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Date: Wed Aug 12 00:23:06 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

Daily RED Trivia  12th August:

1967: United share the Charity Shield after a 3-3 draw against Tottenham Hotspur
     watched by 54,106. Bobby Charlton 2 and John Aston scored the Reds goals.
     Team was: Stepney, Brennan, Dunne, Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Best, Kidd,
     Charlton, Law, Aston.

1975: United draw 4-4 against Red Star Belgrade (Yugoslavia) at Old Trafford 
     in a friendly with goals from Gerry Daly, Sammy McIlroy, Steve Coppell and
     Tommy Jackson.  

This Issue:
1. Lodz Of Problems (365)
2. Top 10 United Major Honours Winners:
4. Fergie Still Hoping For Yorke (PA)
5. It's Official:  Soccer-Schmeichel nominated 

July 25  Birmingham City  (A)     result: L 3-4
     27  Valerengen (A) (Oslo)    result: D 2-2
     31  Brondby (A) (Copenhagen) result: W 6-0
Aug   4  Brann Bergen (A)         result: W 4-0
      9  Arsenal (N)              result: L 0-3

Coming Matches Index: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899z.htm

TODAY! 12/8 H Widzew Lodz CL   Kick-Off is 19:45 GMT 
Sat 15/8 H Leicester PL 
Tue 18/8 H Eric Cantona XI (H) - Munich testimonial
Sat 22/8 A West Ham PL

US REDS  - Lodz game on TV
The game is being broadcast in the US LIVE

Manchester United- LKS Lodz
12.09. Champions League- eliminary round, Manchester, time: 20.45.
Probable Teams:
G. Neville    Keane    Stam     Irwin
Beckham    Sheringam (Butt)    Scholes      Giggs
Solskjaer    Cole
MANAGER: Alex Ferguson.

Krysiak     Bendkowski     Pawlak
Jakubowski   Kos   Niznik   Wyciszkiewicz    Cebula
Wieszczycki    Zuberek
COACH: Marek Dziuba. 
WON'T PLAY: Saganowski, Rodrigo, Darlington, Lenart (injured).


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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 17:55:06 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Lodz Of Problems (365) LODZ OF PROBLEMS! UNITED BOSS FERGUSON IS FACING A DEFENSIVE CRISIS BEFORE POLISH CRUNCH ALL the talk in the past couple of weeks has been about Manchester United’s continued search for a new striker and, after their failure to find the back of the net against Arsenal at Wembley yesterday, that is likely to intensify. But, on the evidence of their display against last season’s Double winners, Alex Ferguson’s pressing concern should be to sort out his defence. He won’t need to be told that after watching his rearguard – with £10.75m Dutchman Jaap Stam at the centre of it – torn to pieces by an Arsenal side who ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. The problem for Ferguson is that he has only three days to repair the flaws exposed by that defeat before United begin their European campaign. The Old Trafford heroes face Poland’s LKS Lodz on Wednesday in a Champions League qualifier and the manager will know he needs to tighten things up considerably at the back if he is to achieve his dream of lifting the prize he covets above all others. Ferguson allowed Gary Pallister to return to Middlesbrough in the summer and he will be hoping he doesn’t live to regret that decision. His judgement in shelling out a world record fee for a defender to lure Stam from PSV Eindhoven was questioned in some quarters after the Dutchman’s displays at France 98, and he did little yesterday to banish doubts about his ability to cope with the pace of the best strikers in the Premiership and across Europe. United’s back four were carved apart by the Gunners, with Marc Overmars, Christopher Wreh and Nicolas Anelka all netting. But the fact that his team conceded three goals won’t concern Ferguson half as much as the manner in which they conceded them. For the first, Dennis Bergkamp was able to backheel the ball into the middle of the area for Anelka to slide it to Overmars, who was all on his own 12 yards from goal. It was 2-0 when Wreh was put through one on one with goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, the Dane blocked Wreh’s first effort but, with central defenders Stam and Ronny Johnsen nowhere near the ball, the Arsenal man was able to put away the rebound. Gaping holes appeared in the centre of the Manchester defence all afternoon and Arsenal used the pace of Anelka and Wreh to exploit those opportunities, giving United a warning of what they can expect in Europe. Ray Parlour set up the third goal with a pass right down the middle that created a race for the ball between Anelka and Stam - there was only ever going to be one winner there! Ferguson will want to know how Parlour was able to thread the ball into so much open space, and how his multi-million pound Dutchman was left so cruelly exposed. All of these questions will need answering quickly. The Old Trafford boss claimed publicly that “Stam did OK and we just need to strengthen”, but in private, when he and Brian Kidd sit down to dissect yesterday’s events, he will be deeply concerned by the room Arsenal’s forwards were awarded in the final third. Ferguson may still be hoping to bring in Patrick Kluivert and/or Dwight Yorke to improve his attacking options, but if the goals continue to fly in at the other end, United can forget about the Champions League.
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Subject: Top 10 United Major Honours Winners: Compliments Of www.red11.org Top 10 United Major Honours Winners: 9 Gary Pallister (1989-98) (FA 90/94/96 CW 91 LC 92 PR 93/94/96/97) 8 Brian McClair (1987-98) (FA 90/94 CW 91 LC 92 PR 93/94/96/97) 8 DENIS IRWIN (1990-) (CW 91 LC 92 PR 93/94/96/97 FA 94/96) 7 Mark Hughes (1983-95) (FA 85/90/94 CW 91 LC 92 PR 93/94) 7 Steve Bruce (1987-96) (FA 90/94 CW 91 LC 92 PR 93/94/96) 7 Lee Sharpe (1989-96) (CW 91 LC 92 PR 93/94/96 FA 94/96) 7 RYAN GIGGS (1991-) (LC 92 PR 93/94/96/97 FA 94/96) 7 PETER SCHMEICHEL (1991-) (LC 92 PR 93/94/96/97 FA 94/96) 6 Bill Foulkes (1951-69) (LG 56/57/65/67 FA 63 EC 68) 6 Bryan Robson (1981-94) (FA 83/85/90 CW 91 PR 93/94) 6 Paul Ince (1989-95) (FA 90/94 CW 91 LC 92 PR 93/94) 6 Eric Cantona 1992-97) (PR 93/94/96/97 FA 94/96) LG = League Championship PR = Premiership D2 = Division 2 Championship FA = FA Cup LC = League Cup EC = European Cup CW = European Cup Winners Cup Footnote: Looks like Gary is our top medal winner! Mr Reliable Denis can soon equal Gary. Peter and Ryan still playing for more? Choccy not being selected in the Team or Sub in the 1996 FA Cup Final separates him from Pally in top spot. Bobby Charlton has 5 medals along with Keane and just miss out in the list. Not included Charity Shield/Super Cup (not regarded as major honours) All Manchester United Stats are available here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm Stats are compiled by Paul Hinson at Simplenet. Comments suggestions for more stats mail: barry@www.red11.org
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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 18:38:50 +0200 (CEST) To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk (Barry Leeming) Subject: ANDY COLE LAST SEASON! :))))))) Date Comp. Opponents Score Scorers Aug 30 h pl Coventry City 3-0 Cole, Keane, Poborsky Sep 17 a ec Kosice 3-0 Irwin, Berg, Cole Oct 18 a pl Derby County 2-2 Sheringham, Cole Oct 25 h pl Barnsley 7-0 Cole 3, Giggs 2, Scholes, Pob. Nov 1 h pl Sheffield Wednesday 6-1 Sheri. 2, Cole 2, Solksjaer 2 Nov 5 a ec Feyenoord 3-1 Cole 3 Nov 22 a pl Wimbledon 5-2 Butt, Beckham 2, Scholes, Cole Nov 27 h ec Kosice 3-0 Cole, OG, Sheringham Dec 6 a pl Liverpool 3-1 Cole 2, Beckham Dec 20 a pl Newcastle United 1-0 Cole Dec 26 h pl Everton 2-0 Berg, Cole Jan 3 a fa R3 Chelsea 5-3 Beckham 2, Cole 2, Sheringham Jan 24 h fa R4 Walsall 5-1 Cole 2, Solksjaer 2, Johnson Feb 7 h pl Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Cole Feb 25 a fa R5R Barnsley 2-3 Cole, Sheringham Apr 6 a pl Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Cole, Scholes, Beckham Apr 27 a pl Crystal Palace 3-0 Scholes, Butt, Cole May 10 a pl Barnsley 2-0 Cole, Sheringham Games to fremember Andy by from 1997/98 season: 1. Coley got the important first goal in the 3-0 win against Coventry 2. Cole got the equaliser against Derby County - 2-2 3. Cole scored 3 against Barnsley - 7-0 4. Cole scored the first AND the third to kill off Liverpool at Anfield - 3-1 5. Cole scored the ONLY goal against Newcastle at St James' Park - 1-0 6. Cole got the equaliser against Bolton as we remembered Munich - 1-1 7. Cole equalised against Blackburn with a goal of sheer brilliance - 3-1 8. Cole scored ALL the goals against Feyenoord - 3-1 Info from: Ethel Sleith
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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 18:38:45 +0200 (CEST) X-Sender: wpa01977@mail.web4you.dk (Unverified) X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.3 To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk From: barrylee@post3.tele.dk (Barry Leeming) Subject: Fergie Still Hoping For Yorke (PA) FERGIE HANGS ON TO YORKE HOPE By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson refuses to give up hope of signing Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa. Yorke looks likely to remain at Villa Park after United chief executive Martin Edwards admitted the two clubs were "poles apart" on agreeing a fee. United have made one unsuccessful bid of £8million, while Villa maintain they want £16million for the Trinidad and Tobago star. Ferguson claims Villa's asking price is "crazy", but feels the deal is not entirely dead. He believes the 26-year-old wants to come to Old Trafford. "I was hoping to get Dwight Yorke here and I must admit that was really important to us," he said. "However, I am not giving up hope on the deal. "Villa have made it impossible to do business so far because of their valuation. The £16million price tag is crazy, they are pricing the player out of the move he wanted. "It's unfortunate for the lad because he would have been a terrific player here, but I won't give up hope." United, though, are adamant they will not be held to ransom and they will only offer what they feel the player is worth - and that is not £16million. United director and solicitor Maurice Watkins claimed the gulf between what they are offering and what Villa want is still large. "The situation is that there is still a gap between the valuations of both parties," he said. "One has to have a view on these matters, and the fact remains that there is a big difference in the two clubs' valuations of the player. "So it appears that this is one transfer which has gone by the wayside." Villa boss John Gregory would only be prepared to do business if Andy Cole were offered as part of a player-plus-cash deal, but United do not want to lose the former Newcastle striker. The likely collapse of United's attempts to sign Yorke is the second rebuff the club has suffered in six days. Last week Patrick Kluivert rejected a move to Old Trafford, after United had agreed a fee of £9million with AC Milan for the Dutch international striker. © PA Sporting Life
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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 18:38:43 +0200 (CEST) Subject: It's Official: Soccer-Schmeichel nominated Soccer-Schmeichel nominated for goalkeeper of the century award WIESBADEN, Germany, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Denmark's Peter Schmeichel has been shortlisted for a European "Goalkeeper of the Century" award to be announced next January. The Manchester United stalwart is the only keeper currently active among the seven nominated on Tuesday by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). England's Gordon Banks, Lev Yashin of the Soviet Union, Sepp Maier of Germany, Frantisek Planicka of Czechoslovakia, Ricardo Zamora of Spain and Italy's Dino Zoff were the six other names on the list. The IFFHS produced a list of Europe's 50 top keepers after asking football specialists and historians from across Europe to vote. The winner of the European Goalkeeper of the Century award will be announced at the World Football Gala '99 next January. Among those outside the final seven were England's Peter Shilton (eighth), Northern Ireland's Pat Jennings (11th), West Germany's Harald Schumacher (15th) and Edwin van der Sar of the Netherlands, at 27 the youngest player on the list, (joint 24th). Current England goalkeeper David Seaman was joint 32nd, one point behind Italy's Angelo Peruzzi and Neville Southall of Wales, while France's second-choice goalkeeper Bernard Lama was 46th
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