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Date: Thu Oct 29  GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Man Utd: The Jewel in Football's Crown 
2. Fast facts on Man Utd 
3. Who's afraid of Rupert Murdoch? 
4. Countdown to the deal 
5. Bid rumours 'unfounded' 


Daily RED Trivia  Thurs 29th October:

29/10/1908: Henry Topping born in Manchester. Topping made his debut at Bradford
Park Avenue in April 1933, and the versatile defender made 12 appearances between
1933-35. He was transferred to Barnsley in May 1935.

29/10/1985: United beat West Ham United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the League Cup 3rd
Round watched by 32,056, thanks to a Norman Whiteside goal. Team was: Bailey,
Duxbury (Brazil), Albiston, Whiteside, Moran, Hogg, McGrath, Olsen, Hughes,
Stapleton, Barnes.


Barry Daily Comment:  
A win in extra time, 2 Norweigen goals in extra time.
Next rnd Forest at OT.
TODAY: RUPERT MURDOCH SPECIAL....all you need to kmow about the takeover bid!


Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Sat 31/10 Everton     (A) PL 
Wed  4/11 Brondby     (H) CL 19.45
Sun  8/11 Newcastle   (H) PL
Wed 11/11 Nott Forest (H) LC 
Sat 14/11 Blackburn   (H) PL

UNITED Stats v Everton:


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

Champions league: 21/10             
Brondby 2-6 Man Utd
Bayern  1-0 Barcelona
Table as at 21/10:
    GROUP D P  W  D  L  GF  GA  Pts 
ManUnited   3  1  2  0   11  7  5     Next "CL" Match
BMünchen    3  1  1  1   4   5  4   Man Utd v Brondby OT 4/11
Barcelona   3  1  1  1   5   4  4 
Brĝndby     3  1  0  2   2   9  3 

Worthington Cup Result 2 norweigen goals in the rain!

ManUtd (Solskjaer 106m + Nevland ) 2-0 Bury   aet (0-0 FT)

Draw for Round 4
Luton     v Barnsley
Everton   v Sunderland
UNITED    v Nott Forest
Arsenal   v Chelsea
Newcastle v Blackburn
Bolton    v Wimbledon 
Leicester v Leeds
Liverpool v Tottenham

Match reports tomorrow!


"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Man Utd: the jewel in football's crown Manchester United fans have snapped up the club's merchandise No wonder Rupert Murdoch has chosen to hold takeover talks with Manchester United rather than any other Premier League football club. Quite simply Manchester United is in a financial league of its own. The Red Devils have dominated the English Premier League in the 1990s and can call upon a global support of millions. This huge base ensures it has become the most profitable club in the world. While some Premier League clubs have struggled to make a profit, Manchester United's fortunes have gone from strength to strength. Its pre-tax earnings have jumped from just £4m in 1993 to £27.6m in 1997. This astonishing growth can be put partly down to success on the pitch. Over the last few years Manchester United has played to capacity crowds as it has won a clutch of league titles and cups. Winning ways As it has returned to winning ways the club has been able to command multi-million pound sponsorship deals with the likes of Sharp. But it is not just a bulging trophy cabinet that has helped transform Manchester United's financial fortunes. Under chairman Martin Edwards, Manchester United has turned itself into a highly profitable brand, rather than a mere football club. Fans have queued up to by anything from soap to replica shirts emblazoned with the club logo. Rocketing sales The club now earns almost as much from merchandising as it does from gate receipts. Sales have rocketed and the club has plans to expand overseas sales rapidly by opening retail outlets in the Far East. A restaurant and museum have helped turned the club's ground Old Trafford into a tourist attraction. Despite the sharp growth in profits BSkyB is after a much bigger prize. Manchester United stands at the forefront of a footballing revolution that threatens to change the face of the game across Europe. Super prospects The club could become an integral part of a new European Super League, where it will play the continent's biggest and best clubs on a regular basis. The money involved could be huge, adding tens of millions of pounds to Manchester United's revenues every year. Then there is pay per view, where fans will have to stump up money to watch their favourite club on the television. By buying Manchester United, BSkyB will be able to get direct access to a potentially huge market. Competition concerns Indeed an independent Manchester United poses a threat to BSkyB's continued dominance of Britain's national sport. BSkyB has paid a huge amount, £647m, for the exclusive right to screen Premiership games for the four years to 2001. But Manchester United has recently set up its own television channel, which analysts believe it could use to screen live matches after 2001. If the club chose to go it alone, BSkyB would lose its football broadcasting monopoly. What better way to eradicate the threat than to buy up the club. Bargain hunting BSkyB also wants to make sure that Manchester United games will be at the centrepiece of its new Digital television offering, launched this year. By buying Manchester United, BSkyB will scupper attempts by On Digital, a rival digital service provided by between media groups Granada and Carlton, to sign up the club. If BSkyB does manage to buy Manchester United for the rumoured £575m it may well have picked up a bargain.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Fast facts on Man Utd The possible sale of Manchester United to BSkyB is the latest development in the history of one of the soccer world's most glamorous and famous clubs. Though they were denied a major trophy last season, losing their Premiership title to Arsenal, they have built an unrivalled reputation for quality football. BBC News Online tells you what you need to know about Manchester's famous Red Devils. Manchester United was formed in 1878 Former players include George Best, Bryan Robson, Bobby Charlton, Dennis Law and Eric Cantona The Chief Executive is Martin Edwards and the manager is Alex Ferguson The club is based at the Old Trafford ground. Capacity: 56,387 It is claimed that few Manchester United fans actually live in Manchester. Mancunians are said to support Manchester City The club have little room in the trophy cabinet after winning the European Cup in 1968 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991. United were the FA Premier League champions in the 1992-3, 1993-4, 1995-96, 1996-7 seasons and Football League Division One Champions in 1907-8, 1910-11, 1951-2, 1955-6, 1956-7, 1964-5, 1966-7 Man Utd has won the FA Cup nine times - in 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994 and 1996 In 1991 the club floated on the stock market. Thanks in large part to its hugely successful marketing division, last year the team turned over £87.9m The club's darkest year was 1958. A plane crash in Munich killed 23 people, including including eight of the legendary team the "Busby Babes". The team was on the way home from a European Cup quarter-final tie against Red Star Belgrade. The Babes were League title winners in 1955-56 and 1956-57 In August, the club launched its own TV channel. MUTV will broadcast six hours a day, seven days a week, from a studio at the club's Old Trafford ground. The channel, to go on air in the autumn, will be available on subscription and show live youth and reserve team games and friendlies - but not Premiership matches.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Who's afraid of Rupert Murdoch? Rupert Murdoch: Not welcome by most Man Utd fans Everyone has an opinion on Rupert Murdoch and when the UK's national sport is thrown in to the mix a storm bigger than Hurricane Bonnie is guaranteed. Predictably the fans made the most noise about the magnate's £623.4m bid for Manchester United, with the usual cast of media savvy pundits acting as cheerleaders. Former United manager Tommy Docherty predicted a BSkyB-run club would become a "giant Old Trafford fruit machine". Andy Walsh, the chairman of the Manchester United Independent Supporters Association, managed to be even more pessimistic. "Rupert Murdoch will rape and pillage Manchester United," he warned. Among the hundreds of e-mails BBC News Online received on the subject, few backed the takeover. Jason Evens, a UK fan, expressed the feelings of many: "Surely a club cannot be allowed to take such a momentous decision with such drastic consequences when there is so clearly and overwhelming body of protest amongst the fans." But if United supporters are concerned about having to pay more to see their side at work, other Premiership teams could face a squad composed of the best players a magnate can buy. The FA also welcomed the Trade and Industry secretary's decision to refer the matter to the Office of Fair Trading. In his first major test since taking the job, Peter Mandelson promised the bid would be examined "completely and extremely searchingly" by the director general of Fair Trading. Mr Mandelson added: "The director general will examine the competition aspects and will then report to me and I will take whatever action I need to take." While fans are scared by the prospect of a TV company that owns the live broadcast rights to the Premiership snapping up the biggest club in the game, the government is worried it will come under fire for its relationship with the 'Dirty Digger'. Allegations of favouritism towards Mr Murdoch have been levelled at the prime minister and his cabinet ever since The Sun decided to back Tony Blair in the run up to last May's general election. Unsurprisingly, both The Sun and its big brother The Times came out strongly in favour of Mr Murdoch's plans for Manchester United. Equally predictable, the remainder of the press were extremely hostile - and quick to point out BSkyB's recent sponsorship of Mr Mandelson's other key interest, the Millennium Dome. The Guardian went furthest, alleging a close friendship between the Trade and Industry secretary and Mr Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth Murdoch, who is the general manager of BSkyB. The newspaper asked: "Can Mr Mandelson, given his friendship with Elisabeth and the government's relationship with the Murdoch empire, put aside his personal feelings and reach an impartial decision on whether or not the club takeover should go ahead?" But as news of the deal spreads, the attacks are likely to keep coming. The chairman of the government's Football Task Force, David Mellor, is among those who describe any such deal as "a cardinal act of folly". Choosing an unlikely target in a man who can come closer than most to describing the world as his oyster, Mr Mellor also slammed Mr Murdoch for his poor geography. "Is this proud club with all its traditions just to be a pawn in a global media power-play by Rupert Murdoch, who hardly knows where Manchester is?"
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Countdown to the deal Is Rupert Murdoch's takeover good news or bad news for Man Utd? A rundown of all the news about Mr Murdoch's bid for Britain's favourite team. Thursday 17 September BBC 'will fight to save Match of the Day' BBC bosses are considering official objections to Rupert Murdoch's proposed takeover of Manchester United, in a bid to save Match of the Day. Wednesday 16 September United heroes join BSkyB fight Former Manchester United players Brian McClair and Sammy McIlroy have joined the fight against BSkyB's £623.4m takeover of the club. Tuesday 15 September Fans ready to fight Sky bid Manchester United fans are gearing up for a protest rally in the city against the proposed takeover of their club by BskyB broadcasting. Monday 14 September United fans drum up rock star support Roger Taylor of Queen has donates £10,000 to help supporters opposed to the BSkyB takeover plan. Sunday 13 September Open to offers The board of Manchester United is still open to offers if anyone can better the £623m BSkyB bid. Saturday 12 September Mystery backer aids fans Supporters of Manchester United say a mystery pop star is offering financial backing for their fight against Rupert Murdoch's £623m bid for the club. Friday 11 September Manchester United TV goes on air BSkyB's new aquisition begins a broadcast of its own - the world's first channel dedicated to a single club. Wednesday 9 September United accepts £623m BSkyB bid Manchester United accepts a takeover offer from Rupert Murdoch's television company BSkyB - despite mounting opposition from fans. Fury as football enters new era Man Utd fans are fearful of where the deal will take British football. And they warn that they have the power to make or break the club. Tuesday 8 September Man Utd directors' urgent talks Manchester United directors have called an urgent meeting to continue its discussions of BSkyB's proposed £575m takeover. Monday 7 September Man Utd confirms takeover talks Manchester United and BSkyB have issued statements through the London Stock Exchange confirming they are in takeover talks. Good news for Man U? It depends what you read "Anger", "fury" and "storm" feature heavily in the headlines in Monday's newspapers at the news of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's plans to snap up Manchester United. Man Utd shares soar on takeover talks Shares in football club Manchester United soared on the London Stock Exchange after the club confirmed it was in takeover talks with Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB. MPs demand red card for Man Utd plan MPs from all sides have called for action to block Rupert Murdoch's bid for control of Manchester United. FA seeks talks over United bid The Football Association has called for talks with the Government over Rupert Murdoch's proposed take-over of Manchester United.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Bid rumours 'unfounded' BSkyB has its sights firmly fixed on Manchester United's Old Trafford The UK Government has denied reports that it has already decided to approve a £623m ($920m) takeover bid for Manchester United by Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB satellite broadcaster. A spokesman for Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Mandelson, who has the last say on the proposed deal, described press reports as "unwarranted speculation". He said the deal had not even been considered. "Mr Mandelson has given no consideration to this issue and will not do so until he receives advice from the Director General of Fair Trading, which is expected at the beginning of November," said the spokesman. On Friday the Guardian newspaper had reported that Mr Mandelson was ready to endorse the takeover, claiming he was convinced that the takeover would be legal in terms of competition law. Both sides have said they are confident that the deal will eventually be approved. Analysts expect the bid to be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC), but predict that it will eventually get the go-ahead. Too powerful? Opponents fear that as owner of the most popular team in the UK and the main purchaser of television rights for live English Premiership football, Rupert Murdoch would have too much power. On Thursday, 46 members of parliament urged Mr Mandelson to refer the bid to the MMC. They said the deal would create an unacceptable situation which would not be in the best public interest of fans, clubs, television viewers or sport in general. They also said that a move to accept the deal by Mr Mandelson would lead critics to renew claims that the government is trying to win favourable coverage from the media tycoon. A group of Manchester United shareholders, Shareholders United Against Murdoch (SUAM), have also urged investors not to sell their shares, claiming the BSkyB bid badly undervalues the club. BSkyB already owns more than 11% of the club after buying another 5.3m shares on Thursday.
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