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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Thu Jul 15 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1.  ASK THE MASTERFAN
2.  HAMMER STAN TO FACE UNITED
3 . Ground zero: United stars roll eyes over pitch
4.  After the shots off field, it's time to get on with the game 
5.  MUTV MasterFan contestants wanted

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 NEXT MATCHES
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01-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Charity Shield, AWAY)
08-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)

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*** FINAL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 16/05/99 ***

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



Here are all the matches for the coming season 1999/2000:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm
 
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000 [All dates/times subject to change]
(Dates of possible cup ties also shown)

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
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15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   11.00  pre-season     -
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00  pre-season     -
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30  pre-season     -
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30  pre-season     -

 1/08/99    Arsenal      Wembley Charity Shield         -
 3/08/99    Omagh Town     friendly in aid of Omagh Bomb Fund
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly at JJB Stadium.

 8/08/99    Everton                  away      16.00
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL   20.00
14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   15.00
22/08/99    Arsenal                  away PL   16.00
25/08/99    Coventry City            away PL   20.00
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio           ESC       19.45
30/08/99    Newcastle United         home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                away PL   11.30
15/09/99    ?     EC
18/09/99    Wimbledon                home PL   15.00
22/09/99    ?     EC
25/09/99    Southampton              home PL   15.00
29/09/99    ?     EC
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  away PL   16.00
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel]
13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  home PL   15.00
20/10/99    ?     EC
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        away PL   15.00
27/10/99    ?     EC
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 3/11/99    ?     EC
 6/11/99    Leicester City           home PL   15.00
20/11/99    Derby County             away PL   15.00
24/11/99    ?     EC
27/11/99    Sheffield Wednesday      away PL   15.00
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 1/12/99    ?     WC 4
 4/12/99    Everton                  home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
11/12/99    FAC 3 Will not enter ...
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
18/12/99    West Ham United          away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               away PL   20.00
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           home PL   20.00

 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC  *****   [3-4 games]

*  8/01/2000  FAC 4 Will not enter ...
12/01/2000  ?    WC sf i
15/01/2000  Leeds United             away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  home PL   15.00
26/01/2000  ?    WC sf ii
* 29/01/2000  FAC 5 Will not enter ...
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         away PL   15.00
* 19/02/2000  FAC 6 Will not enter ...
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                away PL   15.00
27/02/2000  ?   Wembley WC f
 1/03/2000  ?   EC
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                home PL   15.00
 8/03/2000  ?   EC
11/03/2000  Derby County             home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  ?   EC
18/03/2000  Leicester City           away PL   15.00
22/03/2000  ?   EC
25/03/2000  Bradford City            away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           away PL   15.00
*  9/04/2000  FAC sf Will not enter ...
15/04/2000  Sunderland               home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              away PL   15.00
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f

http://www.red11.org/mufc/match.htm



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*   Pre season tour details JULY 1999   *
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** Friendly at Salford City **
Salford City, the North Western Trains League club, are to play a friendly
against a side from their "big brother" neighbours Manchester United, at
their Moor Lane ground (in Kersal) on Saturday July 17th at 3pm.

Melbourne  Sydney  
Thu 15/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS evening in Melbourne 
    at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground- capacity 90,000.) kick off 20.00hrs.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground 5 minutes from the city. Good transport available
 Tickets available - starts from $60.00 - behind the goal -next up is $90.00,
   $130.00 and $150.00

Sun 18/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS STADIUM AUSTRALIA, Olympic Boulevard,
    Homebush Bay, Sydney  NEW SOUTH WALES  15.00 local time 
     Tickets for Sydney game try here:
 http://www.ticketek.com.au/frame.asp?url=search/search.asp
   then type MANCHESTER in the search field.

   + Far East

Wed 21/7 Shangai first time ever!!!
 This match will be watched by 80,000 fans 
  The game has sold out with the Shanghai Star reporting the home side's
  chairman Yu Zhifei as saying: ''It is unprecedented that the tickets
  should sell out for a match five weeks in advance." 

Sat 24/7 Hong Kong  Repeat of the 1997 game
 "ALL matches will be shown "the same day" om MUTV.

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 THE FANTASTIC TRIPLE WAS WON!!
Personal stories here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm

We went to Barcelona in a fine day in May
And all our supporters sang loudly & gay
And when it was over and all said and done
We beat Bayern Munich  by 2 goals to 1

The first one was Teddy's he out foxed the rest
The second was Solskjear's he's simply the best
We could have had 4 or we could have had 9
But we didn't start playing till injury time

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Subject: ASK THE MASTERFAN
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999
Time: 2:43 PM EST

Submitted by:  Chris

Email address: Chris.haworth@tinyonline.co.uk
Visitor_country: uk
Visitor_age: 27

Question:
=========
What is Manchester United's highest gate at Old
Trafford since the second world war.  Will it be below the new
capacity once the east and west stand extensions are completed?

Answer:
=======
Old Trafford's highest gate post-war was 66,350 for an FA Cup
5th Round tie against Sheffield Wednesday in February 1960. The
new capacity will by 2001 exceed 67,500. Highest all-time
attendance at Old Trafford was 76,962 for an FA Cup Semi-Final
between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town in March 1939.
For a United game at OT the record is 70,504 against Aston Villa
on 27 December 1920. 

Ask the STATMAN at: 
http://www.red11.org/mufc/statman.htm

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Subject: HAMMER STAN TO FACE UNITED

Wednesday, July 14,
1999 10:44

A friendly it might be, but the Australian national team will
not need firing up for their big matches against Manchester
United.

Least of all Stan Lazaridis, the only player in the Melbourne
starting line-up who currently plys his trade in the English
Premiership. He's hoping to play his way back into the West Ham
reserve team with an impressive performance against the Reds.

"Some people might say I'm not in the frame if I'm here," says
Stan, in Aussie newspaper The Age.

"But Harry Redknapp asked me if I would like to come back for
these matches. I am in pre-season, and it's better to play two
games against Manchester United than six against non-league
sides. Better than being clobbered by Razor Ruddock and spat on
by Ian Wright in training."

Lazaridis made only fifteen League appearances for the Hammers
last season, including their 0-0 draw and played a big part in
their 4-1 defeat against United. The Perth-born winger was at
one stage linked with a move to Manchester City, but he declined
to pursue it as he hurt his ribs laughing about the offer.

Had the transfer gone through, he would have linked up with
compatriot Danny Tiatto, who was one of the megastars of City's
promotion campaign.

Both Tiatto and Lazaridis start for the Socceroos in the first
match, which kicks off at 8 pm local time on Thursday in
Melbourne's MCG stadium.

Behind them in goal will be 52-year-old Bruce Petkovic, the
younger of two siblings who are bidding to replace United's Mark
Bosnich as the national number one. Bruce's brother Shane will
be among the Australia substitutes.

Socceroos coach Casa Blanco insists his young players are ready
for the challenge of facing United.

"It's impossible to hold back against an exciting team like
United, they are the best club team in the world," he says.

"We have players that want to prove something at the MCG. Some
of these boys want to establish themselves in the national side
and claim a place in the Olympic team, some will double up by
selling programmes during the game, so they won't be holding
back."

The match can be seen exclusively live in the UK on MUTV, from
11 am BST.

Australia XI: Bruce Petkovic; Simon Colostomy, Alex Tinny
(captain), Noosha Foxe, Steve Layabout, Stan Lazaridis, Vince
Gorilla, Ross Alloallo, Keith Emerson, Danny Tiatto, Audio
Vidmar. 

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Subject: From the Sydney Morning Herald

Ground zero: United stars roll eyes over pitch By MICHAEL LYNCH

As the gloom gathered and a chill nipped the air, the jetlagged
footballing aristocrats of Manchester United checked in for a
training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last night -
and rolled their eyes in disbelief.

It wasn't the scale and size of the 97,000-capacity stadium that
gave them cause for surprise, however, more the state of the
pitch.

Lumpy and bumpy, and far from the smooth greensward they might
have expected, it is not the sort of surface on which a squad
with a collective value of $250million-plus is used to playing.

"It's great, isn't it," assistant manager Steve McLaren said
with an ironic laugh when asked about the conditions on which
his valuable stars would be performing. "I am surprised."

Later, the 38-year-old former Hull, Derby, Oxford and Bristol
City player, who is filling in for his absent boss Sir Alex
Ferguson, moderated his comments, telling the media pack:
"Obviously it's had a few games of rugby on it just lately.

"It's not exactly the sort of pitch we are used to back in
England, but you come over and have to accept what's there and
get on with it," he said, suggesting that its closest British
equivalent was Selhurst Park, where premiership rivals Wimbledon
play.

However, United won't be using the pitch as an excuse should the
Socceroos cause a boilover tonight.

Trinidadian Dwight Yorke, when asked if he'd played football on
a cricket pitch before, said: "I am from the Caribbean, what do
you think?", while Australia's first-choice goalkeeper Mark
Bosnich, who has just joined United, was also diplomatic.

"It's the MCG. I mean, I don't know what else you can expect
when you're playing Aussie rules and cricket and so forth on
it," Bosnich said.

"At the end of the day a good carpenter doesn't blame his tools,
so we're not looking for that as an excuse for anything; we're
just looking to play the game. Those are just little by-products
of the game we don't worry about."

McLaren said last night that he had yet to settle on the United
line-up, but insisted the club had not come so far just for an
exercise hit-out.

United, because of the club's phenomenal success in recent
seasons, was now a global benchmark, and every team lifted its
game when it was up against the premiership and European
champions. He expected the Socceroos to be no exception.

"If you do relax and take things a little bit easier, that's
when injuries do occur; obviously injury is the biggest fear,"
McLaren said. "Manchester United will not be holding back, we
expect two tough games."

The entire squad - with the exception of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer -
had a light training run at the MCG last night. The Norwegian
striker had a slight twinge and looked on as his teammates
entertained a vocal audience of United supporters in a game of
one-touch football.

Socceroo coach Raul Blanco again declared his faith in his
youthful players despite the absence of most of Australia's
overseas stars.

He said the game would be a test of their character, adding that
the biggest fear he had was whether they might get stagestruck
by the scale of the event.

"But we have players that also want to prove something at the
MCG; some of these boys want to establish themselves in the
national side and claim a place in the Olympic team, they won't
be holding back," Blanco said.

Whatever the result on the pitch, promoter Rene Rivkin should
come out in front. Reports suggest his group could make
$2million on the tour. He wasn't talking figures yesterday,
other than to say that he expected a bumper crowd at the "G"
tonight.

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Subject: After the shots off field, it's time to get on with the game 

Manchester United will arrive in Melbourne tomorrow, minus
manager Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and a few
other notables. But the heart of the team that won the English
Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup will run out at the MCG
before a big crowd of Diggers on Thursday night.

Finally, perhaps, the posturing and backbiting, the claims,
counterclaims, threats of legal action and withholding of funds
will end, and the game take centre stage.

Nothing in big-time sport is ever simple, and it doesn't get
much bigger than Manchester United.

Its visit to Australia remains a perfect opportunity to present
the game to a wider public than usual, to develop the sport and
attract youngsters, the potential stars of the future.

That is a tougher task in AFL-dominated Melbourne than anywhere
else in the country, but one the code's governing body, Soccer
Australia, knows it has to attempt if the game is to break out
of its marginal, still ethno-centred niche. Aussie Rules is the
game here, burly blokes in sawn-off vests kicking goals every few
seconds without being hampered by restrictions on physical
violence, maiming and off-the-ball scraps. 

Ozbloke Entertainment, the tour promoter, has, by its own
admission, got eight million good reasons (the number of dollars
it says it has invested in putting on the two-match
show - the second game follows on Sunday in Sydney) for wanting
the United tour to be a success.

But from a public relations, image-building and marketing point
of view, the chance to focus on the game has been stymied for
the best part of a fortnight, mainly by the fixation on Beckham
and Ferguson, and latterly by the criticisms that the Australian
XI is a second-rate side, requiring a call to arms for a
Manchester City superstar and some guys working the sheepdip. 

The Ferguson and Beckham issue has been hammered as if there was
no tomorrow, with Ozbloke's argument being that Mr Spice is such
a showbiz star that he could add an extra 10 per cent to the
gate.

However, the contracts signed with United did, apparently,
include criteria for player withdrawals, and it is believed that
marriage, allergies to baby-spew, jumpers knee injuries and fear
of Vegemite were included. 

United has said that Beckham, his honeymoon now over, was due to
return to Manchester for treatment to an injury this week.
Ozbloke, rightly or wrongly, has given the impression that it
would be happy just for him to front up, injured or not, and sit
on the bench even if he takes no part in the games. The blonde
midfield maestro could merely display his 'Brooklyn' tattoo on
his backside whilst his colleagues slug it out against their
colonial opponents.

The whole business has been a lost opportunity. Instead of the
chat being all about how Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke and Andy
Cole might combine on the hallowed turf after a slabbing
session, or how Mark Bosnich would fare on his first essay as
United's goalkeeper wearing Schmeichels gloves that are several
sizes too big, all we have heard of is Beckham. He is an
important player, certainly, but he is just one man. And many
United supporters would argue that Ryan Giggs or Roy Keane (one
of them is on this tour to pull the sheilas) are just as vital
to the team.

The criticism of the Socceroos is more problematic. While the
promoters might have hoped that the full strength national side
would play, given that most of the Socceroos would have only
just started pre-seasons with their club sides, they should have
known that there were no guarantees they would be able to get
away. European teams have been notoriously reluctant to release
players for gruelling trips to Australia, even for competitive
drinking matches. This game, despite the allure of the
opposition, is a friendly. And against a club side to boot. 
 
Although Soccer Australia can invoke tough FIFA clauses to
ensure players are released for international games against
other countries, those rules don't apply to matches against club
teams.

And even though United would start favorite against many
national teams and their turnover could soon be approaching the
level of a small nation, it doesn't, as yet, have claims to be a
country.

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MUTV have asked me to pass on this message. Anyone interested please 
get in touch asap. The shooting of the new series begins in August. 

Surely we can do better than just one List member taking part? 

Any knowledgeable Red able to get to the Granada Studios in Manchester on 
a weekday evening?  


DO YOU WANT TO BE ON TV?
MASTERFAN 


Against which of his former clubs did Brian McClair have his testimonial? 
Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a Manchester United know-all? 
Would you be willing to go onto television to compete on a quiz 
show, that may win you the respect of the legions of Man United 
fans? 

If so, and you can answer the above question then give MUTV  
LIFESTYLE a ring and you could soon be a contestant on 
MASTERFAN. 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED THEN WRITE TO MASTERFAN, 
GRANADA TELEVISION, QUAY ST, MANCHESTER, M60 9EA 
EMAIL Michael.Channon@granadamedia.com  
OR PHONE 0161 934 5601 


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