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Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List

 1 Mark John Bosnich      2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
 4 David May              6 Jakob Stam             7 David Robert J Beckham
 8 Nicholas Butt          9 Andrew Alex. Cole      10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs     12 Philip Neville         14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane           17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes          19 Dwight Yorke           20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg          23 Michael Jamie Clegg    25 Josť Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi         31 Nicholas James Culkin  33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening

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*** FIXTURES ON 18/10/99 ***

          Sunderland  v  Aston Villa

*** FIXTURES ON 23/10/99 ***

         Aston Villa  v  Wimbledon
       Bradford City  v  Leicester City
             Chelsea  v  Arsenal
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Coventry City
         Southampton  v  Liverpool
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  MANCHESTER UNITED

*** FIXTURES ON 24/10/99 ***

             Everton  v  Leeds United
             Watford  v  Middlesbrough
     West Ham United  v  Sunderland



             Arsenal   4-1   Everton               38,042
       Coventry City   4-1   Newcastle United      23,031
        Derby County   0-1   Tottenham Hotspur     29,815
        Leeds United   2-0   Sheffield Wednesday   39,437
      Leicester City   2-1   Southampton           19,556
           Liverpool   1-0   Chelsea               44,826
   Manchester United   4-1   Watford               55,188
           Wimbledon   3-2   Bradford City         10,029


       Middlesbrough   2-0   West Ham United       31,862


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         11   8   1   2  21  12    9   25
 2  Manchester United    11   7   3   1  27  16   11   24
 3  Arsenal              11   7   1   3  17  10    7   22
 4  Sunderland           10   6   2   2  18   8   10   20
 5  Leicester City       11   6   2   3  19  14    5   20
 6  Chelsea               9   6   1   2  15   4   11   19
 7  Everton              11   5   2   4  17  14    3   17
 8  Tottenham Hotspur    10   5   2   3  17  14    3   17
 9  Aston Villa          10   5   2   3  11   9    2   17
10  West Ham United       9   5   1   3  11   8    3   16
11  Middlesbrough        11   5   0   6  13  15   -2   15
12  Liverpool            10   4   2   4  11  10    1   14
13  Coventry City        11   3   3   5  16  15    1   12
14  Southampton          10   3   2   5  17  21   -4   11
15  Wimbledon            11   2   5   4  17  25   -8   11
16  Watford              11   3   0   8   7  15   -8    9
17  Derby County         11   2   3   6  10  19   -9    9
18  Bradford City        10   2   2   6   6  16  -10    8
19  Newcastle United     11   2   1   8  21  27   -6    7
20  Sheffield Wednesday  11   1   1   9   8  27  -19    4

19-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Marseille   (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
23-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Spurs       (FA Premier League, AWAY)
27-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs NK Croatia  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
30-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Aston Villa (FA Premier League, HOME)

UNITED Stats v All teams:

ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000
All dates/times subject to change
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    Everton                  Away PL  D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home PL  W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away PL  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio                ESC L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex Testimonial     Home F   L  2-4   [RED LEGENDS]
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188

19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC   19.45 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away PL   15.00 
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 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
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
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  "live on sky"
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           Home PL   20.00
 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
15/01/2000  Leeds United             Away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   15.00
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
 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
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
24/05/2000  ?    EC f


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Subject: DEADLINE LOOMING FOR UNITED Manchester United's FA Cup saga has until the end of the month to be resolved, according to the Football Association's executive director David Davies. Speaking on the BBC's Breakfast with Frost programme on Sunday, Davies said: "There have been some talks behind the scenes but I have to say the situation has not changed." Cup holders United sparked outrage among soccer fans when they announced they were pulling out of the competition to focus on their attempts to win the World Club Championships in Brazil in January. But Sir Alex Ferguson said the club had been put under pressure by then Sports Minister Tony Banks to pull out of the Cup, to aid England's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup. Ferguson was reported in the News of the World as saying: "It is easy for everyone to criticise Manchester United but if you read the statement from Sports Minister Tony Banks it said 'Manchester United must go' (to Brazil). "It expressed what they feel. I was so determined for us to stay in the FA Cup and defend our Treble, but it was clear the Government wanted us to go to Brazil. "They are on a crusade for the World Cup. If it wasn't for the World Cup Manchester United would not be involved in Brazil - it's as simple as that." Davies, explaining there had been no change in the situation, said: "I'm relieved to say that, because of everything that went on in the summer, but on the other hand I'm disappointed because United have said we have said if there is a new solution everybody will look at it. "But it's proving immensely difficult to find and we are running out of time. "Certainly we have to respect the views of the other clubs and as we go to the second round matches towards the end of this month that will be the deadline." Davies admitted the whole situation was getting him down when he said: "I'm somewhat depressed about the subject at the moment, but if there is a new solution most certainly we will look at it." © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: FAREWELL TO SIR MATT MOVED ME - Schmeichel I'LL never forget that day in January 1994 when the team bade a formal farewell to that gentleman of football - Sir Matt Busby. We were playing against Everton and 44,000 fans had sung their way through the hours leading up to kick-off in the traditional way. Then the announcer at the ground asked for silence, and as if by magic a hush descended on Old Trafford while the players were led on to the pitch by a lone bagpiper. The entire crowd rose to its feet without a sound. We all bowed our heads as a final sign of respect for one of the club's greatest men. It was a soul-stirring moment which truly embodied the essence of Manchester United. Those were moving days at the club. Four days later, we all attended the funeral where the Bishop of Salford sent Sir Matt on his final journey with the following description: "A humble man, whose life and death have touched the lives of thousands of people." * Adapted by Kevin Garside from Schmeichel, The Autobiography. Published by Virgin. Released November 4, Price pounds 16.99.
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Subject: IAN WRIGHT? HE'S TASTELESS, VULGAR, PREJUDICED AND A COMPLETE IDIOT PETER SCHMEICHEL THE BOOK: DAY TWO THESE words struck me like the crack of a whip: "How dare you call me a black b*****d, you racist pig!" Ian Wright was screaming at me in the tunnel as we left the Highbury pitch after winning 2-1 on February 19, 1997. The two of us were being escorted by a policeman because we had clashed after the final whistle. It was a continuation of the row we had three months earlier and, at that moment and in the United dressing room, there was a lot of anger about Wright's behaviour on the field and in the players' tunnel. We discussed whether to launch an attack on his antics to the members of the Press waiting outside. Several of us felt like having a go, so it was probably just as well they had drifted away by the time we had changed. What I didn't realise then was that I was about to experience one of the most difficult and ugly periods of my whole of my career. I was led a merry dance by the then Football Association chief, Graham Kelly, and - even more absurdly, the head of the Players' Union Gordon Taylor. The police carried out a lengthy investigation - but the Crown Prosecution Service never found any reason to take me to court. Yet this might give some kind of idea of the pressure I was under. I was on the brink of becoming the first player in the game to be charged with racist behaviour. It never got that far - and if it had it would have been the most grievous injustice. After the Arsenal game, the squad stayed in London for a game against Chelsea. And when I got back to my hotel room I had a strange feeling, a sixth sense that I should write down what I had experienced. I didn't really know why I was doing it, but I had a feeling it might help me later on... and I was right. The game itself was reasonably quiet until the last 30 minutes, but there had been a couple of incidents. Ian Wright followed up after I had saved a shot, and it seemed he purposely ran into me while I was on the ground. I ignored this. I didn't want to give him the satisfaction of reacting. The second time was more spectacular and quite amusing. The ball was played up on Arsenal's right wing and I ran out to clear it. Wright also went for the ball and it ended in a tackle that was so powerful the ball was literally punctured. I laughed, but Wright was completely stony faced. The first-half was disappointing for Arsenal and Wright. They were losing 2-0 and he had missed two good chances. Alex Ferguson had sensed Wright was about to erupt and before we went out for the second-half he warned us: 'Don't get involved with Wright, he's about to crack.' The advice proved correct. First he hacked down Denis Irwin and was rightly shown a yellow card. But that was followed by what I consider to be the most serious and brutal attack perpetrated on an English football pitch during the season. I had just saved a shot and was lying on the ground holding the ball when I saw Wright come flying madly towards me feet-first with studs showing. I sensed what was going to happen next and was concerned that the collision might break my leg. Luckily his first foot struck the ball and shin at the same time, taking some of the power out of the contact. While I buckled in pain, Wright left the scene of the crime without a word. I was amazed and disgusted. When the game was over I ran up to him and said: "You tried to get me." He just glowered and replied: "F**k off you Danish w****r!" This exchange resulted in two policemen pulling us apart and escorting us down the tunnel, but their presence did not stop Wright from continuing to shout at me. To begin with he used ordinary, everyday insults, but then came those words: "How dare you call me a black b*****d, you racist pig!" He went on and on and I was shaking with fury. I had never shouted racist remarks at him. I knew he was trying to draw attention from his attack on me in the most cynical way. It didn't take long for the sparks of controversy to fly. The next morning the FA issued a statement, completely on their own initiative. It read: "Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel runs the risk of being charged as a result of allegations Ian Wright has made against him concerning racist comments in the games between United and Arsenal on November 16 and February 19." When I heard that on the radio, I knew football's political carousel had started. I had two choices - jump on the merry-go-round and defend my corner or let United's legal adviser handle it. I knew I was innocent, so I chose to keep quiet in the belief that a violent campaign against me would not spoil my good name. I also vowed that I would tell my side of the story at a later date - and that is what I am doing now. There was always something happening when Ian Wright was on the pitch. I have always considered him to be a bit of an idiot. There have been several disciplinary actions against him for bringing the game into disrepute, but for some reason or another he has always managed to wriggle his way out of anything resembling proper punishment. I have never been able to understand why. In my opinion, his vulgar behaviour should have been stamped out a long time ago. What gives this player the right to call referees "Little Hitlers?" If that isn't as tasteless as any racist remark, how else would you classify it? He is a prejudiced man of extreme opinions who thinks he can do whatever he likes. He is insolent, too, and seems to take pleasure from sailing close to the wind. But, and this cannot be ignored, he is also crafty and uses things to his own advantage. One sign of this is that even before his career had finished, he had launched his own TV show, where he surrounded himself with famous people. While this row was raging, many people suggested that we should appear in public together and apologise. I pointed out he could just invite me on to his TV show, but for a number of good reasons nothing ever came of that. It was at Old Trafford on November 16 that the whole affair began. At the end of the first-half, Wright and I had a clash which proved to be a major catalyst as to what would happen later. The ball was played deep into our half to Wright. I went out, dived and gained possession of the ball in a situation that was perhaps 70/30 in my favour. Wright did not see it that way and his studs ended in my hand. This was very painful. I rose to my feet straight away and gave him a real mouthful. While the referee was talking to Wright, I stood patiently about 10 yards away waiting to take the free-kick. Wright was complaining vociferously about being spoken to over the foul, which in my view was gratuitous and dangerous. What I was not aware of was the fact a TV camera was focused on me while I was standing there muttering to myself. I did not address myself in any way to Ian Wright, but one TV viewer was so convinced of his own abilities as a lip-reader that he reported me to the police and the FA absolutely certain that I had uttered the words "f*****g black b*****d". After being reported to the police and the FA, the matter largely took its own course. And Ian Wright did not waste any time scoring extra publicity. In an "exclusive" interview with the News of The World he abandoned all reason with a hypocritical attack on me. After explaining how hurt and upset he was after my so-called outburst at Old Trafford, he was quoted as follows: "What can you say about a person who apparently has such great problems about something as trivial as the colour of another person's skin." He also said something very interesting which Manchester United immediately latched on to: "I have seen a video of the incident and to put it mildly it was not very pleasant." That last sentence was central to the case because it implied that Wright had not in fact heard what I had said on the pitch and that he was basing his recollection of events on video evidence and an anonymous viewer's self-proclaimed talent for lip reading. We made this point to the FA and after that things went very quiet - very quiet - and I thought the whole thing had met a natural and fitting end. How naive I was. It returned with full force after the next meeting at Highbury. I was fully aware the matter was tied up in the politics offootball and that a scapegoat would be sought. The bureaucrats thought the simple solution was for me to join the FA's "Let Kick Racism Out of Football". I had no problem backing the main aim of the campaign - which is undoubtedly worthwhile - but I I had no wish to be the focal point. The FA wanted me to appear in a picture, shaking hands with Wright and all that public relations guff, but I refused to be a part of it. My co-operation would have been tantamount to admitting I had behaved in a racist manner and give a completely false impression to the public of the encounters I have had with Wright. It was a great help that members of the squad like Andy Cole and Paul Parker spoke out in my defence. And it warmed my heart. But, as the correspondence regarding the case grew, it became clear that the FA was working to a different agenda. They appeared to have decided to use me as a sacrificial offering in their anti-racism campaign. Without any thought to the consequences I believe they released internal and private correspondence about the matter to the Press and attempted to force me to participate in joint statements. They were pushing me to express regret about my own behaviour and, therefore, admit I had been lying all along. I refused and received 100 per cent support from the club during a torrid time. As the FA ran out of evidence, I agreed on a compromise statement. It was piece of paper almost lacking entirely on content. I was eventually cleared of the serious accusations which had turned my life into a nightmare for a couple of months, but in my opinion Graham Kelly handled the issue in a manner ill-befitting someone in his position. I never found him particularly competent and welcomed the news later that year that he had been replaced as chief executive. Accused When it really comes down to it, I have fewer scores to settle with Ian Wright than I have with the bureaucrats at the FA and Players' Union. They were the ones who let me down when it mattered. Now I haven't met Ian Wright since. When the teams played again I was on a break in Barbados and so I was spared his play-to-the-gallery speech to the media: "It would have meant a lot to me to say goodbye to such a great man on the pitch in the right way now that he is leaving football." I'm satisfied that he never scored against me in a League match. I'm proud of that and it can only be a source of frustration to Wright. * Adapted by Kevin Garside from Schmeichel, The Autobiography. Published by Virgin. Released November 4, Price pounds 16.99.
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