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www.red11.org : TODAYS NEWS
Date: Thurs May 28  1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org


This Issue:
1. PPV imminent
2. Fergie "Kluied" Up... (Mirror)
3. Manchester United radio??
4. The night Busby met United's destiny (Independent)

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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:21:21 -0700 Subject: PPV imminent Thursday May 28, 12:18 PM Premier Clubs 'Want Pay-Per-View' - United Chief Pay-per-view broadcasting is set to receive a collective thumbs-up from the chairmen of Premiership clubs. The 20 chairmen are discussing the proposals from BSkyB, which will revolutionise the game, at their annual two-day meeting in Leicester. And Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards has carried out his own telephone straw poll of chairmen which he claims indicates that most are in favour of the idea. Under BSkyB's plan, five Premiership fixtures would remain on Saturdays, with four moving to Sundays and one, as usual, on Monday nights. Of the four games on Sundays, three would be screened on a pay-per-view basis. These games will feature the cream of each weekend's action with the result that the likes of United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will find themselves playing even more games on Sundays. Edwards said: "I'm confident that the proposals will go through. My own research shows that the majority of clubs are in favour of the idea." The Football Supporters' Association has already attacked the proposals, while the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association (IMUSA) is also against the plan.
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 21:58:40 -0400 Subject: Fergie "Kluied" Up... (Mirror) ALEX KLUED UP BY STEVE MILLAR Patrick Kluivert is back on Alex Ferguson's shopping list for his summer 30million spending spree. But the Manchester United manager knows he faces a fight with Arsenal and Newcastle for the 8million Dutch World Cup striker. United are showing huge interest again after so far failing to prise Gabriel Batistuta away from Fiorentina. Another Argentine target, Ariel Ortega, is proving elusive, too. And after the collapse of the deal for French star Marc Vivien Foe because of his broken leg, United want to buy quickly. Meanwhile, United have put the block on defender Gary Pallister leaving in the immediate future. Chairman Martin Edwards says: "Any possible move to Middlesbrough is on hold until after the World Cup finals." TIME GOES BY FOR OWEN IN CASABLANCA From JOHN DILLON Morocco ..0 England ..1 TEENAGE sensation Michael Owen blew Glenn Hoddle's World Cup plans wide open last night by becoming the youngest player ever to score for England. The Liverpool star survived a frightening moment when he was knocked unconscious and swallowed his tongue in an ugly collision with the Moroccan goalkeeper. But he insisted on playing on - showing the sort of grit even Humphrey Bogart would have been proud of - and scored in a 1-0 victory here in Casablanca. By smashing Tommy Lawton's 60-year-old milestone at the age of just 18 years and 164 days he added fuel to the burning debate that he deserves a place in the starting line-up at France 98. The picture was not as promising for Arsenal striker Ian Wright, who now faces an agonising 48 hours of treatment on a damaged hamstring in a desperate bid to cling on to his World Cup hopes. Yet there was no holding back the brilliant apprentice and Owen's goal came in only his fourth appearance for his country - sealed with a kiss from team-mate Paul Ince. Owen said: "I don't remember being knocked out or Dion Dublin turning me on my side. The first thing that I remember was the physio asking me if I was OK. I felt a bit groggy but I wasn't going to tell him that. Getting this goal is probably the best of all the records I've broken and it's come at the most important time, just before the World Cup." Hoddle reacted tetchily when questioned about Owen's chances for France in a post-match television interview. "Who said I was ever going to leave him out?" snapped Hoddle as he turned his back on the camera and walked away. But later he regained his composure to add: "Dion's reaction when Michael was injured was first class. I went on to the pitch to see what had happened because it's obviously something that causes great concern. He took a terrific whack on the jaw. "But the first thing he said when he came round was - 'Don't take me off'. The boy has got up from that and displayed some terrific finishing. We knew that their defence was very square and that Michael had the pace to get behind them." Hoddle refused to rule Wright out of his planning. But if his hamstring is found to be torn, there will be no way he can go to the tournament. Wright pulled up hurt in the 24th minute when he was chasing unchallenged after a loose ball and later complained of a pain behind his left knee. Hoddle said: "I'm not prepared to say whether he's in or whether he's out. We'll assess it in 48 hours.'' Owen's goal gave England a much needed, morale-boosting victory after the disappointing 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia at Wembley on Saturday when they were jeered off the pitch. It also lifted them after a poor display in the first half of this opening match of the King Hassan II Tournament here. Hoddle's team face Belgium tomorrow in the same competition, their final international warm-up match before their opening World Cup game against Tunisia in Marseilles on June 15. Hoddle conceded that England had been poor in the first half but believes the experience of playing in front of 90,000 noisy and hostile north African fans was a perfect dress rehearsal for the clash with Tunisia. The atmosphere will be similar because Marseilles has a large Tunisian population. Hoddle said: "I thought it was a very good exercise. The crowd were hostile and intimidating and that's the sort of thing we could be up against when we play Tunisia.''
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Subject: Manchester United radio?? LONDON -- An ambitious project to provide high-speed Internet access through electricity mains hit a snag when street lights using the same power supply turned into rogue radio transmitters. Trials of the systems in Manchester showed that Norweb's Digital PowerLine technology was fast but Internet users discovered that the data they were downloading was being broadcast as high-frequency radio waves through the street lamps. Physical similarities between the street lights, which are the right vertical length of a conductor, caused them to act as radio aerials. "If the current technology were to be widely used, experts fear that sections of the radio spectrum could be swamped, disrupting emergency communications, annoying amateur radio buffs and interfering with the BBC World Service," New Scientist magazine said in its issue today. Britain's Department of Trade and Industry is holding meetings with Norweb and users of the affected frequency, such as the BBC, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the government's electronic communications center, in an attempt to solve the problem.
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X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.04 [en] (WinNT; I) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 17:04:41 -0700 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Andrew Sherman Subject: The night Busby met United's destiny (Independent) Thirty years ago today Old Trafford's finest beat Benfica to win the European Cup. Ken Jones recalls a pivotal moment at Wembley WHEN Matt Busby raised the European Cup amid scenes of great emotion at Wembley on 29 May 1968, few realised the parlous state into which Manchester United were falling. Busby's aura, the genius of George Best alongside such notable figures as Bobby Charlton, Denis Law (who watched the match from a hospital bed), Pat Crerand and Nobby Stiles obscured issues that would send Manchester United into the Second Division within five years of their greatest triumph. Although appearing recovered from grievous physical and emotional wounds inflicted by the Munich air disaster 10 years earlier, his reputation enhanced by the achievements of a rebuilt team, Busby in fact no longer possessed the energy to secure United's long-term future. Supply lines were drying up and Busby's heart-felt warning - "Too much 'mind' could ruin the game" - spoke of the frustration caused in him by technical developments. No tactician, Busby's strength was in deployment, his profound sense of the roles in which players were most likely to be effective. Coupled with a deep attachment to the beauty and romance of football it made Busby a great manager, the ultimate football man, but by 1968 he was presiding over the inertia that would put 25 years between Manchester United and their next League championship. None of this registered with the army of supporters who descended on Wembley in the hope that Busby's vision - if overtaken by Celtic's ground-breaking conquest a year earlier - would at last be rewarded with the trophy he had cherished since 1956 after persuading Manchester United's directors to defy the Football League, who ruled against participation in the European Cup on the insular grounds that extra fixtures would seriously disrupt the domestic programme. The years had rolled by, from the tragedy of 1958 to 1966 when United, down 2-0 from the first leg of a semi-final against Partizan of Belgrade and without Best, were unable to make up the deficit at Old Trafford. Another opportunity lost, another chance coming with the 1967 championship. Busby had sent out better teams, but perhaps this one would bring fulfillment. Easily past Hibernians of Malta in the opening round, United then defeated Sarajevo of Yugoslavia to set up a quarter-final tie against the Polish champions, Gornik. Taking a two-goal lead to the Silesian coalfields, Busby making a rare concession to negative tactics, United hung on for a narrow aggregate victory. "There's a job of work to do he," he had said in the dressing room. "So let's do it properly." Of all the clubs who have fought for the European Cup none did more to glamorize it than the present holders, Real Madrid, so when United were drawn against them in the semi-finals destiny seemed to be working overtime. If no longer the Real of Alfredo di Stefano (Busby's favourite player), Ferenc Puskas and Raymond Kopa, a great tradition ran strong in their blood. Holding United at Old Trafford to one of Best's most breathtaking goals, Real almost battered them into submission two weeks later. Sent out with instructions to keep their heads and protect the ball, still without Law whose right knee was badly swollen, United trailed 3-1 at the interval. Busby gambled. Releasing David Sadler from an auxiliary role in defence he gave orders to attack. "There's only one goal in it overall, so don't give up hope. Go back out with your heads up. Play your football. Let's get at them." It wasn't so much that United improved but that Real lost their momentum. The pace slackened and at last Busby's team began to look tidy. Then Sadler scored to bring them level on aggregate. "A replay, at least a replay," Charlton thought. He was 50 yards behind the play when Best slithered past two men and made for goal. "I could see others trying to support George, including Bill Foulkes who seldom crossed the half-way line," Charlton recalled. "Bill kept running, no one picked him up, and when the ball came over he knocked it into the net. When the final whistle went it felt as though we'd won the European Cup and there were tears in our eyes when Matt and I embraced. How could we fail to win it after all we'd been through that night?" Charlton felt it important that only three of the men chosen to face Benfica in the final had been signed from other professional clubs. "The lads who had played in Europe a long time all seemed to be there," he said many years later when we put a book together. "Bill Foulkes, Shay Brennan, Nobby. Then the younger ones, Johnny Aston and Brian Kidd. They were Manchester lads, so they knew what was expected of them. They had grown up with it all. Brian would have been about 10 years old at the time of the Munich accident." Identifying Eusebio as an obvious threat but confident that Stiles could do the job on him that he'd done for England against Portugal in the 1966 World Cup semi-finals, Busby gave attention to Benfica's other strengths; the influence of Coluna in midfield, Torres's heading ability and Simoes's scurrying pace. Encouraged by the ease with which Aston got through Benfica's right flank United recovered from early nervousness for Charlton to put them ahead in the second half with a header from Sadler's centre so rare he imagined it coming as a shock to Busby, his mentor Jimmy Murphy, his family, his friends, his team-mates, and the football world at large. Not enough though to secure Busby's dream. Torres headed down for Graca to equalise and then a heart-stopping moment as Eusebio advanced on Alex Stepney. Instead of settling for simplicity Eusebio attempted a spectacular goal and the ball stuck in Stepney's large hands. Extra time. The World Cup final all over again; only for Charlton and Stiles the faces of those lying on the ground alongside them were different. Busby's words echoed Alf Ramsey's. "Benfica are shattered. Look at them. We're in much better shape. We've got this far, now let's finish it." Demoralised by Eusebio's miss, Benfica sank even lower when Adolfo's slip allowed a clearance from Stepney to reach Best. Wrong-footing Benfica's goalkeeper, Henrique, with a twitch of his shoulders and a flick of the hips, Best planted the ball into an empty net before wheeling away, right hand held aloft. Eusebio had been shown how it was done. Kidd headed a third before providing the fourth for Charlton. As Busby stepped from the bench to embrace his players people wondered what images were passing through his mind: Duncan Edwards, Eddie Colman, Roger Byrne. "At last, we've done it," he said. Busby and Charlton had kept faith with United's dead; Best had confirmed his genius. But the glorious unification of skill and spirit that brought Manchester United to fulfillment would dissolve in the acid truth of complacency that drove Best to brooding, self-destructive despair.
Sam Hayward our Graphic designer at www.red11.org

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