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Date: Mon Oct 18 01:15:52 BST 1999
1. DEADLINE LOOMING FOR UNITED
2. FAREWELL TO SIR MATT MOVED ME - Schmeichel
3. IAN WRIGHT? HE'S TASTELESS, VULGAR, PREJUDICED AND A COMPLETE IDIOT
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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MANCHESTER UNITED STATS v ALL teams on the Web
*** 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
*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 16/10/99 ***
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
*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 17/10/99 ***
Middlesbrough 2-0 West Ham United 31,862
*** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 17/10/99 ***
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
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
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
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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
* 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
* Adapted by Kevin Garside from Schmeichel, The Autobiography.
Published by Virgin. Released November 4, Price pounds 16.99.
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