everything he's been through. United could still win all three, talk to me after the game.'' And, despite the stark reality of the fate about to overwhelm his team, the Blackburn manager cannot resist a little joke at Fergie's expense. Here's his attempt at mind games against the master: ''I know the team he's going to put out, I have a couple of moles in their camp. This is my way of getting the boss going, he'll hear this and he'll then try to find out who the mole is. And I don't expect any favours from my old players there. United's players will be out to get their own back on me for the running I gave them, it could be payback time!'' But in the midst of all this Kidd-ology stands a huge night of reckoning for the club that Jack Walker built on £100m of his own money. They were slaughtered by their manager after their terrible home defeat by Nottingham Forest, the tough new Ewood boss finally losing patience with the big-time stars he has inherited and found sadly short of what he's been used to. And he does not hesitate to throw United's success in the face of his own squad. ''The reason why they are a great team," he said, "is their work ethic - how hard they work, combined with ability. I've seen really great players join the club when people didn't feel they were very good. And I've seen them go on and blossom into not only great players but legends. I can take mistakes from my team, I'll stand by them, protect them and find reasons for them. But the one thing I won't accept is people not giving their lot.'' Kidd's attack on the integrity, effort and commitment of Rovers' players on TV at the weekend shocked many observers. But he refuses to back down. He said: ''I can't be any more straightforward than that. I wasn't afraid of saying it, it needed saying and I don't regret it. You can't be kidding them all the time, they needed some home truths. Maybe they will pull out all the stops against United. I have been at United when teams have put in that extra bit of effort all of a sudden and done just that. But that even more puts a question mark over those so-called teams who suddenly find something extra against United or Arsenal. I'm not into that. That reflects something, they should be doing it week in week out. ''It wasn't just a public attack on the players, it was done privately as well. I felt it was right, not just about Saturday and how we lost to Forest, but over a few weeks. It was there against Forest, it was also there at Southampton and Charlton The way I felt reflected the way the fans felt. I know the trials and tribulations the team has had, but I have looked at the reasons, and tried to make excuses in defence of the players. But in the end it's the effort that's important, and in my opinion I couldn't accept what I was watching.'' Nonetheless, Kidd refuses to accept Rovers have already gone down: ''I'm still hopeful that we can stay up, there's six points to play for so there's no reason why we can't survive if the team have the same belief as me.'' The Blackburn manager, who has more injury problems over strikers Kevin Gallacher and Ashley Ward, said: ''Now I've said my piece, I said it again to the players on Monday. But now I don't want anything else negative, we have to go out and show effort and conviction. I have been posing questions for the five months I have been here. Things that are wrong, trying to look at the situation. We have an amazing injury list, I'm fed up with saying it. But I do expect that whoever we put out there gives their wack.'' NO SYMPATHY FOR KIDDO FROM UNITED FANS Manchester United supporters will have no sympathy for Brian Kidd if Blackburn fail to win tonight's clash between the two at Ewood Park and drop into Division One. Steve Briscoe, vice-chairman of the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association, insists that there will be no tears for their former assistant boss or Blackburn number two Brian McClair. He said: ''I will personally laugh my head off if we send them down. I don't feel sorry for Brian Kidd. I think he wanted to know if he is capable of management but, to be honest, he is like John Gregory - too emotional.'' Rovers face a nightmare end to their season following a home defeat against bottom club Nottingham Forest on Saturday, and Briscoe claims Kidd has not helped his side by blaming them for the 2-1 loss. ''I think he has lost the plot already, coming out and slating his players as he did on Saturday,'' he said. ''Alright, it was a bad performance but Alex Ferguson would never have done that. Kidd was trying to score points with the press and the fans. So I don't feel sorry for Kidd or Brian McClair. I like McClair, but I didn't feel sorry for Bryan Robson when he was relegated in 1997 (with Middlesbrough). Blackburn have spent roughly the same that United have spent and they are poles apart. There is absolutely no sympathy.'' Briscoe also blamed Blackburn owner and president Jack Walker for creating sky-high transfer fees and wages to achieve success - culminating in the Premiership title in 1995. He said: ''Jack Walker, Ken Bates and John Hall have ruined football as we know it. And what have they won between them? Very little.'' YORKE 'WOULD LOVE TO BE A HERO LIKE CANTONA' Dwight Yorke will be delighted if he comes near to emulating the Manchester United feats of Eric Cantona, the man he refers to as ''the King''. Yorke's 29 strikes have done much to put Manchester United, who look to hammer the final nail in Blackburn's relegation coffin at Ewood Park tonight, on course for an unprecedented Treble. Since arriving at Old Trafford for a club record £12.6m fee in August, the striker has forged a deadly partnership with Andy Cole, the former Aston Villa star scoring as well as setting up goals. Yorke has staked a genuine claim to inherit the United throne which the Frenchman abdicated in 1997, and the 27-year-old said: ''It's flattering that people are comparing me to Cantona because he was the king. If I can get anywhere close to what he did it and what he achieved then I'll settle for that.'' But he told Glory, Glory Man United magazine: ''I think the players around me should take the credit. They're the ones that make it happen; they create the goal opportunities for me.'' United and Arsenal have been neck and neck at the top of the table for several months, with Chelsea's title challenge falling by the wayside in the past few weeks. Unlike last season, when Ferguson's side were well ahead before faltering to allow the Gunners to lift the Premiership, neither of the teams have ever been able to establish a clear advantage over their rivals. The duo are still neck and neck as the campaign enters its final phase, and Ferguson - who has experienced several dramatic title climaxes at United - believes this year's run-in ranks among the most gripping. He said: ''There have been a lot of twists and turns. It's amazing it can happen this way, and in the nature of all the things that have happened at this club since I have come it's well in line. We're in a great position to win something, and that is what we intend to do.'' Ryan Giggs is set to return against Blackburn, having been sidelined by the ankle injury he sustained after scoring his wonder goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final replay on 14 April. Nicky Butt will stand in for Roy Keane, who could also be ruled out of Sunday's closing home game against Tottenham after picking up an ankle knock at Middlesbrough on Sunday, while former Ewood Park star Henning Berg is a definite absentee. As well as the possibility of Ferguson sentencing his former right-hand man Brian Kidd, now Blackburn boss, to relegation, the Rovers side is likely to include Keith Gillespie, who was in United's 1992 FA Youth Cup-winning side. EWOOD PREPARES FOR KEY BATTLES Blackburn are at the point of no return - they must beat Manchester United tonight and Newcastle on Sunday to stand any chance of staying in the Premiership. Even maximum points from those two games might not be enough, and following the weekend defeat to ten-man Nottingham Forest bookmakers have stopped taking bets on Rovers being relegated. Here are the three key battles which Blackburn must win tonight if they are to spring one of the surprises of the season: Stephane Henchoz v Dwight Yorke Henchoz has been one of Blackburn's better players since arriving from Hamburg for £3m in the summer of 1997 but he now faces one of the toughest tasks in football - trying to shackle Yorke. The United striker has scored 29 goals this season, and Henchoz must keep both him and Andy Cole under close watch. Callum Davidson v David Beckham A mismatch of huge proportions on paper, especially after Davidson's desperate display against Forest on Saturday. The Scottish left-back is good going forward, but it will be his defensive qualities which will need to come to the fore tomorrow, with Beckham in brilliant form. Keith Gillespie v Denis Irwin Blackburn will be putting a lot of faith in Gillespie to deliver the goods, but he will be up against one of the Premiership's most wily full-backs. Irwin knows all he needs to know about the former Newcastle winger, who started at Manchester United, although the Northern Ireland star will be keener than most to do well against his old club.
Tonight United can clinch a 3 pt lead with one game left! Click on table for details!

Subject: Jaap Stam column - The Telegraph We have to hit Blackburn with all the force we have - By Jaap Stam EVERYBODY at Old Trafford feels a wrench about the possibility of Brian Kidd going out of the Premiership with Blackburn tonight. But we have to think of ourselves. We want the title back. Blackburn are proof that you can be champions one minute and nothing the next. Football is a mean world. I spent only a couple of months with Kidd, but he played at a high level himself and knows the game intimately. I recall him telling me at the start of the season to always believe in myself. Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and the Neville brothers were in contact with him from an early age. It's going to be hard for them emotionally if we beat Blackburn and put them out of the Premier League. But we have to hit them with all the force we have. The assumption that Blackburn are an easy target is flawed. They have to win both their games and hope that other results go their way. They have to attack. From that, we should be able to create space and strike back. For a defender, it's a privilege to work behind so many talented attacking players. I have to resist the temptation to stand back and admire the drama unfolding ahead. After last night's Leeds-Arsenal game, there was was no rush of calls between us. I had no plans to discuss it with any of my colleagues before travelling to Blackburn today. Our victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday was misleading. After Arsenal beat them 6-1 at the Riverside Stadium, people expected us to do the same. But against us, there is an additional factor at play: everybody wants to beat United. There is a sense in our side that if we work in unison and for each other, we can beat anyone. The rule is that even if things are going wrong, everybody has to believe that we can put it right. We showed that at Villa Park when we beat Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final replay and we showed it in Turin when we were 2-0 down after 11 minutes. People ask me whether we panicked inside in Turin but the answer is that I had only to look around our half of the field. Look left and you see Ryan Giggs. Look right and David Beckham comes into view. Straight ahead, I see Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke. We try to play at a high tempo and give as little time and possession to the other team as possible. Our strength is our attacking power. That was most evident against Inter Milan and Barcelona. We try to pass the ball quickly rather than run with it. If you run with it too much, you give the opposition time to marshall their defence. It's harder for them to do that if the ball is passed quickly from left to right. Defence is important, especially now. When people talk about formidable defending, they discuss back fours. But in successful sides, the whole team defends. Arsenal are prime examples of that. When they lose the ball, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit drop back to protect Tony Adams and Martin Keown. Familiarity is one of their great strengths. It can be seen in the way that one player retreats to cover the one who has rushed upfield. From Arsenal, too, comes a certain aggression which intimidates some opponents. It has helped them to win games. But we've shown them that we have it, too. Roy Keane is one of the players who has performed that function for us. He's highly driven, busy with his feet but also talking and shouting all the time. Having Roy in front of me and Peter Schmeichel behind keeps me awake. Peter's shouting has its uses. From the goalmouth, he has a particular perspective which enables him to shift us around. What sustained him through the period when people were doubting him was that the club never stopped believing in him. He is important to me. He's big, strong and stays on his feet. The closer a striker gets to him, the bigger that guy's problems become. I feel great affection for my team-mates as we enter the final phase. From the start, they made me one of them. They didn't leave me in the corner to fight my way in. The biggest surprise was how relaxed the manager was. Arriving at the world's biggest club led me to expect a certain strictness and rigidity. But Alex Ferguson isn't like that. He knows the capabilities of each player and, through long experience, has looked into their characters. He knows when to step in and when to step back. When I came to England, the assumption was that I was under a lot of pressure because I'd cost the club big money. Ferguson simply said: "Just do what you've been doing in Holland and everything else will come." The intensity of English football appeals to me. Everybody lives for their team. Every walk on to the pitch at Old Trafford is precious. I can go shopping in the centre of Manchester and not get bothered. In Italy and Spain, they try to pull your shirt off. But here, I can concentrate on three great tasks at the end of an 11-month cycle which began for me with Holland at the World Cup. I've got problems with my Achilles. Before that, I had trouble with my ankle. But adrenalin is driving me on. Every team, every player, would love to be in this position. Manchester United - The Legend - http://manunited.net
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Subject: Kidd stands by every word as he prepares for The Gaffer By John Richardson Wednesday, May 12, 1999 Brian Kidd and the rest of the nation await the reaction tonight to what amounted to his public flogging of the Blackburn players. Will they stand or will they fall? The answer will be delivered in the potentially decisive Premiership encounter with Manchester United at Ewood Park, where only a Rovers victory will see them survive. Kidd is unrepentant about the outburst he delivered against his players' attitude after the humiliating 2-1 home defeat by relegated Nottingham Forest on Saturday. 'I'm not going to change the way I have been brought up and I think I was justified in what I said,' insisted Kidd. 'Players can sometimes hold the power these days but I can't be false to myself. If there is a lack of commitment, I will deal with them no matter who they are and how much they earn. 'We should look at ourselves and appreciate what we have in football. It's not about how many noughts are on the end of your bank account. At Manchester United the players are a credit to football and to themselves. 'I am lucky because I have worked with them but it takes time to develop. At United it didn't come overnight. It took time to build what is there at Old Trafford now.' As Kidd faces the task of preventing his one-time charges condemning Rovers to relegation, the former Old Trafford No.2 will recall the pressures of under-achieving which once almost choked Alex Ferguson, the man he still calls The Gaffer. Kidd recalled: 'I saw him when we had our bad times at Manchester United. I have seen how he handled all that adversity and how much of a man he has been in handling all that. 'It will be strange seeing him in the other dug-out after being used to hugging and kissing him. But it's not me against Manchester United - I knew the job when I came was more than just facing United.' Tonight, though, it is all about facing United - though Kidd's indictment of his players' lacklustre performance was not merely designed to provoke a reaction. He said: 'It's absolute rubbish to suggest that what was said was just to galvanise them. I have seen teams come at Arsenal and Manchester United and all of a sudden find that extra yard. That's no use, you have to do that from August until May, it's not about one game. 'I will protect my players, find excuses for them if they make mistakes but what I won't accept is when people don't give their all. You can't be more straightforward than that. 'If we go down it will be a huge disappointment to me. I don't think words will be able to describe my feelings.' Kidd is assured of his future by owner Jack Walker and knows the retired steel magnate will open up his chequebook to help advance a Rovers recovery. But Kidd added: 'It won't just be a case of throwing money at it. We have to get a heartbeat and a spirit back into the club - that is the top priority. What I have said to the players I don't regret one bit.' Former United striker Mark Hughes yesterday put aside his long-term friendship with Kidd in the cause of relegation rivals Southampton. Failure to beat United would leave Southampton with only Charlton to worry about in the scramble for safety. Hughes said: 'From Southampton's point of view we need United to beat Blackburn. Unfortunately, there are people at Blackburn I know personally and it would be a great shame for them if they were relegated. But at this stage of the season you've got to think about your own situation. 'Brian's a strong man and you could see by his reaction at the weekend he wasn't happy with a few things. In time he will sort things out and put it right.' If Rovers are relegated to the Nationwide League, owner Jack Walker believes the blame lies up the M6 in Scotland. Walker claims the efforts of three key players - Billy McKinlay, Christian Dailly and Kevin Gallacher - during Craig Brown's World Cup campaign have wrecked Rovers' chances. In 36 Premiership games, McKinlay has appeared 13 times, Gallacher the same and Dailly on 14 occasions. Walker said: 'Scotland have nearly killed us this season. We've had horrendous injury problems and those three have been key men. 'Kevin even broke his arm playing for Scotland against Estonia last October and was out for two or three months thereafter.' McKinlay was sent home from France 98 by Brown for a hernia operation and had to undergo surgery again since then, while Dailly has suffered a ruptured calf muscle. Only Callum Davidson of Ewood's Scottish contingent has been virtually unscathed. 'We've suffered so badly because of injuries this season but we might just give Manchester United a shock,' added Walker. 'I think the odds are something like 3-1 - but I'm not a betting man.'
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Subject: Keane fear for key games - Guardian By Ian Ross Tuesday May 11, 1999 Manchester United's captain Roy Keane may have to wait another 72 hours to learn whether his season is over. Although an x-ray on the ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's game at Middlesbrough revealed no broken bones, ligament damage is feared. He will miss tomorrow's Premiership match with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and is doubtful for Sunday's final league fixture against Tottenham at Old Trafford. And if he does indeed have ligament trouble his chances of being fit for the FA Cup final against Newcastle United on Saturday week will be slim. The damage to his right ankle was done in a challenge with Mark Summerbell. United's assistant manager Steve McClaren said: 'It's a case of assessing the injury, getting the swelling down and putting a time scale on how long he will be out.' The Republic of Ireland international was already ruled out of the European Cup final against Bayern Munich in Barcelona this month because of suspension. The disappointment felt by United's manager Alex Ferguson was tempered by the news that Ryan Giggs can return against Blackburn. The Welsh winger has been absent for the best part of a month with a long-standing ankle injury. Everton are ready to go to their bankers bobble-cap in hand in the hope of raising sufficient capital to sign Kevin Campbell. The 29-year-old striker has transformed their season, scoring nine goals in only seven games since his arrival on loan from Trabzonspor. But unless his debt-ridden hosts can find £2.5m before the middle of next month he may have to return to Turkey and Everton will lose the services of the man whose goals have preserved their Premiership status. Everton resumed talks with Campbell's agent Paul Stretford on Saturday evening after the former Arsenal and Nottingham Forest forward scored three against West Ham. 'I would obviously like things to be sorted out as soon as is possible,' he said. 'I would sign for Everton tomorrow if they asked me to. I'm very happy here and would like to bring an end to all the uncertainty.' Even if Everton's plea finds receptive ears in the Co-Operative Bank, Campbell has been told he will have to revise his own financial demands if he is to win a full contract. With the Merseyside club desperate to cut their wage bill to reduce crippling debts in excess of £18m, he cannot expect to earn the £20,000 a week he picked up in Turkey. The future will be even less rosy for some of Campbell's current team-mates. Everton's manager Walter Smith will shortly circulate a list of unwanted senior players to all Premiership and First Division clubs in the hope of clearing away a pile of dead wood. Among those likely to be deemed surplus to requirements are Slaven Bilic, Ibrahima Bakayoko, Gareth Farrelly, Terry Phelan, Mitch Ward, Michael Branch, Paul Gerrard, John Oster, Danny Williamson and John O'Kane. Smith is also likely to sell his unsettled foreign pair Olivier Dacourt and Marco Materazzi less than 12 months after signing them. And the promising striker Danny Cadamarteri may be sold too, with Sheffield Wednesday ready to rekindle what is a long-standing interest in the £2m-rated forward. On a more positive note the experienced centre-back Craig Short is likely to sign a new two-year deal this weekend and so disappoint both Leicester City and Sunderland. Jay-Jay Okocha may be on his way to England after a season of frustration in France. Paris St-Germain's flamboyant Nigerian, the most expensive transfer in French history when he signed for £10m after France 98, has spent much of the season on the bench. He is under contract until 2002 but the signing of Laurent Robert from Montpellier and possibly the highly rated Ali Bernarbia from Bordeaux will leave the PSG midfield overcrowded. Three English clubs have expressed interest in him.
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Subject: £500K IF UNITED WIN £500K IF UNITED WIN A punter stands to claim more than £500,000 if Manchester United win the Premiership. The customer, from Basingstoke, placed accumulators three times in August and September with Coral bookmakers, for £50, £40 and £40. He correctly backed Sunderland (starting odds 10-3), Fulham (11-2), Brentford (5-1), Rangers (4-6), Hibs (10-11), Livingston (5-4) and Ross (6-5) to win their respective divisions, and now only United - who began the season at 7-4 - need to finish top for the bet to pay out.
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Subject: United must beat man of their folklore to stay on course By Adrian Warner LONDON, May 10 - English league leaders Manchester United are going to have to destroy the season of a man who is part of their club folklore to keep on course for their record-breaking treble in this week's final run-in. United, level on points with champions Arsenal, travel to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday to face their former assistant manager and European Cup-winning player Brian Kidd, whose team are fighting for their premier league survival. If Kidd had decided against going it alone at Blackburn in December, he would be enjoying the most exciting days at United since he scored a goal in their 4-1 win over Benfica in the European Cup final on his 19th birthday in 1968. Kidd played a key role in Alex Ferguson's set-up at United who are now chasing a unique treble in league, F.A. Cup and European Cup But now he is going through some of the most stressful days of his life at 1995 champions Blackburn who desperately need an upset against United to keep alive their hopes of staying in the top flight. Kidd could have been preparing with Ferguson for a glamorous European Cup final later this month against Bayern Munich and big names like record German international Lothar Matthaeus. Instead he is in the middle of a real dog fight at the bottom after a 2-1 defeat by relegation-doomed Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Kidd lambasted his players after the match. "You have got to want to play -- and I didn't see it out there against Forest," he told the Daily Mail newspaper. "As a player I never had to suffer the words that I've just dished out to my players. "I have played rubbish, missed sitters, missed a million chances, but I've always tried to have a go...I think it was all too much for them." United go into the match with worries about midfielder Roy Keane who injured an ankle in their 1-0 defeat of Middlesbrough on Sunday. Ironically this week looks like turning into one of the tightest championship run-ins since Blackburn took the title four years ago. United will know before the match how close they are to the title after Arsenal play their last away match of the season at impressive Leeds United on Tuesday. Both of the title contenders then finish the season with home games. Arsenal take on Aston Villa next Sunday while United play Tottenham Hotspur on the same day. Arsenal fans are set to be in the strange situation of wanting their fierce north London rivals Tottenham to win at United. Spurs are now managed by Arsenal's former coach George Graham. Brian Kidd left Manchester United to take over at Blackburn Rovers in December
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Subject: Fit-again Giggs to return at Blackburn By John Drayton Manchester Uinted winger Ryan Giggs is likely to make his comeback in the vital Premiership match at Blackburn tomorrow night, but Roy Keane looks certain to lose his race to be fit. Giggs has recovered from the ankle injury picked up against title rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final replay win at Villa Park four weeks ago. He said yesterday: 'I've been training for the past couple of days and hopefully I will be involved in some way.' Keane received his ankle injury in the early stages of United's 1-0 win at Middlesbrough on Sunday, a victory which took them back to the top of the Premiership on goals scored. The Republic of Ireland midfielder, who went off after 25 minutes, saw a specialist yesterday and spent the rest of the day in the treatment room. However, United assistant manager Steve McClaren reckons it is too early to give Keane a target for his return to the side. 'He had X-rays this morning and they're clear,' said McClaren. 'Now it's a case of assessing the injury, getting the swelling down and putting a time on how long he will be out.' McClaren said that the injury was not the same as the problem which sidelined Giggs. 'It's not like Ryan's injury - this was a kick and a twist so the full extent of the injury won't be known for a couple of days.' Also missing from the United line-up at Ewood Park will be the former Blackburn defender Henning Berg, who returned from Norway yesterday to have more treatment on his knee injury. Fellow defender David May, who joined United from Rovers in 1995, is likely to start the game on the substitutes' bench.
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Subject: Sheep Shaggers I've always hated the Sheep Shaggers..not so much for their usual taunts of "Whose that dying on the Runway" but more for the personal abuse I got when I visited Leeds in 1993. Mind you, I was not even in my United regalia but was picked because I was Indian. It seems that the only identifiable Indian to these are pakistanis and I was harrassed with taunts of "Paki go home", "Paki Bastard". Fortunately some other Leeds chaps did come in and defuse the situation. (They're all not bad after all) but all in all it left me pissed off for life. So you can imagine how difficult it was to actually be cheering for them today. My wife thought I was off my rocker as I screamed for the penalty and urged Leeds on. But the boys did the job, did'nt they. David O' Leary's young guns are the ones to watch for next season. Except for Hasslebainks incessant moaning ( which at times takes away the fact that he is a decent striker), the kids like Kewell (a gem), Smith (Watch out Owen), Bowyer (class) and Woodgate (my man of the match) really played for pride and I would think that Leeds fans around the world can't wait for next season to come on. Thanks for handing United their destiny back in their hands. It's up to us now Boys. Got outta and make it count tonite!!!! Sivaganesh Website at http://web.singnet.com.sg/~cantona7/
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Subject: Sir Matt is Gone for the Big Championship day! Dateline 10th May 199 Old Trafford Its a (&/==/=)/(=)?=!?!?!?! disgrace Sir Matt is not in his rightfull position ready for the Championship next Sunday! :( Redevelopment of East Stand more proof? Here they are http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/ http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/sirmatt2_100599.jpg http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/sirmatt3_100599.jpg http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/sirmatt_100599.jpg http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/sirmattgone_100599.jpg
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Subject: ONE-NIL TO YORKE Monday, May 10, 1999 17:37 One-nil to United, Cantona the scorer, was a familiar script a few years ago. In 1995-96, Eric's solitary goals saw off Coventry, Tottenham, West Ham, Arsenal and Newcastle in the Premiership, while in the FA Cup, he saved his best effort for the final against Liverpool. The leading actor has since left Old Trafford - to act on stage and screen - but the script remains the same, with Dwight Yorke now shouldering the responsibility for scoring the single goal when it really matters. Dwight's winning header at Middlesbrough on Sunday, follows stalemate-breakers against Charlton Athletic and Derby County. No wonder some pundits are starting to make their comparisons. "It's flattering that people are comparing me to Cantona because he was the King," says Dwight, in this month's issue of Glory, Glory Man United. "If I can get anywhere close to what he did and what he achieved, then I'll settle for that." Yorke has now scored 29 goals, the highest tally for a season by any United player since Brian McClair eleven years ago. McClair, Alex Ferguson's first signing, netted 31 in his first season. But Dwight, Fergie's most recent signing, still has four games left to repeat the feat, or even beat it. "I think the players around me should take the credit," adds Dwight modestly. "They're the ones that make things happen, they create the goal opportunities for me." Reflecting on his 29 to date, the man from the West Indies maintains that famous smile when he says: "I've scored a few vital goals. I enjoyed the one against Charlton when I scored in the dying stages and the Liverpool goal (in the FA Cup) was also a bit special." United fans are very grateful for Dwight's contributions so far. But even they would ask for just one or two more - in Blackburn, Manchester, London or Barcelona! The June 1999 issue of Glory, Glory Man United magazine is now on sale at all good newsagents, priced 99p.
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