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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Fri Oct 09  GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Fergie on Jordi
2. Chris Casper is wanted permanently by Reading
3. Fergie faces D-day 
4. MIGHTY FA FACE DOWN UNITED, BSKYB AND THE GOVERNMENT
5. UNITED SILENT ON FA'S BID OPPOSITION
6. UNITED BID "NOT WELCOMED" - FA

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Daily RED Trivia  Fri 9th October:

1934: Paddy Kennedy born in Dublin. Kennedy won an FA Youth Cup winners
medal in 1953, and the dogged Full-back made his only senior appearance at
Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 1954. He later played for Blackburn Rovers
and Southampton.

1948: Stan Pearson becomes England's first post-war goalscorer from United in
a 6-2 win against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

1971: United win 3-0 at Huddersfield Town in a Division 1 game watched by
33,458. George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law got the goals. Team was:
Stepney, O'Neil, Dunne, Gowling, James, Sadler, Morgan, Kidd, Charlton, Law,
Best. The win kept United top of Division 1.

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Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899z.htm

Sat 17/10 Wimbledon   (H) PL
Wed 21/10 Brondby     (A) CL
Sat 24/10 Derby       (A) PL
Wed 28/10 Bury        (H) LC (Worthington Cup)

UNITED Stats v Wimbledon are here:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/vswimbledon.htm 

*** PL TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED  ***

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
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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
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Subject: Fergie on Jordi Fergie strikes it right with shooting stars By Stuart Mathieson JORDI CRUYFF . . . in resurgent form MANCHESTER United boss Alex Ferguson is succeeding in his self-imposed Mission Impossible. Fergie set himself the task of keeping a quartet of international strikers happy when he added 12.6m record buy Dwight Yorke to his forward department in the summer. Yorke went in as an automatic frontline choice and left Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scrapping for the coveted spare place as his sidekick. And now Fergie reckons rejuvenated Jordi Cruyff is set to intensify his striker headache. The Dutchman has endured two seasons of Old Trafford misery since his 800,000 move from Barcelona following Euro 96. After starting his Reds' career in the senior side, a knee injury restricted him to just two further first team starts after November. Cruyff's agony deepened in his second season last year with a catalogue of injuries reducing his senior contribution to just four starts. The 24-year-old suffered ankle ligament and thigh muscle injuries and on his brief return to first team action broke his leg in February. Cruyff's Old Trafford tribulations led to the belief that he would seek a change of fortune elsewhere and a club, believed to be Valencia, made enquiries. But a lively 21-minute sub appearance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League a week ago and an impressive goalscoring 18-minute outing at Southampton last Saturday by Cruyff have encouraged United boss Ferguson. ``Jordi is a good player,'' says Fergie. ``He has got fantastic ability. The problem has been that in the last two years he's had injury upon injury. If he stays fit he'll be a really good acquisition for us. There is no question about that. He came on as sub on Wednesday and did very well and came on against Southampton and did exceptionally well. ``Jordi has got great balance and can beat men. He has also got a goal touch about him. He is well capable of scoring goals. I just hope he can stay fit because he can better.'' Cruyff's renaissance has given Fergie yet another option up front. And so far the striker's battle has yet to provide any casualties. Cole, Sheringham and Solskjaer have all had spells as Yorke's partner and all appear determined to stick it out at Old Trafford. Solskjaer rebuffed a 5.5m Spurs bid and declared his intent to fight for his United place. Last week Teddy Sheringham, a Crystal Palace target, did likewise and Andy Cole ended six weeks without a start by scoring at the Dell.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Chris Casper is wanted permanently by Reading  UNITED reserve defender Chris Casper is wanted permanently by Reading. Casper has returned to Old Trafford from a month's loan at the Majedski Stadium but the Second Division club either want to sign him or extend the loan. The Reds are believed to want around 250,000 for the 23-year-old.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Fergie faces D-day By STUART MATHIESON ALEX Ferguson was facing his D-day with UEFA's disciplinary board today following his referee outburst after Manchester United's Champions' League draw with Barcelona. And England's former Red Paul Ince is also on the carpet in Geneva. The Liverpool midfielder was sent off in England's Euro 2000 qualifier against Sweden last month but compounded his offence by arguing with the referee and then appearing to make a gesture to Swedish fans as he left the field. Fergie blasted Italian official Stefano Braschi after United's 3-3 Old Trafford draw with Barcelona and declared the ref ``had a real shocker'' and made ``disgraceful'' decisions. The Reds' manager's blast wasn't included in Braschi's report but a UEFA representative provided evidence from Fergie's press conference. The commission could impose a maximum 10,000 fine on Ferguson or even a touchline ban. Ferguson's punishment is expected from Switzerland this evening. United striker Teddy Sheringham is one of several minor injury worries for England coach Glenn Hoddle ahead of the Wembley clash with Bulgaria.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Subject: MIGHTY FA FACE DOWN UNITED, BSKYB AND THE GOVERNMENT The Football Association has written to the Office of Fair Trading to oppose BSkyB's 623 million takeover of Manchester United. Their display of defiance has been welcomed by fans, and greeted with stony silence from the man who stands to pocket 80 million, United chairman Martin Edwards. Defying their reputation for spinelessness, the FA argue that BSkyB's takeover would lead United to exert strength and influence far above other clubs. FA Chairman Keith Wiseman told the Daily Telegraph: "You can't put a finger on the mischief but most people have a gut feeling that the bid is not right. It will produce some distortions." Lee Hodgkiss, spokesman for the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association, said: "We're delighted that the FA and PFA have all sent submissions to the Office of Fair Trading, and I don't think anybody thinks this is a good idea apart from Martin Edwards and Rupert Murdoch's group." * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: UNITED SILENT ON FA'S BID OPPOSITION By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards has refused to comment on the Football Association's decision to oppose BSkyB's 623million takeover of the Old Trafford club. In a submission to the Office of Fair Trading, which is investigating the deal, FA chairman Keith Wiseman voiced his reservations about the takeover. Wiseman said: "The FA have written to the OFT saying that if the bid is allowed to go through it will create a situation where not only the strength of one club but also the influence of one club would extend far beyond the range of others. "Our opinion has been reached on our football feelings. You can't put a finger on the mischief but most people have a gut feeling that the bid is not right. It will produce some distortions. "The overall message we have conveyed is that this is not something to be welcomed," Wiseman told the Daily Telegraph. Edwards said he was unable to comment due to the ongoing situation. "Someone is trying to take us over and I have to be very careful about what I say because we have stock market regulations to think of," Edwards said. Manchester United supporters opposed to the BSkyB deal have welcomed the FA's opposition. Lee Hodgkiss, spokesman for the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association, said: "We would applaud this statement and thank them for this submission. "We're delighted that the FA and PFA have all sent submissions to the OFT and I don't think there is anybody who thinks this is a good idea apart from Martin Edwards and Rupert Murdoch's group." The OFT will decide on November 2 whether to refer the takeover to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. "Three hundred and fifty responses is an unusually high number - there is no doubt about it," said an OFT spokesman. "Usually we get complaints about takeovers from the companies' rivals, but here we have had a large number of complaints from the fan base." PA Sporting Life
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: UNITED BID "NOT WELCOMED" - FA The Football Association have written to the Office of Fair Trading claiming BSkyB's 623million bid to buy Manchester United "is not welcomed." News of the FA's bid to block the deal comes as the OFT admits receiving 350 complaints opposing the deal. "The FA have written to the OFT saying that if the bid is allowed to go through it will create a situation where not only the strength of one club but also the influence of one club would extend far beyond the range of others. The overall message we have conveyed is this is not something to be welcomed," FA chairman Keith Wiseman tells the Daily Telegraph. "Our opinion has been reached on our football feelings. You can't put a finger on the mischief but most people have a gut feeling that the bid is not right. It will produce some distortions." The OFT will decide on November 2 whether to refer the takeover to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. "Three hundred and fifty responses is an unusually high number - there is no doubt about it," said an OFT spokesman. "Usually we get complaints about takeovers from the companies' rivals, but here we have had a large number of complaints from the fan base." PA Sporting Life
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