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Date: Thursday Aug 27 +00:00 1998
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Daily RED Trivia  Thursday 27th August:


1927: United beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Old Trafford with goals from
Joe Spence 2 and Jimmy Hanson. The Division 1 game was watched by
44,957. Team was: Steward, Moore, Silcock, Bennion, Barson, Wilson,
Chapman, Hanson, Spence, Partridge, McPherson.  

1988: Jim Leighton made his United debut against Queens Park Rangers. Leighton
cost 450,000 from Aberdeen and played in the 1990 FA Cup Final before being left
out for the replay, and the athletic Goalkeeper made 94 appearances between
1988-90. With Aberdeen he won Premier League, Cup and European Cup Winners
Cup winners medals, and when joining Dundee in February 1992 he promptly won 
a Division 1 Championship winners medal. In amassing over 80 caps for Scotland he
has played in the World Cup Finals of 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998.


Coming Matches Index: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899z.htm
Wed  9/9 Charlton (H) PL
Sat 12/9 Coventry (H) PL
This Issue:
1. LKS LODZ 0 (0) v (0) 0 MAN UTD  REDS Qualify!
2. list:"Forty Years On" Diary of 40 hours in Manchester 1998: Pt4/5
4. Football famine (Teamtalk)
5. Eric Songs and Match Sounds, plus My Views


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Subject: LKS LODZ 0 (0) v (0) 0 MAN UTD REDS Qualify! Wed 26th Aug 1998 LKS LODZ 0 (0) v (0) 0 MAN UTD Few goalless draws have ever been as valuable to Manchester United as this one. The result in the qualifying round second leg saw United through to the Champions' League for the fourth time and guarantees them a windfall of as much as 5million for competing against Europe's elite. Not that United manager Alex Ferguson will be bothered by the extra millions and instead he will just be glad to be in tomorrow's Champions' League draw in Monaco. Antoni Ptak, owner of the Polish side, welcomed United to Lodz in his programme notes and claimed the industrial city is known as the Manchester of Poland. But while Lowry would have found some matchstick men and matchstick women to paint in Lodz, the only similarity between the two teams was that they both had 11 players. This was a controlled performance from United and they were rarely in trouble against the mediocre Polish champions in their run down stadium in front of a meagre crowd. Indeed they could, and should, have scored to make their victory margin even greater, but Ferguson will not be too bothered by that. Ferguson had predicted a transformed Lodz from the side which defended so deeply at Old Trafford in the first leg and he was proved right. The lively Rafal Niznik turned Denis Irwin and fired past the post after just 30 seconds, while Zbigniew Wyciszkiewicz had a shot blocked inside the six-yard box. United, though, dealt comfortably with the Poles and midway through the half they began to assert themselves. Nicky Butt pounced on a loose ball just outside the area and unleashed a shot which Lodz goalkeeper Boguslaw Wyparlo could only parry. Teddy Sheringham, who was making his first start of the season in place of Andy Cole, should have done better when he rose to head a Ryan Giggs corner, but the England striker directed his weak effort wide of the post. Ferguson will not have been impressed by David Beckham after the midfielder needlessly got himself booked for a clumsy tackle on Tomasz Kos on the half hour. United continue to threaten an away goal, which would have killed the tie, and Ronny Johnsen hit a bouncing effort into the arms of Wyparlo from a Giggs corner. Wyparlo was called into action again three minutes before half-time when he produced a fine finger-tip save to touch Beckham's shot over the bar. United continued to control the match and they went close again when Roy Keane found Beckham in space on the right and Sheringham was just centimetres away from connecting with his inviting ball into the middle. Lodz, though, gave United a scare after 61 minutes when Kos' free-kick took a massive deflection and dropped just wide of the goal with Peter Schmeichel, who was making his 25th Champions' League appearance, stranded. United were soon back in charge and Keane shot wide after Beckham's effort had been saved by Wyparlo, while Butt sent a rasping drive just inches over the bar. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who turned down a move to Tottenham at the weekend, almost stole a late winner three minutes from time only for Wyparlo to block his point-blank shot. By the end of the match the players and supporters in the mostly uncovered ground had been soaked by the rain but it will not have dampened United's spirits. LKS Lodz: Wyparlo, Kos, Bendkowski, Lenart, Krysiak, Pawlak, Zuberek, Niznik, Jakubowski, Wyciszkiewicz, Wiezszczyski. Subs: Manchester United: Schmeichel, Irwin, P Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Butt, Keane, Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Sheringham. Subs: Solskjaer for Giggs Referee: C Graziano (Italy)
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Subject: list:"Forty Years On" Diary of 40 hours in Manchester 1998: Pt4/5 Diary August 16-19 1998: Pt4/5 Day 3/pt2 The Testimonial Match Leaving the Nest around 18.30 I walked to OT with Tony Smith, Pete and Hal Hargreaves. Atmosphere was at a high and the weather was still great, as it had been for the 30 hours that I had been in Manchester! There must have been something in the air those 3 days? Badges, souvenirs, a chat with a RED NEWS salesman and purchase of RED Issue 53. Good value at one pound including Kerry Davies and the REDS story in Wonderful Copenhagen! More fans, programmes and down Sir Matt Busby Way to the ground just one hour to kick off. I gazed up at Sir Matt who seems to smile at the bouquet of flowers set at his feet, the Munich clock, young fans surrounding me in full "Le Dieu" kit and waving Eric flags. Into East stand gate E34 and I was pleased that I had a program as the queue inside the ground was long. Up the stairs, the terraces were already filling up and I sat admiring the view as the players came out in white strip for a warm up, no Eric yet tho' A table was placed on the pitch and speakers wires and microphone ready for Mick Hucknall. Ryan Giggs was presented with his "Player of the Year Award" which was a model of Sir Matt's Statue, Wes Brown (big cheer) for Young Player of the Year and Michael Twiss the Reserve Player award. The speakers had started to play "Calypso" and the RED Busby Babe atmosphere was ready ... looking around, I was just to the right of the K stand goal on the first upper, I saw no familiar faces, later I found Paul Windridge was sat several rows behind me. No sign of Linda or the others but there again there many people at OT so meeting in the ground is not easy. Read Linda's report at for her feelings of this special day. Mick H? Sorry no comment on the song we could have avoided that, his voice is great just the choice of song was wrong. Mick could have asked a famous Danish dj I know, he may well have recommended "The Flowers Of Manchester" Linda's request! The teams came out on the dot, 20.00 hrs and although there was a cheer no Eric? One minute later Guard of honour at the players tunnel "LADIES & GENTLEMEN WELCOME BACK TO ERIC CANTONA" the ground exploded literally, everybody screamed, shouted and roared as Le King strode out wearing Black and White stripes, escorted by son Raphael COOL!!! as you west coasters say :)) The roof was nearly raised by that ROAR from 55000+. Btw ... writing this report is so enjoyable that I forgot to mention that by now Robbo & Mark Hughes were already on the pitch! Why were we all here? Munich. The minutes silence respect People believe me, respect was there and there was perfect silence. After silence came "OOH AAH CANTONA" "WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS" "Hughsie Hughsie" "There's Only One Bryan Robson" "ON THE TWELTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME E.R.I.C C.A.N.T.O.N.A" The last song being 5 mins long and repeated at least 3 times during the game :))) During the match we had sang the songs .. again .. and .. again MARVELLOUS! I must say lookin back, the 2nd half was best, yes it was because ERIC SCORED?. No it was something to do with the tremendous atmosphere. During the first half Eric had been in awe, 2nd half in RED, 7 Le Dieu was back, collar up and the whole crowd just enjoyed the entertainment. 8-4 yes folks this was not a football match but entertainment. The crazy Olmeta in goal for "European Cantona X1" was brilliant and tried (impossibly) to steal the show from Eric! If Peter had been there we would have had a competition on how many minutes each goalkeeper could play in the opposing half! Olmeta even dribbled the whole pitch and about 5 defenders then came up for a fantastic free kick in the 2nd half, only just over the bar. You could write a story about his game, I will just stop and say he even had the Stretford End singing whilst he danced samba most of the 2nd half! Eric himself was brilliant, all the old touches flicks and presence. It was a pleasure to be there, the 3 day pilgramage from Denmark was worth it 199%. Note: During half time I met Paul Windridge & daughter + Kerry Davies, still suffering from effects of Danish hospitality? Paul was kind enough to share his beer (long queue) and a good time was had by all. We spoke of his fabulous meeting with Helen Viollet Noel Cantwell and others before the match. Back up the stairs more Munich Memories, more Eric and the best was yet to come.... THE GOAL Shimmy down Stretford End past 1 2 3 players, in front of goal and then little flick into the net, 7th goal for number 7, yes this may well of been play acting but who cares? Before that some daft linesman had disallowed a good goal by Eric, now that could not have been planned! MERCI ERIC Eric Cantona one of the greatest players ever to wear UNITED colours. Only he could have said goodbye in such an emotional fashion as this. 5 seasons 4 premierships Final whistle, the speech, the lap of honour BRILLIANT Eric shot down the tunnel all players and crowd aplauding him, THE END OF AN ERA Eric had said: " I just lost my passion for the game. I'm so sorry. I had five wonderful years here, the best years of my career. I still love you all, thank you. Maybe see you soon" Sir Bobby Charlton quote "He was a sensational footballer, a true proffesional and there's really been nobody like him. Remember we had waited all those many years to win the championship, then he comes along and we won four in five years. That say's everything about the man and the footballer he was." Only regret from this day? (applies to all in East stand) Eric attcked Stretford End for the entire game! Lucky b .... s! (boys) Please send me all the photos for the website! Leaving the ground: Farewell to Paul motorway bound. The crowd seemed to be high spirits leaving the game, many milled around Sir Matt just to give a last regard and reminder that we had at long last experienced the awaited Munich Testimonial. It was fairly late around 22.20 and I was to meet up with Pete and Hal who had kindly offered to put me up for the night. The next job for me on the way to The Nest was to grab hot "Meat&PotatoPie & Chips mmmmmmmmm! Just the sight of those pies when you live in Denmark is heaven. I can tell you I enjoyed that "meal on foot" it lasted from Matt Busby Way to half way up Talbot Rd! Arriving at the Nest there was Paul Busby & friends relaxing on the forecourt. They had youngsters with them so were sat outside. We greeted each other and agreed the evening had been a great one. Inside Pete, Hal, Tony Smith, Dr Mark, Pat + others were already drinking. There was little time, thanks Pete for the beer and thanks Dr Mark for the offer, was it 5mins after closing time? We had not realised that time had flown so fast. We will all take you up on that round another fine day, Pete and I would like a double please! :)) Suddenly Trevor Sutton and family had appeared from nowhere and they sat down at the table for a chat. I must say after being on the Internet Mailing List for over 2 years its fine to actually meet all the characters involved in the mailings! Trevor can be remembered for a fine article (with pics) that he wrote about the cliff: http://www.red11.org/mufc/cliff.htm The three Suttons were all there and we sat after closing time chatting and waiting for Kieron to eventually close the pub. Granada were to show highlights from 2345-0045 so Hal was ready to drive and then we would make it back in time for the show. to be contined.... Barry MAD DANE thought??? Raphael 8 years old + 10?, Could he, would he, can he? No :( Tony mentioned that he has "new" pics of Eric available soon and that they will appear at: http://freespace.virgin.net/tony.smith/cantona.htm so check them out soon folks! Last part to come: Pt 5/5 Day 4 Hal & May + long trek home *************************************************************** REQUEST TO ALL LIST MEMBERS WHO ATTENDED THE MUNICH TESTIMONIAL: To be used on the website as a multi media story of Munich/Eric's farewell. Please write 100-200 words about your experiences that day. Mail them to me at barrylee@post3.tele.dk If you have any photos even better! (Alan) Thanks in advance Barry
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Subject: KEANE BACK FOR IRELAND IRELAND DUBLIN (26/08/98 15:23:46) Roy Keane returned to the international fold after an absence of nearly 12 months when he was named in Mick McCarthy`s 22-man squad for the European Championship qualifier against Croatia on September 5. The inspirational Manchester United midfielder has been included for the group eight match at Lansdowne Road after recovering from the cruciate ligament injury which saw him miss most of United`s campaign last season. His return to action with United is a timely boost for the Republic boss, who also recalls Keith O`Neill, the Norwich forward whose last cap came against Macedonia in April last year. Veteran stars Ray Houghton and Tony Cascarino are also recalled as the Irish take on the team that finished third in the World Cup finals in France this summer. McCarthy said: "I don`t know how much I can stress that it is very important to have Roy Keane back in the panel. He is regarded as one of the best in Europe and the world, and we don`t have many of those." McCarthy remains convinced that the Irish can get off to the best possible start in their bid to reach the Euro 2000 finals in Holland and Belgium. "At home we have the ability to cause problems for anybody. Croatia are a good side but we can beat them because we have a strong squad and are an improving team," added McCarthy. After the Croatia game, the Republic have another tough assignment when they take on Yugoslavia in Belgrave on October 10.
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Subject: Football famine (Teamtalk) Football famine United fans will be hit by a football famine over the next fortnight, with just two reserve games to satisfy their appetites during that period. After Wednesday's Champions League qualifier, the first team has a 14-day break before their next Premiership game although most of the squad will be on international duty. The reserves are also without a game this weekend, but will be at home to Aston Villa next Wednesday then away to Everton three days later. Players who would have been involved in the former 'A' and 'B' teams have an even longer wait. United now play in the FA Premier League Academy and the Under-17 and Under-19 sides kick-off their season a week on Saturday at West Ham. The Academy season stretches over seven months and Unite will come up against teams from clubs like Liverpool, Everton, Derby County, Blackburn and Tottenham as well as neighbours Manchester City. The first Academy home game will be on Saturday, September 12th when Derby County Under-19's will face Unite at The Cliff training ground, and the Under-17's clash at the Littleton Road training ground.
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From: Ian Schofield Subject: Eric Songs and Match Sounds, plus My Views Well fresh from OT here are the main songs about Eric "The KING" Cantona along with all the other OT favourites! www.fortunecity.com/victorian/crescent/15/soundfile.htm" Sound Page Just a few views from here! Why are selling Ole?? We need to strengthen our team not buy and sell. I know its the board wants some cash back but won't they get the cash back if we have a good team which is successful? I think Dwight Yorke will bring an extra edge to the play, but is he too much like Andy Cole? We need a tall striker because we have the width and no one to get a head and the end. Talking about width, at the moment we don't have any! Giggs plays anywhere and with no right winger the play is grouped down the middle and we cannot break though! I think now Yorke has signed Giggs should stay out wide with Becks out on the right with Butt making way! Thats my view any way, visit my pages Ian, K Stands Barmy Army My MUFC Page http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/crescent/15/mu.htm My Home Page http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/crescent/15/index.htm MUFC PICS = http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/crescent/15/pics.htm
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