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Date: Fri May 15 18:52:48 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

PILKINGTON RELEASED BY UNITED

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Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington has joined long-serving Brian McClair as the
second first-team squad regular on the list of players to be released by
Manchester United this summer.
McClair was told last week that his contract was not being renewed after 11
years, and 24-year-old Pilkington is also being freed, after playing four
times in the Premiership and serving as cover for Peter Schmeichel since
making his debut in 1994.
Youngsters Stuart Brightwell, David Brown, Ross Millard and Gavin Naylor
are others leaving United, along with Graeme Tomlinson, signed from
Bradford City in June 1994, and trainees Adam Sadler and Leon Mills.


 Just heard on GMR that Ben Thornley has been offered a new contract.  I'm
 very pleased for the lad - he's Red to the core and has seemed to improve
 in the latter half of this season.  Hopefully, he can keep up the
 improvement.  Kevin Pilkington is being released.  Not a surprise,
 especially after having seen Culkin have some excellent games for the
 reserves - and he's 2/3 years younger.  Sad for Kevin though, it was bad
 luck to be behind someone like Peter.
 Linda

This Issue:
1. PILKINGTON RELEASED BY UNITED
2. FERGIE'S BANKING ON 11M BATMAN 
3. The Gary Pallister Column
4. HAT-TRICK FOR UNITED TARGET BATISTUTA

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-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 10:21:21 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net Subject: PILKINGTON RELEASED BY UNITED More from PA Sport, PILKINGTON RELEASED BY UNITED ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington has joined long-serving Brian McClair as the second first-team squad regular on the list of players to be released by Manchester United this summer. McClair was told last week that his contract was not being renewed after 11 years, and 24-year-old Pilkington is also being freed, after playing four times in the Premiership and serving as cover for Peter Schmeichel since making his debut in 1994. Youngsters Stuart Brightwell, David Brown, Ross Millard and Gavin Naylor are others leaving United, along with Graeme Tomlinson, signed from Bradford City in June 1994, and trainees Adam Sadler and Leon Mills. Steve-Eccles Reds mannnu@chariot.net.au ICQ 9540478
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Subject: LIST : FERGIE'S BANKING ON 11M BATMAN Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 12:01:18 +0800 X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.0.1457.3) Resent-From: Resent-Date: Fri, 15 May 98 23:07:55 CST5EDT Resent-To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk Subject: FERGIE'S BANKING ON 11M BATMAN MANCHESTER United manager Alex Ferguson has made an 11million swoop for Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta. I can reveal that talks have already taken place involving Batistuta's personal agent Littimio Aloisio aimed at bringing the world-class goalscorer to Old Trafford. Through third parties Fiorentina have agreed to let their player go for 11m - and that has not frightened off Ferguson. The United boss has pinpointed Batistuta as the man to restore United's dominance of the English game. Batistuta, along with the 10.7m purchase of Jaap Stam, are the key ingredients of a realistic attempt to win the elusive Champions' League. Ferguson and United chairman Martin Edwards will spend the next ten days deliberating on whether to break existing club wage barriers. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
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X-Sender: jackit@indigo.ie X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 18:55:12 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: The Gary Pallister Column The Gary Pallister Column Hail Giggs! By Gary Pallister Three-way bet - Gary at the races with Denis Irwin and Chris Casper IT'S natural at the end of the regular season to look back and remember the highlights and low points. This week I decided to scratch my head, get the memory cells working and pick out some of the Pally award-winning moments of the past seven months. BEST MATCH I PLAYED IN IT has to be the Champions' League win against Juventus. The Italians are possibly the finest team in Europe so it was a big step for United to give them a goal start and still go on to beat them 3-2. To not only beat them, but to do it in style was a night to remember for everyone. Everyone was flying that night - we didn't carry a single bad performance, which is unusual for any football team! There was a buzz in the dressing room afterwards. We had been beaten by Juventus twice before, annihilated on one occasion even though we only lost 1-0. BEST MATCH I PLAYED IN RUNNER-UP THE 5-3 FA Cup win at Chelsea was amazing; we were 5-0 up before they knew what had hit them. It was one of those games where everything clicked into place. They were challenging us at the top of the league and people expected them to beat us. But we never gave them a chance. BEST GOAL RYAN Giggs against Juventus. Ryan was flying all evening and the goal was the icing on the cake of a world-class performance. He took on a defender, made up his mind to shoot and fairly rifled one in at the near post. It flew into the top corner - a great goal against top-quality opposition. BEST OPPONENT EMILE Heskey and Michael Owen are two youngsters who have really impressed me this season, for different reasons. Heskey's strength is phenomenal while Owen has caught everyone's imagination because of his pace and scoring power. BEST DEFENDER RIO Ferdinand really looked the part when he trained with England. For someone still in their teens, he looked so comfortable and composed on the ball. I'm sure he has a great future. UNITED'S PLAYER OF THE SEASON RYAN Giggs, sorry am I repeating myself? I think this has been his most injury-free season and we have really seen what he is capable of. I think he is an exceptional player and the frightening thing is he will get stronger and better. MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT HAS to be my ``assist'' at the end of that FA Cup-tie at Chelsea. Gary Neville had the ball and looked back at Peter Schmeichel, so naturally I assumed there would be a backpass to the goalkeeper. Instead, he played it to me! I collected the ball and played it back to Peter - without really looking. I got the fright of my life seeing Gianluca Vialli come in and intercept my pass. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT THE Champions' League exit against Monaco. We desperately wanted to do well - we thought we were better than Monaco and I know it's easy to say now but if we'd had our strongest XI out in both games, I think we would have beaten them. Gary Pallister was talking to Joe Bernstein
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Subject: HAT-TRICK FOR UNITED TARGET BATISTUTA Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 14:56:17 +0800 X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.0.1457.3) Resent-To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk HAT-TRICK FOR UNITED TARGET BATISTUTA Manchester United-target Gabriel Batistuta scored a hat-trick in Argentina's 5-0 win over Bosnia. The 12million-rated Fiorentina striker opened the scoring in Cordoba in the fifth minute with a low shot to the left of 'keeper Mirsa Dedic and made it two in the 24th minute when rising to meet a cross from Ariel Ortega and heading powerfully home. Batistuta then turned provider for Zanetti's third but, after Ortega had added a fourth, he completed his hat-trick with another header from a centre by Claudio Lopez. Argentina are scheduled to face Chile on May 19 and South Africa on May 25 as they continue their build-up to France 98. Talks have already taken place involving Batistuta's agent Settimio Aloisio aimed at bringing the 29-year-old world-class goalscorer to Old Trafford. And United manager Alex Ferguson says in The Sun today: "There has been a lot of speculation about players and it's true we are trying to get in one or two more - and he is one of them." Batistuta has scored 24 goals for Fiorentina this season, taking his career total with the Serie A club to 150. Fiorentina want to hang on to Batistuta, but he is keen to move on after seven years with the Italian side. He is, however, under investigation for alleged tax evasion and has had 50,000 (33,000) of his assets frozen by the Argentine authorities. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
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