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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sat Apr 24 10:39:37 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. United to get 5,000 extra tickets - Guardian
2. Great Dane fires title warning
4. BBC Comparisons: United '68 v United '99 
5. Bear pit holds no fears for Ferguson
6. More in memory of Dennis From: paul@rarecompany.co.uk
7. Today NEW pics of Raimond Van der Gouw
8. Triumph in Turin best ever - Alan Hansen - Daily Express
9. My crystal ball shows red  - the Times  - Oliver Holt


Daily RED Trivia  Saturday 24th April 1999:

 Sandy Turnbull scored the goal that beats Bristol City 1-0 at Crystal Palace
 and brings the FA Cup to Old Trafford for the first time. The victorious team,
 watched by 71,401 was: Moger, Stacey, Hayes, Duckworth, Roberts, Bell, Meredith,
 Halse, J.Turnbull, A.Turnbull, Wall.  

 United win the FA Cup Final 4-2 against Blackpool at Wembley watched
 by 100,000. Jack Rowley 2, Stan Pearson and John Anderson scored the goals
 that brought the cup back to Old Trafford for the first time in 39 years.
 Team was: Crompton, Carey, Aston, Anderson, Chilton, Cockburn, Delaney,
 Morris, Rowley, Pearson, Mitten.

 Tommy Taylor scores on his England debut as they beat Chile 2-1 in
 Santiago on their South American tour.


Barry Daily Comment: 
An historical DAY in our RED lives!!!!
Get ready for Sunday this also a tough one as check this out:

***  COMBINED FORM TABLE AS AT 17/04/99 ***
Pos Team                  W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts  Index   Sequence
 1  Manchester United     5   1   0  12   4    8   16    36%   WWWWDW
 2  Leeds United          4   2   0  12   3    9   14    46%   WWWWDD
 3  Arsenal               4   2   0   9   1    8   14    34%   DWWWDW
 4  Middlesbrough         4   2   0   9   3    6   14    38%   WDWWDW
 5  Chelsea               4   1   1   8   3    5   13    60%   WLWWWD

Anyone interesTED Boston RED PJ Thum has sent me a video [mpg] of 
the Boston REDS celebrating its here:

I made this video with a digital video camera after the game ended. It's of
the Boston Reds in the Plough and Stars. From left to right, that's me, Jon,
Sean (our fearless leader) and Andy. Can you tell we're very happy?? :)
      1400k mpeg

Calling Canadian Reds
Liverpool-Man U on Sportsnet on Wed may 5th at 7.30 pm for the East Region
(Quebec + Maritimes). For the other regions check local listings. Enjoy.

Suspensions take effect 14 days after the offence. The 'Official'
website confirmed the Villa game as the one he will miss.
This week sees a match so BIG on wednesday that the importance
cannot be measured! Good luck to REDS all over the world.

NEW interviews here: Three new interviews from today!

  CL Final Tickets comment from IMUSA  1m43s  112k
http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/990423_wes_speaks_out.rm   1m 38s  106k
  Wes Brown Speaks out after England selectionm
http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/990423_alex.rm     58secs  63k
  Alex Ferguson back at OT  

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FA Cup Semi Final Replay
14 April 1999
Manchester United 2:1 Arsenal
 Villa Park
  Download Ryan Giggs Goal! (Real Video: 300K)
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Important European Cup Ticket Info: (thanks to Mike)

UEFA Champions League final tickets information

The following has appeared on the UEFA website regarding tickets for the 
final.  Subject to the minor matter of beating Juventus next week, this is of 
particular interest to supporters outside England, since applications will 
not be accepted from the countries of competing clubs.   

UEFA Champions League final tickets information 
UEFA Champions League Final 
Venue Camp Nou (Estadi FC Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain 
Date Wednesday 26 May 1999 
Kick-Off 20.45 CET (19.45 GMT) 

Apart from ticket orders from supporters residing in the countries of the two 
finalist clubs - Manchester United FC (England) or Juventus FC (Italy) and 
Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) or FC Bayern München (Germany) - which, for security 
reasons, must be submitted to the clubs concerned, ticket orders for the 
general public irrespective of their country of residence can be ordered 
through the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Spanish Football Federation).

Ticket Order Methods: Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)  
Post Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)
Alberto Bosch, 13
E-29014 MADRID
Telephone ++34-91-369 5045
++34-91-369 4771
++34-91-369 4129 
Fax ++34-91-429 8428 
E-Mail rfef@tsai.es 
Closing Date Thursday 29 April 1999 

No supporter may purchase more than four tickets, subject to availability. 
Tickets are for personal use only, and must not be resold or used for 
commercial purposes. The Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Spanish Football 
Federation) may reject or reduce any ticket order considered to be 

Prices Pesetas 
Category 1 14,000 Ptas 
Category 2 10,000 Ptas 
Category 3 7,000 Ptas 
Category 4 4,500 Ptas 

Written confirmation - by fax or mail - will be forwarded on receipt of an 
order for tickets for this match, and the amount for the total price of the 
tickets will be transferred to the Banco Popular Español.
Account Number: 0075-0591-17-0600300602
Banco Popular Español, Agencia 51, Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 25, E-28014 MADRID


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

Next Games:
Tomorrow Sunday  25 Leeds (A)  11.30 {am} UK PL Live Sky Sports UK 

1 Aston Villa (H)  15.00 PL
5  Liverpool (A) 20.00 PL           Live on Sky Sports UK
9  Middlesbrough (A)  16.00 PL      Live on Sky Sports UK
12 Blackburn (A)  20.00 PL          Live on Sky Sports UK
16 Tottenham (H)  16.00 PL          Live on Sky Sports UK
22 FAC Final Wembley Newcastle  (N) Live on Sky Sports UK
26 European Cup Final Bayern Munich  Nou Camp 

UNITED Stats v All teams:

***  LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 21/04/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    32  19  10   3  72  32   40   67
 2  Arsenal              33  18  12   3  48  14   34   66
 3  Chelsea              33  17  13   3  49  26   23   64
 4  Leeds United         33  16  11   6  53  29   24   59
 5  Aston Villa          34  14  10  10  45  39    6   52
 6  West Ham United      34  14   9  11  39  41   -2   51
 7  Middlesbrough        34  12  14   8  46  42    4   50
 8  Derby County         33  12  11  10  37  41   -4   47
 9  Tottenham Hotspur    33  11  13   9  40  38    2   46
10  Liverpool            33  12   8  13  57  43   14   44
11  Newcastle United     34  11  10  13  45  49   -4   43
12  Leicester City       33  10  13  10  35  41   -6   43
13  Wimbledon            34  10  11  13  38  55  -17   41
14  Sheffield Wednesday  34  11   6  17  39  40   -1   39
15  Everton              34   9  10  15  31  41  -10   37
16  Coventry City        34  10   7  17  35  47  -12   37
17  Blackburn Rovers     33   7  11  15  35  46  -11   32
18  Charlton Athletic    34   7  11  16  36  48  -12   32
19  Southampton          34   8   7  19  31  63  -32   31
20  Nottingham Forest    34   4   9  21  30  66  -36   21

*** FIXTURES ON 24/04/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Nottingham Forest
    Blackburn Rovers  v  Liverpool
        Derby County  v  Southampton
             Everton  v  Charlton Athletic
      Leicester City  v  Coventry City
       Middlesbrough  v  Arsenal
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  West Ham United
           Wimbledon  v  Newcastle United

*** FIXTURES ON 25/04/99 ***
        Leeds United  v  Manchester United
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Chelsea


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


       P   Won       Drawn     Lost      For        Against    Points
Home   17  12 (71%)  4 (24%)   1 (6%)    41 (2.4)   16 (0.9)   40 (2.4)
Away   15  7 (47%)   6 (40%)   2 (13%)   31 (2.1)   16 (1.1)   27 (1.8)

Total  32  19 (59%)  10 (31%)  3 (9%)    72 (2.3)   32 (1.0)   67 (2.1)

                                         Averages per game in (brackets)

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 1-0 [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) 


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Subject: United to get 5,000 extra tickets - Guardian By Stephen Bradfield Saturday April 24, 1999 Uefa yesterday responded to criticism of ticket allocation for the Champions League final by giving Manchester United and Bayern Munich an additional 5,000 tickets each. An increase to 30,000 tickets per team was agreed in Barcelona after a meeting to discuss security arrangements for the final at the Nou Camp Stadium on May 26. When Uefa announced the initial ticket allocation of 25,000 per club it sparked protests from fans and fears about crowd trouble, with a large number of tickets expected to end up on the black market. Representatives from the two clubs, Uefa, the Spanish football federation and police from all three interested countries were having the first of a series of meetings to discuss security arrangements for the final. Eduardo Ayuso, a Spanish sports council official, said: 'We will be looking at the whole issue of ticketing: whom to sell to, how and when the tickets are sold, how many tickets are on sale and to what groups they should go. We will be looking for solutions week by week.' Further meetings, to be chaired by the head of the Spanish federation Gerardo Gonzalez, will take place on the four Mondays before the final but Ayuso said a number of measures relating to security had been adopted already. United and Bayern fans will arrive at different terminals of Barcelona's El Prat airport and will take different routes to the stadium. Stewards from both clubs and police from their respective countries will accompany the supporters. The new ticketing arrangements will mean a reduction in the number to be held by Uefa and its marketing partners, who were to have had 30,000 between them. Barcelona will keep their allocation of 10,000. The final is expected to produce gate receipts of £2.4m with each club receiving £600,000 and the remainder split between the Spanish federation, Uefa and Barcelona. Other problems which will be exercising officials are industrial action by air traffic controllers and pilots in Spain and a potential shortage of hotel space with the Spanish grand prix being held in Barcelona the weekend after the final. While United fans will have been pleased by the extra tickets, Uefa is unlikely to give them joy where Roy Keane and Paul Scholes are concerned. The two players received automatic one-match bans after picking up second bookings against Juventus in Turin on Wednesday but a Uefa spokesman said there was 'no chance' of any change to that ruling. This was backed up by Uefa's president Lennart Johansson. 'Although the English public might want them to play it would not be fair on the German team, and the bookings must stand,' he said. If only Uefa had last summer introduced the rule change which will come into force next season when two bookings will no longer attract an instant suspension. In next season's Champions' League and Uefa Cup competitions mandatory one-match bans will not take effect until a player has received a third yellow card. However, players who receive a fifth, seventh and ninth booking will automatically be handed an additional one-match ban. Uefa has confirmed that the winners of the Champions League final will be sent to the inaugural World Club Championships tournament in January 2000. The European ruling body was known to have reservations about the effect the new tournament, featuring continental champions from all corners of the globe, would have on the European calendar. A host nation for the first tournament will be selected in May. Next season's European Champions League matches will be split between terrestrial television and pay-TV channels. Uefa's general secretary Gerhard Aigner said on Thursday that teams would not appear exclusively on either and that television coverage of the expanded Champions League, with games being played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, would vary from week to week.
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Subject: Great Dane fires title warning From the Press Association Saturday April 24, 1999 Peter Schmeichel has warned his Manchester United team-mates that defeat against Leeds on Sunday could seriously damage their treble dream. United have a one-point lead and a game in hand over title rivals Arsenal going into this weekend's action. Arsene Wenger's champions would depose United as Premiership leaders should they win at Middlesbrough on Saturday, and United face in-form Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday in an 11.30am kick-off with Schmeichel insisting they must not lose. Alex Ferguson's side are still on a high after Wednesday's magnificent victory over Juventus booked their place in the Champions' Cup final. However Schmeichel claims they must forget about that and concentrate on beating bitter rivals Leeds. "We're in two finals now and we know we can win the treble," he said. "But at the same time we've got to concentrate on the job ahead and we have a very important game against Leeds. "We can talk about the treble as much as we like, but if we go out and lose against Leeds we will fall behind in the Premiership race. "Perhaps then the treble would not be possible. We've got to focus on the job ahead and make sure we beat Leeds."
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Subject: Official site HONG KONG TICKETS ON SALE A limited number of tickets for Manchester United's Far East Tour are now on sale, around the world. The Hong Kong Tourist Association has an allocation of 2,000 tickets to sell to overseas fans for the Reds' friendly match against South China FC on 24 July. For more information, please click here. http://www.manutd.com/news/feature.sps?from=latest&id=624275 HONG KONG TICKETS ON SALE Friday, April 23, 1999 12:19 Globe-trotting Manchester United fans can pencil Hong Kong in their diary, now that 2,000 pre-season match tickets are on open sale. Tickets for United's match against South China FC on 24 July can be purchased from the Hong Kong Tourist Association, as tour organiser Julian Kam explains. "We have allocated a total of two thousand tickets for overseas supporters," said Mr Kam, of ProEvents Management. "These tickets, together with tour packages, are now available via HKTA offices worldwide until 10 May. All unsold tickets will be allocated back for Hong Kong's public sales on 15 May." The Hong Kong Tourist Association has offices in the following cities: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Auckland, Sydney, Taiwan, Singapore, Seoul, Osaka and Beijing. The overseas ticket arrangement does not apply to United's other pre-season friendly in Asia, against China's Shenhua FC on 21 July.
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Subject: BBC Comparisons: United '68 v United '99 Ryan Giggs: Would he have made it ino the team of '68? If Manchester United beat Bayern Munich next month, and fans of the Reds Devils are to be believed, the European Cup will have returned to its rightful owners - 31 years on. Should United repeat their European success of 1968 on May 26, the question on the tip of every supporter's tongue will be: which was the best ever? Would the class of 1999 lay to rest the ghost of 1968 with a goal feast more spectacular than their second leg massacre in Turin? Or would Sir Matt Busby mastermind another memorable victory as he did so effectively in Madrid? Comparisons of players are plentiful. Indeed from the moment Ryan Giggs slipped on his first United shirt as a teenager, he was instantly labelled the new George Best. Keane and Crerand Admittedly, the industriousness of Roy Keane brings back fond memories of the spirit and leadership of the great Paddy Crerand and in truth, it would be cruel not to compare the razor sharp Dwight Yorke to United's most famous ever goal poacher, Dennis Law. Bobby Charlton: "Wednesday was United's best ever performance" Certainly both sides were blessed with the two of the greatest goalkeepers of their generation. In Peter Schmeichel and Alex Stepney you have two of the most outstanding all-rounders, who were both dominant in the air and defied their colossal size with stupendous reflexes on the floor. Sir Bobby Charlton, who has always rated Schmeichel, was the first to admit that the two teams possess similar qualities. But after United's second leg blitz against Juventus on Wednesday night even he almost conceded that their current side would be more than a match for the side who defeated Benfica in 1968. Charlton, who scored when Matt Busby's side beat Benfica 4-1 to win the European Cup in 1968, believes United's most recent scalp is possibly their greatest ever victory. Charlton said: "Inevitably people will make comparisons with the 1968 European Cup winning team and as one of the players then, I can honestly say I have never played in or watched a better United performance". He added: " I always felt we could do it. We deserved to win, we were the better team on the night and this is a marvellous achievement for the club and for English football. Now we must go on and win it." But Stepney, who wore the United gloves in their 4-1 win, admitted it was hard to compare the two greatest sides in United's history. Incomparable He said: "It's a different game now, much quicker than when we played and they train much harder too. "We were very successful in our time, and they are successful now - all I hope is they go on and win it," he added, Alex Ferguson, who said that Wednesday's win was the highlight of his managerial career thus far, now has a chance to join Matt Busby amongst the immortals of English soccer by bringing the European Cup back to Manchester. Yorke and Cole: Could they have kept Dennis Law out of the side? Sir Matt was at the helm for 12 years before he won the trophy - his dreams put on hold for a decade after the Munich air disaster wiped out most of his Busby Babes team in 1958. Ferguson joined United thirteen years ago and has transformed an average First Divison team into a side who may well complete an unprecedented treble this season - a feat which Busby never had the opportunity to achieve. Ironically, the date of the final, May 26, is the 90th anniversary of the birth of Sir Matt, who died in 1994. If Ferguson's shrewd tactics do the trick in Barcelona there will be yet more comparisons between the two managers. A fantasy clash between the side of '68 with Ferguson's school of '99, would make for an intriguing encounter. On fitness and strength alone there would be no comparison, such are the physical demands of contemporary football. But with Busby's tactics, the divine skill of Best and the glorious finishing of Law, it would be hard to bet against the Sixties crew. On the other hand, the spine of the present team is as good as any club side in the world. Irresistable With David Beckham and Giggs running the channels, Jaap Stam and Keane marshalling the defence and midfield and the brilliant Yorke defying his early season critics with a constant stream of goals it is an irressistable combination. All these players could conceivably be called the best players in the game in their respective positions. Crerand, who was the driving force behind the United midfield, said that it was wrong to even consider comparing the two sides. "I get sick of the two sides being compared," he said. "We won the European Cup over 30 years ago and the game has changed so much that you can't even start to compare the two teams," said the 1968 winner. The simple fact is that the '90s version of Busby's great side have still to lift Europe's most prestigious prize. Perhaps we should wait for the champagne to flow in 1999 before we can even consider drawing a fair comparison with Busby's winners.
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Subject: Bear pit holds no fears for Ferguson By Ian Ross Saturday April 24, 1999 Tommy Docherty, one of Alex Ferguson's predecessors at Manchester United, once remarked that a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds was a blessing in disguise for a manager. He reasoned that the experience would always bring his more profile-conscious players back down to earth - literally. In recent years Manchester United have fared pretty well there without ever pretending to enjoy themselves. For all the refinement and grace of David O'Leary's emerging team, Elland Road remains a bear pit of a place. But the ebullient Ferguson is looking forward to taking his Premiership leaders there tomorrow morning. 'Leeds are always a challenge,' he said. 'The atmosphere is going to be guaranteed but we are becoming accustomed to that sort of thing these days. 'I believe it will turn my players on; I think it will inspire them. At Leeds they always try and intimidate you with the noise they make. You have to be able to concentrate fully to handle things like that.' Ferguson has set his players the target of winning their five remaining league fixtures. 'I want them to win the league,' he said. 'What happened in Turin will make them even more determined to make sure they do not lose another game this season. The demands in the English game remain greater than anywhere else in Europe.' However, United may be without several key players as they try to extend an unbeaten sequence of 25 games. Jaap Stam and Paul Scholes sustained ankle and knee injuries respectively in Italy and are given a less than 50-50 chance of recovering in time. Ryan Giggs is still troubled by the ankle injury which left him inactive in midweek. Ronny Johnsen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are on international duty with Norway, who play in Georgia on Wednesday in a Euro 2000 qualifier, and their compatriot Henning Berg has a knee ligament injury. It is just as well for United that what is likely to be a weakened defence may not have to cope with Leeds's leading scorer Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The Dutchman is doubtful with a hamstring problem and it is likely that the teenager Alan Smith will partner Harry Kewell in attack. Leeds also have problems in midfield. David Hopkin has an ankle injury and Alfie Haaland is also away with Norway. With Gunnar Halle out (knee) and Bruno Ribeiro (knee) also struggling, O'Leary may recall Stephen McPhail who has just returned from Nigeria after playing for the Republic of Ireland in the world under-20 championships. The big match Leeds United v Manchester United
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Subject: More in memory of Dennis From: paul@rarecompany.co.uk Events have overtaken me recently so this is slightly late to say the least...... The following is a poem written by Geoff. geoff and his wife were with Helen and Dennis on their day out to St Augustine which turned out to be Dennis' last day of freedom on earth. They were there too during the traumatic aftermath. Geoff read the poem at Dennis' memorial gathering at Old Trafford the other week. I thought you'd like to read it too. Dennis Though I am sad to leave you Though fate may seem unkind There is no sorrow in my heart As I leave this life behind Fortune has dealt me shorter term Than three score years and ten But I have lived a thousand lives In the hearts of other men For I have shared and treasured The precious gift of few I have known the pleasure and the pride Of boyhood dreams come true I have tasted the thrill of victory In the course of battles run I have soared aloft on the roar of the crowd As another goal was won And if as they say a life is rich With one single friend alone How great is the wealth of a man with friends Whose number is never known I think of the comrades I have loved Whose lives were cruelly stilled Weep for them, weep not for me My life has been fulfilled Oft I have dined at the feast of joy I have tasted the sweetest wine And who can say that he has shared A love as deep as mine And so farewell yet do not grieve Think of me for a while Beyond a tear I'd rather be Remembered with a smile G.H.G. 26.3.99 I'm sure Dennis is smiling now along with the other Babes and I'm sure they'll be with us on Sir Matt's birthday when we beat Bayern Munich next month. Cheers Paul
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Subject: Today NEW pics of Raimond Van der Gouw http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/gouw/ 10316 Feb 19 09:28 raimondani.gif 19200 Feb 21 03:31 schmgouw.jpg 25301 Dec 1 14:38 vanbeck.jpg 2802 Apr 23 14:58 vander.jpg 13347 Apr 23 14:58 vander1.jpg 18825 Apr 23 14:58 vander2.jpg 18548 Apr 23 14:58 vander3.jpg 18289 Apr 23 14:58 vander4.jpg 17941 Apr 23 14:58 vander5.jpg 15582 Apr 23 14:58 vander6.jpg 13366 Apr 23 14:58 vander7.jpg 23957 Feb 18 01:09 vander99.jpg 17061 Apr 23 14:59 vander_laugh.jpg 13355 Apr 23 14:59 vander_laugh2.jpg 11010 Apr 23 14:59 vander_laugh3.jpg 24163 Feb 19 09:27 vanderg2.jpg 3611 Feb 19 09:28 vandergo.jpg 42359 Apr 23 14:59 vandergouw.jpg ZIP file available here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/zips/van_der_gouw.ZIP Brought to you from Bill & Barry at http://www.red11.org
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Subject: Triumph in Turin best ever - Alan Hansen - Daily Express I have been involved in some wonderful European nights, but Manchester United's remarkable victory in Turin on Wednesday must rank as the greatest. In my time at Liverpool we beat some fantastic sides. In 1981 we came up against one of the strongest Bayern Munich teams in history, drew 0-0 with them at Anfield and then 1-1 at the Olympic Stadium to go through to the final. And in the 1983-84 season we went to Bilbao, after another goalless draw at home, and beat them 1-0. To defeat the Spanish champions on their own turf was quite something. But neither achievement really compares to what Alex Ferguson's side achieved against Juventus. History told us they had no chance because few teams turn over the Italians in Turin and after 10 minutes, and two goals from Filippo Inzaghi, we were convinced United had no chance. So to fight back from a two-goal deficit and then hammer Juventus with three goals of their own was special. I have enormous sympathy for Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, who will now miss the European Cup final because of the bookings they received at the Stadio Delle Alpi. The two of them have so far put on a brave face but I can tell you it's the loneliest feeling in the world when you know you are not involved in such a big game. It hardly compares in importance, but in 1982 I missed the League Cup final after suffering an injury in training. Wembley was the last place I wanted to be on the day of the game, and even though I joined my team-mates on the lap of honour after they had beaten Tottenham 3-1, I wanted to be somewhere else. It will get harder for Keane and Scholes as May 26 approaches, and if United do beat Bayern in Barcelona nobody could ease their pain. The only cure would be to win the European Cup again with them in the team. Keane's absence, in particular, represents a massive blow to United. In my view he is their best player. He epitomises the determination they displayed in fighting back in Turin. United boast tremendous strength in depth, but they have four key players: Keane, Peter Schmeichel, Jaap Stam and Dwight Yorke. And if it came down to who, as their manager, you would least like to lose, it would surely be a straight contest between Keane and Schmeichel. Keane received the booking that shattered his personal dream in the 33rd minute yet his head never dropped, he maintained his composure and he led his side to victory with a brilliant individual display. Many sides would have folded once Inzaghi had struck twice, but this United team just does not give up. They face an even greater challenge at the Nou Camp but they can still beat the Germans. Manager Alex Ferguson has options when it comes to midfield. Personally, I would resist the temptation to bring David Beckham into the centre and instead move Ronny Johnsen alongside Nicky Butt and slot Henning Berg into central defence. First, United must concentrate on winning the Premiership and the FA Cup in pursuit of the Treble. Tomorrow they face a tricky encounter at Leeds and I'm sure they will still be feeling the Juventus game in their legs when they arrive. But adrenaline will provide them with the inspiration needed to maintain their lead at the top of the table. Manchester United - The Legend: http://manunited.net
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Subject: My crystal ball shows red - the Times - Oliver Holt Oliver Holt turns Premiership fortune-teller and predicts imminent championship glory for Manchester United It is always difficult to see into the future when hangovers are involved, particularly ones suffered on a European scale. When the contenders for the FA Carling Premiership title rejoin domestic battle this weekend, though, Manchester United will still be boisterously intoxicated and Chelsea will need more than a couple of Anadin to soothe their sore heads. After their astonishing victory in Turin, United have all the momentum they need to pull away from their pursuers, Two of their players, Tore Andre Flo and Roberto Di Matteo, described their defeat at the hands of Real Mallorca as the worst night of their careers — hardly the tonic they wanted for the title run-in — and Gianluca Vialli, their player-manager, talked about their season in the past tense. Then there is Arsenal, sandwiched neatly between them, still alive and kicking, still pressing mercilessly on with their mixture of determination and flamboyance, still defying the age of their back four, still refusing to buckle in adversity. United might have thought that they had shaken them off when they knocked them out of the FA Cup in that epic semi-final replay ten days ago, that that would destroy their spirit for the rest of the season. Arsenal’s response was to beat an admittedly hapless Wimbledon side 5-1 at Highbury. If ever a team rapped out a message of defiant insubordination, that was it. If United slip up, they areready to pounce. Forget Easter and its reputation for being the time when the championship is won and lost. This year, this is the weekend that represents the last chance saloon for those who would deprive United of the championship.The reality is that Alex Ferguson and his side will be hard to stop now that they have reached the European Cup final. If they had lost against Juventus, the rest of their season would have been a drab anticlimax, a poor consolation for the loss of the prize that excites them more than any other. If they had not rallied, if they had flown home from Italy in silence, not elation, then they would have been desperately vulnerable at Elland Road tomorrow morning, when they take on Leeds United. It is the hardest of their remaining fixtures, but, fortified by their success, by levels of confidence that must be scaling new peaks and by a run that has banished defeat from their lexicon, they should earn at least a point. Arsenal, despite injury worries concerning Dennis Bergkamp and Emmanuel Petit, should still beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside this afternoon and that would take them to the top of the table for a day at least. United, though, have a game in hand and none of their last five games will hold any fears for them. By the time that they meet Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on the last day of the season, the title should already be theirs, secured at Ewood Park in a match that could also condemn Brian Kidd, their former coach, and his Blackburn Rovers team to relegation. The only hope for Arsenal and Chelsea is that United, who may rest some of their European heroes, lose against Leeds. That would give both London clubs real encouragement and might even sow seeds of doubt in Mancunian minds. In other circumstances, perhaps, it would be easier to see Arsenal coming from behind, anyway — They did it last season, after all — but, allied to United’s apparent invulnerability, Arsenal are likely to drop points in the frenzied atmosphere of the North London derby and in their own game away to Leeds, who may then be hot on Chelsea’s heels in the race for the third Champions’ League position. Chelsea’s chances of winning their first title for almost half a century effectively disappeared that fateful moment when Vialli replaced Albert Ferrer with Michael Duberry against Leicester and watched his team’s lead crumble. Their last hope is that United fail tomorrow while they record an emphatic victory away to Sheffield Wednesday. With their lack of firepower, though, it is easy to see them dropping points to stubborn defensive sides such as Everton, Leeds and Tottenham in their final games. As long as United shake off that European hangover before tomorrow morning, they can put their champagne on ice and start celebrating the regaining of the Premiership title.
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