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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sat Oct 10 04:45:41 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. United close in on £4m Wright


Daily RED Trivia  Sat 10th October:

10th Oct 1903: Harry Moger made his debut against Barnsley. First choice goalkeeper during 
United's golden Edwardian era, Moger was signed from Southampton and won
League Championship medals in 1908  and 1911, and an FA Cup Winners medal in
1909. Kept goal 264 times between 1903-1912.

10th Oct 1987: United win 4-2 at Sheffield Wednesday with goals from Bryan Robson,
Brian McClair 2 and Clayton Blackmore. The Division 1 game was watched by 32,779.
Team was: Walsh, Garton, Gibson, Duxbury, McGrath, Moran (Blackmore), Robson,
Strachan (Davenport), McClair, Whiteside, Olsen.


Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

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:


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

Champions league:
Barcelona     2 Brondby 0
Bayern Munich 2 Man Utd 2

Barcelona   2 1 1 0  5  3     4
Brøndby     2 1 0 1  2  3     3
ManUnited   2 0 2 0  5  5     2
BMünchen    2 0 1 1  3  4     1


"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: THE FA SIDES WITH THE FANS ON THE SKY TAKEOVER DEAL - AND IT COULD PROVE CRUCIAL By Philip Cornwall THE news that the Football Association has lodged an objection to the proposed takeover of Manchester United by BSkyB is good news. Regardless of whether you support Sky or not, had the FA stayed silent on this issue the suspicion would have been that the decision had been influenced by its close relationship with the satellite broadcaster. Instead, Lancaster Gate has stood up and gone out of its way to be counted - the biggest shock in football since Paul Gascoigne last turned down a drink. Theirs is just one of 350 objections to the deal received by the Office Of Fair Trading - but surely the most important one. Some cynical, if informed, observers said yesterday that the FA just don't like Sky - that they deal with them because there is no realistic alternative. But even if you accept this line of arguement, it is a bold step to make such a clear stand against the broadcasters. The FA could have stayed anonymous. The OFT do not make public the details of objections - so, had Lancaster Gate just wished to stir things up, they could have kept silent. Keith Wiseman, the FA chairman, didn't sound too threatening when he stated: "You can't put a finger on the mischief (the deal might cause) but most people have a gut feeling that the bid is not right." But he didn't have to say anything, and for an organisation famous for fence-sitting and vague public statements, it was practically a revelation. Andy Walsh of the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association, welcomed the news. "For the FA to come out in any shape or form and make any objections is positive. The FA, the League Managers' Association, the PFA, the Local Government Association... the list of objectors goes on. Our aim has always been to get the matter referred by the OFT to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission - if this happens the deal will be delayed for at least six months." As the governing body for football, the FA will carry extra weight when the OFT make their decision on whether to refer the deal. If anyone can be said to be in a position to judge whether the takeover would be anti-competitive within the football industry, it is surely the FA. In addition, the fact that the objection goes against one of their principal business partners is bound to impress. IMUSA are urging anyone opposed to the deal to write to their MPs - Walsh said that support had been received from more than 70, from as far apart on the political spectrum as John Redwood and Dennis Skinner "and I doubt they've ever been on the same side before." But the support of the FA could prove even more damaging to Sky than that of the Vulcan and the Beast of Bolsover.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: United close in on £4m Wright Friday, October 9, 1998 Manchester United aim to beat off other Premiership clubs in the race to sign Ipswich's £4million-rated England Under 21 goalkeeper Richard Wright. Old Trafford representatives have contacted Ipswich with a view to signing the 20-year-old in a move which will throw the long-term future of Peter Schmeichel into doubt. A source close to Ipswich said: 'United have been watching Richard's progress closely since the end of last season. They appear keen to sign him as soon as they can.' Wright, who plays for England Under 21 against Bulgaria at Upton Park tonight, fuelled the speculation, by saying: 'To become a full international you have to be playing at the highest level.' United would have to smash the British transfer record for a goalkeeper - the £3.3m Everton paid Tranmere for Steve Simonsen last month. Sunderland are stepping up their interest in Everton's £500,000-rated midfielder Gavin McCann. Manager Peter Reid plans to watch the 20-year-old in the Mersey mini-derby at Goodison Park between Everton and Liverpool reserves. Bolton have pipped Manchester United and Liverpool to sign Iceland prodigy Olafur Snorrason. The 16-year-old striker has attracted interest from all over Europe but chose Bolton after visiting with his family. Have your say on the latest Manchester United news
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: D-DAY SET FOR UNITED TAKEOVER BID By Ian Rodgers, PA Sport Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Peter Mandelson will decide the fate of BSkyB's proposed takeover of Manchester United. The Dome Minister, as he has been dubbed over his involvement with the Millennium Dome, will be the final stop for Rupert Murdoch's attempted buy-out of the Old Trafford club. But Labour's former spin doctor will have to make a decision regarding the future of United by November 2. That is the date when the Office of Fair Trading must advice the DTI if it should be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. "Each case will be treated on its own and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will make his decision based on the advice of the OFT," a DTI spokesman said. But the OFT refused to discuss the potential consequences of the Football Association's official objection to the takeover. The FA claimed that Murdoch's buy-out was "not welcome" but the OFT are bound by confidentiality. "We cannot comment on that," an OFT spokesman said. "All investigations are confidential and we would not comment on any individual submission. "We will pass on our advice and the DTI will consider it and come to a decision. They may take our advice, they may not. They announce their decision by November 2." © PA Sporting Life
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

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