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Date: Mon Oct 25 05:59:26 GMT+00:00 1999
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This Issue:
1. Trains and Boats and Planes - Personal report by RED KELLY
3. Foreign boss for Manchester United?
4. Blomqvist close to comeback
5. Reds sent spinning in the rain
6. Fergie - he's no Freund of mine
7. Deja vu by Dr Who  - or -  How to cheer you up by Dr Rennie



Barry Comment:
Fergie said "It was one of those games that was difficult to aanaylse but fotune
plays a part of footballk and sometimes you have to accept that some days it goes
your way and some days it doesn't. 

ECL Group D  ** Manchester United **
Olympique de Marseille * NK Croatia Zagreb * SK Sturm Graz

Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List
 1 Mark John Bosnich      2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
 4 David May              6 Jakob Stam             7 David Robert J Beckham
 8 Nicholas Butt          9 Andrew Alex. Cole      10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs     12 Philip Neville         14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane           17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes          19 Dwight Yorke           20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg          23 Michael Jamie Clegg    25 José Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi         31 Nicholas James Culkin  33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening

Group D         P   W   D   L   F   A  PTS
Marseille       4   3   0   1   6   3   9
Manchester Utd  4   2   1   1   5   2   7
Croatia Zagreb  4   1   1   2   4   3   4
SK Sturm Graz   4   1   0   3   1   8   3

Tue Sep 14 Manchester United    0-0 Croatia Zagreb   
Tue Sep 14 Marseille            2-0 SK Sturm Graz   
Wed Sep 22 Croatia Zagreb       1-2 Marseille   
Wed Sep 22 SK Sturm Graz        0-3 Manchester United
Wed Sep 29 Manchester United    2-1 Marseille   
Wed Sep 29 Croatia Zagreb       3-0 SK Sturm Graz 
Tue Oct 19 Marseille            1-0 Manchester United   
Tue Oct 19 SK Sturm Graz        1-0 Croatia Zagreb 
Wed Oct 27 7:45 NK Croatia           v Man Utd
Wed Oct 27 7:45 Sturm Graz           v Marseille
Tue Nov  2 7:45 Manchester United    v SK Sturm Graz   
Tue Nov  2 7:45 Marseille            v Croatia Zagreb 

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  Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!


         Aston Villa   1-1   Wimbledon             27,160
       Bradford City   3-1   Leicester City        17,655
             Chelsea   2-3   Arsenal               34,958
 Sheffield Wednesday   0-0   Coventry City         23,296
         Southampton   1-1   Liverpool             15,241
   Tottenham Hotspur   3-1   Manchester United     36,072

*** FIXTURES ON 24/10/99 ***
             Everton  v  Leeds United
             Watford  v  Middlesbrough
     West Ham United  v  Sunderland

*** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 23/10/99 ***

Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         11  4  1  1  10   5   4  0  1  11   7    9   25
 2  Arsenal              12  5  0  1  13   5   3  1  2   7   7    8   25
 3  Manchester United    12  4  2  0  19   6   3  1  2   9  13    9   24
 4  Sunderland           11  4  2  0   8   2   3  0  2  12   7   11   23
 5  Tottenham Hotspur    11  4  0  2  15  11   2  2  1   5   4    5   20
 6  Leicester City       12  4  2  0  11   6   2  0  4   9  11    3   20
 7  Chelsea              10  4  0  1  13   3   2  1  2   4   4   10   19
 8  Aston Villa          12  3  3  0   8   3   2  0  4   5   9    1   18
 9  Everton              11  3  2  0  11   3   2  0  4   6  11    3   17
10  West Ham United       9  4  0  0   6   2   1  1  3   5   6    3   16
11  Liverpool            11  2  0  3   5   5   2  3  1   7   6    1   15
12  Middlesbrough        11  3  0  3   6   7   2  0  3   7   8   -2   15
13  Coventry City        12  3  0  3  11   8   0  4  2   5   7    1   13
14  Southampton          11  2  2  2  10  10   1  1  3   8  12   -4   12
15  Wimbledon            12  1  3  2   9  10   1  3  2   9  16   -8   12
16  Bradford City        11  1  2  2   5  10   2  0  4   4   7   -8   11
17  Watford              11  2  0  3   5   6   1  0  5   2   9   -8    9
18  Derby County         11  1  0  5   3  12   1  3  1   7   7   -9    9
19  Newcastle United     11  2  1  2  14   7   0  0  6   7  20   -6    7
20  Sheffield Wednesday  12  1  1  4   7   9   0  1  5   1  18  -19    5

27-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs NK Croatia  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
30-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Aston Villa  (FA Premier League, HOME)
02-NOV-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Sturm Graz  (UEFA Champions League, HOME)
06-NOV-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leicester C  (FA Premier League, HOME)


UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000
All dates/times subject to change
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    Everton                  Away PL  D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home PL  W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away PL  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio               ESC  L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex Testimonial     Home F   L  2-4  LEGENDS 54,842      
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC  L  0-1     -    57,745 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     L  1-3     3    36,072

27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 6/11/99    Leicester City           Home PL   15.00
20/11/99    Derby County             Away PL   15.00
24/11/99    ?     EC
27/11/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Away PL   15.00
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
18/12/99    West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            Home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               Away PL   20.00  "live on sky"
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           Home PL   20.00
 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   15.00
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
 1/03/2000  ?   EC
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                Home PL   15.00
 8/03/2000  ?   EC
11/03/2000  Derby County             Home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  ?   EC
18/03/2000  Leicester City           Away PL   15.00
22/03/2000  ?   EC
25/03/2000  Bradford City            Away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          Home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           Away PL   15.00
15/04/2000  Sunderland               Home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              Away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  Home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        Home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              Away PL   15.00
24/05/2000  ?   EC Final



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Subject: Trains and Boats and Planes - Personal report by RED KELLY Sometimes you've just got to turn your back on a game and say "it wasn't our day" but at times yesterday it made you wonder what the hell was going on and for a second successive visit to the capital we came away with absolutely nothing. Trouble was, this time I was there to see it happen. I was due to get a lift down to London from the Mastman but after a late Friday night phone call from a surprisingly cool Nasher I was assured this would not be possible due to the fact that his car was now a heap of twisted metal rather than the whole one he had been driving earlier on. It begged the question, why did he have to go that far in order to avoid a couple of hours in the car with me taking the piss out of his knowledge about telecommunications masts - had we gone too far last time, I wondered? So it was Chiltern Railways for me. I can't remember the last time I went to a game on the train - it's got to be getting on for thirty years ago though, so I was in nostalgic mood as I wandered down to the station, even the air seemed to smell the same as it had all those years ago! It's true I tell you. Having phoned the doc and arranged to meet both him and smashy Mastman at Marylebone station I stood on the platform waiting for the London train to arrive, but to my surprise it was a diesel - don't they do steam anymore then? I suppose it's not a bad way to travel, but the journey was a great deal less interesting than the last one I'd undertaken while on my way back from the MMC meeting in Manchester last year when a couple on the opposite side of the aisle had been indulging in acts better suited to the privacy of the bedroom. And I was trying to concentrate on my book while wincing at the sight of the girl's brace on her teeth. The things that go on in trains these days - the mind boggles. This journey was interesting for one second as we passed over the motorway and saw that it was jammed. Phew, I thought, I could have been in that, but as we got nearer to London the rain clouds gathered overhead and it was beginning to look as though the travelling hordes had brought some of the Marseilles weather back with them. Hope my jacket holds out this time or my ticket will be returned to the pulp from whence it came just as it was at Wimbledon a couple of seasons ago. And the rain fell. There was the Mastman waiting at the station, but where was Dr Mark? I phoned him and he told me he'd left a message earlier saying he'd be at Liverpool Street station instead. I don't know who he'd left a message with but it wasn't me! So we met up at Liverpool Street and called into the station pub for a quick one and to meet up with another couple of Mark's mates one of whom would give our own masterfan a run for his money as he recalled events from the past. He could even recite the names of the Burnley team which reached the semi final of the European Cup in the early sixties. Incredible isn't it? "What that he could recite the names of the team?" "No that Burnley reached the semi final of the European Cup" Can't say as I remember it, but he assured us it happened - they were a good team then. We were on our way again and this time it was a mainline trip to Bruce Grove and not an Aussie in sight. Into another pub in the heart of Spurs land where I paid a visit to the toilet while a man was standing there relieving himself singing "come on you yids!" I was shaking my head as he was shaking his - well anyway, he was. Then it was a ten minute walk to the ground when the Mastman true to form pointed out a handy tele mast - true to form. By the time we got down to the ground it was getting late and we were greeted by a long line of police, three ticket checks and a body search - nothing out of the ordinary there then. By the time I got to my seat which was next to Paul Scully, they'd already kicked off. The expected rain hadn't really materialised and after a couple of minutes United were bossing the game and everything looked extremely rosey in the garden. We were all relaxed singing our songs and content in the knowledge that it all seemed to be going according to plan. The rest of the ground was completely silent as United were camped down at their end of the pitch. So it was no surprise when Giggs scored. Well actually it was a surprise because it was a second or two before we realised he'd actually scored and only tuned in as we saw him wheeling away triumphantly. We celebrated rather belatedly and so did many others who were not in our end of the ground. "Reds are here, Reds are there, Reds are every f***ing where," we sang and "Giggs will tear you apart again." No worries we thought and continued with "Oobladee oobladaa Man United European Champions." We're in for an easy ride here today. That's what we thought and you know when you think that sort of thought - yes - old mother irony comes along and slaps you in the face. To be perfectly honest I'm getting sick of this irony business, I wish she'd leave us alone for a while. But she was having a field day yesterday and when an incongruous ball came looping over the top of the United defence she saw her opportunity. Bosnich came out to collect but didn't think to tell Silvestre - confusion at Bruce Grove. Silvestre nodded the ball back and we looked on open mouthed as it drifted past the hapless Aussie and agonisingly just past the post. God that was close. At that moment we knew there was a change due. I don't know how but we knew they'd score - it was that irony moment. You could feel it in the air hanging like one of those Tyldsley golden goals. From then on the game turned farcical and as the corner came over to the far post, hit Iverson on the hand and found itself nestling in the back of the net. To be fair the ref couldn't possibly have seen it but we all did when the replay was shown on the big screen. While I'm on this big screen business - they really piss me off, not quite as much as the music that some PA's play these days when the home sides score, just as they did yesterday at Muppet junction, but it pisses me off nevertheless. If that ever happens at Old Trafford.............I'll ...........but back to the screen. All the way through the game you are distracted by this huge neon monstrosity which shows the game along with a rolling display of various adverts. Why bother going to watch this stuff live when they're showing it on a television in the very ground you're watching it and I'm not going to even mention what they were advertising as it pissed me off that much that I remember what they were. So there I was getting wound up by the screen, the PA blasting out music and the fact they scored from a blatant hand ball when what do they do - they bloody well go and score again and this time it's even more farcical. Hang on a minute isn't it supposed to be us who score and then score just afterwards, not you lot? There was another corner, again the ball was put out by Silvestre, but at least this time he had no real choice. The ball came over and with one Spurs man in the box and seventeen United defenders, the Spurs man missed it, the ball hit Scholesey on the head and there it was in the back of the net again. By now it was like feeding time at the zoo as the whole ground, apart from our bit, danced around waving their arms about like a bunch of demented chimpanzees. We couldn't wait for half time so that we could take a break from this absurdity, 2-1 down and we're in the middle of a performance which would be more appropriate in Billy Smart's Circus. Down below stairs several away regulars chatted and once the shock of seeing only one half of "joined at the hip" had subsided, we all agreed, except the harbinger Dr Mark of course, that we'd still win as we'd been so much on top. So I returned to my spot high up looking down at the corner flag where it had all started, with renewed optimism, only to find the heavens had opened. By this time it was obvious something supernatural was going on and you know who was in on the act and it wasn't Eric. The sheer amount of wet stuff pouring out of the sky made passing football almost impossible and if it hadn't already turned into a farce it was now surely a lottery. You could hardly see the opposite corner it was pissing down that hard and the lads frustrations began to grow and not least because Freund was an absolute disgrace and should have been sent off ages before he was booked - he's not a Bayern fan by any chance is he? So someone up there was obviously sampling the free Holsten Pils (oh s..t now I've said it - bloody advertising) by the bucket load and pissing it out all over us. So when United are having no luck at all with what seemed like a blatant penalty denied which turned out to be a great tackle by a Spurs player I'd never heard of and I doubt even the locals knew, and so many attacks breaking down because the ball would stick in a puddle when it would normally have found it's man, they go and score again. This time an absolute scorcher from Stephen Carr. I mean what the hell is Stephen bloody Carr doing hitting a shot from thirty yards into the top corner of the net? It's got to be divine intervention, half time genuflection, drunkeness in heaven - anything but reality. Surely this cannot be happening. The PA announcer can't believe it either as he awards the goal to Ruel Fox. What! I know the almighty piss is falling but surely there's a fundamental difference between Carr and Fox that even the most stupid of PA announcers can spot. It's that Black/white thing, a fairly distinctive difference I'd have thought. It mattered little to the locals of course, they were 3-1 up in a match they should at best be losing 2-1. So with the conditions so appalling it was impossible to play anything remotely resembling the beautiful game, we more or less resigned ourselves to defeat. It would have been more appropriate to be playing in boats out there it was that bad. Paul muttered something about never having lost for ages after scoring first and it turns out it was nearly ten years ago this last happened. Suddenly we lose records by the bucketload in a week and maybe now old mother irony will leave us alone for a while and let us rebuild and get on with the rest of our lives with some semblance of normality returning. As you know, the miracle recovery didn't happen yesterday. Ole came on to his usual ovation, but with the divine being on the toilet he wasn't around to hear the call and the ref blew his whistle to save us any more agony. We trudged out of the ground trying our best to ignore the circus going on all around us. Back at Bruce Grove we chew over the game and spit it out with the conclusion that it would have been nice to have had more of the rub of the green at least. I suppose it will keep that sad lot happy for another year - a big club - you must be joking, they are as small time as all the others. There's only one big club left in this country and we all know which one it is. It all left me wondering though, with 27 quid for a ticket, 19 for the train, 4 for the tube fare I could have flown to Paris with Easyjet (s..t there's that bloody advertising working again). There's another 10 or 12 quid on food and drink and I could have been in Lisbon. It's worth thinking about though isn't it? Copyright RED KELLY 1999
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Subject: FERGIE STUNNED BY DEFEAT Sir Alex Ferguson blamed a combination of misfortune, a refereeing error and the rain on his side's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham - but refused to point the finger at his players. "It was one of those games that was difficult to aanaylse but fotune palys a part of footballk and sometimes you have to accept that some days it goes your way and some days it doesn't. "I thought my players played very well, and I'm asking myself, 'Where can I fault my players?' From the corner for their first goal there was a clear handball, obviously, and with the second goal being an own goal you can't put that down to bad defending. "At 1-0 up we were marvellous and in complete control. If we had got a second it would have been all over. So I don't know what happened. We were looking strong. "It all came in the shape of their two goals before half-time which obviously changed the whole pattern, and with the rain coming in the second half it didn't suit our passing game at all. "By then Tottenham had something to hold on to and, to be fair, they did it very well. But I still say we played very well and I'm proud of them. In the second half the ball just kept sticking in the water on the pitch and that suited Tottenham. "I feel disappointed, but when fortune plays its hand there's not much you can do. There was a lot of good play today, a lot of decent football mainly by us, though they did play some good stuff in the second half. "Tottenham fans would have been disappointed with the behaviour of Freund. It was terrible, a disgrace the way he ran around trying to get players booked and sent off. To the referee's credit he refused to fall for the diving, but I'm still looking at where we lost the game."
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Subject: Foreign boss for Manchester United? By Peter Fitton Manchester United are prepared to appoint a big-name foreign coach as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor when he retires in two years' time. The management revolution at Britain's most powerful club has been placed under serious discussion at the highest level. It is already accepted that the days of an all-powerful manager in the Ferguson mould are over. United's directors will now consider such high-profile candidates as Louis van Gaal, the Dutchman responsible for the rise of Ajax and Barcelona, and master tactician Marcello Lippi, formerly of Juventus and now at Inter Milan. Ferguson's long-term fate was placed back on the public agenda last week when chairman Martin Edwards firmly hinted that the most successful manager in United's history would be unlikely to stay on after his contract ends in the summer of 2002. Such a move was hardly the most guarded secret and long ago Sir Alex realised that a club as globally important as United could never again be operated by a one-man band. In recent years, the Treble winners have quietly adopted a more Continental approach, with Ferguson concentrating on the football side while Edwards assumed chief executive responsibility for major financial decisions, including transfers. That two-tier system of control will be underlined in the future. United's hierarchy accept they cannot get the critical appointment of Ferguson's successor wrong after a decade of unprecedented glory. And that is why they are opening the job market to the major names from abroad, even if they have to double any contract to at least £2million a year. The champions will not be lacking applicants as Italy's most respected coaches reacted to the change of approach at United. Legendary boss Giovanni Trappatoni, currently in charge of Fiorentina and boasting a winning track record at Juventus, Inter and Bayern Munich, said: 'The English game is the future for us. Italian coaches have made a contribution across the world, but we all understand that your football could be a new paradise now.'
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Subject: Blomqvist close to comeback «« Jesper Blomqvist has revealed he is two to three weeks away from making a return to action for United after a knee injury. The Swedish winger has missed the season so far after picking up the injury while on United's pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East. But he has been training for the last couple of weeks and now sees light at the end of the tunnel. He said: "It's difficult to say if it will be two weeks or three weeks but I'm not setting myself a target." Meanwhile, Teddy Sheringham will be back in training next week after a calf injury and may travel to Croatia for the Champions' League crunch.
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Subject: Reds sent spinning in the rain By Malcolm Folley Tottenham 3 Man Utd 1 As the rain fell over north London, Spurs and United conspired to produce a game of football that was stamped: Made in Britain. In an age when there is such a preoccupation with securing success on foreign fields, Spurs manager George Graham will have gained enormous satisfaction from his team's performance in a red-blooded game of old. Indeed, Graham risked his finely cut suit by standing away from his dugout for stretches of the second half to assume command of his troops. He probably never noticed the weather. For United, it was another depressing afternoon in the capital. On their previous visit, they had surrendered five goals to Chelsea, and yesterday they would have to assume responsibility as the architects of their own downfall. Sir Alex Ferguson will be beginning to feel a little dissatisfied with his players as this was their fourth defeat in their past five games in all competitions. United could hardly have begun more inspirationally. They were sharp, they were incisive and they were making the game so hard for Spurs. The home side's defenders were stuck in one gear - reverse. United enterprise brought them just reward in the 23rd minute. Andy Cole played the ball to the feet of Ryan Giggs, standing just inside the Spurs penalty area with his back to goal. Behind him was Tottenham's England defender Sol Campbell. To Giggs, Campbell might well have been the invisible man. The Welshman deceived the £15million-rated England international with a swift turn, and skipping inside the covering Luke Young, Giggs scored with a delicate shot with his left foot. Tottenham's equaliser arrived initially from the confusion that existed between goalkeeper Mark Bosnich and centre-back Mickael Silvestre. Without a white-shirted player in the vicinity, Bosnich was walking to collect the ball bouncing outside the six yard area when Silvestre decided to intervene with his head and missed an own goal by a couple of feet. But there was to be no escape for United. From a corner struck to the near post by Oyvind Leonhardsen, Tim Sherwood deflected the ball across the goalmouth to where Steffen Iversen was arriving with extra-sensory perception. However, with the ball skidding off the turf Iversen spread himself to try to keep the ball from going out of play and appeared to handle in the process. His misdemeanour went unnoticed and, when his first shot rebounded from the foot of the post, the Spurs striker had wonderful presence of mind to scoop the ball into the far corner of the net as he fell backwards to the ground. If that 35th-minute strike stunned United, there was worse to follow four minutes later. David Ginola took possession of the ball from a short corner on the left to deliver a cross at a good height into the far post. Young, the promising young Tottenham defender, ran to meet the ball, but failed to make contact. Yet his movement was to prove costly as the unsighted Paul Scholes calamitously headed the ball into his own net. Scholes was a portrait of desolation. His hopes of making amends six minutes after the interval vanished when Young made a wonderful covering tackle. Cole was soon to be denied by Tottenham goalkeeper Ian Walker, sparing the blushes of his team-mate Steffen Freund, who had been caught in possession deep in his own territory. With the pitch becoming increasingly more treacherous under the weight of the rain, tempers became excitable. But the only major flare-up came near the end when Freund behaved with gross stupidity to try to incite Roy Keane. The game was well balanced too - until Stephen Carr intervened in the 71st minute that is. Just a month after scoring his first goal in the Premiership, Carr delivered a strike that would have brought a smile to the Gallic face of Ginola. Bosnich could never have dreamt the consequences when the Irishman moved on to the ball 30 yards out. Instinctively, Carr looked up, took aim and drove the ball into the far corner of the net, way beyond the diving figure of the Australian goalkeeper, still seeking to impose his personality on the team, on Ferguson and on the No 1 jersey. David Beckham had already been booked, then substituted and Keane was correctly cautioned for his 80th-minute foul on defender Mauricio Taricco. But Freund behaved unforgivably when he ran across the pitch towards the United player, still on the floor, only to wheel away at the last moment. Referee Jeff Winter properly booked the German and predictably Keane took his retribution with a challenge that went unpunished before the end. But losing is one habit Ferguson will want Keane and Co to kick before the season gets much older.
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Subject: Fergie - he's no Freund of mine «« Sir Alex Ferguson was last night involved in a tunnel bust-up with Spurs' Steffen Freund before slamming the German for his inflammatory antics. An ugly scene developed as the players left the pitch after Spurs' 3-1 win yesterday at White Hart Lane. Ferguson and Roy Keane confronted Freund over his behaviour and, according to reports, a scuffle broke out. United were incensed by Freund's niggly play, diving and his recation to Keane's booking late in the game. The United skipper tripped Mauricio Taricco and, as he received the yellow card, Freund ran 30 yards across the pitch to celebrate his 'moral victory' in Keane's face. Keane restrained himself but the German was chased down the pitch by United players, led by Dwight Yorke. Ferguson later told reporters he was disappointed by the German's display but praised the referee for clamping down on diving in the match. When asked if anything could be done about Freund's antics, Sir Alex said: "If he were my player, something would be done."
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Subject: Deja vu by Dr Who - or - How to cheer you up by Dr Rennie From: Barry Leeming After reading Paul's excellent match report today words like *irony *feeding time at the zoo *Muppet junction I just could not resist this - "flashback time" 11 months ago It was also the first ever Webmaster Simplenet meet 1998 http://www.red11.org/miva/matchreports.mv?19981212 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy by Barry Leeming Mon 14th Dec 1998, 2100hrs Denmark/18hrs after arriving back from London. "The Sugar Plum Fairy" I will now try to explain the happenings of the ballet show in North London on Sat. afternoon. No mention of the packed train in Denmark or the boat for 18hrs or singing the "Busby Boys" in the disco non stop for 30 mins, or the tardy bus arriving at White Hart Lane as the last minutes of our arranged pub meet ticked by. A phone call to Footy Queen offering a last minute ticket was to no avail as Lisa was working Saturday and the long trip impossible. Arriving at the Orchid Branch at 14.15 the crowd was there, Bill McArthur and Jack (my father) mingling with Jon Leigh, Mike Dobbin, Dave Menashe, Dr Mark and others. The world was a lttle smaller today UK, Canada, Denmark and Usa were all meeting up for the first time ever! Quick hello's, I explained to Dr Mark that we had an extra with the 40 or so Danes in East Upper. More hello's, goodbye's to Jon Leigh & brother who had made to the pub especially to greet us travelling REDS :) Jon you pleased my Dad enormously when you went up and asked him at the bar if he was Barry Leeming!! Thanks Jon for coming, Bill and I will now take special notice of your emails! Dr Mark and I rushed up and down amongst the mounted police to try and sell the extra to a fellow RED. Eventually the 34 quid ticket went cheap to a lucky red. I made my way in buying the "Great UNITED Songs" book at the Gate of the South Lower, one pound! Made my way up to the high position behind the goal with all the REDS and Dave from California. The match had already started and I quickly noticed the unusual faces Phil Neville and Teddy on the pitch from the kick off. No Cole no Dwight up front, this was going to be an unusual day? The REDS were already in good voice the pitch looked good and the play was fast. I admit at this point in time that I commented that todays ref was ok and very commanding type. I had also predicted 3-2 to us. Great to see Ole up and front and by the end of 15mins we were to be 2 up! Cracking goals and great play. Becks on form crossed for both goals. The first had been built by Giggsy who ran through the middle passed to David and Ryan managed to head the cross against the goalkeepr for Ole to tap/chip in. Spurs have a big screen high over the North Stand, very useful?? -not to watch repeats of shots/goals. Blimey its almost like watching at home on TV!!! Ole could easily have scored 3 but it was not to be. Little did we know that this match was to be taken over by the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Gary challenged him/her/it out on the left wing and both times Sugar flew through the air with the greatest of ease. If you don't believe me check out http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/sugarplum.jpg Rennie "for headaches" Ref was gullable, he continued to book players left right and center. Nicky Butt, David, Teddy for talkng too much, Ronny and for good measure Phil Neville! (Phil actually deserved his) Back to Sugar Plum, he could be a great player, he left players for dead esp in the 2nd half running through and shooting on target. I called him cheat as all REDS sang out loud, he must have received the message loud and clear. More songs "the Referee's a wa...r" . Soon afterwards Sol Cambell scored from Andertons free kick with 20 mins to go, rising above Jaap, who had a magnificent match otherwise! Becks had been booked (who hadn't) for a tackle on Sinton previously. Five mins later RETALIATION by Sinton on Becks only gave yellow. From where I was this was a Red card offence. Nothing happened United's 10 men were pressed against the 12 men or cockrels. We nearly made it but still went top with the draw! The best song of all, it was at 2-1, nearing the end of the 2nd half was "The 12 Days Of Eric". I think EVERY SINGLE RED joined in by the last verse. The noise was deafening and hairs raised on the back of the neck. What happened at the end of this match was just an unbelievable let down. Cambell's soup scored a carbon copy 2nd goal from an Anderton free kick, in the last minute of the allocated 2 mins injury time. No discussion, our back 4 just did not keep it out. The real reason for the 2-2 draw, in a match where Manchester United dominated, was Act-1 scene-3 when Rennie had orchestrated the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy. Barry reporting from London. I will not then tell you any more, about being locked in the ground by the police for ages, getting soaked picking up family christmas presents in the bus, free mince pies down the pub, being breathalised by a copper in Central London or the excellent meal with Mike Dobbin and Bill McArthur in Leicester Square. Mick Meade and Richard Martin were nowhere to be seen?? A RED Day Was Had By All! --------------------------
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