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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS Date: Sat Feb 20 09:38:30 GMT+00:00 1999 Mail: email@example.com This Issue: 1. Match preview: COVENTRY v MANCHESTER UNITED 2. Giggs is ready to start 3. Giggs hopes he can say goodbye to the ghosts 4. Man Utd's Yorke seeks British passport 5. UNITED HAVE NO DOUBTS THEY WILL WIN PITCH BATTLE 6. DEADLY DUO CAN'T STOP SCORING ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Daily RED Trivia Friday 19th February 1999: 20/2/1885: George Wall born nr Sunderland. One of the great Left-Wingers of the pre- War period, Wall made his debut for United against Clapton Orient in April 1906, scoring once. He won League Championship medals in 1908 and 1911, and an FA Cup winners medal in 1909. He scored 98 goals in 316 appearances, plus 7 caps for England. Wall was transferred to Oldham Athletic in March 1919. 1971: 4 goals from Alan Gowling and one from Willie Morgan sink Southampton 5-1 in a Division 1 game at Old Trafford watched by 36,060. Team was: Stepney, Fitzpatrick, Burns, Crerand, Edwards, Sadler, Morgan, Best, Charlton, Gowling, Aston. *************** Barry Daily Comment: Coventry Away, team looking good, our Denis will be on form should we be given a penalty! Also, Cole's goal against Arsenal WAS his 100th in the Premiership, despite press comments last week. His strikes at Forest were numbers 98 and 99. Cole's Premiership haul now reads: Newcastle United 1993-94 34 (in 40 games) 1994-95 9 (18) Manchester United 1994-95 12 (18) 1995-96 11 (34) 1996-97 6 (20) 1997-98 15 (33) 1998-99 13 (22) -------------------------------- Total 100 in 185 games Previous News: Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio http://www.iol.ie/~redcafe/kidd.htm Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United! http://www.red11.org/mufc/news/schmeichel.htm Next games: ALL Result/Fixture Index: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899z.htm Today! Coventry (A) 15.00 27 Southampton (H) 15.00 March 3 Inter Milan (H) ECLl "Quarter Final" 1st leg 19.45 7 Chelsea (H) 14.00 FAC6 *SKY SPORTS* LIVE* + DkTV1 Scand. 10 Liverpool (A) 19.45 PL (moved due to FAC) 13 Newcastle (A) 15.00 PL 17 Inter Milan (A) ECL "Quarter Final" 2nd leg 19.45 21 Everton (H) 15.00 PL UNITED Stats v All teams: http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/ *** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 17/02/99 *** Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 Manchester United 26 9 4 1 33 14 5 5 2 27 14 32 51 2 Chelsea 25 8 5 0 19 7 4 6 2 17 13 16 47 3 Arsenal 25 7 5 0 16 4 5 5 3 13 8 17 46 4 Aston Villa 25 8 2 3 24 17 4 5 3 13 10 10 43 5 Leeds United 25 7 3 2 20 6 3 6 4 18 19 13 39 6 Liverpool 25 7 3 2 31 14 4 2 7 16 16 17 38 7 Derby County 25 5 5 2 13 10 4 5 4 12 12 3 37 8 West Ham United 25 7 3 3 18 19 3 3 6 9 17 -9 36 9 Wimbledon 24 7 4 1 18 11 2 4 6 11 24 -6 35 10 Newcastle United 25 7 2 4 20 16 2 5 5 13 17 0 34 11 Middlesbrough 25 4 7 1 16 10 3 4 6 17 26 -3 32 12 Tottenham Hotspur 24 5 5 2 19 16 2 5 5 10 15 -2 31 13 Leicester City 24 5 3 4 17 18 2 6 4 8 11 -4 30 14 Sheffield Wednesday 24 5 3 4 13 7 3 2 7 14 16 4 29 15 Everton 25 3 7 3 8 6 3 2 7 11 21 -8 27 16 Blackburn Rovers 25 5 3 4 14 12 1 5 7 12 20 -6 26 17 Coventry City 25 5 4 3 17 13 1 2 10 7 23 -12 24 18 Charlton Athletic 25 4 4 5 18 13 1 4 7 11 24 -8 23 19 Southampton 24 4 2 6 18 21 1 3 8 5 26 -24 20 20 Nottingham Forest 25 1 6 5 10 21 2 1 10 11 30 -30 16 *** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 17/02/99 *** 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 ****** 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 ****** CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW Manchester Utd v Inter Milan Real Madrid v Dynamo Kiev Juventus v Olympiakos Bayern Munich v Kaiserslautern Ties to be played on March 3 and 17 FAC Quarter Finals Draw ties to be played the weekend of Saturday, March 6: Newcastle United or Blackburn Rovers v Everton Barnsley v Leeds United or Spurs Arsenal or Sheffield United v Huddersfield Town or Derby Manchester United v Chelsea (Sunday 7/3 1400 hrs UK) ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++
Subject: Match preview: COVENTRY v MANCHESTER UNITED Coventry Team News Struggling Coventry will be unchanged for the visit by league leaders Manchester United to Highfield Road. Bosnian international centre-back Muhamed Konjic will make his home debut after playing his first full game at Newcastle on Wednesday following his £2million move from Monaco. Team (from): Hedman, Nilsson, Konjic, Shaw, Burrows, Boateng, McAllister, Soltvedt, Froggatt, Huckerby, Whelan, Clement, Aloisi, Giaocchini, Edworthy, Quinn, Ogrizovic (gk). The Coventry View ''I thought about going to watch United on Sunday, but than I scrapped the idea. What do you learn except what you already know, that there are 11 world-class players working their socks off for each other. I stayed at home and watched on television. There are no weaknesses. You can screw yourself to the wall trying to find weaknesses. You have to come up with a plan so that everyone knows what they have to do. We have players who can turn games however. People like Boateng, Huckerby and Whelan" - Gordon Strachan. THE STATS Last season: Coventry 3 Man Utd 2, Man Utd 3 Coventry 0 Last five league matches: Coventry W L W D L Man Utd W W W W D Top scorers: John Aloisi (Coventry) 18, Dwight Yorke (Man Utd) 21; Match Odds: H 7-2 A 4-6 D 12-5; Ref: D Gallagher (Banbury). United Team News: Alex Ferguson has Denis Irwin back in contention for a place at Highfield Road after missing Wednesday's top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal. The Republic of Ireland full-back could take over from Philip Neville. Otherwise, it's as you were for the title favourites. Team (from): Schmeichel, G Neville, Johnsen, Stam, P Neville, Beckham, Keane, Butt, Blomqvist, Cole, Yorke, Scholes, Solskjaer, Irwin, Giggs, May, Brown, Berg, van der Gouw. The United View: ''He (Ryan Giggs) is going to need the games - no question about that - but there's no point in risking him on a difficult pitch. I want to see the conditions at Coventry, and with a lot of rain about heavy pitches are playing a part at the moment. I looked at some of the pitches the other night, and Newcastle's seemed to be a real heavy pitch and ours is a heavy pitch. It's just been one of the winters where we've had so much rain and we will look at the pitch in the morning. Ryan will appear at some stage, though'' - Alex Ferguson. Giggs is ready to start Ryan Giggs is ready to make his first start following his return from his hamstring injury. The Welsh international made his comeback as a late substitute against Arsenal on Wednesday and is itching to play for the league leaders against Coventry at Highfield Road tomorrow. "Training is going okay and hopefully I will start a game soon," said Giggs. "It was a good test against Arsenal and I was glad to get 10-15 minutes under my belt." Coventry look set to field the side which lost 4-1 at Newcastle - and that means it will be a case of "out of the frying pan and into the fire" for Bosnian centre-back Muhamed Konjic. Konjic made his full debut for Coventry at St James's Park against Alan Shearer, and now he faces the prospect of meeting up with Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.
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Subject: Giggs is ready to start Subject: Giggs is ready to start Ryan Giggs is ready to make his first start following his return from his hamstring injury. The Welsh international made his comeback as a late substitute against Arsenal on Wednesday and is itching to play for the league leaders against Coventry at Highfield Road tomorrow. "Training is going okay and hopefully I will start a game soon," said Giggs. "It was a good test against Arsenal and I was glad to get 10-15 minutes under my belt." Coventry look set to field the side which lost 4-1 at Newcastle - and that means it will be a case of "out of the frying pan and into the fire" for Bosnian centre-back Muhamed Konjic. Konjic made his full debut for Coventry at St James's Park against Alan Shearer, and now he faces the prospect of meeting up with Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.
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Subject: Giggs hopes he can say goodbye to the ghosts By Ken Lawrence Saturday, February 20, 1999 Ryan Giggs can now be fairly certain that lightning does not strike twice. But he admits he had that depressing feeling of deja vu after suffering a hamstring injury which again threatened to wreck his season. Giggs today hopes to confirm his fitness as he slowly builds towards a place in the Manchester United starting line-up for next month's Champions League quarter-final, first leg with Inter Milan. He came on as a substitute for the last 15 minutes of Wednesday's pulsating Premiership clash with Arsenal and made an immediate impact. However, as he again prepared to take his place on the bench against Coventry, Giggs barely suppressed a shudder as he contemplated how close he came to a repeat of last season's nightmare scenario. A similar hamstring injury made him miss the eight games that effectively cost United European success as well as their Championship to Arsenal. Giggs, making a personal appearance before more than a thousand people to promote Manchester's Arndale shopping centre, knew it would not be cool to show that he might believe in ghosts. Just for a second, however, those dark eyes of his betrayed him as he admitted: 'I did fear the worst. You have it there in your mind. You are thinking: "Oh no, not again".' It is little wonder that Giggs, 25, wore that haunted look. When he strained his hamstring on February 3 it was against the same team - Derby County - as on the previous occasion 347 days earlier. Last year, United's Champions League quarter-final tie in Monaco was on March 4. Inter Milan visit Old Trafford on March 3. The difference, however, is that despite manager Alex Ferguson's warnings that the portents for Giggs were equally as distressing as a year ago, he has missed only two games. Giggs said: 'When I was injured this time I did not think it was as bad as last time but with a hamstring injury you can never be certain how quickly it will heal. So I feel a great deal of relief now. 'But I was worried. You are concerned that it is going to go the same way as last year. After all, it was the same scenario, the same time in the Champions League, and I was injured against the same team, so I was concerned that I would be missing again because it was such a big disappointment to miss out as I did. 'The timing couldn't have been worse, really. I had been playing well, people were saying it was the best I'd ever played. I felt really confident. I was flying. I even scored a goal against Derby before I damaged my hamstring.' Giggs embarked on a new regime to avoid recurrences of the injury. Given how quickly he has responded to treatment this time, it would appear he has made progress in beating the problem for good. He said: 'Now I can't do any more than I am doing to protect myself. I do stretches before and after games, I have massages regularly and, remember, there had been no problem for a year and this time I missed only two full games. 'I have spent the last week training and, after coming on for 15 minutes against Arsenal on Wednesday, I am feeling fine. 'I think I am on course for the Inter game. Being out for two games is not enough for you to lose your fitness, just a little sharpness, and I have time to get that back.' The desolation Giggs felt a year ago has been replaced by optimism for what is to come, with United still in the hunt to win Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League. While Giggs would take any prize after watching helplessly from the sidelines last year, it is success in Europe that is the main attraction. This time, he believes, the omens are as right for his colleagues as they are for him. 'I really believe we can win it,' he said, as he prepared for the rush of autograph hunters. 'We are better equipped than before. We have such a big squad full of quality players to come in. 'We've got the experiences of the last couple of years. Most of us have grown up together, we are all international players, we have learned together. So I am looking forward to it and, yes, I think we can do it.'
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Subject: Man Utd's Yorke seeks British passport MANCHESTER, England, Feb 19 - Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has applied for British citizenship but does not expect his new status will catapult him into Kevin Keegan's England side. The Trindad and Tobago international simply wants to be a British national to save time at airports around the world. United's 12.6 million pound ($20.59 million) signing is fed up with lengthy check-ins when he returns from European trips with the Reds. "It would be nice to be British because I've lived here for ten years and I feel like England is my home now," he told The Express. "And it would also make it easier for me going through customs with the team. I always have to take a different route and I'm forever being held up." Even if Yorke is granted a British passport, FIFA rules will stop Keegan harnessing his skills in tandem with United team-mate Andy Cole on the international stage. The sport's governing body has made it clear that once a player has represented his country in a competitive international game he can not appear for another nation. However the rule will not stop the Football Association looking for a loophole though. The F.A. may point to rugby union, where numerous international players have appeared for two countries, as a reason why FIFA should change their rulebook.
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Subject: UNITED HAVE NO DOUBTS THEY WILL WIN PITCH BATTLE By Ian Cruise IT'S FAIR to assume that Keith Kent doesn't spend too much of his spare time pottering around in his back garden. When you're responsible for 8000 square metres of turf at the home of one of the biggest clubs in the world, tending to your petunias of a Sunday afternoon is probably not top of your list of recreational pastimes. For the past 11 years, Kent has been head groundsman at Manchester United, the man charged with the responsibility for making sure that Giggsy, Becks and Co have a nice bit of grass to play on. Unfortunately, that task has proved to be somewhat troublesome in recent months. So much so, that the club is planning to relay the pitch for the third time in a year at the end of the current season. Television pictures from the game against Arsenal on Wednesday night suggested that Kent has a major problem on his hands, particularly as the surface was only re-laid in November, just three months after the grass had been replaced over the summer. However, although that sounds like a desperate situation, it's actually not that much of a worry, as Kent explains: "Last summer, we spent around half a million pounds on undersoil heating, irrigation pipes and a new pitch. Of that outlay, the turf itself cost just £15,000. Underneath the pitch, we've got a drainage system worth £480,000, and that's all fine. It's only the top surface that's the problem, so when we relayed it in November it meant we had lost £15,000, so it's not a total disaster by any means. The problem was, last summer, we had five days of sunshine in Manchester. The pitch needed warmth so the turf would dry out and take root. But, because we had so much rain and there was so much surface water on the pitch, the roots had simply not grown deep enough to engage in the mesh which is designed to hold everything together." That meant the pitch needed re-laying in November, but far from panicking about the current state of the pitch, Kent is actually delighted with the way it has held up. He added: "We re-laid turf, brought in from Yorkshire, that was 40mm thick in November and that was never going to last the season. We knew that. We expected to have to re-lay parts in mid-January but it was playing so well we decided to leave it. The plan was to carry the work out this week but, because of the re-arranged fixture list, that wasn't possible. We played Fulham on Sunday and it rained for seven hours. Then we had Arsenal here on Wednesday and it started raining at 2pm and didn't stop for nine hours. My grass from Yorkshire had had enough! Arsenal was one game too far. It did look bad on the TV, and it probably wasn't good enough for a Premiership game, but the weather had caught up with us. On Saturday, everywhere was bone dry. Sunday it rained like nobody's business. That's just bad luck." But, by the time United trot out at Old Trafford against Southampton a week on Saturday, Kent and his team will have re-laid 1000 square yards of the pitch and everything in the garden should be rosy again. That job is scheduled to be completed by Monday evening, with turf brought in from Lincolnshire this time. Then the whole surface will be re-laid again in May, surprisingly at a cost of less than £10,000 - a pittance to a club the size of United. Then, Kent hopes, the problems will be over for a while. Weather permitting, of course.
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Subject: DEADLY DUO CAN'T STOP SCORING Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole are developing a lethal partnership which can compare to the best. Cole's equaliser against Arsenal last night took the duo's combined total for the season to 40 goals in all competitions - and 28 of those have come in the league. Ironically Cole already holds the record, along with Peter Beardsley, for the Premiership's best striking partnership after they netted 55 league goals for Newcastle in 1993-94. That was in the days of a 22-team top flight and this season United will play four games fewer than Newcastle did. Former United striker Joe Jordan feels the current partnership with Yorke is bringing the best out of Cole. ''Andy Cole is revelling in the partnership. He has always scored goals but I think his general play and link-up play has improved,'' said Jordan. ''Strikers need this kind of understanding that one can play off, like Yorke does, and take up good positions. ''They are getting good chances but it must be remembered that the most difficult thing in football is scoring goals.'' Jordan says the pair also know they cannot afford to let their performances dip with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham waiting on the sidelines. ''I think the fact that there are so many strikers at United keeps them on their toes,'' he said. ''Solskjaer and Sheringham can come in and we all know what Solskjaer can do, while Paul Scholes can also play up there. Such competition for places is always healthy.'' While Cole and Yorke grab most of the headlines for their goal-scoring feats, Jordan insists that credit should go to the rest of the team for creating so many openings for them. ''Somebody has got to supply them with chances and it's not as if they are doing it on their own,'' he said. ''So as well as the understanding between Yorke and Cole there is also that understanding between the strikers and the rest of the team.'' Great striking partnerships down the years: 1928-29: Dixie Dean and Alec Troup (Everton) 70 league goals. 1930-31: Pongo Waring and Eric Houghton (Aston Villa) 79 league goals. 1993-94: Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley (Newcastle) 55 league goals. 1951-52: Jack Rowley and Stan Pearson (United) 52 league goals 1963-64: Denis Law and David Herd (United) 50 league goals 1958-59: Dennis Viollet and Bobby Charlton (United) 50 league goals 1959-60: Dennis Viollet and Bobby Charlton (United) 50 league goals 1994-95: Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer (Blackburn) 49 league goals. 1956-57: Billy Whelan and Tommy Taylor (United) 48 league goals 1964-65: Denis Law and David Herd (United) 48 league goals 1963-64: Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith (Tottenham) 48 league goals. 1985-86: Tony Cottee and Frank McAvennie (West Ham) 46 league goals. 1946-47: Jack Rowley and Stan Pearson (United) 45 league goals 1955-56: Tommy Taylor and Dennis Viollet (United) 45 league goals 1967-68: George Best and Brian Kidd (United) 43 league goals 1962-63: Denis Law and David Herd (United) 42 league goals 1982-83: Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush (Liverpool) 42 league goals. 1996-97: Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand (Newcastle) 41 league goals.
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