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Date: Wed Jun 03 21:37:57 GMT+00:00 1998
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1. Linda's Season Review, July and August
2. MEN United boss Alex Ferguson is eyeing Patrick Kluivert
3. Cantona Still Has It
4. United hold fire on Pallister move
Subject: Linda's Season Review, July and August
Copyright Linda Harvey, not to be used without permission
On the net at http://www.red11.org/mufc/summ9798.htm
Standing on the concourse, behind East Lower waiting for the start of the
friendly with Inter Milan with a foolish grin on my face, waiting for the
start of a new season. Like a child on Christmas morning because I was
back in Old Trafford! Kevin Pilkington coming on as a striker and almost
bringing off the most unexpected goal of the season! The first rendition
of "If you hate Paul Ince clap your hands.
Seeing the looks on the faces of the four Chelsea fans who arrived at
Warwick Services at the same time as 15 coachloads of United fans on their
way to Wembley! Meeting list members behind the seats at Wembley and
singing songs for the King. Fergie wearing his new specs, looking tanned
and very, very relaxed. Jordi Cruyff having his one good game for United.
Peter taking the piss during the penalty shoot-out. Sparky leaving the
pitch to the sound of "Hughsie, Hughsie" from the United fans. Keano
lifting the trophy.
Appearing on TV at White Hart Lane. Standing up with 3-400 Reds,
out-singing 20,000 Spurs fans. Singing "Ginola, Fell over" and "Brian
McClair, he may be fat". Teddy missing his first penalty. Spurs fans
singing "What a waste of money" Nicky Butt scoring and running to us
with both fists raised in the air. "We'll be top at 6.O'clock" and "2-0,
Returning home to East Stand for the Southampton game, after a year's exile
in the "land of the living dead" on the second tier and finding a war zone.
Stewards and "suits" patrolling up and down, standing in the aisle,
shouting at fans. Arguing with a "suit" and getting a mouthful of abuse in
return. One lad thrown out of the ground at half-time by 8 police officers.
"You are all witnesses to this". Chants of "Fergie sit down" and "If you
all hate Stewards clap your hands
Being given a free gift by the PLC as I arrived at the reserves' first home
game of the new season: a free pen! Choccy chipping the ball over the
'keeper. Terry Cooke - an enormous talent
Sitting on the coach to Filbert St next to the bus driver from Hell.
Choruses of "Wanky, wanky, wanky, wanky Wanderers" on the M6. Standing up
for the champions in the bus shelter, despite the efforts of the steward
with the megaphone ("You can stick your megaphone up your arse"). Wonderful
performances by Giggs and Schmeichel ruined by the poor finishing of
Sheringham - a precursor of things to come. "We're shit and we're
champions". The long, slow drawl of "Glory Glory Man United" developing
into a staccato, drumming beat accompanied by stamping feet and banging on
the metal stand. A rather large lady on a motor bike on the M6 on the way
A sunny Bank Holiday Monday afternoon at OT. At last, the reserves
managing to get a win, with two young sides playing fast, passing football.
Terry Cooke outstanding again.
Walking through a darkened East Lower before getting on the coach for the
Everton game, full of ghosts and half-heard noises. Getting a warm welcome
from the locals in Merseyside. A pint of Boddy's and a pasty before the
game. Trying hard to be sophisticated and not stare at the Nevilles and
the Beckhams just in front of us. Separated from the Everton fans by a row
of elderly stewards and (very) young policemen. "You've only got two songs"
and "In your Liverpool slums." United and Everton fans screaming abuse
at each other, the sheer hatred leaving me breathless. Feeling very small,
very helpless and very, very angry. Being covered in spittle by a United
fan aiming at the Everton fans. A little girl getting hit on the head with
a bottle and being comforted by Neville Neville.
Becks wheeling away from the goal, signing to the Everton fans that he
couldn't hear them anymore, "David Beckham, King of all cockneys". Ryan
Giggs, absolutely awesome. Teddy poking the ball into the net for his
first United goal. The Red corner of the ground erupting with a mixture of
relief and mad celebration. "2-0 without Ralphie Milne" and "Frannie
wears a wig". The United Calypso and the first chant of "Jingle Bells"
for the season. Laughing at the Geordies on the Five Live radio phone in
and ducking to avoid the missiles raining down on us from the top deck of a
Liverpool bus. Hansen - "They hunt in packs".
On the morning of the Coventry game, sitting down with my breakfast
watching City fans making fools of themselves on TV - "How much do you hate
Man United? "More than we love City". The forecourt before the game,
stalls selling t-shirts and badges, lads selling fanzines, the smell of
burgers, excited children with wide, shining eyes, fans congregating on the
forecourt, gazing up at Sir Matt. Andy lifting the ball over Ogrizovic and
a loud chorus of "Andy Cole, Andy Cole, Andy Andy Cole". Stewards
shouting at everyone to sit down. Most fans giving up and a funereal
silence descending over East Stand. Heard from the next row: "It's
becoming a chore coming to Old Trafford these days."
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Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 13:35:50 -0400
From: J Callaghan
Subject: MEN United boss Alex Ferguson is eyeing Patrick Kluivert
Alex's gold rush
Fergie keen to land striker before World Cup
By Paul Hince
TARGET ... United boss Alex Ferguson is eyeing Patrick Kluivert
ALEX FERGUSON has just seven days left to avoid a World Cup free-for-all.
The Manchester United manager wants to complete his team strengthening
programme BEFORE the World Cup finals begin in France a week today.
He is aware that hundreds of managers will flock to France to see the
game's golden boys competing for soccer's greatest prize. It will lead to
an expensive Dutch auction for any player hoping to use the World Cup to
land a lucrative move to one of Europe's mega-rich clubs.
The same situation developed in Euro 96 when Ferguson paid in excess of £3m
for little-known Czech winger Karel Poborsky who never reproduced his
European Championship form in an unhappy spell at Old Trafford.
Ferguson has taken steps to avoid an auction by landing his priority
target, Jaap Stam, well in advance of the finals although the centre-back's
transfer will not be ratified until after the World Cup.
Ferguson had targeted three areas which he felt needed strengthening -
central defence, midfield and the main striking role.
The signing of powerhouse Stam from PSV Eindhoven for a record £10m has solved
Ferguson's defensive problems.
Ferguson missed out on Lens midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, who broke his leg
while training for the World Cup with Cameroon, but the Reds manager may
feel that he has enough midfield strength following the return to fitness
of Roy Keane.
Ferguson may go for broke and attempt to sign a striker before the start of
the World Cup. He is a keen admirer of the big Dutch striker Patrick
Kluivert who has admitted that he would jump at the chance of a move to Old
Trafford to end the misery he has suffered since leaving Ajax for AC Milan
12 months ago.
Aston Villa hit-man Dwight Yorke is another name on Ferguson's wanted list
although he would cost more than £12m.
A similar fee would be needed to tempt Fiorentina to part with Gabriel
And the latest name on United's striker dossier Real Madrid's Croatian star
Davor Suker. He has not been able to command a regular first team berth
with the Spanish giants and has been made available at a bargain £4m.
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 19:49:14 +0800
Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)"
Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)"
Subject: Cantona Still Has It
Saw highlights of Pro-Beach Soccer Tournament held here (Malaysia) a week
ago. Cantona and brother Joel played for France. Lost 6-7 to Malaysia,
Cantona scored three, including a beautiful scissor-kick. Said he won't
play soccer anymore, prefers beach soccer as it is more relaxing. Doesn't
look fit for a real match anyway. Has added a lot of weight. Provider for
almost all France's goals, including his trademark back-pass for bro to
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Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 20:50:28 +0200
Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)"
From: Barry Leeming
Subject: United hold fire on Pallister move
Soccer: Manchester United are not prepared to sell Gary
Pallister back to Middlesbrough until after the World Cup.
Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson has made a bid, believed to
be worth £2 million, for the former England central defender.
United chairman Martin Edwards is considering the Teessiders'
offer, but is in no hurry to let Pallister go.
United want to wait and make sure Jaap Stam, who completes
his record £10.75 million move from PSV Eindhoven on July
1st, comes through the World Cup for Holland unscathed.
"We're aware of Bryan Robson's interest in Gary Pallister and
they have made a bid for him," said Edwards.
"But any possible move for Gary to Middlesbrough is on hold
until after the World Cup finals. Obviously we want to ensure
Stam is free of injury before we complete his transfer on July
Pallister (32), cost United a then British record transfer
£2.3 million when he moved to Old Trafford in August 1989.
But Stam's imminent arrival has cast a question mark over his
future at Old Trafford.
Pallister's financial demands, however, could prove a stumbling
block to a move as he is just one season away from his United
testimonial, which could earn him as much as £500,000.
The deal could hinge on how much Middlesbrough, who will be
back in the Premiership next season, will offer him in terms of
his signing-on fee and contract to compensate him.
Robson said: "Negotiations with United are ongoing and I'm
hopeful he will join us."
Manchester United winger Ben Thornley is set to sign for
Huddersfield. Thornley (23), who spent 12 matches on loan at
the McAlpine Stadium during the 1995-96 season, has agreed a
three-year deal with the First Division outfit. United boss
Ferguson wants £500,000 for Thornley.
Roberto Di Matteo has told Chelsea he wants to stay at
Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future - quashing claims
that he was looking to return to Italy.
Reports in the Italian press earlier this week indicated the
midfielder could be set to leave the Premiership two years
joining Chelsea from Lazio in a £4.9million deal.
But Chelsea managing director Colin Hutchinson said: "He's
very happy at Chelsea and extended his contract to 2002 as
recently as last December.
"We want to strengthen the squad and challenge for the
championship and compete in the Champions' League - and you
don't do that by selling your best players.
"It seems to us that one or two agents - who have no
connection with Roberto - may be trying to engineer a move
and a pay-day for themselves.
"Of course one day near the end of his career, Roberto will
probably want to return to Italy - but that day is a long
French defender Remi Garde has signed a new deal with
Arsenal after changing his mind about retiring from the game.
The 32year-old announced earlier in the season he would quit,
but was persuaded by team-mates, including Dennis Bergkamp,
not to retire.
Garde is one of three players to sign new one-year deals at
Highbury with John Lukic and Michael Black also putting pen to
Manager Arsene Wenger has decided to release five players
including Scott Marshall, on a free transfer under the Bosman
ruling, and former Ipswich striker Chris Kiwomya.
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