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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Wed Mar 24 02:13:38 GMT 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Stephen Byers
2. Rovers' Kidd: "I don't regret leaving Manchester United"
4. Beckham in business
5. Boro fixture Moved to May 9


March 24:
1963: Raimond Van der Gouw born in Oldenzaal, Holland.
Signed as understudy to Peter Schmeichel, Van der Gouw made
his United debut at Aston Villa in September 1996, and was
thrust into a Champions League Semi-Final game that season
at short notice. A dependable custodian, he has played 13
games between 1996-98, after more than 350 League
appearances in his native Holland.

1979: Andy Ritchie scored a hat-trick and Micky Thomas once
as United beat Leeds United 4-1 at Old Trafford in a
Division 1 game watched by 51,191.
Team was: Bailey, Nicholl, Albiston, McIlroy, McQueen, Buchan,
Coppell, J.Greenhoff (Patterson), Ritchie, B.Greenhoff, Thomas.


"Save OUR Game!"
Subject: Stephen Byers It is vitally important that all Reds who care write, fax, e-mail to Stephen Byers to let him know our feelings on the takeover bid. There is no way the bid will be allowed to go through unconditionally but there is a possibility it will be allowed to go through with conditions attached and we know what that will mean to Murdoch - absolutely zilch. So please, please write NOW. Isn't it about time we made a point of saying that the media influence within football has gone too far? As has already been said - the problem is that United would be absorbed into BSkyB - therefore BSkyB would own United's TV rights by default - and would own them on a permanent basis. No money need change hands and BSkyB could keep as much of the revenue as they would like rather than passing it on to the club. The conflict is that if United remained independent all the TV money would be ploughed back into the club which could be used to buy players, improve facilities, keep prices down etc. In other words for the benefit of us, the supporters, not just for the benefit of Manchester United directors and BSkyB. It has to be reiterated that as football supporters we are captive customers. We support one club and one club only, therefore we would be captive customers of the BSkyB monopoly TV supplier of Uniteds matches. This government is supposed to be the champion of the consumer. We are the consumers of football, the captive consumers, so make your point and encourage Stephen Byers to champion us and throw this deal on the dung heap where it belongs.
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Subject: Rovers' Kidd: "I don't regret leaving Manchester United" By Jeremy Butler BLACKBURN, England, March 23 - When Brian Kidd agreed to leave Manchester United and take over as manager of Blackburn Rovers in December, he was joining a club in big trouble. A poor start under Roy Hodgson, sacked in November after a 2-0 home defeat to Southampton, had left the 1995 league champions, bottom of the table with the players' confidence at an all-time low. Blackburn are now 17th, just a point above the drop zone -- and still in very serious trouble. But Kidd, who turns 50 in May and came to Ewood Park with only a four-month spell at Preston North End in the mid-1980s for experience as a manager, is loving the challenge. In his eight years as No.2 to Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, he learned how to run a successful club and says he intends to stick to his methods despite a recent string of poor results. He will not panic, or indulge in panic buys -- and says he is not actually feeling any pressure. "I was glad (club owner) Jack Walker offered me the job and I want to do the job right. I don't want to be papering over cracks and I'm strong willed to do it my way. "I've had a great apprenticeship off Alex Ferguson and I've seen him in situations and seen how he's handled it and there is no better man. "But you'd better know what you are doing and as I say I'm not going to compromise myself on my principles." The arrival of the Kidd -- and big money buys of four players -- Matt Jansen, Ashley Ward, Keith Gillespie and Jason McAteer -- for a combined total of 15.0 million pounds ($24.41 million) were expected to lift the club away from relegation zone, and for a while it looked as if Kidd's influence would have the desired effect immediatly. He made a good start with his team undefeated in his first seven games but now, nearly three months on, they are back in trouble. Their 3-1 win over Wimbledon on Saturday was their first for six matches and they are fourth from bottom on 30 points -- just two points clear of second-to-last Charlton, who have a match in hand. The bottom three go down. Kidd has not been helped either as eight of his key players are currently injured and the suspensions of other important players are also weakening his squad. As a result he spent 3.37 million pounds ($5.48 million) on combative Derby midfielder Lee Carsley on Monday. However Kidd, who scored twice on his 19th birthday as Manchester United beat Benfica 4-1 in the 1968 European Cup Final, refuses to produce any excuses for his team's predicament. "We can't keep going on about injuries and suspensions, we have to carry on with what we've got. These things are an occupational hazard. We can't feel sorry for ourselves, that's life and we'll battle on. "All this leads people to talk about pressure but I'm very lucky. People have far more pressures than me. "I love the job. I'm fortunate to come out during a lovely day and enjoy the fresh air. People have bigger pressures on them than Brian Kidd, you can bet your life on that." England striker Chris Sutton backs Kidd to get Rovers out of trouble but does not pull his punches when talking about the club's current plight. Like so many of the Blackburn players, his season has been blighted by injuries that have left him with a paltry total of just four goals in 18 matches -- even though he was recalled to the England squad by new coach Kevin Keegan last week. "At the moment we are very close to the drop and anything we achieve from here is a bonus. But it is hard because we have a lot of players in the treatment room and they are our experienced players. "We are asking the young players to do too much and there is too much responsibility on their shoulders. We have to get players fit again and work hard and scrap for results to get out of this situation." Having fit players is the key for Rovers as they face up to their biggest crisis since nearly going down two seasons ago. Then they survived by just two points. Right now they have eight matches to play -- tough games against title contenders Arsenal and Manchester United as well as relegation battles against Southampton, Charlton and Nottingham Forest. Kidd, though, is relishing the challenge and has no regrets about leaving the sanctuary that Old Trafford provided. "I'm enjoying it. It's what I wanted to do and I'm glad I decided to come here," he said. And naturally, he'll be enjoying it even more if Rovers manage to stay up.
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Subject: REDS MEMORABLE EUROPEAN MATCHES 1956-1998 http://www.red11.org/mufc/euro.htm UNITED'S 11 MOST MEMORABLE EUROPEAN MATCHES September 26 1956; Manchester United 10 Anderlecht 0 Manchester United's home debut in Europe at Maine Road. "One of the most perfect exhibitions of football my side has ever given," said Matt Busby. Inspired by David Pegg, who set up eight goals, including four for Dennis Viollet and a hat-trick for Tommy Taylor. February 6 1957; Manchester United 3 Athletic Bilbao 0 The first of United's great comebacks after losing 5-3 in Spain. Viollet, Johnny Berry and, in the final seconds, Taylor squeezed United through to a semi-final which they lost to the great Real Madrid. February 5 1958; Red Star 3 Manchester United 3 The game in Yugoslavia before the ill-fated flight 24 hours later which never left the runway at Munich, leaving the flower of Matt Busby's team in the wreckage. December 10 1963; Manchester United 4 Tottenham 1 Trailing 2-0 to the great Spurs side of Dave Mackay and Danny Blanchflower in the second round of the Cup Winners' Cup, United steamrollered the Londoners in the return, David Herd and Bobby Charlton both scoring twice. March 9 1966; Benfica 1 Manchester United 5 United's finest performance on foreign soil. Only one goal to the good from the European Cup second round first leg, they slaughtered the Eagles, a possessed Best scoring twice, while John Connolly, Paddy Crerand and Bobby Charlton completed the rout of the Portuguese champions. May 29 1968; Manchester United 4 Benfica 1 United became the first English club to be crowned champions of Europe, fittingly at Wembley on a night dominated by George Best and Bobby Charlton, while Denis Law watched from his hospital bed. After it was 1-1 at full-time (Charlton header), Best, Brian Kidd and Charlton again completed an emotional night. May 15 1968; Real Madrid 3 Manchester United 3 Defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg, United were on their way out when 3-1 down at half-time but fought back to clinch a place in the final with goals from David Sadler and Bill Foulkes' late header. March 21 1984; Manchester United 3 Barcelona 0 United looked on their way out of the Cup Winners' Cup after Diego Maradona's Spaniards took a 2-0 lead in the third round first leg. But England skipper Bryan Robson was inspired, scoring twice and Frank Stapleton getting the other as 58,547 roared United through, only to lose to Juventus in the semi-finals. May 15 1991; Barcelona 1 Manchester United 2 Alex Ferguson guided United to their first European trophy for 23 years in the Rotterdam final of the Cup Winners' Cup, Mark Hughes scoring two superb second half goals defended against Ronald Koeman's late consolation for the Spaniards. March 5 1997: Manchester United 4 Porto 0 "A performance to match Barcelona in 1984", said chairman Martin Edwards after the previously all-conquering Portuguese were hammered into the ground. October 1, 1997: Manchester United 3 Juventus 2 United hit back from conceding a goal after just 24 seconds of this European Champions' League match, going 3-1 up through Teddy Sheringham, Paul Scholes and Giggs. A last-gasp free kick by the Italians merely gave the scoreline respectability. Greetings to Manchester United Supporters "All Over The World". Barry and Bill
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Subject: Beckham in business Alex Ferguson will not stop his injured Manchester United stars reporting for international duty this week. David Beckham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered knocks in yesterday's victory over Everton at Old Trafford to join Ryan Giggs and Jesper Blomqvist on the casualty list. Beckham came off complaining of a calf problem, while Solskjaer sustained a knee injury. In the past United boss Ferguson has incurred the wrath of international bosses by holding back players - but not this time. Ferguson will let the countries decide if the players are fit enough - Giggs' absenteeism for Wales has become something of a sore point in his home land. But the winger will definitely team up with Bobby Gould's squad on Thursday before heir crucial Euro 2000 qualifier against Switzerland on Wednesday week. Ferguson said: "Ryan has a hamstring problem, and I think he will be doubtful for Wales. "David Beckham has a calf injury, but I think he will be okay, while Solskjaer has a knee problem which isn't serious." England's part-time coach Kevin Keegan will be relieved by Ferguson's prognosis on Beckham because he will not want to be without the midfielder for the game against Poland at Wembley. Beckham scored United's third goal (pictured left) as they took a Sunday afternoon stroll to yet another three points with a trademark free-kick on 66 minutes to clinch a 3-1 win over Everton It was only his fifth strike of the season and his first since November 4. Ferguson said: "I'm pleased to see him back in the scoring charts. "It's unusual because usually you can rely on him for 12 or so goals." Beckham's goal, following Solskjaer's 54th-minute opener and Gary Neville's second nine minutes later, set the seal on United's ninth win in 10 games. Don Hutchison replied with an 80th-minute free-kick to score a consolation goal the Merseysiders scarcely deserved.
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Subject: Boro fixture Moved to May 9 Deja vu on cards? Manchester United fans hope the fixture planners are going to give them a taste of deja vu after switching the Premiership game against Middlesbrough to Sunday, May 9. Originally the trip to the Riverside Stadium was scheduled for Saturday, May 8, but - because the game will now be shown on BSkyB - it has been moved on 25 hours, bringing back memories of 1996. That was the year United beat Boro 3-0 to clinch the Premiership title, then went on to win the FA Cup six days later as they completed the first ever "double-double". Exactly a year later on Monday, May 5, 1997, United and Middlesbrough drew 3-3 at Old Trafford and the point gained was enough to give Alex Ferguson's side back-to-back championships. This year just as in 1997, there will still be two games of the season remaining with fixtures against Blackburn and Tottenham to be completed after the trip to Teesside. It means two former Old Trafford favourites Bryan Robson and Brian Kidd now managers of Middlesbrough and Blackburn could well stand in the way of more success for their old club.
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Subject: RESERVES CRASH AT STOKE Tuesday, March 23, 1999 09:02 Stoke City Res. 3 Manchester United Res. 1 Stoke City striker Kyle Lightbourne put the skids under United Reserves at the Britannia Stadium last night. The Bermudan international scored twice in the last three minutes of the game to snatch victory for the Potters. A through-ball from winger Matthew Bullock set up Lightbourne's first goal in the 88th minute and seconds later, with United's defence in disarray, he gleefully thumped the ball into the net. It had been a reasonably close contest until Stoke's late "one-two" and it appeared that neither side was capable of plotting a winner. There seemed little danger but then it all went wrong for United at the crucial moment and they were left with no time to repair the damage. It was a sad finale for the Reds, who had opened the game with a series of brisk, neatly constructed attacks, which threatened to overwhelm the home side. Teddy Sheringham struck an upright during the opening onslaught and seconds later United were in front when skipper David May scored from four yards after he had taken a pass from Sheringham. Stoke looked set for a busy night, but their fears were never realised and in the 20th minute Lightbourne's cross found teammate Stephen Taaffe at the far post and he swiftly stroked the ball past United's Nick Culkin. Nothing other than a draw looked the likely outcome until Lightbourne's late, late show. This was United's second successive defeat. They also went down at Blackburn Rovers a week ago. UNITED: Culkin; Clegg, Roche, May, O'Shea; Ford (sub (Wellens), Mulryne, Wilson, Chadwick; Healy, Sheringham. Subs not used: Rose, Stewart, Cosgrove. *********** END REDIRECTED MESSAGE ***********
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