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Date: Sun Sep 20  GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Destroy Arsenal Yorke! (Mirror)
2. Stam Warns Gunners (Mirror)
3. Teddy To Palace? (Mirror)
4. Guardian Article on Fergie
5. New website for IMUSA


Daily RED Trivia  Sun 20th September:

1958: Albert Quixall made his debut against Tottenham Hotspur. After joining United
for a record 45,000 fee from Sheffield Wednesday, Quixall won an FA Cup Winners
medal in 1963, and the goalscoring Inside-forward totalled 183 appearances and 56
goals between 1958-64. He won 5 England caps, and Second Division Championship
medals with Sheffield Wednesday in 1952 and 1956. In September 1964 he moved
to Oldham Athletic.

1967: United beat Hibernians (Malta) 4-0 at Old Trafford in the European Cup 1st
Round 1st leg watched by 43,912. David Sadler 2 and Denis Law 2 scored the goals.
Team was: Stepney, Dunne, Burns, Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Best, Sadler, Charlton,
Law, Kidd.


Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Today!   Arsenal     (A) PL 
Thu 24/9 Liverpool   (H) PL 
Wed 30/9 Bayern M    (A) CL
Sat 3/10 Southampton (A) PL

UNITED Stats v Arsenal are here:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/vsarsenal.htm Url
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/vsarsenal.xls Excel File


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


       Coventry City   1-5   Newcastle United      22,656
        Derby County   2-0   Leicester City        26,738
        Leeds United   0-0   Aston Villa           33,446
           Liverpool   3-3   Charlton Athletic     44,526
       Middlesbrough   2-2   Everton               34,563
   Nottingham Forest   0-0   West Ham United       26,463
         Southampton   1-1   Tottenham Hotspur     15,204
           Wimbledon   2-1   Sheffield Wednesday   13,163

*** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 19/09/98 ***

Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Aston Villa           6  3  0  0   6   1   1  2  0   1   0    6   14
 2  Derby County          6  2  1  0   3   0   1  2  0   3   2    4   12
 3  Liverpool             6  1  2  0   5   3   2  0  1   7   4    5   11
 4  Wimbledon             6  2  1  0   6   3   1  1  1   4   5    2   11
 5  Leeds United          6  2  1  0   4   0   0  3  0   1   1    4   10
 6  Middlesbrough         6  0  3  0   3   3   2  0  1   5   3    2    9
 7  West Ham United       6  1  1  1   5   5   1  2  0   1   0    1    9
 8  Manchester United     4  2  1  0   8   3   0  1  0   0   0    5    8
 9  Newcastle United      6  1  1  1   5   4   1  1  1   6   3    4    8
10  Arsenal               5  1  1  0   2   1   0  3  0   1   1    1    7
11  Nottingham Forest     6  1  1  1   1   2   1  0  2   4   5   -2    7
12  Tottenham Hotspur     6  1  0  2   2   7   1  1  1   3   4   -6    7
13  Sheffield Wednesday   6  1  0  2   3   2   1  0  2   4   3    2    6
14  Charlton Athletic     6  1  0  1   6   2   0  3  1   4   7    1    6
15  Everton               6  0  2  1   0   1   1  1  1   4   4   -1    6
16  Chelsea               4  1  2  0   3   2   0  0  1   1   2    0    5
17  Leicester City        6  1  1  1   3   2   0  1  2   2   5   -2    5
18  Blackburn Rovers      5  1  1  0   1   0   0  0  3   1   6   -4    4
19  Coventry City         6  1  1  1   3   6   0  0  3   0   5   -8    4
20  Southampton           6  0  1  2   3   5   0  0  3   0  12  -14    1

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Subject: Destroy Arsenal Yorke! (Mirror) DWIGHT'S A MENACE By STEVE MILLAR LAUGHING Dwight Yorke will be ordered tomorrow to wipe the smile off Arsenal's Championship faces. The 12million bank-busting buy has scored three as Manchester United have plundered 13 goals in seven games. Arsenal have scored just four, so United boss Alex Ferguson believes they can be a winner in the firepower stakes. So does wing wonder Ryan Giggs, the deadly provider for smiling assassin Yorke. "These are always big games and we can't take it easy," said Giggs. "Arsenal are champions and we have a point to prove. We want to beat them and hope that with so many players on World Cup duty they maybe didn't get the rest they needed." Ferguson will be praying Giggs can repeat his electric form that shocked Barcelona in the Champions' League on Wednesday. And he's looking to Yorke and his sidekick Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to avenge that title smash and grab. United have suffered a hat-trick of defeats at the hands of Arsenal, and Ferguson says: "It's a big game but we have handled these in the past. "We are scoring freely, but then again we have always had a goal threat about us. Dwight and Ole have done well together this season and they will only get better. "The important thing against Arsenal is that we express ourselves and show we're going to Highbury to win. Going to London doesn't hold any fears."
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Subject: Stam Warns Gunners (Mirror) WATCH IT, BERGKAMP STEVE MILLAR JAAP STAM hugged and kissed Dennis Bergkamp when his World Cup goals shot Holland to the semi-finals in France. Tomorrow he could gladly wring his neck! Bergkamp might be a pal, but Manchester United's 10.75million record-buy defender knows there will be no love lost in their Sunday bash at Highbury. He's the one man who can wreck Stam's solo mission to put the record straight against Arsenal in this eagerly-awaited clash of the Premiership's biggest title rivals. Stam was deeply hurt by criticism following the Charity Shield mauling, when he was blamed for two of Arsenal's goals. And now he is gunning for revenge, with his fellow countryman standing between him and a flawless performance against the new Kings of England who nicked United's crown. Bergkamp has not scored since his explosive World Cup exploits, as Arsenal struggle to escape the habit of firing blanks in a tame start to the season. But 26-year-old Stam is old enough, and wise enough, to know that is when Bergkamp is at his most lethal. The quiet star of Highbury can whip up a vortex at any time to wipe out anyone who cares to stand in his path of destruction. Stam has seen it so many times in the famous orange of Holland. He does not care to watch it in vivid red and white tomorrow. He said: "I'll have to mark Dennis as tight as a skin, because even if like now he's not in his best shape he can be deadly in the blink of an eye. Yes, I'm going to have to mark him very well indeed because he's the kind of player who can play badly one game and very, very well the next. "Dennis has the knack of being able to be quiet during the game, but then explode in one frightening second. He has such great technical ability. He can pass the ball very well and even if he isn't scoring, he can create so many chances for others. "The World Cup was very tough on Dennis. At the start he was injured and he had to work hard and come a long way to get his fitness back. But he has proved what great value he is for Holland by scoring a lot of important goals. I don't really know how he is feeling right now because I haven't seen him this season. "But he's still a very important player for Arsenal and you can never ever take your eye off him for a moment." Stam has steadily grown in stature since his debut at Wembley with impressive performances that have shown his own worth to United as they attempt to reclaim the Premiership trophy. Although he gave away a penalty, he did well against Barcelona in the Champions' League on Wednesday. Only the trickery of Rivaldo, in winning the spot kick following Stam's challenge, took the gloss off what was otherwise another magnificent night. Stam has slowly, but surely, settled into a back four that looks formidable when the Dutchman is paired with Norwegian co-defender Ronny Johnsen. You can see in Stam's straight face that he's pleased to be in the position of being regarded as United's lynchpin as they chase the game's major honours. He added: "I am much happier with my form and feeling comfortable with every game I play for United. The understanding between me and my team-mates is developing in every game. I am getting better all the time. "I have had to adapt to the way the game is played in England. And I have needed to get used to the way United play. I have to forget about that Charity Shield game in a hurry. It was a bad result, of course, although I was actually quite satisfied with the way I played. "I was, after all, the only stranger on the field. I know that after all the hype surrounding my signing it was going to be difficult for me and I have been aware of some of the criticism I got, particularly during the World Cup. "I soon realised that it was going to take time for everyone to accept me here. But I will prove myself in English football. "United have another chance to show that they are a big-game team again. It's going to be a great encounter. I do love it at Old Trafford. They are a fantastic group of players and we have hit it off straight away. "We have a lot of laughs, but what's more important is that we have enough quality in the squad to challenge for the Premiership title. At Highbury, we must forget all about that Charity Shield result. We must focus on beating Arsenal and for me personally in keeping Bergkamp oh so quiet." Marc Overmars, in particular, made hay at Stam's expense at Wembley. The flying winger was yesterday reluctant to discuss the prospects of giving his compatriot another torrid afternoon at Highbury. He said: "It's not me that Jaap should be worried about - he'll be marking Dennis." And Bergkamp, still without a goal since that World Cup quarter-final show-stopper against Argentina, was nowhere to be seen. He has just become a father for the second time and rushed straight home to continue his ante-natal crash course. So it was left to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger to reveal how much Arsenal relish another tilt at Europe's most-expensive defender tomorrow. He said: "Marc and Dennis have shown already, in the Charity Shield, how much they relish playing against Stam. "It's just one of those little international confrontations you get in the Premiership these days, when the Dutch, Italians or Swedes come up against each other so often. In a match involving Arsenal and United, you can expect the confrontation to be of the highest quality and I don't think we will have a problem there." Although Bergkamp's form has been sluggish in the opening overs of Arsenal's title defence, Overmars - scorer of the winner in the crucial 1-0 win at Old Trafford six months ago - has looked the part, which is more than could be said for Stam during his most uncomfortable moments at France 98.
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Subject: Teddy To Palace? (Mirror) TEDDY SET FOR TEL REUNION Exclusive By Mark McGuinness TEDDY SHERINGHAM could be set for a shock 2.5million switch to Crystal Palace. The England striker has failed to win a regular place in the Manchester United starting line-up this season and his chances have decreased even further after the arrival of 12million Dwight Yorke. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back in form, Sheringham is fourth in the Old Trafford pecking order, behind the two first-choice strikers and Andy Cole. But Sheringham's friend and mentor Terry Venables is keen to take him to Selhurst Park, despite the club's lack of funds. It was Venables who took the player to Tottenham from Nottingham Forest in 1992, and the two have an extremely close relationship. But Palace are strapped for cash and will have to raise money before they buy the star. They should have at least 1.5million in the bank by the end of next week once the expected transfer of striker Neil Shipperley to Forest goes through. And Mirrorsport can also exclusively reveal that the club are preparing to sell Bruce Dyer to Fulham for 2million. The clubs have held talks, and Kevin Keegan is hoping to have the deal sorted out within the next week. Fulham see Dyer as the answer to their front-line problems and believe the muscular former England Under-21 striker will shine against Second Division defences. The 23-year-old joined Palace from Watford four years ago for 1.1million, but has never consistently produced the goods. But Keegan is confident that Dyer's blistering pace can grab Fulham the goals that can take them into the First Division after last season's failed play-off bid.
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Subject: Guardian Article on Fergie Ferguson holds the loyalty card as stakes keep rising As Manchester United meet the champions tomorrow the qualities of their manager are assessed by Roy Collins Saturday September 19, 1998 A skeleton implausibly clad in bright red pyjamas this week tumbled just as implausibly out of Alex Ferguson's cupboard, which most people had always assumed contained only mothballs and several immaculately tailored blazers. A television documentary revealed how Ferguson, in a pre-enactment of the behaviour of some of his future Manchester United players, once turned up drunk in a hotel bar, wearing those red pyjamas, shouting and bawling at all around him. The incident occurred on a pre-season tour in 1969 after Ferguson, then a Rangers player, had phoned home to be told by his wife Cath that the club had issued a statement saying he would never play for them again. The image will have sat incredulously with Old Trafford fans, not to mention former United players such as Norman Whiteside and Paul McGrath who were sold because of their fondness for a drink. To them Ferguson was born a middle-aged martinet in a padded Umbro top zipped up to the neck, prowling life's touchlines railing at those unable to meet his standards in anything from sobriety to timekeeping. But what provoked Ferguson to that Gazza-style confrontation with the bottle was not so much self-pity that the club of his boyhood dreams had rejected him but the manner in which they had gone about it. To him, Rangers were guilty of the most unpardonable crime: disloyalty. Any number of friends, whether they first encountered Ferguson inside the school gates or on his arrival in Manchester, will testify to his loyalty. Hugh McIlvanney, who is writing the man's autobiography and is so decorated himself that the term ghost writer does not approach adequacy, says: "One of the most impressive things about Alex is the way he keeps friends, some of them from primary school days." Many of those friends are also from outside football, which can help broaden the Ferguson perspective at times of crisis when most football men cannot see beyond the white lines. It was one of these friends, Richard Greenbury, who helped him make his decision after the Eric Cantona kung-fu incident three years ago. He told Ferguson: "Remember what I told you about John McEnroe. On the court he was an absolute beast but outside the court he was a really charming man." Fergie reflected on the advice and admitted: "When I came to think of it, Cantona had never been any bother off the pitch." Ferguson has sometimes defended his players to the point of self-ridicule, once describing Roy Keane as "the most victimised player in the game". But Glenn Hoddle would benefit from practising Ferguson's belief that players, like friends and relations, should only hear home truths at home. He is not one who believes in extending friendship beyond the dressing-room door. He says: "I believe that an approach of 'you're the players, I'm the manager' works best. They don't have to say, 'Boss, would you and your wife like to come for dinner?' I've known that and there's nothing wrong with it, but I think it makes for a far better relationship if we have our own social lives." He does sometimes join in the players' card school, though they may think twice about asking him again after hearing the claims of Ferguson's brother Martin, who says: "He used to cheat all the time, though he would tell you different. He once had five pontoons in a row and told me he wasnae cheating." Ferguson would probably insist he was just giving himself an edge, which all good managers attempt to do. "Get it flooded" was his instruction to a disbelieving groundsman before the second leg of United's European Cup quarter-final against Monaco at Old Trafford last season. He believed that the stamina of the Monaco players, who play on a rock-hard pitch at home, would be tested by softer conditions. But if Monaco were unable to walk on water, nor on that occasion were United, managing only a 1-1 draw which meant their elimination on the away goal. Men who remain as loyal to their friends as Ferguson tend to be as faithful to their roots. Thus Ferguson, who on a reported 800,000 a year has become wealthy enough to indulge in the sport of kings, remembered his own, and his father's, days in the Glasgow shipyards when he bought his first racehorse. He named it Queensland Star, after a ship which his father helped to build. Ferguson says: "I've often thought about the periods in my life that changed me and the drive has to be shaped in your youth. When we were brought up, you had to get to work on time and work hard or you didn't have a job. "I wasn't a particularly successful footballer, though I thought I was a good player in a team and scored goals. But I never won the things I wanted to win and that shaped me. You get an opportunity to put that right as a manager, and Scotsmen who leave the country have a great sense of pride of who they are and want to do well. There is a sense of duty to do well for your country and yourself." The story of Fergie in his red pyjamas may indicate that history is about to repeat itself. Rangers had only just been taken over by Davie White, who did not get on with Ferguson. Now United are in the process of being bought by Sky television and those who put two and 623 million together may come up with the equation: United + Murdoch = United - Ferguson. There have been fanciful rumours this week as United prepared for Barcelona on Wednesday and Arsenal tomorrow that Ferguson might leave for Juventus, where his pursuit of the European Cup would be diluted from Holy Grail to a routine target. And if there was a smidgin of truth in reports that Murdoch's men have been trying to sign a Japanese player behind his back, there would already be a trail of skid marks leading from his former parking bay at The Cliff training ground. Those closest to Ferguson believe it would take some unprecedentedly appalling treatment to drive him from a job with which he has become synonymous, an honour that seemed unlikely to be bestowed on any manager after the late Sir Matt Busby. Ferguson, you see, had become hopelessly attached to United long before the mirror on the wall had begun to flatter him. Back in 1989, not yet three years into the job and looking as though he might be facing the sack, he told a friend: "Every time someone looks at me, I feel I have betrayed that man. "But that's only because you care, care about the people who support you. At Manchester United you become one of them, you think like a supporter, suffer like a supporter." Like every other supporter, he has suffered most in Europe where, he says: "You are looking for what is going to trip you up, you are looking for the demons." Ferguson will continue to seek to destroy them on the field of play, despite the voices which whisper that he should be looking for demons among the putative new suits in the boardroom.
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Subject: New website for IMUSA IMUSA now has its very own new site at the following address: http://www.imusa.org It's looking great thanks to a couple of our members and is developing all the time. So go along and have a look and keep coming back for regular news updates and lots of other useful stuff. Also, anyone who can publicise the site please do so.
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