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Date: Sat May 15 11:22:59 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. French revolution
2. Elleray Ruled out of Arsenal v Villa
3. More on Elleray from Dave
4. Blomqvist plays waiting role in wings - Independent
5. Join in the Barce Dance NOW!!!!   on WWW


Ready for the crunch! Three Matches = Three Trophies!
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 1  Manchester United    37  21  13   3  78  36   42   76
 2  Arsenal              37  21  12   4  58  17   41   75

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      "Here comes the PL"
         RED Barry

Daily RED Trivia  Saturday 15th May 1999:

 United earn a place in the European Cup Final after a 3-3 draw at Real
 Madrid gives them a 4-3 aggregate success. In front of 125,000 David Sadler,
 Bill Foulkes and Zocco (og) ensure a clash with Benfica at Wembley. Team
 was: Stepney, Brennan, Dunne, Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Best, Kidd, Charlton,
 Sadler, Aston.

 Norman Whiteside made his first League start against Stoke City, scoring
 once. A combative striker who converted to midfield, Whiteside won FA Cup winners
 medals in 1983 and 1985, scoring in both finals, and also scored in the 1983 League
 Cup Final, becoming the youngest player to score in a Wembley final. He made 272
 appearances and scored 67 goals between 1982-89. In 1982 he became the youngest
 player in a World Cup Finals at 17, and appeared 38 times for Northern Ireland.
 Whiteside joined Everton for £750,000 in August 1989. 

 United beat Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam to win the European Cup Winners
 Cup. Mark Hughes scored both goals watched by 50,000. Team was: Sealey,
 Irwin, Blackmore, Bruce, Phelan, Pallister, Robson, Ince, McClair, Hughes, Sharpe.


Barry Daily Comment:
This came from Hamzah:
  Everton                  Home    W  3-1
   Wimbledon                Away    D  1-1
    Sheffield Wednesday      Home    W  3-0
     Leeds United             Away    D   1-1
      Aston Villa              Home    W  2-1
     Liverpool                Away    D   2-2
    Middlesbrough            Away    W  1-0
   Blackburn                Away    D  0-0
  Tottenham                Home    ??????
 Looking back at our games in the PL since the Everton game we've been
 winning a game and then drawing the following game lets hope this
 continues until Sunday, i hope you guys feel better now, WE CAN DO IT!

REDS the countdown is like this
 1 day  Tottenham     PL
  7 days  Newcsatle     FAC
   11 days Bayern Munich CL Final
I will leave Debmark for Barce in 8 days after the cup final
RED sky at night BARCE' delight

Enjoy the next 3 CHAMPIONSHIP matches, one and ALL!
 "We haven't won anything yet," he said. "It's an opportunity that might
   not come again in a lifetime so it's one you don't want to mess up.
    We all know how much it has taken to get us near to the top of the mountain.
     We're three-quarters of the way there and now comes the final push for the
       three trophies."  ~ Dwight Yorke


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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:

        Blackburn   0-0   Manchester United

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 12/05/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    37  21  13   3  78  36   42   76
 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     37   7  13  17  37  51  -14   34
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
12/05/99    Blackburn                Away     D  0-0     1    30,436


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) 


Your editor Barry Leeming say's "NOW FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE!"

Subject: French revolution By Nigel Clarke Saturday, May 15, 1999 Two of the key French players in tomorrow's final countdown for the Premiership title have cast a big shadow over the outcome. Tottenham's Footballer of the Year David Ginola publicly doubted his team's commitment to trying to beat Manchester United, then Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka rejected his manager's call to pledge his future to Highbury. But it is Ginola's frank admission that he wants United to emerge victorious over Arsenal in the last stage of their fight for the championship that will cause by far the biggest uproar if Spurs put up anything less than full-blooded opposition to United at Old Trafford. That is something many fans throughout the country will wonder about after Ginola confessed yesterday: 'What you have to realise is that it is very difficult when you reach the last game of the season and have nothing to play for. 'For most of the time your mind is gone because you are thinking about the holidays. But for respect of the game, the opponents and the fans, you have to go on to the final whistle and try to give it your best. 'But I will be really happy for Manchester United to win all the prizes they want.' Ginola's controversial remarks will anger manager George Graham, who is utterly committed to winning against his close friend Alex Ferguson, and questions will almost certainly be asked at Highbury, the Premier League and the FA about the superstar winger's preference for United so close to a match crucial to the destiny of the championship. On the other side of north London, however, his fellow countryman Anelka was making his own contribution to confusion within the Arsenal camp before their vital home clash with Aston Villa. Manager Arsene Wenger, tired of the continual reports of Anelka's unhappiness in England and his desire to be transferred back to the continent, angrily suggested yesterday that the best way for all the speculation to end would be for the young striker to state publicly that he wants to stay at Highbury. Unfortunately, when that request from Wenger was put to Anelka he could only offer a reply that will have done little for morale on the eve of the most important match of Arsenal's season. Anelka said: 'How can I tell you where I will be next season when I don't know if what I say today comes out differently tomorrow? Where am I going? Can anybody tell me? I don't know anything about asking for a transfer next week but I know I am fed up with hearing about all these things.' Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood distanced himself from the remarks of his team-mate Ginola. Sherwood said: 'We've had a really good season and won a trophy, and Arsenal might end up with nothing. But all that will be on our minds on Sunday will be doing the best we can to win another game. 'Going to Old Trafford is always a great way to finish the season.' Graham emphasised: 'We are going there to win. What United and Arsenal do is immaterial to me. We want to finish the season in good style.'
Your editor Barry Leeming say's "NOW FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE!"

Subject: Elleray Ruled out of Arsenal v Villa Referee David Elleray, savagely criticised by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, has pulled out of tomorrow's crucial Premiership match between Arsenal and Aston Villa with a back injury. Ferguson and Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards were furious with Elleray for sending off Denis Irwin and awarding a penalty against United during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool last week. Elleray will be replaced by Dermot Gallagher tomorrow at Highbury and a Premier League spokesman said: 'David has had a back injury for some time and it flared up again while he was refereeing the Spurs-Chelsea game last Monday.'
Your editor Barry Leeming say's "NOW FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE!"

Subject: Elleray Ruled out of Arsenal v Villa At 06:57 AM 5/15/99 +0300, you wrote: >> Referee David Elleray, savagely criticised by Manchester United manager >> Alex Ferguson, has pulled out of tomorrow's crucial Premiership match >> between Arsenal and Aston Villa with a back injury. >Probably strained his back carrying the sacks of money donated by Arsenal >after the scouse game. Or is he just trying to avoid more controversy? The >whole world would have been watching him at Highbury and anything looking >like favoritism towards the Gunners would have made him a target for >disgruntled fans, even more so than after the scouse game. This could backfire. Knowing that he would be watched carefully, Elleray may have gone out of his way to show he was not favouring Arsenal by sending off one or two of their players. Now we have a ref who will not fear the media onslaught so he's more likely to play to the home crowd. Am I showing signs that this is getting to me? I'm not counting the hours yet - as I write we have 37 of them left until we'll know the destination of the title. I wish the next 37 would fly by as fast as the 37 PL games we have played. What joyous times we've had this season but as the bloody players keep reminding us and themselves ... we've won nothing yet. I wish they'd stop saying that!!! Hopefully in 37 hours they will Dave Next week I'm off to sunny Spain To see Man. United
Your editor Barry Leeming say's "NOW FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE!"

Subject: Blomqvist plays waiting role in wings - Independent Glenn Moore talks to the Swedish left-winger who has provided vital cover during United's treble-chasing bid When Nelson Vivas was caught napping at the far post on Tuesday night, allowing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to score Leeds United's winner, David O'Leary's pre-match assessment of the title race rang a resounding bell. Manchester United, said the Leeds manager, would finish ahead of his old team because, although Arsenal could field a first XI to match anything United put out, they were unable to match their depth of squad. This has been the crucial difference between United this year and last. The signings of Jaap Stam, Dwight Yorke and Jesper Blomqvist, the retention of players like Teddy Sheringham and Henning Berg, and the emergence of youngsters such as Wes Brown, has given Alex Ferguson the options and numbers he has needed to maintain a three-pronged campaign. "Without such a deep squad," admitted Alex Ferguson yesterday, "we would never have got to this point." Blomqvist, a £4.4m signing from Parma in the summer, has been a key element in this policy. Last season, when Ryan Giggs was missing, United looked unbalanced and suffered for it. This year they have had the perfect cover and have also been able to play Giggs in other roles knowing the 25-year-old Swede was taking wing on the left. A foot injury, which affected his fitness and training, has hampered Blomqvist but he has still played in 37 of United's 58 matches to date this season, and is likely to play a role in the vital final three starting with the visit of Tottenham to Old Trafford tomorrow. What sort of role only Ferguson knows. After starting the previous seven matches Blomqvist was left out against Blackburn on Wednesday. He did not like it but, being a modern squad player, had to accept it. "It can be difficult," he said as we met up at Old Trafford the following morning. "Blackburn was hard as I had been playing regularly and was not even on the bench. You can get a bit upset but you have to think 'it is not my time this time', that is life. "Being a squad player is part of the game if you want to play for a big club. They want to play in all the competitions and it is too many games to manage with 13 players, they need a big squad and everybody must accept that. It means that apart from a few players like Keano [Roy Keane] and Jaap no-one is missed, we can have four or five injuries and still be very competitive." Keane, of course, will be missing from the European Cup final and one option for Ferguson is to play Giggs in midfield with Blomqvist wide. "It is a possibility," said Blomqvist, "though he could play Ronnie Johnson or Phil Neville in midfield too." Such caution is typical of Blomqvist's outlook. Unusually for a United player he is prepared to publicly contemplate failure in Barcelona. "I'm very confident that we can win and put up a really good performance but I can't say we will win," he said - fortunately Keane was not listening. "Maybe I am a little bit more careful than the English players in that, maybe it is the Swedish mentality, but they [Bayern Munich] are a world-class team and they are winning the German league very easily. It is a good team we are playing. "We can beat them, I have no doubts about that, but we can also lose to them, that is football. My biggest worry is that they will gain so much confidence by doing so well in Germany that they may be even more confident than us, especially if we don't win our domestic trophies." A lively contest with Wimbledon's Ben Thatcher earlier this season showed Blomqvist does not lack bottle but, maybe because of his slight figure, his body language does not exude confidence. Appropriately enough for a winger, Blomqvist had a childhood ambition to be an air steward though his employment, when he became a semi-professional player, was as a bank clerk, then as a student studying maths. He came to United's attention with a sparkling performance as they lost to IFK Gothenburg in the Champions' League in 1994, but his star waned during two difficult seasons in Italy with Milan and Parma. From the outside he still appears to be regaining his confidence. "My own performances can still improve quite a bit," he admitted, "especially the last part; the shooting and crossing. There is a big difference in approach between playing in the part-time Swedish league and in Italy and England. There is no real pressure there, most Scandinavian players struggle for the first one or two years when they move. I think my best years are still to come, it is up to me to prove it." Steve McLaren, the United coach, said of Blomqvist: "I've found Jesper to be a very amiable person since I've been here. He works very hard on his game, thinks a lot about it. He's typical of a player who has played in Italy, very professional, always practising. "He's very quick, very direct and positive, he can take opponents on and delivers a good cross. He could score more goals [he has one this season], maybe come inside and get more shots in. His biggest quality is he is a team player. He defends very well, he helps out in midfield and doubles up with full-backs. When you are talking about squad players he is ideal and when he comes in the team he does very well. "Like any other player he is a confidence player. They always need building up, given a little boost every now and again. It is not a case of encouragement as much as giving them all the help you can to stay confident and be a good player." Blomqvist's defensive qualities, which he acquired in Italy, could earn him a place against Barcelona. After that there is another important date, the Euro 2000 qualifier between England and Sweden at Wembley in June, when he could find himself up against Gary Neville. Again there is that reticence - or realism - as he says: "We are not confident of winning but we are confident knowing there is no particular pressure on us. Even a loss is almost like a win because we will still have qualification in our own hands."
Your editor Barry Leeming say's "NOW FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE!"

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