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Date: Wed Mar 31 20:39:25 EST 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Home defeat for UNITED fans
2. United defend price hike
3. Brazil's national coach to watch Man United
4. Stam injury scare as Zidane threat grows


This Day in United History:
March 31 1886:
Enoch West born in Nottinghamshire. A prolific
Centre-Forward, West was bought from Nottingham Forest and
made a  scoring debut against Woolwich Arsenal in Sept
1910, becoming top scorer with 19 goals as United won the
League Championship in 1911. After a match fixing scandal
in 1915 he was banned for life. Scored 80 goals in 181
appearances for the Reds between 1910-15.

March 31 1979:
In a pulsating FA Cup Semi-Final at Maine Road,
United draw 2-2 with Liverpool watched by 52,524. Joe
Jordan and Brian Greenhoff scored for the Reds. Team was:
Bailey, Nicholl, Albiston, McIlroy, McQueen, Buchan,
Coppell, J.Greenhoff, Jordan, B.Greenhoff, Thomas. United
won the replay 1-0.


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ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Next Games:
03 Wimbledon (A)  15.00  PL
07 Juventus  (H)  19:45  EC European Cup Semi-Final
11 Arsenal   (N)  12:30  FA Cup Semi-Final at Villa Park - Live Sky Sports Uk
17 Sheff Wed (H)  15.00  PL
21 Juventus  (H)  19:45  EC European Cup Semi-Final
25 Leeds     (A)  11.30  PL ** Note early KO Time ** Live Sky Sports UK

UNITED Stats v All teams (since 1886!)

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 21/03/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    30  18   9   3  68  31   37   63
 2  Arsenal              30  16  11   3  42  13   29   59
 3  Chelsea              29  15  11   3  44  23   21   56
 4  Leeds United         30  15   9   6  49  27   22   54
 5  West Ham United      30  13   7  10  34  39   -5   46
 6  Aston Villa          30  12   8  10  39  37    2   44
 7  Derby County         30  11  11   8  32  32    0   44
 8  Wimbledon            30  10  10  10  34  44  -10   40
 9  Liverpool            28  11   6  11  52  37   15   39
10  Tottenham Hotspur    29   9  12   8  34  34    0   39
11  Middlesbrough        29   9  12   8  39  40   -1   39
12  Newcastle United     30  10   8  12  38  41   -3   38
13  Sheffield Wednesday  30  10   5  15  35  33    2   35
14  Leicester City       28   8  10  10  28  37   -9   34
15  Coventry City        30   8   7  15  31  42  -11   31
16  Everton              30   7  10  13  23  35  -12   31
17  Blackburn Rovers     30   7   9  14  32  42  -10   30
18  Southampton          30   8   5  17  28  56  -28   29
19  Charlton Athletic    29   6  10  13  33  40   -7   28
20  Nottingham Forest    30   4   8  18  27  59  -32   20


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


       P   Won       Drawn     Lost      For        Against    Points
Home   16  11 (69%)  4 (25%)   1 (6%)    38 (2.4)   16 (1.0)   37 (2.3)
Away   14  7 (50%)   5 (36%)   2 (14%)   30 (2.1)   15 (1.1)   26 (1.9)

Total  30  18 (60%)  9 (30%)   3 (10%)   68 (2.3)   31 (1.0)   63 (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 Final Draw to be played 7th, 21st April
Manchester United v Juventus  [OT 7/4]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev 


Subject: Home defeat for UNITED fans Manchester United yesterday outraged their fans by raising season ticket prices and then claiming the decision was taken to fund the lavish lifestyles of their millionaire players. Supporters condemned the price increase and their anger will be compounded by the revelation that £1.3million has been spent by the Old Trafford club on buying luxury homes for their players. It is understood that four houses were bought by the club as part of packages to lure players to Old Trafford. Their purchase is innocuously listed under capital expenditure in the club's six-monthly accounts. Former Old Trafford manager Tommy Docherty said he was astonished that players earning up to £30,000 a week needed to have houses bought for them. 'I cannot believe this,' he said. 'Do the players not earn enough money to buy their own houses? I would have thought that earning £30,000 a week would enable them to do that, but clearly not. It basically comes down to the supporters buying the houses for the players, which is an absolute disgrace. So some of the players are not even having to fork out for a mortgage. That is quite astonishing.'
Subject: United defend price hike By Michael Walker Manchester United, already courting unpopularity among their fans with the proposed takeover of the club by BSkyB, risked angering some more yesterday with the announcement that as from the beginning of next season, seat prices at Old Trafford will rise by as much as 14 per cent. The chief executive Martin Edwards announced the increasing ticket prices after unveiling United's decreasing pre-tax profits for the six months leading to January 31. The profit of £11.1 million was down from £15.4 million the previous cycle and Edwards said that the need to recover the escalating salaries being paid to players was the major reason for tickets costing more. Recruitment of players such as Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist had contributed to United's wage bill jumping by £3 million, but there was also a 20 per cent decline in merchandising sales for the same period while £1.7 million was spent on professional consultants advising on the proposed takeover. Edwards sought to justify the increase by comparing United ticket prices with those of other Premiership clubs, and it is a fact that currently only Everton charge less than United for their cheapest seats. "Next season," said Edwards, "if you take a top-price season ticket it will be just over £400. Some of the clubs in London charge something towards £1,000 per season ticket." The £2 across-the-board increase will see the lowest priced Old Trafford seat rise from £14 to £16, still £6 shy of the charge at Chelsea and West Ham. However, neither those figures or Edwards' justification convinced Lee Hodgkiss, of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association, who said: "It's a disgrace. We will be getting in touch with the club as we do every single year to discuss ticketing issues. "We would like them to look at reinvesting some of the profits in the business and not just ask the fans to fund everything through higher ticket prices." Meanwhile, United have confirmed that their goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel will definitely leave the club in May. Schmeichel announced his decision to quit English soccer last November but a recent run of good form had prompted speculation that United might try to persuade the Dane to change his mind. "Peter Schmeichel is leaving at the end of the season. He has announced his retirement from football in England and is going to play abroad. That hasn't changed,'" said Edwards. Edwards said most of the United squad were on long-term contracts, the exception being the captain Roy Keane, who has another year to go after the current season.
Subject: Brazil's national coach to watch Man United By Jeremy Walker TOKYO, March 31 - Brazil's new head coach Wanderley Luxemburgo has a novel idea to get his team back on top of the world: He's going to watch Manchester United. Luxemburgo, who succeeded Mario Zagallo after Brazil's 3-0 defeat by France in the World Cup final last July, said he was a big fan of Alex Ferguson's treble-chasing team after watching them regularly on television. "I like their play so much," Luxemburgo told Japan's Daily Yomiuri during Brazil's two-match tour of the Far East. "I've seen them on TV and now I want to watch a match so I can learn more about the English game." So Luxemburgo is heading for Turin next week to take in the first leg of the European Cup semifinal against Juventus. "I think it's a good game to see because Manchester United is the best team in England and Juventus is one of the top in Italy," added the 46-year-old former Corinthians manager. "I am sure I can learn something from Manchester United. I like their tactics during a match and the movement of the players on the field."
Subject: Stam injury scare as Zidane threat grows By Ken Lawrence Jaap Stam last night flew back to Manchester a worried man after damaging the left ankle that now threatens his place against Juventus, while the Italians' key man Zinedine Zidane vowed to be ready for the Champions League clash. Stam was due to play for Holland in tonight's friendly with Argentina, but instead national coach Frank Rijkaard allowed him home for vital treatment at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, world footballer of the year Zidane was receiving treatment on an injured knee which will keep him out of France's European Championship meeting with Armenia. But while Stam frets, Zidane insists he will play for Juventus in Manchester, despite being injured against Olympiakos in the Champions League quarter-final second leg. The absence of Stam would be a massive blow to Alex Ferguson's hopes of reaching the Champions League final - especially if Zidane keeps his promise and plays. But Stam had few words of comfort for his manager as he flew out of Amsterdam, having picked up the injury 24 hours earlier. He said: 'I am concerned about my ankle. Luckily nothing is torn, but you never know how long these things will take to heal. 'I will have two days of intensive treatment at Old Trafford then see if I can run by the end of the week. 'I injured myself in a practice game on Monday and I came straight off. I was hoping it might clear up overnight but it has not got any better. 'This worry is obviously the last thing I need right now. We have a massive month coming up with so many important games - not only in the Champions League, but in the Premiership and the FA Cup - so I wanted to be ready. 'Now all I can do is have treatment and hope that I heal quickly.' Stam looks certain to miss United's visit to Wimbledon on Saturday, but the loss of the £10.75m centre half, who has become such an influential figure since joining United from PSV Eindhoven last summer, would be an especially bad blow to Ferguson and his team in next Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg. Rijkaard said: 'We are sending Stam home because he cannot twist or turn on his ankle. It would have been too big a risk for him, for Holland and for United to play him against Argentina and the best place for him now is with the Manchester United physios.' French World Cup hero Zidane is desperate to be at Old Trafford in the hope of ending the run that has left him a loser in three European finals - twice in the Champions League with Juventus and once with Bordeaux in the UEFA Cup. He said: 'It has been a bad season for me because I have not been playing well and I have had injuries. 'The only way I can erase the memory of losing to Real Madrid in last season's final is to become a winner in this year's game in Barcelona - and Manchester United are standing in my way.' . . . 'WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED! UNITED!'

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