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Date: Sun Jun 13 08:30:43 GMT+00:00 1999
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This Issue:
1. Result of Survey 49 + New Survey #50 "Which position could be strengthened?" 
3. Manchester United's Ferguson tops British honours
4. Knight on an endless quest - The Times
5. United to play In Omagh
6. £2million swoop for Manchester United  central defender David May
7. Great news!!! & Bobby Charlton by OUR SALFORD LASS
8. Arsene chickening out of Charity Shield?
10. Red Fan in SA by Barnard Andre 


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Daily RED Trivia  Saturday 12th June 1999:

 Albert Pape born near Wath-on-Dearne. Pape travelled to Old Trafford
 with his Clapton Orient team-mates in February 1925, signed for United just
 before kick-off, and proceeded to score against his old club! A bustling forward,
 Pape made 18 appearances and scored 5 goals in 1925, playing in the promotion
 winning side before transferring to Fulham.

 Uniteds Stuart Pearson scores for England as they beat Finland 4-1 in Helsinki.   


Barry Daily Comment:
FANTASTIC FERGIE news "KNIGHTHOOD!" read all about it in todays edition!
This is the best news to come out of old Trafford since that famous day 26th May 1999!
Both days will now go in the history books as not only is "Manchester United Football Club"
now associated with SIR Matt Busby but now also Sir Alex Ferguson!

Conratulations to Sir Alex from Manchester United Supporters ALL OVER THE WORLD!

*** Sorry there were PRE SEASON date errors on yesterday's edition [corrected today!]

***Bayern Munchen lost the German cup final on pnealties yesterday. They were tied
1-1 with Werder Bremen after 90 minutes. Mario Basler - he of the wave
which fired up our Teddy in Barca - was sent off after 114 minutes.

The game went to penalties. Lothar Matthaus missed his, and
Bayern lost 5-4. How sad. Or not. Congratulations to Werder Bremen, who
apparently are the only German side which does not conform to German
formula football - hence the lack of German internationals on their books.

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Previous News:
 BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
  Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games:  ****Pre season tour JULY 1999/2000 ***

Melbourne  Sydney  
Thu 15/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS evening in Melbourne 

          Homebush Bay, Sydney  NEW SOUTH WALES  15.00 local time 
  Tickets for Sydney game try here:
       then type MANCHESTER in the search field.

   + Far East

Wed 21/7 Shangai first time ever!!!
Sat 24/7 Hong Kong  Repeat of the 1997 game

"ALL matches will be shown "the same day" om MUTV.

August 3rd Omagh Town, St Julian's Road ground
  Temp seating will be erected to increase the
   capacity to 7,000 for the game.

UNITED Stats v All teams:


Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    38 14  4  1  45  18   8  9  2  35  19   43   79
 2  Arsenal              38 14  5  0  34   5   8  7  4  25  12   42   78
 3  Chelsea              38 12  6  1  29  13   8  9  2  28  17   27   75
 4  Leeds United         38 12  5  2  32   9   6  8  5  30  25   28   67
 5  West Ham United      38 11  3  5  32  26   5  6  8  14  27   -7   57
 6  Aston Villa          38 10  3  6  33  28   5  7  7  18  18    5   55
 7  Liverpool            38 10  5  4  44  24   5  4 10  24  25   19   54
 8  Derby County         38  8  7  4  22  19   5  6  8  18  26   -5   52
 9  Middlesbrough        38  7  9  3  25  18   5  6  8  23  36   -6   51
10  Leicester City       38  7  6  6  25  25   5  7  7  15  21   -6   49
11  Tottenham Hotspur    38  7  7  5  28  26   4  7  8  19  24   -3   47
12  Sheffield Wednesday  38  7  5  7  20  15   6  2 11  21  27   -1   46
13  Newcastle United     38  7  6  6  26  25   4  7  8  22  29   -6   46
14  Everton              38  6  8  5  22  12   5  2 12  20  35   -5   43
15  Coventry City        38  8  6  5  26  21   3  3 13  13  30  -12   42
16  Wimbledon            38  7  7  5  22  21   3  5 11  18  42  -23   42
17  Southampton          38  9  4  6  29  26   2  4 13   8  38  -27   41
18  Charlton Athletic    38  4  7  8  20  20   4  5 10  21  36  -15   36
19  Blackburn Rovers     38  6  5  8  21  24   1  9  9  17  28  -14   35
20  Nottingham Forest    38  3  7  9  18  31   4  2 13  17  38  -34   30


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
12/05/99    Blackburn                Away     D  0-0     1    30,436
16/05/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Home     W  2-1     1    55,189


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) 



SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: Result of Survey 49 + New Survey #50 "Which position could be strengthened?" No sooner than we ran the survey last week, Alex HAS BEEN KNIGHTED! Result of the survey from Sun-Friday this week is Should Alex Ferguson be Knighted? Yes: 136 94.4% No: 8 5.6% Total: 144 voted Question closed 11-06-99 22:25 EST Barry Comment: This could not have happened to a more deserving man. Our fans vote confirmed this fact with a resounding 95% YES vote! [only 8 from 144 voted no?] Congratulations are in order and all the best for the future - How about a triple CL just like Bayern did in the days of Muller & Beckenbauer 1974-75-76 NEW Survey #50: If Alex Ferguson is to add to the squad this summer, what position should be strengthened? 1 Defence 2 Central Midfield 3 Midfield (left) 4 Midfield (right) 5 Striker 6 NONE? Survey now open: Vote here http://www.red11.org/miva/survey.mv The www.red11.org Web Team: Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Graphics: Sam Hayward Reports: OUR SALFORD LASS & Red Kelly Design: Diana Low Stats: Paul Hinson Masterfan 1999 Devil's Advocate REDitorials: http://www.red11.org/mufc/devilsadvocate Manchester United FAQ: http://www.red11.org/mufc/faq.htm Email:
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: *NEWS EARLY SATURDAY MORNING* "SIR Alex Ferguson" FERGIE KNIGHTED! Manchester United's Ferguson delighted with knighthood LONDON, June 12 - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said on Saturday he was delighted at being knighted by the British government. "I am delighted and honoured. I see this as an honour not just for me but for the people who have supported me through my life and made me what I am," said Ferguson. "Manchester United's success is not just down to me but to the players who have to deliver on the pitch and to the people at Old Trafford, past and present, who have made it the greatest football club in the world." Scottish-born Ferguson, 57, is the longest-serving manager in England's premier league. He started at Manchester United in 1986 and last month became the first manager to achieve the treble of the English premiership title, F.A. Cup and European Cup. Manchester United assistant chief executive Peter Kenyon said: "I couldn't think of a more befitting way to end what has been an unbelievable season." Sources close to the manager said the players would continue to call Ferguson "boss" rather than Sir Alex on the training ground.
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: Manchester United's Ferguson tops British honours By John Morrison LONDON, June 12 - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who led his club to a unique treble of soccer prizes this season, topped a list of the great, the good, the famous and the unknown in Britain's summer honours list on Saturday. Ferguson, a Scot, becomes one of 24 knights created in the list of nearly 1,000 people given titles or awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. He will be known as Sir Alex. Manchester United, Britain's richest and most successful soccer club, won the English F.A. Cup and Premiership league and the European Cup. Ferguson is a strong supporter of Prime Minister Tony Blair's ruling Labour party and took part in an election broadcast earlier this week, urging voters to back Labour in the European Parliament election. Blair has the final say on who gets top honours and has tried to shift the emphasis away from establishment figures to unsung heroes including teachers and doctors. But an arch-establishment character still topped the list of new life peers who will sit and vote in the House of Lords. The list of six includes Sir Robert Fellowes, who recently retired as private secretary to Queen Elizabeth. The new peers also include Sir Dennis Stevenson, chairman of Pearson plc * and architect Sir Norman Foster. Knighthoods go to opera singer Thomas Allen and television newsreader Trevor McDonald while Norma Major, the wife of former Conservative Prime Minister John Major, becomes a Dame for her charity work. A spokesman for Blair said his next honours list, which will coincide with the millennium at the end of December 1999, would be bigger than usual and would feature people who would shape Britain's future in the new century as "icons for the next generation". Others named in Blair's fourth honours list include: ARTS: Novelist Antonia Byatt becomes a Dame; authors Jan Morris and Lady Antonia Fraser, playwright Christopher Hampton, actors Simon Callow and Juliet Stevenson and ballet dancer Deborah Bull become CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire). Composer John Barry, lyricist Don Black, author George Macdonald Fraser and actress Julie Walters are named as OBEs, one rank lower. SPORT: Scotland's soccer manager Craig Brown and Chris Gorringe, chief executive of the annual Wimbledon tennis championship, become CBEs. Round-the-world balloonist Brian Jones, the British member of the Breitling Orbiter team, athlete David Moorcroft and soccer player Garth Crooks get the OBE. Soccer players Tony Adams of Arsenal and Robbie Earle of Wimbledon get the MBE, one rank lower. Chess grandmaster Nigel Short also becomes an MBE. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY: Knighthoods go to John Bond, chairman of HSBC Holdings plc, Tony Greener, chairman of Diageo plc, Maurice Hatter, chairman of IMP Precision Controls Ltd, John Robb, chairman of British Energy plc and to Ken Jackson, General Secretary of the engineering union AEEU.
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: Knight on an endless quest - The Times Kevin McCarra looks at how Alex Ferguson's often abrasive yet always inspiring methods earned him a signal honour THIS is the nation's favourite sort of knighthood, the one that completes a journey across the whole range of British society. The contrasts make the story more vivid. Sir Alex Ferguson's origins are an incitement to sentimentality, even if he did not, despite the popular misconception, imitate his father by working in the shipyards on the Clyde. He grew up in Govan and was an apprentice toolmaker in the Remington Shand factory in nearby Hillington. Despite that, it would be a mistake to see Ferguson's life as a long transformation. The evidence shows that he has changed little in the fundamental respects, not as a result of any inflexibility, but because the attitudes and strategies that he depends upon were virtually established at the very beginning of his career as a manager. A group of middle-aged men, little-known in their footballing days and forgotten now, can empathise with the young millionaire celebrities with which the Manchester United team is stocked. They were members of the East Stirlingshire side that came under Ferguson's control once he entered management by taking over at Firs Park 25 years ago. Perhaps these people winced and smiled upon hearing his remarks when Manchester United completed the treble by defeating Bayern Munich in the European Cup final last month. Ferguson said that, after this fulfilment, he would be more detached and avuncular. "Until the next time we lose," he added. The comment was funny, but no joke at all. Those East Stirlingshire players were the first who had to answer to his irate restlessness. Just as Bill Shankly did before him at Liverpool, Ferguson, who then took part in training, would let practice matches stretch on into nightfall until his team had won. In sport, such behaviour is routinely applauded, yet, by rational standards, it is peculiar. The reaction is disproportionate and none of us would wish to live in a society in which every minor event is regarded as a titanic struggle. Greatness in individuals is always accompanied by an element of freakishness. It is reported that Ferguson, when he ran a bar in Glasgow in the early Seventies, would slam down his dominoes while playing a game with the old men in the pub. Almost half a century after they took place, he will recall with feeling mistakes that were made by referees in schoolboy matches. David Elleray has a multitude of predecessors. With his keen sense of football history, it still rankles with Ferguson that his Aberdeen side were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the 1985 semi-finals. That season, they could have become the first team to win the tournament four times in a row. Whether it is history or a rival club that is the enemy, he finds dynamism in a frantic competitiveness. He has trusty methods of stimulating it in others. At East Stirling, Ferguson encouraged a fruitful resentment by telling his team that local journalists favoured Falkirk. At St Mirren, he informed players that they were denied the attention given to Glasgow sides. At Aberdeen, the West Scotland "mafia" in the press was the enemy. In his greatest imaginative feat, he has occasionally implied that Manchester United, the most popular club in the world, are actually encircled by enemies. These devices are means of fostering camaraderie and also the tireless ambition that is a natural part of his own character. Even his recreation, as a racehorse owner, is another form of contest. At 57, his energy is inexhaustible and so, too, are the demands he makes of himself. In the spring of last year, when United were finishing the season without a trophy, he was stimulated by the thought of all the plans and plots that he would have to execute to redress an intolerable situation. He can only live in the thick of the action and knowledge is another form of conquest. The delight in quizzes reaches back to his time as a centre forward. With indignation, he remembers an alphabet game played with the rest of the Rangers squad. He was deemed to have been knocked out because, when the letter L was reached, the others would not accept that there was any such river as the Liffey. His unappeased intelligence carries him beyond Trivial Pursuit questions. In the mid-1980s, he was preparing the first of his books and took an interest in the remainder of the publisher's catalogue. So it was that a fellow dinner guest of the Aberdeen manager in that period might hear him talking about the colourful history of the claret importers in 18th-century Scotland. He may not be an intellectual, but the curiosity is ceaseless. A fresh stock of ideas is essential to nourish him. Many people of his age would have mocked when they heard that Steve McClaren, the assistant manager at Derby County, had off-beat notions that saw a basketball coach asked to help with training for set-pieces. Instead, Ferguson took him to Old Trafford to replace Brian Kidd. There is a tormented and, to most of us, unenviable quality about his inability to settle for the present. The European Cup final may have proved an exception, but he has observed that the pleasure of victory exists in the few seconds before the end when the win is certain. After the final whistle, his mind is already turning to the next challenge. He is the creator of United's superb youth system, a fine coach and a proponent of attacking football, but it is his effect on players' minds that is the most remarkable work of all. His own relentlessness is embedded in his teams. Seeing his manic manner before an important game, Aberdeen players would mutter: "He's been at the glue again." At Old Trafford, those who have stood in the blast of his invective call him "the hair dryer". Bawling, however, is never enough. It is Ferguson's secret that, in the pursuit of achievement, his charges are compelled to care just as much as he does.
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: United to play In Omagh Treble winners Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have agreed to play in Omagh in aid of the town's appeal fund. The Premiership sides want to raise money for the victims of the August bomb, which was the worst atrocity in the 30 bloody years of the troubles in Northern Ireland. The matches have been organised by Omagh Town boss Roy McCreadie and will be staged at the club's tiny St Julian's Road ground. First up are Chelsea on Tuesday, July 28, followed by United on Tuesday, August 3, and lastly Liverpool on Tuesday, September 14. Temporary seating will be erected at St Julian's Road to increase the stadium's capacity to around 7,000 for the games. McCreadie claimed the visit of the clubs would be a huge boost for the County Tyrone town. "I've been in contact with the clubs as far back as September," he said. "We wanted them straight away, but they plan way in advance and we had to be patient. "Once the season finished the clubs all confirmed that they would be coming and the matches will be a great lift for the people of Omagh. "We could have taken the games to bigger grounds, but the clubs wanted to come to Omagh and we're delighted to stage the games here." McCreadie claimed the clubs have promised to send their strongest teams possible and they will play a side composed of past and present Omagh players. McCreadie has also invited former Tottenham and Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann and United idol Eric Cantona to guest for Omagh. "We've asked Klinsmann to play for us against Chelsea and we're trying to get Cantona to play for us against Manchester United," he said. "We've spoken to their agents and we're waiting to hear back." The three friendlies are expected to raise at least £100,000 for the appeal fund.
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: £2million swoop for Manchester United central defender David May May be a Bhoy «« Celtic are reported to be ready to mount a £2million swoop for Manchester United central defender David May. Celtic have resigned themselves to losing Alan Stubbs this summer and see May as the perfect replacement. If May did move up to Parkhead he would be reunited with Celtic's new director of football Kenny Dalglish, after they were both a part of Blackburn's championship winning set-up in 1995. The stumbling block would surely be the offer of £2m for the 29-year-old, as United boss Alex Ferguson may well feel the player commands a higher fee. May has never really been able to hold down a regular place in the United first team - only three Premiership appearances - however he did find himself in the FA Cup winning side against Newcastle, due to Jaap Stam's injury, where he produced a fantastic display. However Stam's recovery in time for the Champions' League victory over Bayern Munich meant May had to endure the heartbreak of being dropped to the sidelines once more. If May remains at Old Trafford next season he will not only have Stam, Ronny Johnsen and Henning Berg to oust for a first team place, but highly-rated youngster Wes Brown is also threatening to nudge him further down the pecking order and that could be the final straw for May. Therefore a move north of the border to rejoin his old boss and with the promise of first team football could prove too tempting for May to turn down.
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: Great news!!! & Bobby Charlton by OUR SALFORD LASS Peter reposted an article he had written some time ago, telling a story of Alex Ferguson, the man. Peter is absolutely right, Sir Alex (which sounds far too formal for our Fergie!) is a truly great man because he is a kind and caring man who is interested in ordinary people. He is still an ordinary man himself, despite his success and wealth, and there are not very many people who can say that. I have a very fond memory (one of many) of Alex, which illustrates why we love him. It was only a little thing in the great scheme of things, but it is the little things that are important, isn't it? Three seasons ago, when the new North Stand was being built and we didn't have season tickets, we members had to queue up at Old Trafford for tickets for most of the home games, particularly at the start of the season. The capacity was down to 43,000 and tickets for home games went to those members who had full voucher sheets from the season before. From September to March that season, I spent at least one morning every week, usually two, down at OT queuing up for anything between 2 and 4 hours. The occasion I remember was the Friday before Eric's return and the queues were long - down through the tunnel under South Stand and right round behind the West Stand. I actually queued for 4 hours that day in the first really cold day of the winter. We were all cold and miserable and bored. The team was training in the stadium that day - for privacy I think because of Eric's return - and the place was heaving with cameras and news reporters, all wanting pictures of us and interviews and all trying to get us to say that Eric wouldn't last five minutes before getting sent off again. About 3 hours after I arrived, I had worked my way up to being almost out of the tunnel and within sight of the ticket office, when the players started to arrive. They all drove down through the tunnel and obviously had to slow down to avoid running someone over. Lots of people in the queue waved to players. Some responded (I remember particularly, Pally giving everyone a big smile and a wave), but most just looked straight ahead and drove down the tunnel like we didn't exist. Then Fergie drove up. With a big grin on his face, he wound down his window and slowed down to a walking pace at the entrance to the tunnel. It took him a good 15 minutes to get to the other end because he talked to just about everyone in the queue. He asked how long people had been waiting, where they had come from. He patted kids on the head, signed autographs, talked about how delighted he was to have Eric coming back. And it was all done with obvious enjoyment - he wasn't chatting to the fans as part of his duties, he was chatting to fans because he enjoyed it, because he wanted to. I've never forgotten that day (even though Fergie probably has) and I've seen him repeat it over and over again. He is a truly great man. Now to turn to Bobby Charlton. Bobby was (and still is) my hero. Even after seeing all the great footballers we have had in the 90's, I still believe Bobby to be the most complete footballer I have ever seen - not just at United, but anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, Bobby has turned out to have feet of clay and I admit to not being enamoured of his actions off the pitch, particularly in recent years. But please, can we show some respect for what he did for Manchester United on the pitch. Let us not forget the 199 goals that he scored for Manchester United, nor the contribution he made to the resurgence of Manchester United after Munich (despite what he himself had gone through in and after the crash). Bobby Charlton was one of the greatest (if not the greatest) players Manchester United have ever had. Criticise him for his off-the-pitch activities if you must, but please show him the respect he deserves for the immeasurable contribution he made to Manchester United as a player. OUR SALFORD LASS
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: Arsene chickening out of Charity Shield? FOOTBALL: CHARITY IS NO GO FOR ARSENAL (Mirror) ARSENE Wenger is on collision course with the Football Association - because he does not want to play in the Charity Shield. Arsenal are due to face Manchester United in the Wembley curtain raiser on Sunday August 1, but Wenger is reluctant. Wenger was critical of United's blood and thunder approach last year in what is supposed to be a friendly. And he does not want the huge Wembley pitch to drain his players a week before the season kicks off. Arsenal have delayed releasing ticket details for another fortnight in the hope that another team may step in. The FA have approached Chelsea to take their place - but they refused because it is too close to their Champions' League qualifying ties. Losing FA Cup finalists Newcastle are another possibility, but have not yet been asked. Last night the FA and Charities' Commission were putting pressure on Arsenal to play in the match which is, after all, for numerous good causes. The traditional match which has run for 91 years raises pounds 2m - a third of which goes to charity.
SIR Alex Ferguson! Congrats from Manchester United Support All Over the World!"

Subject: SIR ALEX - KEANE IS STAYING AT UNITED BREAKING NEWS - Sunday 13 June 1999 Sir Alex Ferguson, has confirmed Manchester United expect to hold on to inspirational skipper Roy Keane. The Scottish boss of the Treble winners says United will reject a £20million approach from Italians Lazio and persuade Republic of Ireland international Keane to sign a new contract within the next fortnight. Sir Alex is reported in the Mail on Sunday as saying: "Roy will be staying at United. Negotiations have almost reached a settlement and I'm confident his new contract will be sorted out in the next couple of weeks." He added: "The players got me this knighthood. The most important thing to me is that we stick together. It's behind everything we achieved last season. "It's vital that we keep the skipper. He is the driving force behind everything we achieved last season." Lazio coach Sven Goran Eriksson has told his directors they should table a record £20million fee if there is any hint United will cash in on their investment this summer. Next year Keane becomes a free agent and there would be a stampede for his services. Among those poised to try to sign him are Blackburn Rovers, whose owner Jack Walker is reportedly prepared to offer Keane a £5million signing-on fee if he joins as a free agent.
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Subject: Red Fan in SA by Barnard Andre Barnard Andre Hi everyone. I was off las week, down with Asthma which gave me a break from work and time to catch up with all my old tapes of previous games involving MAN UTD before the big weekend. That is what I call quality time. The only snag is getting back today to find 327 e-mails from you guys. Today was one of those days where that is all that I did, caught up on RED MAIL and reliving the excitement of the double. F A N T A S T I C !!!!!!! I'm also going through a couple of the conversations re Barca and sense how excited you guys are, shit, I wish I could be going with. Reading here how you guys are wondering if you got the correct strip packed in, where to meet in Barca etc is all so wonderful. All that I can say is go and have the time of your life, along with your mates and in the right place supporting the RED team. I really am envious. I suppose this is a goal that I can set for myself, meeting some list members by next year, around the time we are back at Wembley, defending our silverware. To Paul Gallen, " Sunday in New York ", that my friend I thought was a fantastic write. You'll probably be in the air when this arrives, (Don't know how long this mail will take from SA - USA), but should you only read when you get back, HAVE A BLAST. It really sounds as if you guys are going to have one hellava party. Linda, it sounds as if you are not going to be very sober on your trip. Just about everyone wants to meet up with you and buy you drinks, what a way to save money hey! Anyway, 5.30pm here and most of the people have left for home. Being the dedicated person that I am and working as hard as Linda says she does, I'll be here 'till 7.00 pm thinking of you making your way to Barca, hoping that this is the year for the treble. To all the fans going to the ECF, enjoy the occasion. I'll be watching it on the tele in our local pub. Game starts 10.00pm here. Should this be our night, Thursday is going to be hell at work. GO REDS!! Andre Barnard Client Support Department X 97040
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