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Date: Fri Aug 21 15:58:03 GMT+00:00 1998
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Daily RED Trivia  Friday 21st August:


1976: Alan Foggon made his United debut against Birmingham City. Foggon cost £40,000
     from Hartford Bi-Centennials in the USA, but managed just 3 substitute outings before
     moving on to Sunderland for £25,000 in September 1976. A forceful striker, he won
     an Inter-Cities Fairs (EUFA) Cup wiiners medal with Newcastle United in 1969. 

1991: United win 1-0 at Aston Villa in a Division 1 game watched by 39,995. 
     Steve Bruce with a penalty scored the winner. Team was: Schmeichel, Irwin, 
     Blackmore, Bruce, Donaghy, Parker, Robson, Ince, McClair, Hughes, Kanchelskis. 


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This Issue:
1. WEEKLY STATMAIL***  ISSUE 1: 20th Aug 1998
2. LIST: Yorkie's In! (MEN)
3. Yorke (D.Mail)
4. Alright on the Dwight
5. Hammers Await Becks (365)
6. Ole Deal not Happening: SOLSKJAER STAYS AT UNITED
7. Press Conference Clips (365)


Dwight Yorke finally arrives at OT!

Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 17:20:53 +0200 Subject: ***WEEKLY STATMAIL*** ISSUE 1: 20th Aug 1998 NEW SERVICE ***WEEKLY STATMAIL*** Forwarded by www.red11.org *** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 15/16/17 /08/98 *** Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Derby County 24,007 Coventry City 2-1 Chelsea 23,042 Everton 0-0 Aston Villa 40,112 Manchester United 2-2 Leicester City 55,052 Middlesbrough 0-0 Leeds United 34,162 Newcastle United 0-0 Charlton Athletic 36,719 Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 West Ham United 30,236 Wimbledon 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur 23,031 Southampton 1-2 Liverpool 15,202 Arsenal 2-1 Nottingham Forest 38,064 *** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 15/08/98 *** Date Opposition Score Pos. Attend. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 15/08/98 Leicester City Home D 2-2 11 55,052 *** TEAM RESULTS SUMMARY - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 15/08/98 *** P Won Drawn Lost For Against Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Home 1 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 2 (2.0) 2 (2.0) 1 (1.0) Away 0 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0.00) 0 (0.00) 0 (0.00) Total 1 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 2 (2.0) 2 (2.0) 1 (1.0) Averages per game in (brackets) League position: 11th *** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 17/08/98 *** Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 Wimbledon 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 Arsenal 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 Coventry City 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 Liverpool 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 3 5 West Ham United 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 6 Aston Villa 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 Blackburn Rovers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 Charlton Athletic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 Derby County 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 Everton 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 Leeds United 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 Leicester City 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 13 Manchester United 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 Middlesbrough 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 15 Newcastle United 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 16 Chelsea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 17 Nottingham Forest 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 18 Sheffield Wednesday 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 19 Southampton 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 20 Tottenham Hotspur 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 *** CURRENT COMBINED FORM TABLE AS AT 17/08/98 *** Pos Team W D L F A GD Pts Index Sequence ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Wimbledon 1 0 0 3 1 2 3 0% W 2 Arsenal 1 0 0 2 1 1 3 0% W 3 Coventry City 1 0 0 2 1 1 3 0% W 4 Liverpool 1 0 0 2 1 1 3 0% W 5 West Ham United 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 0% W 6 Aston Villa 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 7 Blackburn Rovers 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 8 Charlton Athletic 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 9 Derby County 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 10 Everton 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 11 Leeds United 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 12 Leicester City 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 0% D 13 Manchester United 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 0% D 14 Middlesbrough 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 15 Newcastle United 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0% D 16 Chelsea 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0% L 17 Nottingham Forest 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0% L 18 Sheffield Wednesday 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0 0% L 19 Southampton 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0% L 20 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0% L (Based on last 1 game. The higher the index, the higher the average league position of the opposition) *** FIXTURES ON 22/08/98 *** Charlton Athletic v Southampton Chelsea v Newcastle United Derby County v Wimbledon Leicester City v Everton Liverpool v Arsenal Nottingham Forest v Coventry City Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield Wednesday West Ham United v Manchester United *** FIXTURES ON 23/08/98 *** Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Produced by: E-mail: statmail@iname.com ICQ UIN: 4358182 Homepage: http://www.graphite.demon.co.uk/
Dwight Yorke finally arrives at OT!

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 00:25:07 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: LIST: Yorkie's In! (MEN) Comments: To: Red Devil List To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU £12m YORKE HAS LANDED BY STUART MATHIESON MANCHESTER United today landed Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke in a £12m deal. The Reds will smash their club transfer record after finally agreeing terms with the Midlanders this morning. The long-running transfer saga for the 26-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international was set to be finalised when the striker completed medical formalities at Old Trafford. Yorke agreed personal terms with the Reds and then left Villa to drive north up the M6 to undergo his medical. The player arrived at Old Trafford at 1.15pm to be greeted by 500 Reds well-wishers. The new boy was due to face the press this afternoon. United are believed to have had to up their second £10m bid by £2m to break the deadlock. The Reds had smashed their transfer record at the end of last season when they signed Dutch international defender Jaap Stam for £10.5m. And after two earlier failed bids this summer to land Yorke they've been forced to make the 26-year-old their new record buy in order for Reds' boss Alex Ferguson to get his man and complete a summer spending splash of over £26m. After months of haggling over the controversial switch, during which Villa originally slapped a £16m fee on the player who cost them £5,000 in December 1989 and then later demanded Andy Cole in a swap deal, the transfer was set for a race against the clock. The move was understood to be still stalemated early this morning and United needed to get the player registered at Lancaster Gate with the FA by 5pm before they could send the paperwork onto UEFA to beat the 11 o'clock Champions League deadline tonight. Aston Villa finally relented and gave up their quest to keep Yorke after being handed a get-out clause by their own fans and shareholders. Villa, whose AGM is tonight, feared a fans' backlash if they sold terrace favourite Yorke but the groundswell of opinion among fans shifted in favour of selling the goalscorer. Villa supporters, responding to a phone poll in the Birmingham Evening Mail voted 3-1 in favour of letting Yorke go.
Dwight Yorke finally arrives at OT!

Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 20:13:05 +0800 Subject: Yorke (D.Mail) Journey through field of dreams finally ends for the boy chasing destiny Friday, August 21, 1998 Dwight Yorke yesterday became Manchester United's hand-me-down superstar. The boy who once gleefully ran barefoot across his Caribbean field of dreams chasing a threadbare old ball finally reached the Theatre of Dreams he always believed was his destiny. Even that dazzling smile, as bright as any Tobago sun, could not quite hide the deep emotions stirring within the heart of Manchester United's record £12.6million purchase as he it began to dawn on him just how far he had really come. And geography hardly came into it. 'The journey is over now,' he said quietly. 'This is what I always wanted the chance to play for the greatest club in the world.' Five thousand miles across the Atlantic may seem far enough. But Yorke has made the quantum leap that was no more than a wish for the little lad who didn't even own a pair of boots. One of a family of nine, Yorke always had to wait in line. 'I was one of the youngest, well down the pecking order. I reckon I was at least eight years of age before I got my first pair of boots. Like any big family over there, you wore clothes handed down from your older brothers. 'I learned my football in bare feet to begin with. There wasn't much money and, even when you found out there might be some boots going, they were usually snapped up before you had a chance to ask the price.' At 26, after nine years with Aston Villa, he doesn't now need to ask the price, nor indeed join the queue, for any of the good things in life. As he paraded with his new No. 19 shirt at Old Trafford, he knew his life had taken on a different dimension. His salary alone would form a large chunk of Tobago's gross national product. His five-year deal will be worth at least £6m to him. Add bonuses over that period and his personal wealth could be worth at least 50 per cent more. New endorsements such as ironically boot deals and clothing contracts could mean that by the year 2003 yesterday's 90-mile drive up the M6 could in the end make him worth a total of £10m. United, desperate to get their man before UEFA's midnight closure on new signings for the Champions League, having first agreed with Yorke his seven-digit annual pay cheque, also had to talk telephone numbers to persuade Villa to release the lifelong pal of Tobago's other favourite son, Brian Lara. They agreed to pay the full asking price by thumping £12.6m in cash on Villa's table the Midlands club were not interested in the normal hire-purchase agreement. Yorke knows that, at Old Trafford, money can't buy you love. Goals do. He said: 'When you are a kid from a tiny island like Tobago, you are bound to have dreams of becoming a big star far, far away. While I loved my time with Villa and made so many friends there, I know that this is the place I always wanted to come to. 'While I have played 39 times for Trinidad and Tobago at international level, my country was never going to reach the real heights. But, at United, I can test myself truly by playing in the Champions League.' Yorke revealed that he left Villa Park against the advice of his old friend and West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara. 'Many people have warned me about the pressures of playing for United, especially as a striker,' he said. 'Brian Lara, for instance, said that I did not need to move to United to realise my dreams. But I would not be here now if I did not believe deep down that I could be a success. 'This was a call I had to answer. I am my own man and I make my own way and my own decisions. This is what I have always wanted and now I want to enjoy myself, to play with a smile on my face. It has been a long, long journey. I do not intend to fail now.' Even with the spotlight on him, Yorke could not block out images of his past in the West Indies, and especially those of Bertil Sinclair, the man who first brought him to organised football and diverted him from cricket, a sport at which he joined Lara as a 15-year-old representative of his island. 'Bertil was my mentor then, and he is still,' he said. 'That man means so much to me, maybe everything. He is the true reason I am here. We still talk often on the telephone but today I had my mobile switched off. I would hate to have ruined it for him by saying I was joining Manchester United and for the deal to fall through. 'I know he will be very proud of me and I can't wait to give him the good news.' Manager Ferguson was a happy man, too. He said: 'When Brian Little was Villa manager he told me Dwight was the best player he had ever worked with. That was a great recommendation. 'There are so many different facets about Dwight. Yes, because we are United, we have again had to pay extra that is the way it always seems to be with us. Even so, he is brave, he has stamina, he can play with both feet and he can beat men. When you add all the parts up, you know you have signed a very special player.' The arrival of Yorke, who makes his debut at West Ham tomorrow, takes United's summer spending up to £15m, following the signings of Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist. Now, Ferguson believes, he has a squad to match any in Europe in terms of depth and skill. When asked if there would be any more new faces , Ferguson never got the chance to answer.Before he could, chairman Martin Edwards cut in, saying : 'I hope not!' As far as Yorke is concerned, United will not need to concern themselves with adding more strike power for the foreseeable future as he insisted: 'This is a new life for me now, the life I wanted. This really is my Theatre of Dreams.'
Dwight Yorke finally arrives at OT!

Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 08:26:54 -0400 Subject: Alright on the Dwight After trailing through hordes of angry Villa Web-pages I found his career record is 98 goals in 287 appearances (40 of those as sub). I guess he will partner Andy Cole in the future, if he does Cole will certainly get a better service than he got from Teddy. Yorke has a reputation of scoring goals in big games, but now every game will be a big game for him. In the past he has tended to drift out of matches, but he won't enjoy that luxury now. He is NOT a 30-goals a season player, but can hold the ball up, and his passing and ability to bring team-mates into the game is good. And he does have pace. Dinnis may find his penalty-takers job at risk as Dwight enjoys the 'floated' penalty trick as suffered by Arsenal in the final game of last season. The fee is big - I would value him at £8 Million as United did in the initial bid, but needs must and even the PLC have accepted the need to speculate to accumulate. Without a major signing up front I think our tilt at the Premiership and Europe would have died a death. The Villa management are slagging Yorke off to justify the sale to their supporters, who are very angry indeed. Similar to the Ince situation with West Ham, we will witness a lot of bile directed at our new number 19 on December 15th and every other time we play the Villa. What with Becks too, we will soon get every player booed away from home! Date-of-Birth: 03/11/71 Birthplace: Canaan, Tobago Nationality: Tobagonian Height: 1.80m/5'11 Weight: 76kg/167 lbs Previous Clubs: Signal Hill, St Clairs (Trinidad & Tobago) Nickname: Mighty Dwight, Yorkie Joined Villa: 19/12/89 for £120,000 Debut: 1990 Best Season: 25 League and Cup goals in 1995-96 Paul Hinson
Dwight Yorke finally arrives at OT!

Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 21:47:08 -0400 Subject: Hammers Await Becks (365) WEST HAM D-DAY NEARS FOR BECKHAM The ‘will they…won’t they slaughter Beckham’ debate is obviously gathering momentum as the disgraced England midfielder approaches his biggest public test since the World Cup. Upton Park on Saturday is D-Day for David and, of course, the tabloids are having a field day. It seems at the moment that for every voice of reason publicly urging West Ham fans to get off Beckham’s back when Manchester United visit the East End, there’s someone with a view to the contrary; that the lad who was born locally in Leytonstone deserves everything Hammers fans are prepared to throw at him. Today, Beckham's father has appealed to the better nature of the Upton Park hordes, asking them to ‘follow the sportsmanlike example of West Ham legend Bobby Moore’ ahead of Saturday's game against United. Emotional blackmail? Surely not. Conversely, former chairman of the Hammers’ Independent Supporters Association, Shane Barber, who also edits the fanzine The Mission, believes Beckham is in for an afternoon of utter torment and will be afforded the same reception annually afforded to Paul Ince at Upton Park. "We detest Incey because of the way he betrayed the club but it's worse in Beckham's case - he betrayed his country in France,” said Barber. “There won't be any violence, but he's definitely going to receive a lot of abuse. The lad's in for a hard time. It's all well and good Harry Redknapp and Ian Wright saying 'Don't go after him' but the fans have the right to vent their feeling." Ted Beckham, meanwhile, admits that "deep down", he is concerned for his son at the game, but remains confident that the sporting nature of real football fans will shine through. ''I had so much respect for Bobby Moore, and he was what West Ham was all about,'' he said. ''He would not like what is going on at the moment. He was superb and a true gentleman. You have got to admire what he stood for. Obviously, deep down, I am concerned, but I am sure true football fans will support David. At the end of the day, it is only a game but it goes a lot deeper than that with a lot of supporters. I just can't believe it, really. Harry Redknapp hit the nail on the head on Monday when he said any other player, and it would not be like this, but it is because he plays for Manchester United. And it's true. We just want him to get on with the football now and do well for the club and England.” The final word on the matter, for now at least, comes from West Ham’s Frank Lampard who said: “I expect he'll get plenty of stick - that's par for the course. But he's a professional and will simply switch off from it. Harry and Ian Wright are correct when they say it could all rebound. He's a great player and is perfectly capable of doing something quite spectacular." More Beckham bating tomorrow, no doubt.
Dwight Yorke finally arrives at OT!

Subject: Ole Deal not Happening: SOLSKJAER STAYS AT UNITED SOLSKJAER STAYS AT UNITED, PLEDGES FERGUSON Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be joining Tottenham, according to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Spurs have inquired about the Norwegian international striker because they feel United may be prepared to do business following Dwight Yorke's record £12.6million transfer from Aston Villa. But Ferguson claims he does not want to sell Solskjaer and that the player himself wants to stay at Old Trafford, saying: "There has been an inquiry from Tottenham, but that's about it." He added: "I don't want to sell him and Ole does not want to leave so we are happy with it." Solskjaer, 25, was a huge success in his first season in the Premiership in 1996-97, but he had an indifferent campaign last year, mainly due to injuries, and he has started the new season on the bench. Spurs chairman Alan Sugar confirmed earlier today that he was negotiating with United for Solskjaer. "Reports which state we have already signed Solskjaer are wide of the mark," said a spokesman for Sugar. "But Alan is having talks with United and a deal is certainly getting closer."
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Subject: Press Conference Clips (365) Friday 21 August 1998 YORKE TALK: DWIGHT SPEAKS FIRST ON 365 AS VILLA STAR SIGNS FOR UNITED Dwight Yorke “Like the rest of the players in the Premiership - and the world - we’d all like to join the biggest club in the world. I’m no different. Manchester United gave me great encouragement in their determination to sign me and there was only one place I wanted to play. The price tag is nothing to do with me. I just want to enjoy my football. They have some fantastic players at Old Trafford and it’s what life is all about, enjoying your football. Not many words can describe how I feel. I spent nine years with Aston Villa and the people in Birmingham have been superb to me. But this was something I always dreamed of. I always wanted to play here. I’ve played against some great players up here and now I want to see what it feels like to be one of them. It’s been a long journey and I’ve worked extremely hard to get here. I had faith and always believed in my own ability that I would get there in the end. Opportunities don’t come along often in Tobago, but luckily I was in the right place at the right time and Aston Villa turned me into the player I am now. I would like to thank Brian Little for helping me develop and Doug Ellis for being the Chairman he’s been. I hope to win some silverware here. There’s been a lot of hype about this move for some time, but Villa have been very understanding and kept me informed all along. I never lost faith that the move would happen, because I believe in fate. We’ve left it to the last moment, but I always wanted to join United.” Alex Ferguson “When Dwight’s played against us he’s given us the most problems of anyone over the last few years. We recognised his qualities because we have very good defenders here and he’s always posed a real threat. He’s got two good feet, he’s brave, has good endurance, great control and his goalscoring record is excellent as well. All those points add up to what I’m looking for in a player. I’m delighted to get Dwight. The fee, £12.6 million, is massive. But nothing adds up properly because this is such a crazy market we operate in. The best I can do is recommend to the board the best players available. It’s a vast amount, but it’s not the player’s fault. But when Manchester United are interested, they always have to pay extra.”
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