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Date: Mon Dec 28 11:07:10 GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. Ronnie's on a hat-trick   Personal match report by "Our Salford Lass"
2. The Week Ahead: No hang-up for United
3. Bassett's lament 
6. Kelly's old job may be scrapped by FA 


Daily RED Trivia  Mon 28th December 1998:

28/12/1929: Arthur Chesters made his debut against Newcastle United. Local-born 
 Goalkeeper Chesters conceded 22 goals in 4 successive games during the 1930-31 
 season,  including 6-0 against Huddersfield and 4-7 against Liverpool. He made 9
 appearances  between 1929-31 before signing for Exeter City.

1992: United beat Coventry City 5-0 at Old Trafford in a Premiership game 
 watched by 36,025. Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, Lee Sharpe and
 Denis Irwin got the goals. Team was: Schmeichel, Parker, Irwin, Bruce (Phelan),
 Sharpe, Pallister, Cantona, Ince, McClair, Hughes, Giggs (Kanchelskis). 


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Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Tue 29/12 Chelsea       (A) PL sky sports time 19.45 UK
     3/1  Middlesboro   (H) FA CUP 3rd rnd 16.00 UK
    10/1 West Ham       (H) Sky Sports? time 16.00 UK
    16/1 Leicester      (A)  15.00
    31/1 Charlton       (A) Sky Sports? time 15.00 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
26/12/98    Notts Forest             Home     W  3-0     3    55,216 

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 BrÝndby         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: Ronnie's on a hat-trick Personal match report by "Our Salford Lass" It might have been a poor game but I had a pretty enjoyable day! Just to see United win and, even more unusual these days, keep a clean sheet, was a very pleasant way to spend Boxing Day and added a much need two points to my fantasy football team (I did think, when signing Denis Irwin, that I couldn't go far wrong!). Special thanks are due to Nick, without whom, my Boxing Day would have been cancelled and this report would not have existed! The day started with Nick ringing me at 11.30am to say that he was lost in Glossop and didn't know how to get to my house! Since I had expected him to ringing me from Sheffield with the news that he was just about to set off, this led to much frantic running around as I didn't want to appear at the game still in my night attire! I managed to get myself organised just in time and we were soon heading off down the A6 towards Stockport, trying not to run over Stockport and Barnsley fans as they converged on Edgeley Park. 1pm found us in the Nest and we had a very pleasant lunch, in the company of some fine, upstanding list members (and the Sausage Man) and then it was off to the ground. As we walked down Sir Matt Busby Way, (only stopping to chat to Kerry who was bragging about the size of the white limousine he had arrived in - strange way for a fanzine seller to turn up at the game!) the skies were turning black and the wind was rising - gales were forecast and it was with trepidation that I entered East Lower and wiped my seat dry. The son-and-heir arrived just before kick-off, having been to this father's for a second Christmas dinner. Much hilarity ensued as he showed us his Christmas pressies - Manchester United bubble bath and some chocolate coins! We ate the chocolate and tried to lose the bubble bath as we waited for the game to start, whilst waving at the Sausage Man up in the second tier (he was wearing a very bright red, black and white jacket - a pressy from his beloved - and white jeans - in Manchester on a wet, dark, typical Northern afternoon! - so was very easy to spot). As the team was announced, there was puzzlement all around OT. No Stam, no Cole, no Yorke. Teddy starting with Ole on the bench. I know this was only Forest, and we had beaten them with our reserve team only a few weeks ago, but, after recent showings, this seemed to be asking for a humiliating result! And for the first 20 minutes it looked as if, whilst a humiliating defeat might not be on the cards (Forest would still not have managed to score a goal even if we had taken every player off and left them to it for 90 minutes), an embarrassing 0-0 draw most certainly was. The players were playing like they had just had their Christmas dinner and the crowd were all having their post-Christmas nap. After giving us a piece of his mind last week, Peter was keen to get us all going and kept turning and trying to up the volume. Then someone in the middle of the scoreboard paddock started chanting "Alex Ferguson's Red and White Army" and it caught on. Soon the whole of the East Stand joined in and we had a wall of noise beating down on the pitch. The boys responded immediately (either that, or it woke them up!) and they started to play like they had suddenly realised where they were. We got our first corner of the game and Ronnie scored down the other end. Peter turned and celebrated with us and the son-and-heired said for the umpteenth time - "We can't have anyone in goal, we just can't!!". For the next ten minutes or so, the atmosphere was better - there was a brilliant chorus of "The Red Flag" and we sang the "12 Days of Cantona". The Calypso got an airing and we also took the mickey out of K Stand as they settled back down to their afternoon nap! "We only win when we're singing" seemed appropriate. The atmosphere died again for the last 5/10 minutes though, as the heavens opened. It's very hard to keep singing away when you being drenched by freezing cold water poured all over you from a great height! Half-time saw us all scurry off behind the stands where it was at least dryer, if not warmer. There we met Tim and the son-and-heir got embarrassed some more about his Christmas pressies! Once back (rather reluctantly, I have to admit) in our seats, we realised that Fergie had obviously lobbed a few tea-cups around at half-time, because the lads came out looking like they meant it! Giggs in particular, who had been rubbish in the first half, was back to looking more like his best and it was only a matter of time before the second goal arrived - again it was Ronnie, this time with a volley that a striker would have been proud of - and the chant of the afternoon was first heard, "Ronnie's on a hat-trick". For the rest of the game, the crowd were trying to will Ronnie to get a third goal and chanted "shoot" every time he got the ball, no matter where he was on the pitch! Whilst Ronnie was doing an excellent impression of a striker, our Teddy was trying his best to convince the world that he wasn't one! His performance wasn't totally unconvincing (as pointed out to me on the way home, his link-up play and passing was excellent) but he had at least three easy chances to get the ball in the net, right in front of us, and missed all three. Ole was warming up on the touchline at that moment and most of OT joined in a rousing chorus of "You are my Solskjaer" to which he responded with a shy smile and an upraised thumb (awwww!!). He also looked a trifle embarrassed as it was very obvious that the crowd was making its displeasure with Teddy known as much as it was singing for Ole. Seconds later, Teddy linked with Becks (I think) and Giggs scored one of the best goals seen this season. So we were three up, and Fergie decided to make a few changes and rest a few more players. So Keane went off, as did Giggs and Scholes. Blomqvist, Greening and (at last!) Ole came on. Unfortunately (as far as most of the fans around me were concerned anyway) Teddy stayed on, despite the fella in front of me suggesting that we ought to play Ronnie up front instead, or even sub him with Raymond! The last 20 minutes were pretty much like the first. They never looked like scoring, we took our foot off the pedal, the crowd went quiet again, except for odd moments of chanting. Half-way through the second half I had to look up at L Stand to check that the Forest fans were still there and hadn't gone home. Apart from a chant of "Sack the board" towards the end and one chorus of "Beckham is a wanker", they were absolutely silent. A good job really, because it would have been really embarrassing to have been outsung by Nottingham Forest fans!! I felt sorry for them - it must be soul destroying to watch that crap week after week. Towards the end, we had another chorus of "The 12 days of Cantona" and a couple of golden oldies were heard (including "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, the Scousers ran away") and there was an enthusiastic chorus of "City, Manchester City, nobody knows their name", but the mood by the end of the game was a feeling of relief mixed with fear when discussions turned to the coming game at Chelsea on Tuesday. Of course, Peter livened up the last few minutes by having one of his regular moments of madness and, I believe, was not pleased at having some gentle micky taken out of him by West Lower! As to the players - popular man-of-the-match was probably Ronnie Johnsen but for me, it was Roy Keane. Pity he can't give our friend Teddy some lessons in commitment. Also impressive were Giggs in the second half and Jonathan Greening for the last 20 minutes or so - the lad didn't let himself down and showed some good touches out on the right. We managed to last most of the second half without getting another soaking, so we were in reasonable spirits as we walked back to the car arguing about whether Teddy Sheringham is shit or not! Copyright © 1998 by Our Salford Lass. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without permission of the author
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Monday, December 28, 1998 Subject: The Week Ahead: No hang-up for United Chelsea and Manchester United meet tomorrow night for the second time in a fortnight, when both their title credentials will come under serious scrutiny. Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea side have not lost in the League since their opening day 2-1 defeat at Coventry and outplayed Alex Ferguson's team in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on December 16. Chelsea's cosmopolitan stars have proved themselves genuine title contenders rather than mere pretenders but will almost certainly be without influential midfielder Gustavo Poyet. He suffered a knee injury after scoring his 11th goal this season in the 2-0 win at Southampton and looks like facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. United are unbeaten in their last five games at Stamford Bridge and Ferguson admitted his side would be going for all-out victory against the leaders. 'Our record at Chelsea has been brilliant,' he said. 'We have been excellent down there - just like they have been up at Old Trafford.' Ferguson's concerns going into the game are injuries to Jaap Stam, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole. All three missed Saturday's 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest and are unlikely to be fit. A draw against Sheffield Wednesday today will be good enough for Aston Villa to leapfrog Chelsea at the top. At the other end, a win would enable Nottingham Forest to swap places with Southampton at the bottom.
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Manchester United 3-0 Nottingham Forest: Subject: Bassett's lament Monday, December 28, 1998 Dave Bassett, that celebrated football dream-maker of the past, laments the passing of the great romantics. In an era when the big clubs chase big bucks rather than the rainbow, the game's 'upstairs, downstairs' mentality was never more graphically illustrated than in this one-sided affair. The odds on a Nottingham Forest win were on a par with sighting Halley's Comet. Bassett, who once thrust little Wimbledon into the land of footballing giants and lived to tell the tale, pronounced Dreamland closed, condemned by avarice. As long as the rich grow richer and the strong become stronger, then the cracks in our game will broaden and eventually much of the structure of the great sporting phenomenon will disappear over the precipice. Judging by the vast empty spaces at Old Trafford long before the final whistle, it can be safely assumed that even winning can become tiresome if there has been little adventure along the way. It was like asking a gourmet to make do with a few food pills - the hunger was assuaged but not exactly with great satisfaction or delight. Bassett, one of our most experienced managers, wasn't at all surprised. He said: 'It didn't need a genius to work out before a ball was kicked that Forest, Southampton and Charlton would be around the bottom of the table. 'There are not a lot of surprises around these days. We have an entirely different budget to the top clubs. I would love to have Manchester United fringe players like Henning Berg and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in my team. In fact, they would walk straight into our side but now the big clubs are making sure they have 20 good players as part of a big squad. 'Years ago, even Manchester United might have had to sell one of those players for a few million pounds to balance the books. Now, with all the money involved in the Champions League, they don't have to do that. It's all going to get worse for the rest of us. 'You have to accept all this as a fact. I can't shout or holler, you just have to get on with the job and compete to some extent.' But he hopes that the game does heed the warning that elitism can severely harm football's health. He said: 'In football, you have to have dreams. If you start taking the dreams away the people will become disillusioned.' Forest never came close to ruffling United's command as they equalled their own Premiership record of going 16 games without a win. Even without Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Jaap Stam and Gary Neville, Alex Ferguson's team coasted. Ronny Johnsen was left unmarked from a David Beck-ham corner to head past Dave Beasant for the opening goal and the biggest surprise was how a soulless Forest were able to survive any more negative numbers in their goal difference column until Johnsen, with a crisply executed volley, and a delightful chip from Ryan Giggs, following the best move of the game involving Teddy Sheringham and Beckham, finished them off. Again Bassett applied the class philosophy to explain the contrast in the form of Wales winger Giggs. He had run almost aimlessly into cul-de-sacs in the first half, only to emerge after the break and blossom into United's most creative performer. Bassett said: 'His excellent goal shows you just what good players can achieve. 'They might be having a nightmare but they don't let it affect them. They come back because they have the mental toughness to do it. 'But perhaps if we had Giggs in our side then he wouldn't have got the ball so many times, enabling him to keep probing until he got things right. At United if you are having an off day then you can be carried by other players until you get going. 'With respect, just how many of our players would you put into the Manchester United or the Arsenal teams?' Giggs is critical to United's fortunes. Players like big signings Stam and Yorke and high-profile performers like Beckham and Cole have been put under the microscope but take Giggs out of the side or watch him splutter, as he did early on, then United seem to lack a cutting drive. When he is in full flight United take some stopping. He, together with the ever-industrious Roy Keane, was taken off, certainly with tomorrow night's trip to Chelsea in mind. At the back, the leaking of goals was halted - not that Forest applied any real pressure, except for a lapse by Peter Schmeichel which was almost exposed by Neil Shipperley. It was the first clean sheet posted by Ferguson's side in 12 games. Ferguson said: 'It looks very tight at the top. Consistency is the key factor now we have arrived at the halfway point of the season.' Already looking forward to the Chelsea trip, he fired the first psychological shots, stating: 'The clean sheet would have given our defence confidence. We have an excellent record for scoring at Stamford Bridge.' For Forest boss Bassett, at least he could still have a smile at the end of a depressing afternoon. He said: 'I should have known what was going to happen. I organised a hire car to bring my two daughters to the game and it broke down. They never got here. Maybe it's just as well. I reckon they only wanted to meet some of the United play-ers anyway...' SubjectWho says romance is dead, Dave?
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Subject: BECKS: I THOUGHT OF GOING ABROAD By Sunday Mirror David Beckham was almost driven out of British football by his World Cup woes. Manchester United's midfield ace, vilified over his sending-off against Argentina, revealed his agony in Saturday's match programme before the 3-0 win over Forest. He wrote: "During and after the World Cup there was a lot of criticism and all kinds of things were going on. "But as soon as I got back to Old Trafford I realised there were still people who liked and loved me. "It had crossed my mind that going abroad might be one way of getting some peace, but I soon realised that I didn't want to be anywhere but Old Trafford. "Why leave when you are already at the best club in the country and in Europe? "This is where I started and where I want to carry on." He added: "I know I made a mistake at the World Cup. "Some people seemed to think it a real crime, but I never saw it that way. "I have got to be honest and say that I never even felt guilty because everyone makes mistakes in football and what I did was hardly outrageous. "Let's face it, I had never been sent off before and I haven't since. I'm not a violent person, but there are times when you do react. "I have always been like that, even when I was playing in Sunday League football." And the £10m-rated star won't try to change despite his experience. He said: "I am quiet off the pitch but I know I have a fiery streak. I don't think I could change, even if I wanted to."
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Subject: GIVE US A BREAK, PLEADS KIDD By Ian Rodgers, PA Sport Brian Kidd has been away from Alex Ferguson for only three weeks but the former Manchester United number two still shares his mentor's 'Bah humbug' opinion of the Premiership Christmas period. Kidd saw his side stretch their unbeaten run to four games under his control with the 2-1 Boxing Day win over Aston Villa. But ahead of tomorrow's clash at Leicester Kidd feels his players have not have had enough time to prepare and has urged the Premier League to re-think their strategy for the festive period. "It's not humane. They are playing again in 48 hours. That's the Premiership though, isn't it?" Kidd said. "How can you prepare a team? They laugh at us abroad. "Our lads have gone out there and worked their socks off and now they are expected to do it again on Monday at Leicester. "It is not just for me, it is the same for everybody in the Premiership and it's crazy. "That is how you get injuries - through fatigue. It would not happen abroad and the daft part is the successful teams struggle. "You want English football to do well in Europe but you don't seem to get any help. "The top clubs are playing in Europe and we should all be behind them and help one another. "It just doesn't seem to happen. As I said, they laugh at us abroad because they are all having a rest on the continent now. "We are working our backsides off with two games in 48 hours and this is something you have to put up with." Kidd admits that he will be struggling to put together a full-strength side and is likely to be without striker Chris Sutton, who sustained a knee injury in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa and defender Stephane Henchoz, who limped off after 45 minutes with an Achilles injury. And the Rovers boss is still waiting on news of virus victims Nathan Blake and Darren Peacock ahead of the trip to Filbert Street. "With Sutty, it needs 24 to 48 hours to settle down before we can assess it," Kidd said. "Stephane said he felt his Achilles with seconds left of the first-half, which disrupted us but young Marlon Broomes came on and did well playing against Dion Dublin and Julian Joachim. "I got a phone call this morning from Nathan and there has been a bit of a bug around this week - I was struggling myself last week and we gave the lads the day off on Monday because there has been a lot of it going about. There are one or two under the weather. "How do you prepare a team? You just can't. You can do very little in training with the lads who have not played so it's a wing and a prayer. It's a lottery. "I don't think anybody is a fan of two games in 48 hours. It is not logical. It's crazy. "I think there are loads of managers in the Premier and Football League who don't agree with it." © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Kelly's old job may be scrapped by FA Monday, December 28, 1998 The Football Association may scrap the post of chief executive after Graham Kelly's resignation and give more power to chairman Keith Wiseman's expected successor. Wiseman's reign is likely to come to an end when the FA Council meets on January 4. FA finance chairman Sir David Hill-Wood believes appointing a new executive chairman is the best way forward. Sir David said: 'I am coming more and more to the feeling that we don't need a chief executive. 'Graham was a nice man and I am sad for him in a way as I hate that kind of thing happening to anybody. On the other hand, he didn't fit the job. 'Do we need a replacement? Probably not, depending on which chairman is elected. 'The reason that Kelly has gone and Wiseman is likely to be going is not just the £3.2million they granted the Welsh FA but the appalling reputation we have had in the corridors of power for years,' he added. Sir David, a director of merchant bankers Guinness Mahon, added: 'No decision will be made until a new chairman is in place but if we do have an executive chairman, we won't need a chief executive as well.'
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