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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sat Mar 13 02:41:13 EST 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. MARIC CAN'T WAIT FOR MAN U CLASH
2. THE FOREST GAME WAS MORE IMPORTANT
3. United continue treble chase
4. DTI handed Man Utd report
5. D-DAY LOOMS ON SKY'S UNITED TAKEOVER

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Daily RED Trivia  Saturday 13th March 1999:

13/3/1925: John Ball born in Wigan. Ball made his debut at
Everton in April 1948, and the patient understudy to
Full-back Johnny Carey made 23 appearances between 1948-50.
He joined Bolton Wanderers in September 1950, playing in
the 1953 FA Cup Final.

1948: United beat Derby County 3-1 in the FA Cup Semi-Final
at Hillsborough watched by 60,000, thanks to a Stan Pearson
hat-trick. Team was: Crompton, Carey, Aston, Anderson,
Chilton, Cockburn, Delaney, Morris, Rowley, Pearson, Mitten.


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"Save OUR Game!"
Subject: MARIC CAN'T WAIT FOR MAN U CLASH Silvio Maric is keen to show Manchester United what they missed out on when Newcastle take on the league leaders tomorrow. Click here to listen Silvio's comments http://www.nufc.co.uk/news/newsfiles/sm990312.ram The 23 year old came close to signing for Alex Ferguson last summer but at that time Croatia Zagreb were determined to hang onto their prized asset. The World Cup midfielder said he wasn't prepared to miss out on another chance to move to the Premiership when Newcastle came in for him. He said: "Manchester United wanted to sign me but there was some problem and Croatia didn't want to lose me but now it's good. "First there was Manchester and then Newcastle and I said I must go because Croatia is not the same and Newcastle is very big and the English Premiership is very good." Despite not joining them, Maric still has great respect for Beckham, Yorke, Giggs and co. He added: "Manchester are now very strong. In Europe they played very well against Inter and I think they are number one in England."
"Save OUR Game!"
Subject: THE FOREST GAME WAS MORE IMPORTANT Ruud Gullit says Wednesday's match at Nottingham Forest was more important to him than tomorrow's showdown with Man Utd. Click here to listen Ruud's comments http://www.nufc.co.uk/news/newsfiles/rg990312.ram The Newcastle boss is aware that the club's fans regard the clash with Alex Ferguson's side as one of the highlights of the season, but for me it doesn't rank too highly. He insisted today: "It is not THE game, it is for you THE game but Everton was a very important game and Forest was very important because playing against a team that is battling relegation you know it's not going to be a beautiful game so it's a scrappy game and that is why I am happy with that result. "The fans see it from a different perspective and I can see that. For them it's THE game but not for us." Gullit thinks the game is more important for treble-chasing Man U than for Newcastle. "I think they will come here with their strongest team because they want to win the Championship so they need to win. "We have shown good form over the past few weeks and they are thinking: 'Hey, we need a result here or the Championship can go out of our hands.'
"Save OUR Game!"
Subject: United continue treble chase Treble chasers Manchester United are promising no let-up as they continue their silverware hunt with a difficult visit to Newcastle United in the Premiership on Saturday. United are currently in the middle of an exhausting sequence that shows no sign of ending after their Dwight Yorke-inspired 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final replay victory over Chelsea in midweek. Next Wednesday, they defend their 2-0 European Cup quarter-final first-leg lead over Inter Milan in Italy before tackling title rivals Arsenal in a potentially epic FA Cup semi-final on April 11. Alan Shearer - back on target with Newcastle But Ferguson and his players have no intention of taking a breather on Saturday at St James' Park when they meet Ruud Gullit's in-form side. "When you go into a game of football at this club you go for it. We went for it against Chelsea and we'll go for it again," he promised. But with United leading Arsenal and Chelsea, who have a game in hand, by just four points in the Premiership, a victory on Saturday will decide nothing as one of the most open title races for years enters the final quarter of the season. Supersub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was United's only apparent injury doubt after the Chelsea game, the Norwegian mysteriously leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches. If Newcastle, who won 2-1 at bottom club Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, can upset Ferguson's men, reigning champions Arsenal will look to cash in with a win at struggling Everton.
"Save OUR Game!"
Subject: DTI handed Man Utd report Family stand at Old Trafford, which could be owned by BSkyB The controversial takeover bid for the world's biggest football club, Manchester United, could be about to move a step closer to a resolution. The pay television company BSkyB, in which the media giant Rupert Murdoch holds a controlling stake, wants to buy the club for 623m. The UK's competition watchdog, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC), has handed over its report on the matter to the Trade and Industry Secretary, Stephen Byers. Details of the contents are not expected to be made known until next week at the earliest. The government said it would publish the report "as soon practicable". The BSkyB bid was launched last September and the then UK Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Mandelson referred it to the MMC. Stephen Byers will now have to rule on the MMC report BSkyB already owns the exclusive rights in the UK to broadcast English Premiership matches live until 2001. Now it also wants to own the biggest club in the world. It means the Edwards family, which has run the club for several decades, could finally relinquish control. A vocal group of Manchester United supporters has been opposing the deal but it could all be in vain. Critics say the takeover raises important questions about who really controls English football. Mr Murdoch's News Corporation owns a controlling stake in BSkyB, as well as the best-selling tabloid, The Sun, The Times and Sunday Times. The MMC decision will be closely watched as the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has been accused of getting too close to Mr Murdoch's business empire. Mr Blair and his Labour Party spent considerable amounts of time and effort securing the support of Mr Murdoch's papers ahead of the last General Election when the News Corporation stable switched its backing from the Conservatives to Mr Blair.
"Save OUR Game!"
Subject: D-DAY LOOMS ON SKY'S UNITED TAKEOVER BSkyB are a step closer to finding out if they will be allowed to proceed with their takeover of Manchester United. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission have submitted their investigation into the deal to the Department of Trade and Industry. The DTI now has 20 working days to publish the report and pronounce if the takeover can go ahead. That decision lies with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Stephen Byers, but if the MMC have recommended that the deal should be allowed, then he is powerless to stop it. United have released a statement to coincide with the submission of the MMC's report, in which they once again claim the takeover should be given the thumbs up. The statement read: "Manchester United plc notes that the Monopolies and Mergers Commission has today submitted its report on BSkyB's proposed acquisition of Manchester United to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the right honourable Stephen Byers MP. "The Monopolies and Mergers Commission's report brings to an end a detailed enquiry into the effects of the proposed acquisition. "Manchester United has co-operated fully with the Monopolies and Mergers Commission throughout its investigation and has put forward a case on both competition and public interest grounds that the acquisition should be permitted to proceed."
"Save OUR Game!"

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