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Date: Sat May 22 04:51:47 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Schmeichel's final act 
3. PASSION"  a Painting by Nick Oldham
4. Re: Survey #47 Results  
5. The parade


  ONE Trophy - 2 to go!
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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  SATURDAY 22nd May 1999: CUP FINAL DAY!

 George Best was born in Belfast. Before winning a Youth Cup medal in 1964, 
 he made his senior debut aged 17 against West Bromwich Albion in September 1963.
 Best won League Championship  medals in 1965 and 1967, and scored in the 1968  
 European Cup Final, being European Footballer of the Year that season. The most gifted 
 player to play for United, he totalled 178 goals in 466 appearances between 1963-1974.
 Scored 6 goals in 8-2 win against Northampton Town in 1970. 37 caps for Northern  Ireland.  

 Uniteds Bobby Charlton scores a record 45th goal for England as they beat
 Sweden 3-1 at Wembley. Team-mate Alex Stepney makes his international debut
 in goal.


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!

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  TODAY!!  Newcastle     FAC
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I will be leaving Denmark for Barce TODAY after the cup final
back next Saturday 29th May!

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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: TROPHY NUMBER TWO The FA Cup. Steeped in tradition and history. Manchester United have won it a record nine times, and are aiming for double figures on Saturday. Another Double figure would be that of the club's third League and Cup triumph in the 1990's, an almost unthinkable achievement. And, of course, it would leave them just one tantalising match away from an amazing triple trophy haul. United's record in the competition is second to none, this year being the sixth final in the 1990's that the club has contested, winning four so far. But it's not a matter of just turning up, as it was the last time United faced Newcastle at Wembley. That was in the 1996 Charity Shield, which the Reds won 4-0. Times have changed since then, with first Kenny Dalglish and now Ruud Gullit taking over from Kevin Keegan. The defence has been strengthened by the two incumbents since Keegan, so gone are the days when Newcastle could win, or lose, 4-3. In fact, Newcastle are one of only two teams, Chelsea being the other, to prevent United from scoring at Old Trafford this season. That doesn't happen by accident. Gullit's signature was all over both games. Even so, Ruud reckons that the Geordies are underdogs for Saturday's match. Such is Manchester United's potency in front of goal this season, they start almost every match as favourites. The men charged to stop the Cole/Yorke partnership will have a hard task ahead of them on Wembley's expansive turf. Nikos Dabizas and Aaron Hughes are expected to form the centre-back partnership given the job. Behind them, there is a question over whether Shay Given or Steve Harper will keep goal for the Magpies. Harper has done well recently, and, perhaps significantly, attended an FA Cup press conference on Tuesday. "I haven't been told whether I'll be in goal, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed but I'm sure it's the same for Shay Given. I started the season as third choice, so to end it with a Cup winners medal would more than justify my decision to stay at Newcastle," said the 24 year old Englishman. In midfield, their form so far this term means that Gary Speed and Dietmar Hamman are probably the second and third names on the teamsheet, following Alan Shearer. Alongside them, the dependable Robert Lee will probably line up alongside the impressive Peruvian Nolberto Solano, behind Shearer and Ferguson, if the Scotsman is passed fit to play. Being an inch taller than Stam, Ferguson would obviously be a thorn in United's side, with his aerial threat making him the perfect target man. If Ferguson cannot play, his place will go to Temuri Ketsbaia. Watch out for excited goal celebrations should the Georgian score at Wembley! This is, of course, informed guesswork. Gullit likes to play his cards close to his chest in matters of team selection. "I think it's to our advantage that Manchester United don't know who will play or how we will play," said the Dutchman. "The important thing is that we win the silverware and, if I think being secretive about our plans will help, that is how it will be. I understand that the fans are hungry for information but, like me, they are desperate for us to win the Cup. "We shall continue to train in secret this week and we won't be travelling down to our London base until Friday afternoon. We will stay up here to focus on what we have to do at Wembley. We've already surprised Manchester United by drawing at Old Trafford, and we'll be looking to beat them on Saturday." Gullit's compatriot Jaap Stam is United's only injury concern going into the match. Alex Ferguson has promised that the Dutchman will play in at least one of United's Cup finals. Will he be risked against Newcastle, with the greater prize of the European Cup on the horizon? Only Fergie knows the answer. Denis Irwin is suspended after being sent off against Liverpool, so his place goes to Phil Neville, one of four definites, according to the player. "It's nice to look around the dressing room and see everyone else sweating on their place in the team, rather than me! Nobody knows what the team is going to be on Saturday, apart from me and Peter playing, and we already know that Roy and Paul will play together in midfield. Apart from us four, the rest can sweat!" said the younger Neville. The final marks Schmeichel's last game in England as a Manchester United player. Let's hope he can wrap up his domestic career with another Double, and then lead us to the treble! Probable teams: United: Schmeichel; P Neville, Johnsen, May (or Stam), G Neville; Giggs, Keane, Scholes, Beckham; Cole, Yorke. Newcastle: Harper; Domi, Hughes, Dabizas, Barton; Speed, Lee, Hamman, Solano; Shearer, Ferguson (or Ketsbaia).
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: Schmeichel's final act Donald McRae on Manchester United's great Dane, for whom the FA Cup Final is his last match in England Saturday May 22, 1999 "What can you say about the big fella?" Alex Ferguson wondered last week as he watched Peter Schmeichel cross a room crammed with twitching reporters and unblinking television cameras. They had come from Newcastle and Munich, Rome and Tokyo, from the Sun and perhaps even the moon, descending upon Old Trafford in search of the whirring stories which now make Manchester United the red centre of european football. Here was a journalistic narrative even more compelling than the exact size of the tattoo spelling out Brooklyn Beckham's name on his father's lower back. "He has been a colossal figure for Manchester United," Ferguson murmured. "It'll be a terrible wrench to see him go. He's..." Schmeichel had reached his appointed slot, slipping behind David Beckham and Ryan Giggs. The two stars, so cautiously coy only a minute before, lifted their heads and suddenly laughed at a Schmeichel crack. They looked like boys in comparison but, as so often before, Schmeichel's presence did the trick for United. In front of him, the younger players began to express themselves. When Eric Cantona retired, there were many who felt that United would not easily absorb the loss of the talisman who seemed to have done most in bringing the championship back to Manchester. Ironically, post-Cantona, United became a better team. Their pre-eminence is now too entrenched for similar doubts to be voiced about a slow collapse in the wake of Schmeichel's exit. Beyond his saves against Internazionale and Juventus, as well as his last-minute denial of Dennis Bergkamp's penalty in that astonishing FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal, his significance may yet intensify in these last hours of his United career. Today, his defence is devoid of both Jaap Stam and Denis Irwin; on Wednesday, meanwhile, in the absence of Roy Keane, he will lead United into the European Cup final. If Staam is certain to return then, United will still look as much to their keeper to curb a physically imposing Bayern Munich attack. "There will be a fantastic atmosphere at both matches," Schmeichel began dutifully enough, "but it's important to prepare as normally as possible." As if bored by the professionalism of his own answer, Schmeichel dropped into an even more dead-pan mode. Did he have any regrets about his decision to leave United? "Nope," he smiled. After the FA Cup final, or when leading the team out in Barcelona, would he feel a teary tang at the thought that he would never again play for Manchester United? "Nope," he repeated. "I don't think this should be made into a personal thing. I've always been a team person. It's been the same throughout my career. I've been blessed with an ability to separate the private from the professional. That's important, especially as a goalkeeper, where the most valued quality is concentration. I think that concentration has been one of my real strengths as a keeper." For all the concentrated blandness of his answers, it was more instructive to see Schmeichel's bonhomie being hardened by his customary on-field intensity. While he did the rounds of the various press-room tables, each holding a dozen or more reporters, he was not slow to express the kind of blunt command he brings to his own area. "We believe we're as good as anybody in football. A lot of that is down to Alex Ferguson because he has that drive to push you all the time. I don't want to say he can't relax, but he won't let you ease up. He gives you this belief that you'll "You're not sitting here," he told one tabloid man. There was no argument from the chastened hack, and he slunk away, in disgrace, as did another who came up with a "Do you believe in fate, Peter?" "I'm not going to answer that," Schmeichel snorted. A minute later, as an equally earnest questioner's mobile phone started to beep in the middle of his own query, Schmeichel rocked with fierce delight "Oh, that's embarrassing!" Another flustered journalist disappeared from the circle with a reddened face. It was one way to thin the crowd around him. For all his smooth protests against "looking back", Schmeichel's enthusiasm for United's voracious appetite had its roots in a softer memory. "The first championship was brilliant," he eventually sighed. "You could feel the relief running through the club. In a way I was lucky enough to be here the year before when we had such disappointment. United led from the beginning and to lose it in the last week was very hard. A lot of people said then, 'Oh, that's United, they always crumble.' They don't say that now. "Maybe there're similarities now, because it's 31 years since we won the European Cup. The club wants to win it so badly." Schmeichel he said at last, "I'm going to miss this place. There's no doubt about it. But I've no regrets. I've got a bit more work to do and then, well, it'll just be time to go…" They may be the world's most popular club, but this season the success of Manchester United has been even more reviled and damned at grounds across the Premiership. Schmeichel might have been cursed almost as many times for his dizzying saves and booming shouts. For eight years, he has been as steely and as exhilarating as United's own surging treble-chaser; but in the resolute manner of his departure from England today, he has shown even more clearly his instinctive brilliance. He has chosen the perfect moment to leave his beloved Old Trafford line.
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: "PASSION" a Painting by Nick Oldham http://www.red11.org/mufc/alex.htm List-members this wonderful "Passion" painting is available at www.red11.org It is in celebration of the European Cup Final and shows Alex & Sir Matt http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/ferguson/passion.jpg 55k http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/ferguson/passion.bmp 235k Enjoy! Barry off the air from Sat22 - Sat29 inclusive >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> From NICK OLDHAM: NICE TALKING TO YOU YESTERDAY. I E-MAILED THE WEBMASTER AT MUFC.COM. YESTERDAY AND AM WAITING FOR REPLY. I ATTACH A TRIBUTE PIC. I HAVE JUST FINISHED PAINTING THIS MORNING! I AM SENDING THE PIC VIA E-MAIL TO O.T. HOPING THEY MAY WANT TO USE THE PIC. AS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT (I THOUGHT 1999 EDITIONS COULD BE PRINTED, THEY LOOK QUITE GOOD IN FRAMES. THE EDITION NUMBERS 1968 AND 1999 COULD BE AUCTIONED AS SPECIAL EDITIONS). I AM TITLING THE WORK "PASSION", BECAUSE I FEEL THAT THE WHOLE THING..SIR MATT, FERGIE AND THE DELIGHTED FANS... ARE ALL FOCUSSED ON THE HOLY GRAIL ITSELF, THE EUROPEAN CUP, ALL WRAPPED WITH TAG SAYING , "SIR MATT, HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY". I WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR ANY COMMENTS YOU HAVE ON THE PAINTING, AND IF I DO MANAGE TO GET IT PRINTED, WILL KEEP A COPY FOR YOU WHICH I WILL SEND IN THE POST. ENJOY TOMORROW AND ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< ** 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
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: Re: Survey #47 Results From: OUR SALFORD LASS At 21:28 20/05/99 +0200, Barry wrote: >Barry Comment: >Seems like REDS are in favour of "match video replays" >The vote went 75% towards that decision although I reckon it would >be a very controversial if the FA indeed did this! >Stopping games as in Ameican Football would interrupt the flow of Soccer >too much >in my humble opinion. They are used in Rugby League and provided they aren't used too much (in rugby it is just for tries where the ref is not sure whether the ball crossed the line or not) they don't interrupt the flow of the game because the game stops anyway. What it does do is give a fair decision. The trouble is, most of the controversial decisions lately have been for things like off-side, whereas the video ref is more likely to be used to see if the ball crossed the line. Even if they were used for off-sides, I can't see how it would slow the game down since, again, the game stops anyway whilst the referee either consults with his linesman or argues with 11 incensed players!! I like the idea of a sin-bin (again used in rugby). Much better to send someone off for 10 minutes there and then. Another possibility is to put players on report. This gets a lot of bad publicity in rugby because it allows the referee to chicken out of controversial decisions, but it would help in situations like the Irwin sending off. Instead of sending a player off, the ref refers the player to a panel who (usually later that week) look at the video evidence and make a decision. Something like that could have cleared Denis. Of course, if you get a bloody-minded referee who thinks he knows it all, it wouldn't make any difference!! >ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! >*** Survey #48: *** Who is UNITED's 1998/99 player of the year? I think we should give every player who pulled on a red shirt this season the prize. How can we choose?? OUR SALFORD LASS
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Subject: The parade The question of whether or not there is to be a parade is causing a bit of a storm in Manchester today. Councillor Pat Carney was interviewed on GMR earlier and said that the City Council want to have the parade, indeed they had been planning for a return to the traditional parade around Manchester, ending up in Albert Square. They don't believe that the presence of 500,000 people would be a problem, there have been many parades in recent times (eg the St Pat's Day parade recently), with no problems. He said they are hoping to sit down with someone from United and try and sort this out but haven't yet managed to get hold of anyone. It's now being reported (on GMR) that United were all for a parade until they were presented with a bill for £150,000 by the police and they suddenly changed their minds. A "United spokesman" (it wasn't stated which one!) is reported to have said "If the fans want to see the trophies, they can pay to come in the museum and see them there"!!
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

Saturday 22 May 1999 THE FOOTBALL365 CUP FINAL Q&A: DAVID BECKHAM The Man United Superstar On The Importance Of The FA Cup, Why He Still has To Graft And The Need For A Little Bit Of Luck On The Big Day Some people have suggested that the FA Cup is the least important of the trophies United have been going for this season. What do the players think? The FA Cup is a crucial part of the big picture. We want to win everything, every game, every competition. With the FA Cup there's so much prestige attached to the competition that when you start out as a player it's the one competition you want to play in, it's the one thing you want to win. And it doesn't matter how many times you go to Wembley and play in it, you still feel the same way about it. People are saying you'll walk it against Newcastle... Well we won't. Newcastle are desperate to win a trophy and there's no doubt they'll be right up for it. Both sides like to play entertaining football, so I think it's going to be quite an open game. We're going to Wembley determined to lift the trophy and Newcastle will fight us all the way for the right to do the same. You might be tempted to think you've done the hard work by beating Arsenal in the semi... Rubbish. If we lose to Newcastle at Wembley everything else will be forgotten. Nobody remembers the losers in a cup final and no matter what you've done to get there, it's an awful place to lose. At least you've already got a trophy to show for your efforts this season. Not like last year... I knew we'd bounce back after what happened to us last season because the spirit here is unique. It hurt not to win anything last season. It hurt the fans, the players, everyone connected to the club and the best way to answer our critics was to bounce back immediately. United are built on success and we have to make sure that continues. Was there added pressure on you to deliver this season? Only the pressure we put ourselves under to play well week in, week out. There is outside pressure, but you get used to that the moment you come to the club. The level of expectation is high here. But when you've got an operation that's striving for success, that can only accept success, then it's very difficult for other people to add to that pressure. You tend to cut yourself off from anything else. When you're focused on your football, when you're totally committed, you can't even sense outside pressure. So how hard is it to meet those high standards? Everyone expects Manchester United to be playing great football every week, but that doesn't happen by chance. The work we put in is phenomenal. What's been the main difference between last season and the current campaign? Obviously we've brought in some new players. Quality and proven players like Jaap Stam and Dwight Yorke. All the same, there's a thin line between success and failure. We didn't get a lot of luck last season and injuries cropped up at crucial points in the season. Without making excuses, that doesn't help. This season the luck's been with us. And let's hope that continues at Wembley.
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world PREMIER LEAGUE 1999!"

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