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Date: Fri May 21 12:44:16 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. A great cartoon ECF cartoon drawing by NICK OLDHAM
4. Manchester United to fly Concorde - report 
5. No open-topped bus this season
6. US & Canada TV FA Cup Final
7. Man United v Newcastle - Previous FA Cup Meetings
8. Giggs Interview
9. Telegraph) A Cup Final Warning for Fergie
10. Soccernet) Unfair distribution of Cup Final tickets


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  Cheers barry
       "Here comes the FAC"
         RED Barry

  MUFC New Single
For those in the UK, The 1999 Manchester United Football
Squad has released a new single.
It's called Lift It High (Its all about belief).

Daily RED Trivia  Friday 21st May 1999:

 United beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley watched by
 100,000. Goals from Stuart Pearson and Jimmy Greenhoff defeat the League
 and European Champions of that season. Team was: Stepney, Nicholl, Albiston,
 McIlroy, B.Greenhoff, Buchan, Coppell, J.Greenhoff, Pearson, Macari, Hill (McCreery).

 United draw 2-2 with Brighton after extra time in the FA Cup Final at
 Wembley watched  by 100,000. Frank Stapleton and Ray Wilkins scored
 for the Reds. Team was: Bailey, Duxbury, Albiston, Wilkins, Moran, McQueen,
 Robson, Muhren, Stapleton, Whiteside, Davies. 


Barry Daily Comment:

How to be recognised by list members in a crowd THE SIGN IS A HANDKERCHIEF
tied with 4 knots on your head! If you feel like it call out  "GUMBI!" [NOT a joke]
 MUSCS SA Secretary Ethel Sleith called from SA today
 SHE WILL BE IN BARCE! She flies in on Monday afternoon IBERIA IB650 17.15pm
 and will be joining us all!!!!

*** Barry OFF THE NET FROM TOMORROW SAT 22 -  back.... SAT 29th ****
     off to sunny Spain!

Cheers & Beers from

  1 day  Newcastle     FAC
   5 days Bayern Munich CL Final
I will be leaving Denmark for Barce on SAT after the cup final
back first one week later
RED sky at night BARCE' delight
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Previous News:
BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:
If you would like ALL the final fixtures for
UNITED/Arse/Chelsea then go to http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm

Final Games:
22 FAC Final Wembley Newcastle  (N) Live on Sky Sports UK
26 European Cup Final Bayern Munich  Nou Camp 

UNITED Stats v All teams:


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
 5  West Ham United      38 11  3  5  32  26   5  6  8  14  27   -7   57
 6  Aston Villa          38 10  3  6  33  28   5  7  7  18  18    5   55
 7  Liverpool            38 10  5  4  44  24   5  4 10  24  25   19   54
 8  Derby County         38  8  7  4  22  19   5  6  8  18  26   -5   52
 9  Middlesbrough        38  7  9  3  25  18   5  6  8  23  36   -6   51
10  Leicester City       38  7  6  6  25  25   5  7  7  15  21   -6   49
11  Tottenham Hotspur    38  7  7  5  28  26   4  7  8  19  24   -3   47
12  Sheffield Wednesday  38  7  5  7  20  15   6  2 11  21  27   -1   46
13  Newcastle United     38  7  6  6  26  25   4  7  8  22  29   -6   46
14  Everton              38  6  8  5  22  12   5  2 12  20  35   -5   43
15  Coventry City        38  8  6  5  26  21   3  3 13  13  30  -12   42
16  Wimbledon            38  7  7  5  22  21   3  5 11  18  42  -23   42
17  Southampton          38  9  4  6  29  26   2  4 13   8  38  -27   41
18  Charlton Athletic    38  4  7  8  20  20   4  5 10  21  36  -15   36
19  Blackburn Rovers     38  6  5  8  21  24   1  9  9  17  28  -14   35
20  Nottingham Forest    38  3  7  9  18  31   4  2 13  17  38  -34   30


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
16/05/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Home     W  2-1     1    55,189


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) 


CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: YORKE IS CARLING PLAYER OF YEAR Dwight Yorke's brilliant season hit another high today when he was named Carling Player of the Year. Yorke, who beat Manchester United team-mate David Beckham into second place, won the award just four days after Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson picked up the Carling Manager of the Year award. The £12.6million striker was the joint top scorer in the Premiership this season with 18 goals as he helped United to their fifth title in seven seasons. The Carling panel said: "The value of his signing, in the light of today's expensive market, has been proved beyond doubt. "The high quality of players within the Carling Premiership at the present time merely embraces the accolade of the unanimous vote for Yorke as Carling Player of the Year."
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: A great cartoon ECF cartoon drawing by NICK OLDHAM Running at Simplenet now a great cartoon drawing by NICK OLDHAM: http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/schmeichel/sch_cartoon.jpg 61k http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/schmeichel/sch_cartoon.bmp 237k ENJOY! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "Nick Oldham" CAN ANYBODY HELP ME GET THIS CARTOON OF THE GREAT PETER SCHMEICHEL TO THE GREAT MAN HIMSELF BEFORE HE LEAVES US. I ALSO HAVE A PLASTICINE CARICATURE FOR HIM, IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME PLEASE CALLME, NICK OLDHAM, ON (01625) 822201....DAYTIME OR (01625) 423645...NIGHT. CHEERS! NICK (See attached file: scmeichs.bmp) --------------------------------------------------- FERGIE SALUTES SUPERB SCHMEICHEL Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Peter Schmeichel after the Dane helped Manchester United clinch the Premiership title on his Old Trafford farewell. United came from a goal down to beat Tottenham 2-1 and win their fifth league championship in seven years, and 12th in total, by a single point from Arsenal. Schmeichel has had a huge hand in those five triumphs and Ferguson claimed he is up there with the all-time greats like Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Dino Zoff. The United boss said: "He's a winner and he's without doubt the greatest goalkeeper I've ever had. You don't even have to consider that as part of the equation, that's straight forward. "How you place him in terms of world class, well he becomes part of that argument and debate. You have all your great goalkeepers, Shilton, Banks, Yashin, Barthez, Van der Sar and Zoff and he comes into that category." Before kick-off Ferguson presented Schmeichel with a silver salver to mark his record 178 clean sheets for the club. After United had been presented with the Premiership trophy he took the microphone to thank the fans for their support during his eight years at the club. Schmeichel was delighted to bow out on such a high and after completing the first leg of a possible Treble he said: "I could not allow myself to get emotional before the match, even though it was hard not to. "I had to think about not losing my concentration because after all it would not have been a day to remember if we had lost the match and thereby the championship. "It would have been incredibly annoying to lose it at Old Trafford of all places. Right now I'm just so pleased and it was a real high talking to the fans, but also because of the feeling ** REDS Are going to Barcelona" ** REDS Are going to Barcelona" http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/mp3/99/Barcelona.mp3 http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcedance.htm How to be recognised by list members in a crowd THE SIGN IS A HANDKERCHIEF tied with 4 knots on your head! If you feel like it call out "GUMBI!" ***PS This IS -NOT- repeat -NOT- a joke we are serious GOOD LUCK REDS WHATEVER HAPPENS! Barry ** off the air from Sat 22-Sat 29th May I will be somewhere in Spain - I can't remember why?
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: SOLSKJAER GUNS FOR WEMBLEY GLORY Striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping that the importance of next week's European Champions' Cup final will mean that he is given the chance to fulfil a lifelong dream of playing in the FA Cup final this weekend. Solskjaer knows only too well that Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke are Manchester United's first-choice strikeforce and will almost certainly start against Bayern Munich in Barcelona next Wednesday. However, manager Alex Ferguson may well decide to rest at least one of them against Newcastle and that would leave Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham competing for a place in the Wembley line-up. Both Solskjaer and Sheringham actually started the FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal at Villa Park, with Yorke coming on as a late replacement. And the Norwegian striker has been involved in every single cup match - at least as a substitute - en route to Wembley this season. He declared: ``Hopefully I'll get a game as I've never started at Wembley before. ``I don't think anyone from where I come from has played in an FA Cup final so I'm just hoping that I get a chance.'' In fact his only Wembley experience so far was as a substitute when United lost last summer's Charity Shield 3-0 to Arsenal, which he admits is ``not the best of memories''. However, Solskjaer grew up watching FA Cup finals broadcast live on television in Norway and always believed that playing in one himself would be one of the biggest games of his life. ``The FA Cup final is very big in Norway, it's always broadcast live,'' he explained. ``There's so many Norwegians playing in England and the FA Cup being broadcast live is one of the reasons everyone wants to play here.'' Solskjaer has suffered from a knee injury over recent weeks but he insisted that he was now ``100% fit and raring to go''. He added: ``I just hope that I get a chance. I'm always ready and always prepare for every game as if I'm playing as if I don't start, I could be a substitute.'' It would have perhaps been easy for the Norwegian international to have become disillusioned at Old Trafford this season as he waited in the wings for his chance behind Yorke and Cole. But he was full of praise for his two team-mates as he maintained: ``The chemistry between them has been absolutely brilliant this year, I think there's no partnership in the world that's been better.'' Solskjaer has still started 16 games for United, scoring an impressive tally of 17 goals - many of them as a substitute, including four at Nottingham Forest in the final 10 minutes of the game. So with five years left on his contract following his move from Norwegian side Molde and having rejected the chance to move to Tottenham earlier this season, Solskjaer insists that he is happy at Old Trafford. ``I've never knocked on the manager's door, I don't think I'll ever do that as I'm not that type of player. It's more like him coming to me and telling me why I'm not playing,'' said the striker. ``But I'm very happy here and I feel that I've been improving this year. The first season I came here I was top scorer but I feel that I've played better this year. ``It might sound funny but I've enjoyed this year an incredible amount with the atmosphere around the team and the feeling that we'll win every game. ``After all, if you can't enjoy playing for Manchester United then what can you enjoy as a footballer?''
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: Manchester United to fly Concorde - report LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - British Airways is laying on Concorde to fly Manchester United's players in style to the European Cup soccer final against Bayern Munich in Barcelona next Wednesday, the Sun newspaper reported on Friday. No immediate comment was available from the airline but the tabloid said the aircraft would normally cost 150,000 pounds ($242,200) to hire. "They're in for a treat. We serve vintage wines, champagne, the best food and there are special Concorde gifts," an unidentified airline official was quoted as saying. Manchester United, the English Premier League champions who are due to play in the FA Cup final on Saturday, would leave London's Heathrow airport on Monday, the Sun said.
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: No open-topped bus this season United have announced this morning that there will be no traditional parade with the trophy(ies) through the streets of Trafford this season, no matter how many trophies we win. Ken Ramsden was interviewed on GMR and blamed a change in the regulations. Apparently, the local authority used to invite the team to take part in a parade and it was the local authority's responsibility to organise and police it. The new regulations say that the club has to apply to the local authority to hold a parade and that it is now the club's responsibility to arrange and police the parade. According to Ken Ramsden, it is not possible for United to do that safely in the time they have between now and the return of the team. Of course, cynical old me wonders how much the cost, rather than safety issues have informed this particular decision. Whatever the reason, it seems a shame that yet again the club moves another step away from tradition.
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: US & Canada TV FA Cup Final Looks impossible to see it live this side of the pond!! Per Soccertv: English FA Cup Final - Newcastle United vs Manchester United FOX Sports World and FOX Sports World Espanol will televise the English FA Cup Final between Newcastle United and Manchester United on same-day tape-delay: Saturday May 22 at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. Both networks will re-air the match on Monday May 24 at 3pm Eastern/12noon Pacific and at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. The match will NOT be televised on any FOX Sports Net regional affiliates or on any other US TV network. In Canada, CTV Sportsnet will air the match in a 2.5-hour time slot via same-day delay on Saturday May 22 at 7:30pm LOCAL TIME in most areas (8:30pm in Manitoba and the Atlantic Provinces, 9pm in Newfoundland) On Setanta -- check your area: Sat-22-May FA Cup Final: Man U v Newcastle 9.00 ET T5/07 Best Wishes to REDS Everywhere. Richard TOF [The Oldest Fart], Connecticut, USA
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: Man United v Newcastle - Previous FA Cup Meetings United have a 100% record against Newcastle United in the FA Cup so far, unlike the League Cup where it stands at one win apiece. They met at Wembley in 1996, when the Reds won 4-0 in the Charity Shield with goals from Cantona, Butt, Beckham and Keane. In the League Newcastle are trailing 37-60, with 31 draws. FA Cup meetings March 27 1909 Semi-Final (Bramall Lane) United 1 Newcastle 0 Att: 40,118 In the first ever Cup clash between the two clubs, a Harold Halse goal booked a place in our first ever FA Cup Final. Consolation for the Geordies was the League title, whilst United, who were champions the previous season, finished 13th. The Reds other Cup victims had been Everton 1-0, Blackburn 6-1 and Burnley 3-2 in a replayed game when the original fixture was abandoned with United trailing 1-0 with 18 minutes left. United lifted the Cup in 1909, a Sandy Turnbull goal enough to see off Bristol City 1-0 at Crystal Palace. February 18 1990 5th Round (St James Park) Newcastle 2 United 3 Att: 31,748 This led to Alex Fergusons first trophy success at Old Trafford, goals from Mark Robins, Danny Wallace and Brian McClair taking the Reds into the Quarter-Finals. Newcastle were then languishing in the old Second Division, and United finally finished 13th, still their lowest since Relegation in 1974. On their way to Wembley United also defeated Nottingham Forest 1-0, Hereford United 1-0, Sheffield United 1-0 and Oldham Athletic 2-1 after a 3-3 draw in the Semi-Finals. Apart from the Oldham triumph, all the games were played on a Sunday away from home. Lee Martin scored the winning goal in the Final against Crystal Palace after a dramatic 3-3 draw. Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk) MUTV Masterfan Quiz Champion 1999
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: 365 Giggs Interview UNITED STAR GIGGS PINPOINTS BIG DUNC AS NEWCASTLE'S DANGERMAN RYAN GIGGS has pinpointed Newcastle's Duncan Ferguson as the man Manchester United fear most as the Premier League champions aim to wrap up their third Double in six seasons at Saturday's FA Cup Final. Speaking exclusively to Football365, Giggs explained: "When he's fully fit, there's nobody better in the air than Duncan. And while Alan Shearer is going to be a threat, Big Dunc can always cause problems. We'll have to be at our best to deal with him." With serious doubts hanging over the fitness of United centre-half Jaap Stam, Newcastle boss Ruud Gullit must be sorely tempted to risk the former Everton man in the final, despite the 6-foot-4 Scot being short of full fitness after a bout of flu. The canny Dutchman may well be prepared to base his match strategy around Ferguson's aerial power, gambling on finding weakness at the heart of United's defence. Should Stam fail to start on Saturday, the likelihood is that David May, a spectator for most of this campaign, will be called on to tether Ferguson and snuff out what many believe to be Newcastle's only real prospect of victory. Giggs, however, is taking nothing for granted: "Some people are saying it's a foregone conclusion that we're going to win this final, but none of us at Old Trafford are looking at the game that way. We've worked hard all through the season and, to be honest, it's been pretty much a cup final for us every game for the last couple of months. The lads have just got on with it and carried on as if it was any other game, no matter what the occasion, and that's what we'll be doing on Saturday. If you'd said we'd have been in this position at the start of the season, though, then we would have been delighted."
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: (Telegraph) A Cup Final Warning for Fergie Docherty's Cup final shock is warning to Ferguson By David Miller NOBODY would suggest making a comparison between the management of Alex Ferguson and Tommy Docherty. Ferguson's era is unequivocally superior. Yet mistakes can be made in the best calculations, and it would be wise for Ferguson as he prepares for tomorrow's FA Cup final with Newcastle United not to fall into the same trap as Docherty and his team in the final of 1976. There have been at least a dozen occasions since the Second World War when the supposed wrong team won; the side given little chance by public and even professional opinion confounding the critics. The Southampton victory, under the guidance of Lawrie McMenemy, was a most glaring example, together with Sunderland's victory against Leeds three years earlier and Wimbledon's against Liverpool in 1988. There is now the risk that circumstances - a final sandwiched between the climax of winning the League and the ultimate ambition of the European Cup final - may conspire to undermine Manchester, and even Ferguson's tactical analysis. Yet few beyond the Newcastle followers would bet on Manchester's sixth post-war Cup final defeat alongside their seven victories. Could this be an unlucky 13th? Ferguson has jokingly said that if his team won the Premiership, he would play himself in the FA Cup final. However conscientiously the manager and players may resist light-heartedness, it is unavoidable for the players, other than those reserves called up at Wembley, to regard the match as third in priority. Subconsciously, this can affect the performance. Prior to playing Southampton, Docherty had boasted: "We don't study the opposition." There were many characteristics of Docherty's management, not all of them desirable, but one of his virtues was addiction to positive play. He gave individuals freedom of expression and inspired a United revival. With wingers Steve Coppell and Gordon Hill, he produced an attractive team, so that Southampton, of the former Second Division, were not given a prayer. I was among those obliged to eat my words. "Easy for United," proclaimed the Daily Express headline, above my over-confident forecast that "Southampton are just not equipped to win the way Sunderland beat Leeds - by the only goal". Which is exactly what they did; never mind that their defence was wobbly enough to expect their opponents to score at least twice. Like many outstanding teams, Docherty believed they merely had to stand up to win. But McMenemy had other ideas. He cleverly used midfielders Nick Holmes and Paul Gilchrist to assist his full-backs in shutting out Coppell and Hill; Jim McCalliog was employed to hit repeated long balls at Mick Channon and Bobby Stokes up front; Southampton's rearguard played first time as much as possible to offset United's tenacious tackling; and full-backs Peter Rodrigues and David Peach pushed forward so that Southampton were not defending four-against-two. The outcome? Southampton's goalkeeper, Ian Turner, defied United in the first half, and Stokes stole a goal with seven minutes to spare. Ferguson will remember United's one losing final out of three under his command: also 1-0, against Everton in 1995, when his side narrowly missed winning anything in attempting to repeat the Double of the previous year. There was no misjudgment then - just a superb performance in goal for the winners by Neville Southall, and another story of missed chances.
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Subject: (Soccernet) Unfair distribution of Cup Final tickets Why the true fans are left fighting for scraps The FA Cup Final always features the most cosmopolitan crowd of the domestic season but it is still surprising that more than a third of the 79,000 at Wembley tomorrow will not be official supporters of Newcastle or Manchester United. Each club has been allocated fewer than 26,000 tickets to distribute between a combined supporter base of nearly 80,000 season-ticket holders. That allocation includes places for disabled fans and also severely restricted views around the Wembley pillars. Disturbingly, it means almost as many tickets will be distributed among the 43 FA county associations and the country's non-professional clubs as the two finalists will each receive. Add those enjoying corporate hospitality, the sponsors, VIPs and ticket holders from other league clubs and it is easy to understand the grievances of genuine fans. Leicester and Tottenham each received 32,000 tickets for the Worthington Cup Final in March. Freddie Fletcher, Newcastle's chief executive, said: 'I, for one, would like to see more tickets going to the participating clubs. I'm forgetting self-interest here. Whether Newcastle were involved or not, it is the fans' day and more tickets should be available to them.' Fletcher helped devise Newcastle's distribution of their 25,802 allocation using the club's computer memory bank. The system ensured the most loyal supporters were offered first refusal for the trip to Wembley. Newcastle invited applications from their 34,000 season-ticket holders, then prioritised acceptance based on how many of this season's four FA Cup games at St James' Park had been attended by each fan. After that, those who had watched three such matches and travelled away with the club on at least six occasions during the campaign were chosen. Eventually the club were left with 200 restricted view tickets - a fact they conveyed in time-consuming phone calls to the final 200 supporters eligible for a ticket according to the above criteria. 'We tried to use technology and the sophisticated equipment we have at our disposal to ensure the fairest possible distribution,' said Fletcher. 'I hesitate to say we rewarded the most loyal supporters because anyone who buys a season-ticket is loyal and I fully understand their disappointment at missing out.' Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards and his board were equally determined to share their allocation fairly. They had 131 more tickets to give out than Newcastle, simply because of the vagaries of the Wembley seating plan. The club's 5,600 executive members pay up front for cup matches at Old Trafford, in addition to the 19 Premiership home games each season, and all were granted a ticket. Ken Ramsden, United's assistant secretary, said: 'The problem then was how to divide the remaining tickets (20,333) between 40,000 season-ticket holders.' Supporters were asked to present match vouchers given out when they attended cup-ties during the season and any fan with 11 or more vouchers from United's 12 home cup games qualified for a ticket. 'It seemed the only fair way to reward those people who had turned up at every home match this season,' said Ramsden.
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