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Date: Fri Oct 30 GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
3. Fergie Set To Stick With Kids
5. Fans 1 Sky 0...OFT Verdict Hailed
6. Guardian - THE SKY FALLS IN


Daily RED Trivia  Fri 30th October:

30/10/1897: Newton Heath beat Walsall 6-0 at Bank Street in a Division 2 game watched
by 6,000. Joe Cassidy 2, Bob Donaldson 2, William Bryant and Matthew Gillespie
scored the goals. Team was: Barrett, Stafford, FC.Erentz, McNaught, Jenkyns,
Draycott, Bryant, Donaldson, Boyd, Gillespie, Cassidy.

30/10/1988: Mal Donaghy made his debut at Everton. An adaptable defender, Donaghy
cost £650,000 from Luton Town, and made 118 appearances between 1988-92.
He moved to Chelsea in August 1992.  Donaghy won 88 caps for Northern Ireland,
playing in the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals. In a ten-year career at Luton Town
he won a League Cup winners medal in 1988. 


Barry Daily Comment:  

Well done Guys at IMUSA and "Everyone else" that have helped with this!


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 


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Subject: Match Report 365 MAKESHIFT UNITED SHAKEN BY STIRRING BURY MAN UTD 2 BURY 0 (After Extra Time) TWO GOALS in the second period of extra time saved Manchester United's embarrassment and broke brave Bury's hearts at Old Trafford. It took a superb strike from Ole Solskjaer, and another from his Norwegian countryman Erik Nevland to force United into the last 16 of the Worthington Cup. Alex Ferguson's giants now face Nottingham Forest, but they won't forget the magnificent performance by the Shakers. It does not matter that United fielded a shadow side, full of kids and squad players. Bury deserved their standing ovation for a spirited, battling display. United always put in the squad men for these games, and they've suffered defeats by York and Ipswich in recent years. But whoever they turn out, they don't enjoy being made to look red-faced in any competition. There was no Schmeichel, Giggs, Beckham, Scholes, Yorke, Cole, Stam, Keane etc, but the seemingly bottomless pit of talent at United was clear. United fielded only Phil Neville from the side that drew at Derby, much to the delight, no doubt, of his delighted parents in the directors' box who are commercial manager and secretary of the Gigg Lane outfit. They would clearly also be delighted with the near-£500,000 that Bury will pick up from their share of this gate, far more than the First Division club's entire home gate receipts for last season which were under £400,000. In for his United debut was 19-year-old reserve top scorer Jonathan Greening, while midfielder Mark Wilson started his first senior game, having got on as substitute in Copenhagen against Brondby last week. David May played his first game of the season, while Henning Berg skippered United, with half the side teenagers. Bury, who brought 9000 fans with them across the city, were intent, and clearly capable, of making life difficult for Ferguson's unfamiliar line-up. They were organised and workmanlike, and keen to make use of every set piece and corner that came their way. United looked to Jordi Cruyff and Ole Solskjaer to give them the edge, but it was young Wilson who produced their only shot of the opening stages when he lashed a dipping 20-yarder over the bar after 16 minutes. Greening's confidence grew and after 23 minutes displayed neat close control to go round Chris Swailes in the box to fire in a cross-shot that Dean Kiely held at the second attempt. Bury tested Raimond van der Gouw with a header from Tony Ellis, and then Lennie Johnrose hooked a volley wide from the edge of the box. Greening was looking increasingly dangerous and after 29 minutes another clever piece of control in the box took him into a shooting position, and his angled chip was headed inches wide of his own post by former Manchester City skipper Steve Redmond. Keily, who was in the York side that beat United in this competition in 1995, needed two attempts to block a searing Solskjaer drive after 32 minutes. United brought on Erik Nevland at the break for Irish international Phil Mulryne and the Norwegian striker should have scored after 53 minutes when he scuffed a good chance in the box after excellent build-up work from Greening and Wilson. Bury brought on Andy Preece for Laurent D'Jaffo and Lutel James for Tony Ellis as the visitors sought to spice up their attack and go for the result that would make them famous. Then, on 69 minutes, Ferguson brought on Paul Scholes and Wes Brown for Wilson and Clegg to try to break the deadlock. Bury had defended manfully, and continued to break out looking for their own breakthrough, but United increased the tempo with Scholes trying his hardest to kill off Neil Warnock's brave side. But as the rain lashed down, Bury held out to take the game into an extra half-hour. Kiely was forced into excellent saves from Scholes and Solskjaer and then Johnrose blocked a drive from Greening in the box as United fought to settle the issue in the first period of extra time. Then Brown worked himself space on the edge of the box and drove a fine shot fractionally wide as United piled on the pressure. But they were still able to cause United concern at the back and James curled a fine long range shot just over the angle. The United breakthrough finally came in the 106th minute when Solskjaer found a rare yard of space among Bury's battling defenders to drive his shot in off the post from 18 yards. Greening could have really finished it off three minutes later when he struck a post after jinking his way round two defenders, but four minutes from the end it was all over when Nevland arrived at the far post to force home Brown's cross.
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Subject: UNITED OVERCOME BRAVE BURY Man Utd 2-0 Bury Norwegians Ole Solskjaer and Erik Nevland spared Alex Ferguson's blushes with the extra-time goals that saw United gain a Worthington Cup fourth round tie at home to Nottingham Forest. United rested several first teamers and a hard working Bury side fully deserved to finish the 90 minutes on level terms. But Solskjaer broke their hearts with a fierce drive which went in off the post on 18 minutes. Nevland ensured a visit from Nottingham Forest in the fourth round when he headed in substitute Wes Brown's perfect cross. But Ferguson insisted: "We deserved to get through in the end. "This competition allows me to put in the kids and the fringe players. Our youngsters started well, but it became a bit of a slog towards the end. "We expected Bury to play like that, with men behind the ball, and they were camped in their own box at times. "They didn't disgrace themselves and played admirably, but they didn't do anything that made my heart stop." Bury boss Neil Warnock was understandably pleased with his side's efforts, saying: "I'm proud of my lads. They did everything asked of them and more. They are knackered now, but they have worked their socks off and done the fans proud. Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, May, P. Neville, Curtis, Cruyff, Solskjaer, Berg, Clegg (Brown 70), Mulryne (Nevland 46), Wilson (Scholes 70), Greening. Subs Not Used: G. Neville, Cooke. Booked: May. Goals: Solskjaer 106, Nevland 115 Bury: Kiely, Woodward, Barrick, Daws, Lucketti, Redmond, Swailes, Patterson (Matthews 100), D'Jaffo (Preece 58), Johnrose, Ellis (James 63). Subs Not Used: Kenny, Foster. Booked: Barrick. After Extra Time Att: 52,495 Ref: K Burge (Tonypandy).
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Subject: Fergie Set To Stick With Kids Alex Ferguson is prepared to play his shadow squad at Wembley if Manchester United go all the way in the Worthington Cup. The United boss will stick to his policy of using players on the fringe of first-team football when Nottingham Forest come to Old Trafford for next month's fourth round. "This competition gives us the chance to expose young players to the pressure of playing in front of 50,000 people. The youngsters know they have to do something themselves and express their play. For example John Curtis has been pecking away in the reserves and did very well for us last night and young Jonathan Greening came in and did exceptionally well. They deserve their spot next time. "If we got all the way to Wembley I think we would have to stick with them," said Ferguson. The United boss says having two United sides capable of winning trophies would be "a nice thought". For last night's extra-time win over Bury, United fielded two 19-year-old debutantes as well as three young players with little first-team experience. "We have a home draw in the next round and we are happy with that. When you see some of the other games, Leicester v Leeds, Liverpool v Tottenham and Chelsea v Arsenal, we are pleased to have a home draw," he said.
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subject: BSKYB-UNITED BID TO BE REFERRED The government has announced that it will refer BSkyB's £623m bid for Premiership giants Manchester United to the Monopolies and Mergers commission. Trade secretary Peter Mandelson said in a statement that the MMC would conduct an in-depth review of the proposed deal, with the results of the investigation due in March 1999. Mandelson added that the invesitgation was taking place due to some competition issues that could arise following the takeover. The Football Association have backed the decision to refer the deal to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. FA chief executive Graham Kelly said in a statement: "The FA welcomes Peter Mandelson's decision. Our concerns are widely known. "There are clearly issues of fairness and, in the public interest, it is to be debated. "The referral to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission is the best way for that to happen."
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Subject: Fans 1 Sky 0...OFT Verdict Hailed The Independent Manchester United Supporters Association has hailed the decision to refer BSkyB's proposed £623million takeover to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission as a victory for the ordinary fan. Trade and Industry secretary Peter Mandelson referred the deal to the MMC on the advice of the Office of Fair Trading, who said the acquisition raised issues of competition over the TV rights to football. And IMUSA vice-chairman Steve Briscoe is already planning for the next step in the campaign to prevent Rupert Murdoch buying the club. "This is an absolutely tremendous decision. We are elated and delighted with the news," Briscoe said. "It is now time to take a back seat, evaluate our position and let the MMC do their work on this. We'll take it from there. We have achieved what we set out to do. The OFT delayed it, which is what we wanted and everybody said we would never ever get it referred. "We had a very successful meeting with various MPs of all parties, including Martin Bell, at the House of Commons. "We were optimistic that we would get referred and, sure enough, Peter Mandelson has come out and done it. The plan now is to hold an emergency meeting before the game at Everton on Saturday. "We will take stock then because we are going to ask people to do the same as we did to the OFT and flood the MMC with letters to say that the takeover is not a good thing."
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Subject: Guardian - THE SKY FALLS IN Last week Peter Mandelson attempted to avenge General Augusto Pinochet's crimes against humanity by offering him out for a fight (well, nearly). Today, the people's Trade and Industry Secretary struck another blow for the British populace by referring BSkyB's attempted takeover of Manchester United to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. A statement from the Department of Trade and Industry this morning read: "The decision to make a reference does not in any way prejudge the question of whether or not the merger would be against the public interest. It is for the MMC to report on this after its investigation." Try telling that to the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association (in fact try telling it to anyone without stifling a yawn). The group that has spent the last two months campaigning against the takeover was quietly pleased by Mandy's decision. "I'm absolutely ecstatic" IMUSA chief Andy Walsh told the fiver earlier, "It's still possible that the deal could go through, but three weeks ago BSkyB and United never thought it would get this far. It's fat cats nil, supporters one." So jubilation all round, but if the fiver was Peter Mandelson it wouldn't want to read the Sun anytime soon.
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Subject: "THE PRIDE OF ALL EUROPE?" by Richard Kurt/Red Issue 1998 Your correspondent is on the Cote d'Azur, happy to be hundreds of miles away from Murdoch's evil kingdoms, on my way to see Eric play beach football with Prince Albert. Yesterday I spent the day in a French village about 5 miles north, whose story of some 50 years ago - one that is typical of this country's communities - suddenly rammed home the modern parallels like the proverbial thunderbolt. If you recognize contemporaries in this, you're meant to. When France and Germany fell into war in 1939, the village's inhabitants ran around like headless chickens, as if it were the most unexpected event since Napoleon escaped from Elba to march on Paris. No matter that the country had been on war alert for a year: somehow the nation had convinced itself that an invasion would never happen. "A takeover by the Boche? We'd been allies and partners for years. We ran businesses and corporations together. We didn't want to take them over, and we assumed they didn't want to take us over either." Yes, there'd been a bit of a scare the year before, but the men in charge had laid the threat to rest at Munich hadn't they? France carried on as before, oblivious to the threat, busying itself making money and paying scant attention to its defences. A few voices in the wilderness continued to cry "Attention!" but what did that fool Churchill know? As the real war broke out, and a woefully underprepared France became over-run with invaders seemingly overnight, the true nature of the village and the country became evident. A people who'd always paid lip-service to the idea of being united - and perhaps even believing it - realised no such unity existed. Even the one basic tenet they thought they shared - that they were all supporters of France, true red-white-and-blues - proved to be baseless, for their response to the takeover of their home proved only that they all had wildly different ideas as to what the words 'France', 'patriot' and 'supporter' actually meant. As one villager put it, the worst experience was not the invasion itself, but the realisation that those you thought were your true comrades were often no such thing. The effects of that lasted long after the takeover was finally repelled. When the blitzkreig was unleashed, France staggered hurriedly to the front, pulling up its pants on the way. Its opponents had been plotting for six months; France had to improvise on the spot. To be fair, the French rallied to the call that morning, the gut instinct that their home was being invaded overcoming all doubts and hesitations. Only about 1 in 20 of the villagers actually refused to fight from the beginning, and they were the kind of extremist collaborators who'd made no secret of looking forward to such a takeover. What the villagers didn't know then was that their Government was riddled with German sympathisers, would-be collaborators and capitalist tycoons who saw profitable opportunities in submitting to powerful foreign domination. In any event, collapse at the front lines would make the task of those politicians intent on selling out much easier. For of the 96% that responded to the invasion, a majority soon proved to have no real stomach for the fight. Whole regiments virtually gave up at the sight of the enemy's firepower. If it wasn't quite desertion, then it was certainly resigned defeatism."What could we do? They were stronger than us.They were bound to win in the end. We'd fought for so many causes in the past and this was just one fight too far. Whatever you do to them, Germany just gets stronger and stronger: what is the point of fighting the inevitable?" The Government settled the matter by surrendering and ordering the populace to cease resistance. Indeed, they encouraged co-operation and immediately began to talk of this new foreign presence as allies, friends, partners. Some in Paris had actually been looking forward to this day and exulted in their 'triumph'. Marshall Petain, a fixture at the head of France for 33 years, remained in power - under Nazi control, of course - and accepted a seat on the German Board of Control. He knew how France worked, and he could help the Germans make the most of it. He spoke to the supporters of France via the media and promised that he would look after French interests. He said he believed he'd done the right thing and that France would benefit from being under German parental control: "Germany wants for France what you want for France - stability, prosperity, an ever-increasing influence throughout the world." (Perhaps Goebbels would have made it snappier: "We and you want the same thing. We want to be Number One - you want to be Number One. We want to win an Empire - you want to win an Empire.") In the village, as the troops returned, a fierce internal debate raged. The numbers of pro-Nazi collaborators and sympathisers swelled to about one in five. An equal number pledged outright opposition to the death and went off to form what became famous as The French Resistance. Nowadays, of course, every other old villager claims he was a Resistance fighter. But it is far more likely that he formed part of the silent majority, those who still claimed to be patriots and supporters of the colours but who weren't prepared to fight the takeover. Indeed, as time went on, many would enjoy the easy life, quietly grateful they weren't at a battlefront or running around on exhausting missions with the Resistance. They would continue to find pleasure in life as they always knew it, watching the Sunday afternoon boules tournaments, drinking too much Cotes de Rhone at lunchtime in the bar, going off to Italy, Spain or Germany with their sports clubs. Resistance appeals to their pride and soul went unheeded: yes, they had lost their independence; yes, France no longer stood for the values they were brought up on; but they had found they could live with it. Indeed, far more seductive was the propaganda of the collaborators. They speculated grandly of the glorious future for the French under the Nazis, how this stronger power would lift France up and above their trading rivals, how the riches of the pan-European Nazi Empire would flow into France and make her more successful than she could ever have been on her own. "France will dominate the world once more with our German brothers at our side," ran one article in the village newspaper - meanwhile, stories about the ill-fated experiences of previous Nazi conquests in Europe were suppressed. Around the village, the acquiescent were everywhere, often outsiders who'd never been particularly welcome in the first place, or small businessmen and shareholder types, more alive to the quick franc and to the cheap thrill of easy superiority over the rest of the world than to the values of the village and the French Revolution. More painful was the sight of once-trusted comrades getting stuck in a mire of equivocation and fence-sitting, like the local dignitaries who were Socialists before the war but now had to choose between what they'd thought were their principles and their well-paid government jobs. Or the local paper editor who'd run editorials condemning the Nazis for years but who now counselled a "wait and see" approach. As someone once said, evil triumphs not so much because of what evil men do, but because fundamentally good men fail to do anything to stop them. The Resistance was right, of course. Germany did not raise France to new heights but exploited her mercilessly, just as it had done with every other conquest. Germany cared only for Germany, as should have been obvious merely by looking at her record around the continent. Sure, for a couple of years, Frenchmen who signed up to the Nazi's Waffen SS won military triumphs all around the globe, as did Vichy Army French forces under Axis control. But these were increasingly recognized as triumphs for Naziism and Germany first and foremost, not for France, and then as actions of which they should be ashamed. 'Success'and 'victory' are easily achieved on someone else's back but they are only worth something when they are yours alone, won in the name of your own values and beliefs. And that essential loss of independence in 1940 came to be seen as the crux of the matter: as most Frenchmen now accept, France did not really exist between 1940 and 1944, except in the person of General de Gaulle in his London exile. Takeover almost ruined France forever; the white knights' rescue came just in the nick of time. However you dress it up, surrender and defeat mean obliteration. A country can exist as people and territory but without its independent soul it cannot be a nation. The same analogy applies to a football club. Because, of course, the name of this village should be Vieux Tra'fourd. (copyright Richard Kurt/Red Issue 1998. Kurt's new 'Red Devils' book is published by Prion)
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