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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Wed Jul 28 07:48:21 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Keane decision this week  
2. Giggs and Beckham gun for Arsenal  
4. Sky set to lose grip on football - Independent
5. Too big for its boots - Independent
6. UK ONLY United go mobile
7. Fans to pay for Sky defeat 
8. Davids deal blow  
9. Old-boy calls it a day  
10. Re: Ask the StatMan


Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Wed 28th July 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:

** Note from Webmasters Barry & Bill **
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Cliff today
Wes Brown Out with ankle injury in training today he will not play on Sunday.
He went over on the ankle and will have an xray tomorrow.
Not too serious but def out Sunday.

Interview with Wes Brown and Jesper Blomqvist from Cliff today:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/wes_jesper.rm  3m 19s   216k

99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at

Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 



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!


01-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Charity Shield, AWAY)
08-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)

August 3rd [??]    Omagh Town, St Julian's Road ground
August 4th [19:45] Wigan Athletic

UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
Subject: 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   11.00  pre-season     2-0  60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00  pre-season     1-0  78,000 
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30  pre-season     2-0  80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30  pre-season     2-0  40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal        Wembley Charity Shield        -
 3/08/99    Omagh Town     friendly in aid of Omagh Bomb Fund
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly at JJB Stadium. 19.45

 8/08/99    Everton                  away      16.00
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL   20.00
14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   12.00
22/08/99    Arsenal                  away PL   16.00
25/08/99    Coventry City            away PL   20.00
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio           ESC       19.45
30/08/99    Newcastle United         home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                away PL   11.30
15/09/99    ?     EC
18/09/99    Wimbledon                home PL   15.00
22/09/99    ?     EC
25/09/99    Southampton              home PL   15.00
29/09/99    ?     EC
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  away PL   16.00
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel]
13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  home PL   15.00
20/10/99    ?     EC
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        away PL   15.00
27/10/99    ?     EC
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 3/11/99    ?     EC
 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
 1/12/99    ?     WC 4
 4/12/99    Everton                  home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
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
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           home PL   20.00

 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC  *****   [3-4 games]

12/01/2000  ?    WC sf i
15/01/2000  Leeds United             away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  home PL   15.00
26/01/2000  ?    WC sf ii
 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
27/02/2000  ?   Wembley WC f
 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 f



EC links + Personal diaries here:


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Subject: Keane decision this week Boss Alex Ferguson has said that Roy Keane's Old Trafford future will be decided one way or another this week. The United manager is confident Keane will sign a new deal which will keep him at the club for another four years, and says things will be sorted in the next few days. United's legal team of chairman Martin Edwards and director-solicitor Maurice Watkins are back at work after being on the summer tour, and Sir Alex says Keane's representative Michael Kennedy will be resuming talks before the weekend. Keane has held out for an improved deal after turning down the club's first offer, but denies rumours that he is asking for 40,000 a week. The United skipper says his demands are not a matter for public discussion and only he and his family know what he is asking for.
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Subject: Giggs and Beckham gun for Arsenal Ryan Giggs and David Beckham are set to face Arsenal in Sunday's Charity Shield, as United aim to extend their unbeaten run into a ninth month. Beckham is not fully match fit but after Saturday's workout in a United side which won 6-1 against Yorkshire club Selby Town, he claims he is ready to play against The Gunners in the Wembley pre-season showpiece. Giggs is also expected to make the starting line-up after flying home for treatment and cutting short his time on the tour to Australia and China. It is not such good news for Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ronny Johnsen. All seem certain to miss out as United get ready for the big kick-off. Keane is still having treatment on the ankle injury which has plagued him since the closing stages of last season. The Republic of Ireland star was hurt at Middlesbrough and had a recurrence of the injury during the FA Cup final. After long spells on the treatment table Keane is on the mend, but has to catch up on his colleagues' match fitness. Neville hopes to make the start of the season after a long-term groin injury, but it seems unlikely he will figure this Sunday, with Sir Alex Ferguson looking for a way of giving him some match practice before United face Everton at Goodison Park, on August 8. Norwegian duo Solskjaer and Johnsen are both definitely out. Solskjaer has been told to rest following a recurrence of the knee injury which hit him during last season, but reports that the goal-grabbing super-sub might need surgery to solve the problem have been dismissed. That is not the case with Johnsen who has had a knee operation and will be out of action for several weeks. For their part, Arsenal look likely to be without England goalkeeper David Seaman who injured his thigh in the Gunner's Monday friendly against Monaco. United last lost a game on December 19 when they were beaten 3-2 at home by Middlesbrough, and they are of course hopeful to extend that run by at least another week.
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Subject: CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME FOR SCHOLES Paul Scholes fears he may have to miss the Charity Shield - because his wife Claire is expecting their first child later this week. The Manchester United ace has been told by manager Alex Ferguson to put his family first at such a time. And that means United could face Arsenal in the Wembley showpiece on Sunday without him. Scholes was allowed to stay at home rather than join his United team-mates on their tour Down Under. Instead he has turned out for the reserves to keep in shape, keeping his mobile phone in the dug-out to let him know of any developments at home. Now, as Ferguson's Treble-winning side turn their attentions to the Charity Shield, Scholes is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be around on both fronts. He will leave it until the last moment before making his decision on whether to face the Gunners, and said: "I'm hoping everything will be all right." David Beckham has set his sights on the Twin Towers after coming through Saturday's friendly against non-League Selby Town. It was his first match since damaging a hamstring at Wembley in England's goalless draw with Sweden. PA Sporting Life
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Sky set to lose grip on football - Independent BY DAN GLEDHILL BSkyB is this week expected to lose its exclusive rights to broadcast live Premier League football in a revolution that could inject fresh billions into the game. A verdict by the Restrictive Practices Court on Wednesday is likely to allow media companies other than BSkyB to show live top division soccer. Clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal will reap the benefit of selling coverage of some of their games individually, rather than just through the Premier League. The decision would also create a bonanza for football fans with far more live matches likely to be available on a variety of channels. The RPC has spent the last six months considering a complaint by the Office of Fair Trading about BSkyB's contract with the Premier League. Under the terms of the 670m deal, BSkyB is the only broadcaster allowed to show live Premier League games until 2001. At present, Sky viewers pay a minimum of 25 a month to see 60 of the Premier League's 360 annual fixtures. John Bridgeman, director- general of the OFT, believes the contract has inflated prices and limited the number of games that viewers are able to see. He considers that the Premier League is acting as a cartel by dealing on behalf of all 20 top-flight clubs and has also called for an end to exclusive contracts that have allowed one broadcaster to monopolise live coverage. Insiders believe that the RPC will uphold the Premier League's right to negotiate for the clubs. However it is likely to rule against the use of exclusive contracts. In the new scenario, BSkyB would still be able to buy a chunk of games from the Premier League, but clubs would then be free to sell additional matches to rival broadcasters. Manchester United, which currently receives about 10m from the Premier League, might be able to quadruple that figure through individual deals. Most witnesses have come down in support of the status quo. The Premier League has defended its power to sell rights on behalf of the clubs, arguing that it enables funds to be redirected to needier clubs. Even the most successful clubs, with most to gain from negotiating individually, have publicly supported the Premier League's line in solidarity with the rest of the division. However, a director of one successful club admitted: "If the RPC ruled against the League, we would be unbelievably better off." A spokesman for the Premier League said: 'We await the outcome of the court case with great interest. It is a very important judgment for the future of football." BSkyB is likely to appeal if the RPC rules against its contract, a process which would take at least nine months. However, insiders consider it unlikely that BSkyB's existing contract will be affected; the changes are likely to come into force when the contract expires in 2001. BSkyB is understandably concerned about a verdict that would allow other media companies to show live football. Sky has shown live Premier League football since the division's inception in 1992, and the coverage has been judged a great success. The RPC, which consists of a judge and two lay officials, has heard testimony from a variety of witnesses including cable companies, football clubs, fans and agents. Among those to have given evidence are Chelsea chairman Ken Bates and former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke. Several BBC Sport executives also gave evidence. The OFT has also challenged the BBC's own contract with the Premier League, under which has the exclusive rights to broadcast Saturday night highlights.
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Subject: Too big for its boots - Independent IT WAS once said that, just as the Church of England represented the Conservative Party at prayer, so the Labour Party could be found worshipping on the terraces of British football grounds on a Saturday afternoon. Of course, standing-room-only areas have since been overrun with seating, and more than the odd middle-class vowel has crept into the roar. But the game's socialist principals still run deep judging by the equitable way in which football's vital television revenue is divided up between the clubs. When BSkyB won the current contract to broadcast live football in 1992, it negotiated with the Premier League which acted on behalf of all 20 clubs in the top division and the 670m it agreed to pay is shared fairly evenly among the clubs. Although the star attractions like Manchester United and Arsenal are short-changed under these arrangements - they would pocket far more by dealing individually - they realise that subsidising lesser sides ensures the survival of their competition. This collectivist spirit, which has helped otherwise unviable clubs to survive, is now under threat in the name of consumer choice. This week the little-known Restrictive Practices Court (RPC) will decide whether to uphold a complaint from John Bridgeman, the indomitable director-general of Fair Trading, about the way football sells its television rights. Since BSkyB started broadcasting live Premier League games, television coverage of football has swollen to satisfy even the most gluttonous fan - Sky channels showed 273 live games from around the globe last season. Viewers are subjected to a bewildering range of camera angles and sound effects as well as Sky Sports' endless stream of idiosyncratic, some would say idiotic, statistics. Yet Bridgeman believes that BSkyB's contract has limited choice, because Sky Sports televises just 60 Premier League games each season, meaning that barely 15 per cent of the fixture list can be viewed as it happens. The director-general also thinks that the price - Sky Sports viewers pay a minimum of about 25 a month to watch - is too high. But Sky's coverage will look like a model of moderation and understatement should Bridgeman have his way. If the Premier League is barred from selling its rights collectively, analysts predict a free-for-all with a clutch of media companies jockeying to snap up the rights to show one or other of the top clubs in action. To justify spending at least 40m a year tying up just Manchester United's games, for example, television companies would need to broadcast all their matches, garnished with even lengthier studio analysis and highlights packages. The winners would be the other television companies who have been excluded by BSkyB's monopoly. But these companies are in the minority when it comes to support for Bridgeman. BSkyB, whose revenue is heavily dependent on the allure of live football, naturally defends the status quo. The BBC, which paid about 73m to show Saturday-night highlights as part of BSkyB's deal, is also opposed to Bridgeman. A weekly audience of 6 million is testimony to Match of the Day's success and the corporation believes that the programme's quality would be undermined if it no longer had exclusive right to show match highlights. To their credit, even the biggest clubs with most to gain from the death of collective negotiating have given evidence to the RPC in favour of current arrangements. Manchester United, for example, could probably quadruple the 10m it receives each year but nevertheless remains committed to the party line. Even the example of Barcelona, the giant Catalan club that negotiated a 40m annual deal with a television company, has failed to undermine United's solidarity. More understandable is the opposition of clubs more accustomed to fending off relegation at the bottom of the Premier League. Nick Batram, an analyst at the City stockbroker Greig Middleton, says: "The lower clubs in the top division get about 6.5m a year now, but would anyone want to pay Southampton that much for the right to show just their games?" In any case, the more top clubs cash in, the greater the likelihood that the money will be spent on yet bigger transfer fees and wages for players. Even if clubs such as Southampton can find somebody to broadcast their games, they may find themselves unable to afford even the most mediocre signings. There is also concern among active supporters - those who actually attend games - who are fearful of the glut of televised football. Given the willingness of many armchair fans to watch football whoever is playing, media groups that have bought rights will not want their matches to clash with games broadcast on other channels. There is every chance that the greediest fans will be able to watch live football every night, a prospect which concerns Alison Pilling, who chairs the Football Supporters' Association. "If games are on every night, it will undermine football attendances," she says. "The evidence shows that gates are already down on nights when there is a live game on television." The Football Trust, which has responsibility for the welfare of all levels of the game, is also concerned. Before Bridgeman's intervention, the trust had been promised 5 per cent of the value of the next television deal to distribute to the grassroots of the game. Philip French, its spokesman, estimates this could have generated 50m for the parts of the game most in need of cash, but the donation is now in jeopardy. John Bridgeman remains steadfast in the face of his critics and the Office of Fair Trading has never lost a case referred to the RPC. At the very least, the court is likely to loosen Sky's stranglehold on live games, allowing other broadcasters to show many of the remaining 300 fixtures. Couch potatoes will celebrate, but their euphoria may fade if the gap between football's haves and have-nots finally becomes unbridgeable.
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Subject: UK ONLY United go mobile Manchester United TEAMtalk news headlines and match scores can now be delivered directly to your mobile phone as an SMS message. You can choose to receive just the top story of the day, the occasional big story such as a transfer confirmation or you can opt for all of our United news. If you are a Vodaphone customer call 0870 129 6666 now. You will need the United three digit code which is 027. The service is updated around the clock and costs 30p + VAT for each message received - Enjoy it.
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Subject: Fans to pay for Sky defeat By Neil Wilson Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Football fans already forced to find more than 600 next season to watch all the live TV games available in Britain face another huge pay-out. Sky is expected to lose its exclusive hold on Premiership football tomorrow. Television sources say the Restrictive Practices Court will rule that Sky must relax its grip, for which it has paid 670 million. That decision, in a case brought by the Office of Fair Trading against the Premiership, Sky and the BBC, will approve the present deal for 60 live matches a season. But it will also allow clubs to sell the other 320 games, possibly for pay-per-view. For viewers, the court decision could mean a bonanza of live football but at a much increased price. So far, it will cost at least 564.88 in subscriptions and licence fees to see all the planned live games. On top, there is the price of installation and decoders. The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal can expect to make millions more than the 10m Sky paid them during the 1998-99 season if they can sell the games Sky chooses not to screen.
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Subject: Davids deal blow Sir Alex Ferguson's hopes of signing Edgar Davids were hit after the Dutchman helped Juventus scrape into the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup. Davids played in his old Ajax position as Juve struggled to overcome unheard of Romanian side Ceahlaul - going through on away goals after a home 0-0 draw on Saturday. If the 26-year-old target, linked with a 10 million switch to Old Trafford two weeks ago, plays for Juventus again in this season's competition he will be ineligible for United in Europe - should he join. But the chances of Alex Ferguson pulling off the transfer coup of the summer are looking increasingly slim. Davids sounds much happier about life at the Turin club now, after earlier rumours that he was unhappy at being offered as a makeweight in Juve's failed attempt to sign back Christian Vieri. He said: "I aim to keep going as I have always done, but I cannot assure what will happen in the future. Maybe, if I improve myself, I can offer coach Ancelotti a choice of roles."
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Subject: Old-boy calls it a day United old-boy Andy Ritchie will bring the curtain down on a 22-year playing career tonight. The Oldham boss will hang up his boots after his testimonial against Blackburn Rovers at Boundary Park. The 38-year-old started his career at Old Trafford, making 33 appearances for United between 1977 and 1980, scoring 13 goals. His career saw him star for Brighton, Leeds United, Oldham Athletic and Scarborough, making a total of 654 appearances, scoring 210 goals. "I have enjoyed every minute of it," Ritchie declared.
Click On pic - for latest match report from Hong Kong"

Subject: Re: Ask the StatMan ============================================================================ Date: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Time: 7:21 AM EST Submitted by: Jonah Email address: howard.jones@owenscorning.com Subject: Ask the StatMan visitor_country: North Wales visitor_age: 37 question: Is Ian Fitzpatrick any relation to the "under rated" John H Fitzpatrick who played for us in the late sixties ?? ============================================================================ No. John Fitzpatrick, who made his League debut at Sunderland (0-1) in February 1965, and played his 147th and last United outing at Wolves (0-2) in Sep 1972 was born in Aberdeen. Ian was born in Manchester in September 1980. His appearances last season were: Pontins League 3+1 apps 2 gls Under 19's 15+1 apps 6 gls Ian failed to emulate his namesake who won an FA Youth Cup winners medal in 1964, alongside Jimmy Rimmer, David Sadler, John Aston and George Best. Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk) MUTV Masterfan Quiz Champion 1999 Ask the STATMAN at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/statman.htm The best STATS on the 1999 English and European Champions on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm STATISTICS http://www.red11.org/mufc/pontin.htm RESERVES And JUNIORS Try the MUFC Quiz http://www.red11.org/miva/quiz/quiz.mv
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