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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Thu Dec 24 08:39:32 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Zidane's hint for United 
2. Manchester United v Nottingham Forest (Sat, 3pm) 
5. George Best Boring? - Soccernet
6. Happy Christmas List
7. The Silly Season


Daily RED Trivia  Thurs 24th December 1998:

24/12/1898: Newton Heath crush Darwen 9-0 at North Road in a Division 2 game 
 watched by 2,000. William Bryant 3, Joe Cassidy 3, Matthew Gillespie 2 and
 an own goal completed the rout. Team was: Barrett, Stafford, Erentz,
 Draycott, Pepper, Cartwright, Bryant, Collinson, Boyd, Cassidy, Gillespie.

1952: Tony Young born in Urmston. Young made his debut at Sheffield United
 in April 1972, and playing at either Full-back or midfield won a Second Division
 Championship medal in 1975. He totalled 97 appearances and 1 goal between
 1972-76, joining Charlton Athletic in January 1976.


Barry Daily Comment:

Well today we celebrate Christmas this evening 24th in Denmark!
We open our presents after dancing and singing round the tree
after eating Christmas dinner duck + pork around 20.00 pm. 
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Barry diggin the potatoes!
"Jingle Bells Jingle Bells" ...hic

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Remaining 1998 games: 

ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Sat 26/12 Nottm Forest  (H) PL 15.00
Tue 29/12 Chelsea       (A) PL sky sports time 19.45 UK

UNITED Stats v All teams:


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
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds                    Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlebrough             Home     L  2-3     3    55,152

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd    v   Inter Milan
 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17


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Subject: Zidane's hint for United Thursday, December 24, 1998 Zinedine Zidane, the European Footballer of the Year, last night gave a strong hint that he is prepared to leave Italian champions Juventus and launch a new career in England. The £15million-rated Frenchman, who is known to be upset over the imminent departure of Juventus coach Marcello Lippi to Inter Milan, fanned the rumours when he said: 'I may end up looking for new challenges. I still have several great years ahead of me and I want to play them at the highest level. 'There have been stories of me wanting to return to Marseille but there will be plenty of time to return to France in the future.' Many had assumed he would follow Lippi to Inter but Zidane said: 'I am in no way tied to him. People should not assume that I will just go wherever he goes.' Arsenal tried to sign him last season and reports in Italy suggest the 26-year-old attacking midfielder will move to Manchester United at the end of this season. United have been in touch with Juventus, asking to be kept informed of the situation. They could have landed him for £4m two seasons ago after watching him on no fewer than 10 occasions playing for Bordeaux. He pushed his price sky high with the two goals which helped France lift the World Cup in the summer.
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Subject: Manchester United v Nottingham Forest (Sat, 3pm) By Alex Wrenn Referee Jeff Winter (Stockton-on-Tees) OddsMan Utd 5-2 on, Forest 13-2, draw 11-4 League form Man Utd WDDDL, Forest LDLLD Last season no fixture Leading league scorers Man Utd: Yorke(7); Forest: Darcheville, Stone, Freedman (2) The implications Man Utd have won only once in their last six games and are rocking following the departure of Brian Kidd to Blackburn. Despite this, they are third in the Premiership and remain favourites for the Championship. Forest meanwhile, have looked weak all season and, if United play to anything like their potential, Dave Bassett's men will be comprehensively demolished. More encouraging for Bassett is the lack of certainty in United's defence, which has recently provided more chances for the opposition than they have conjured for themselves. Forest will remain in the relegation zone whatever the result, while Man Utd could replace Chelsea in second with victory. ******************** MANCHESTER UNITED v NOTTINGHAM FOREST United Team News Jaap Stam has recovered from his ankle injury to bolster United's leaky defence. Stam's return is all the more important because his central defensive partner Gary Neville is serving a one-match ban. Leading scorer Dwight Yorke is expected to return after being sidelined by a groin problem. Team (from): Schmeichel, Van der Gouw, Irwin, P Neville, Brown, Johnsen, Stam, Berg, Keane, Butt, Scholes, Beckham, Giggs, Blomqvist, Yorke, Cole, Sheringham, Solskjaer. The United View ''Football in England is a lot different to the game in Holland. The speed of the game is much higher and there is more physical contact. In Holland we have plenty of rest between games, but here in England there is no time for that. We just keep on going here, but I'm getting used to that and playing here is getting a bit easier. I'm settling in very well and I'm enjoying it very much over here. I enjoy working with the people at this club and everybody is very enthusiastic and I like it a lot.'' - Jaap Stam Forest Team News Rock-bottom Forest have a doubt hanging over Jesper Mattsson. The Swedish centre-back, a recent £300,000 signing from Halmstad, is nursing rib and stomach injuries he picked up in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Blackburn. However, Alan Rogers is expected to be fit after being forced out of the Blackburn game by a back injury. Nigel Quashie returns to the squad after a bout of 'flu but Dave Bassett's side will be without Pierre van Hooijdonk. The Dutch striker sat out the encounter with Blackburn because of a calf injury but must now serve a three-match ban as Forest look for their first win in 16 League games - a defeat or draw would equal the club and Premier League record. Team (from): Beasant, Hjelde, Bonalair, Chettle, Mattsson, Armstrong, Rogers, Stone, Johnson, Quashie, Gemmill, Bart-Williams, Freedman, Shipperley, Harewood, Darcheville, Gray, Crossley. The Forest View ''I don't know whether we're being affected by nerves but we've got to start keeping our concentration for the full 90 minutes. They've had something of a shaky month and have conceded a few goals, which is unusual for Manchester United. We'll go up there and give it our best shot and hopefully we can finally win a match.'' - Steve Chettle THE STATS Last Season: No corresponding fixtures; Last 5 league matches - Man Utd W D D D L Nottm Forest L D L L D; Top Scorers: Dwight Yorke (Man Utd) 12, Dougie Freedman (Nottm Forest) 7; Match Odds: H 2-5 A 13-2 D 11-4; Ref: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees) ******************* Soccer showcase-Man Utd hope for historic repeat By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Dec 23 - Manchester United will be hoping history repeats itself in more ways than one when they meet Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Saturday -- Forest will want the opposite. The two last met in the league exactly two years ago, on Boxing Day 1996, with United winning the City Ground match 4-0. Their relative positions two years on are identical -- Forest are bottom and United are third. United's victory came in the early stages of a 16-game unbeaten run that drove them to the top of the table and eventually to the league title. The defeat for Forest was a blip in their best spell of the season, galvanised into action by newly-appointed caretaker player/manager Stuart Pearce. They bounced back with a draw and three successive league victories that saw them climb out of the bottom three. But the momentum could not be maintained, and as United were celebrating the championship, Forest won only one league game after January and were relegated, ending the season ignominiously with a 5-0 home thrashing by Newcastle United. The chances of a repeat performance for both this season are high and a good result for Forest might be a narrow defeat with no injuries, leaving them in good shape for the more important game against relegation rivals Southampton two days later. Such a state of affairs is all grist to the mill for Forest's fans, who have had to get used to their up and down existence in the 90s. Rarely has a season gone by when the club were not promoted or relegated, or just missing out, as their lack of resources saw them forced to sell their top players time and again. It is all especially painful coming as it does after the most glorious period in the club's history in the late 1970s when they experienced a run of success matched by no other other British club bar Liverpool. After winning promotion to the old first division in 1977, Brian Clough's team stunned everybody by lifting the league title the following season. They then went on to win the European Cup, beating Malmo in the final, and to prove it wasn't an aberration, repeated the feat the following year. The period also saw them reach three successive League Cup finals, winning two, and notch up the longest unbeaten run in English soccer history. From November 26 1977 until 25 November 1978 Forest were unbeaten in 42 league matches and were also unbeaten in 40 league and cup matches from March-December 1978. Those glory years are long gone for Forest and nowadays an unbeaten run of four games would be considered a success. United have lost only nine of their Old Trafford meetings with Forest, and after last week's home defeat by Middlesbrough, they are in no mood to make it double figures. ******************* Subject: Soccer showcase-Man Utd v Forest facts and figures LONDON, Dec 23 - Facts and figures for Saturday's English premier league match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford (kickoff 150O GMT): Manchester United Formed 1878 as Newton Heath, changed name to Manchester United 1902. Major honours: European champions 1968 European Cup Winners' Cup winners 1991 League champions (11 times) 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 F.A. Cup winners: (record nine times) 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996 League Cup winners: 1992 League and Cup double 1994, 1996. Ground: Old Trafford, capacity 55,300. The biggest league ground in England, a venue for the 1996 European championship and regular base for F.A. Cup semifinals. Also used for rugby league finals and internationals. Manager: Alex Ferguson. Most league appearances: Bobby Charlton 606, 1956-73 Most league goals: Charlton 199, 1956-73 Most appearances, all club competitions: Charlton 744 (1956-1973) Most goals, all club compettions: Charlton 247 (199 league; 48 cups) Most capped player: Charlton 106 (England) League position: Third Last league meeting: Dec 26 1996 at City Ground. United won 4-0. Last league meeting at Old Trafford: September 14 1996. United won 4-1. Nottingham Forest Formed 1865, one of the oldest clubs in the world, originally known as The Forest Football Club. Major honours: European champions 1979, 1980. European Super Cup winners 1980 League champions: 1978 F.A. Cup winners: 1898, 1959. League Cup winners: 1978, 1979. Ground: City Ground, capacity 30.602. Used as venue during Euro 96. Manager: Dave Bassett. Most league appearances: Bob McKinlay 614, 1951-70. Most league goals: Grenville Morris 199, 1898-1913. Most capped player: Stuart Pearce 76 (England). Team colours: Home: Red shirts with black shoulders, white shorts, red socks. Away: Yellow and navy blue. League position: 20 (bottom)
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BREAKING NEWS - Wednesday 23 December 1998 Subject: RONALDO'S EURO WARNING FOR UNITED Inter Milan striker Ronaldo is confident he will be in prime form when he comes to face Manchester United in the Champions' League quarter-finals next March. The Brazilian superstar has played just 13 competitive matches and scored five goals since the World Cup because of knee tendon problems. He has returned to Brazil to continue his rehabilitation but warned United: "I'm feeling good. These exercises are very tough but I am aware that each one is important." Doctor Nilton Petrone, the specialist treating the star, said Ronaldo was winning his battle to get back to peak fitness. "The results of the treatment are very positive and you could almost say Ronaldo has recovered," said Petrone.
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BREAKING NEWS - Wednesday 23 December 1998 Subject: MANDELSON EXIT NOT ALARMING - UNITED FANS The Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association believes the resignation of Trade and Industry secretary Peter Mandelson will not affect their bid to derail BSkyB's £623million takeover of the club. Mandelson referred the BSkyB deal to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission with a decision expected in March next year and IMUSA chairman Andy Walsh is confident that new DTI secretary Stephen Byers will follow Mandelson's views. "We are pretty certain this won't affect the United-Sky deal. It could cut both ways of course," Walsh said. "Because of Mandelson's close links with Elizabeth Murdoch, people were saying he would be unduly influenced by the Murdoch connection. "But that has proved not to be the case following Mandelson's referral to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. "Mandelson always said he wanted to de-politicise the MMC process and he would stand by any decision of the MMC. "It depends on whether Stephen Byers has the same view or whether he will take a contra-view to the MMC. But we believe the evidence for the MMC to reject the bid is so compelling that it must be thrown out. "We just hope that Mr Byers takes the obvious public interest concerns into account as Peter Mandelson did in referring it to the MMC." But Walsh admitted he was sorry that Mandelson had left his post because of the honesty he had shown with the anti-takeover groups. "It is a little disappointing because Mandelson played it right down the line with us," Walsh said. "We were pleased for the decision he took to refer the matter to the MMC in the first place. So his role was important in getting it referred to the MMC. But there is a long way to go before any final decision is taken on the deal and we fully expect the decision to go in favour anyway."
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Subject: George Best Boring? - Soccernet I simply don't go to clubs now. My missus calls me a boring old fool... By Peter Johnson Wednesday, December 23, 1998 A plum-sized swelling above his blackened right eye was throbbing proof that George Best's new life of quiet domesticity can get a bit hectic at times. A little difference of opinion in his local a couple of nights earlier led to one of the debaters making his point with a fist adorned with a diamond ring. Best needed six stitches over his eye and two beneath it. He shrugs it off. It is trivial compared with the 80 stitches required a few years ago when, in a 4am argument with an inconveniently placed kerb, he was catapulted through the windscreen of a borrowed Aston Martin. Yet the latest wound attracted by his fame has put another blemish on the face which, in its unlined youth, made Leonardo DiCaprio look like a wax cherub. Just as well, though, that it will be another seven weeks before Best is needed to appear as the middle-aged George in a film based on his life. Due in the cinemas next September, it will, he says, be part-fact, part-fiction. It seems they have found a scriptwriter brave enough to embroider the already gaudy, improbable life of a man who, in too short a time, was Europe's finest footballer, a fabled Lothario, a serial breaker of promises, an alcoholic and a near-destitute guest in one of Her Majesty's prisons. Best is a consultant on the film. His first wife, the spirited and oftbetrayed Angie - portrayed by Patsy Kensit - has given the producers her version of their marriage and Best winces at the thought of what she might have revealed. 'Everything that went wrong with our marriage was my fault,' he confesses. 'But I've insisted that the film-makers don't hide anything. There is no point because everybody knows what has gone on.' That frankness, a cheerful acknowledgement that he was the architect of his own spectacular downfall, is the key to Best's latest and longest-lasting revival. He claims to be 'happier and more relaxed than I've been for years' and he looks and sounds it. The climb-back began five years ago when he met his second wife, air hostess Alex, a tall, willowy blonde, who is now 26, exactly half his age. She has just finished furnishing and decorating the £300,000 Chelsea flat they moved into in August. For them this will be a significant Christmas, their first in what they consider their first real home together. 'Bestie' claims he has knocked his life into shape, organised everything - eating, travelling, earning and spending - and done it so well that only last week his bank manager hailed him in the street with a cheery: 'We are doing well, aren't we.' The experience clearly left the old prodigal as moved as if he had been given a medal by the Queen. These days his money comes from his job as Sky TV's regular Saturday soccer pundit and from his trips around the world speaking at dinners or simply showing his face, as recognisable behind today's ragged beard as it was when he was known in the Sixties as 'the fifth Beatle'. He already has 30 bookings for the New Year. Best operates from what he calls his 'office', a sacrosanct seat in the flock-wallpapered saloon bar of a Chelsea pub. He is there all day, most days, on full public view, yet, apart from the occasional flying fist, mostly accepted as one of the lads. The pub is within yards of the Kings Road down which Best once strutted, followed by a vast, everchanging entourage - mostly female. Then, he set the fashion in behaviour and clothes. Now, he wears a tracksuit which, like its owner, has seen better days. Best has not disowned the demon drink, but he believes he has conquered it. He sits now with a full wine glass at his right hand, a glass of brandy in his left. 'Drink is not a problem now because it doesn't affect my work or my life,' he said. 'It used to. It was my life. Nowadays, though, I can enjoy a drink with the boys but if I have a job the next day I make sure I can do it. In the old days I would just have said: "Oh, screw it" and stayed in bed.' He understands and sympathises with modern players like Tony Adams and Paul Merson who have won their battles with booze and, especially, with Paul Gascoigne, who is still at a crucial stage in his. 'Most athletes like a drink after training and working hard,' he says. 'Because they are fit, they find they can out-drink most people. In a strange way, drinking becomes competitive. You feel you have to be the best. If my pals drank 20 pints, I'd have to have 21. If they went home at 4am, I went home at 4.30. 'I feel for Gazza or anyone else who has to admit he has a problem. When I finally managed that, I had tried everything. I was in hospital three times, for a month each time, and had implants in my body to try to cure the addiction. None of it worked because I was lying to myself - all the time I was pretending to seek a cure I was thinking: "Only 30 days here and I can have a drink again". 'Now, I simply don't go to clubs. Sometimes even the missus calls me a boring old fool because I want to go home early to have some home cooking and put my feet up in front of the telly.' It is argued that, by cutting himself off in his prime, Best achieved only half of what he was capable. But those of us who watched and marvelled at him, week-in-weekout with Manchester United, saw something - genius is the only word - so fresh, inventive and youthfully audacious that it could not have survived into footballing middle-age. Like every other great instinctive artist, he could not go on creating a masterpiece every Saturday. George, you sensed, simply got bored not only with being the best but with being Best. He began playing truant from training then from matches. The beginning of the end came the day the train taking Manchester United to a match against Chelsea pulled out of Manchester's Piccadilly station with manager Sir Matt Busby peering frantically out of an open window. Minutes after the train disappeared, George came shambling up the platform, unshaven, unkempt and unrepentant. 'I think that after United won the European Cup Sir Matt felt it was time for him to move upstairs,' he recalls. 'But that left United with the problem of replacing him. New managers seem to come and go every day. 'Gradually, ordinary players replaced great ones and teams were coming to Old Trafford and stuffing us. I was unhappy. I didn't want to go out on the pitch knowing we were going to be beaten by teams who could not have lived with us five years earlier. 'I didn't want to go. The last match I should have played - against Plymouth in the Cup - I went and sat alone in the Old Traf-ford stand for a couple of hours and thought about the past and whether I could carry on. In the end, I just walked away. 'Right or wrong, nobody can take away what I achieved or claim that I let anybody down on the pitch. I was United's leading scorer for six consecutive years, even though I was a winger and not supposed to score. One season I finished topscorer in the First Division with 28 goals.' For us, what mattered was not the number of goals he got but the way he got them. But from Old Trafford, Best drifted quickly downwards. He played first in the backwaters of this country then in South Africa, Hong Kong and Australia before joining the brief soccer Klondike in the United States. 'I didn't have a home,' he said. 'I was like a gypsy - have boots will travel. I was living on planes, making good money but with no home, no friends, no roots.' When America decided to cut down the number of foreign play-ers, the game there collapsed, marooning Best, who had bought a beach bar in California. 'I became a beach bum. I was in the bar every day and every night. I hung around the beach, I had nothing else to do. Eventually, I decided to come back to England and arrived at Heathrow in 1981 with one suitcase, £1,000 and not a clue about what I was going to do.' He had left behind Angie and his son Callum, now 18, and virtually guaranteed to be American soccer's annual Player of the Year. Callum is 6ft 3in and skilful and might just make it in League football here if his father dare expose him to the destructive comparisons that would hound him. George chose to live in London because it was the only place big enough to hide. Yet his craving for drink was more powerful than the yearning for anonymity. In 1984 he stumbled blindly to the lowest point of his life - jailed for three months for drink-driving, assaulting a policeman and failing to appear in court. At first, he traded on that notoriety. Then, after the chat shows, came the respectability of appearing on the box as something more than a teller of old, bawdy tales. 'After my first appearance on television, interest just snowballed. United have 220 supporters' clubs around the world and I think I've talked to all of them. I'm always flying off somewhere - Calgary, the Middle East, Malaysia. And the Sky job gives me the chance to get back to Old Trafford, still for me a magic place. For me, the decade spanning the late Sixties and early Seventies was fabulous, but since the foundation of the Premiership, United's development has been astonishing. It is no longer a question of if but when they will win the European Cup again.' He and his close friend Denis Law - two-thirds of the great triumvirate Law, Best and Charlton - still holiday together in some remote corner of the world. Law bet Best's best man £100 that the groom would not turn up for his second wedding. 'He lost and paid up, which, as a Scotsman, hurt him a lot,' Best gloats. 'I warned Alex that marriage to me wouldn't be easy. She has been brilliant but she did find it difficult getting used to a life where everybody either stares at you or wants to talk. Most people are fine, but some aren't. 'The other day we were in a restaurant when a girl came over and said her friends had dared her to kiss me. Whenever I speak to a mixed audience, the women always want details of my old love life. Alex squirms, but she manages to cope with it.' The modern Best is astounded by his own adjustment to a home life the old roué would have found suffocating. He talks about staining his new garden bench as triumphantly as if he was scoring another European Cup goal. 'You know,' he said, 'sometimes in the early hours when there's nobody about, I walk down to the Thames and just sit there, contented, looking at the floodlit bridge, thinking over everything that's happened to me. It's beautiful and peaceful. 'I tell Alex I'm just slipping down to "the bridge". She's used to it now, but at first I'm sure she thought it was the name of a new nightclub. I don't suppose you could blame her really.'
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Subject: Happy Christmas List Happy Christmas to everyone, and lets hope for some improvement in 1999! The recent results have been just so depressing. I've been racking my brain to come up with the answer to Tony Smith's question. Two candidates for me would be the hammering by Ipswich (6-1?), and the 3-2 loss to Forest, after being (I think) 2-0 up. Johnny Metgod scored the winner from a free from about 100 yards. I think the current malaise stems from the management decision to put all the eggs in the Inter Milan basket. It has filtered through to the players. They have taken the managers comment seriously that his biggest worry is having a full squad to pick from for the EC quarter-final. They looked like players (on Saturday) whose main priority was avoiding injury, - apart from Keane. Hardly a recipe for league success, even against Middlesbrough, a very average team composed of has-beens, budget foreigners and Phil Stamp. No amount of talent will win anything without motivation and application. We don't need to buy players (except for a goalkeeper) - just get them organised and focussed. Much is made of the lack of a settled pair in central defence. Chelsea played Duberry and Lambourde against us, and they did OK. Did they ever play together before? They are certainly not first choice. Villa played a 17-year-old against us. Playing centre-half is not exactly rocket science. Gary Neville is not a central defender for the very simple reason that he doesn't have the bulk. Full back is the place for him. He is a fine footballer with a terrific attitude, but he is 11 stone weight. Gary Pallister is 14 stone, and guess who is going to win if they contest a corner? Johnsen and Stam should be picked every game, told to get on with it, and kicked up the arse when they don't. We are scoring more than 2 goals per game and that should be enough to win most games. All we need to do is concede less than two. Could we just win a couple of games?? Please ! Seamus
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From: "Gerry Byrne" Subject: The Silly Season Fellow Reds I was speaking to a guy a few days ago and we got around to naming our 10 GREATEST footballers ever seen in our time. Well, seeing as here in South Africa, we are on our summer holidays & it is called the silly season here, I thought I would get the ball rolling as to the 10 greatest footballers that I have ever seen in my time. Bearing in mind I was born in 1956, I have never had the opportunity of seeing the GREAT Busby Babes, I am basing my judgement since 1964, when I first started watching football on TV: 1: George Best (THE GREATEST) 2: Johan Cryuff 3: Eric Cantona 4: Bobby Charlton 5: Denis Law 6: Michel Platini 7: Bryan Robson 8: Martin Buchan 9: Kenny Dalgleish (see, I'm NOT biased) 10:Zinadine Zidane (WHAT a dream......Keano & Zidane in the heart of the midfield both playing for United) I make NO apologies for the fact that I have named 6 United players in the list........ No doubt, there will be differences of opinion here........... Happy Christmas, folks!!! Gerry Byrne!!!
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