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Date: Thu Dec 31 11:00:51 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
3. Man Utd v Forest...personal report
6. Ferguson cautioned on home rule 
7. Schmeichel papers over the cracks 
9. New Years Jokes" from Barry


Barry Daily Comment:

"A recent survey concluded that the most powerful figure in world football
is not Ronaldo, not Zinedine Zidane, not Sepp Blatter, but Rupert Murdoch, a
man who grew up thinking football was a game played by dim, muscle-bound
oiks in over-tight shorts from the Melbourne suburbs.

"And our Rupert is the ghost of football future.  His malevolent visage, no
doubt in some hideous, cryogenically-preserved form, will preside over the
shape of the game."

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Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

     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 
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741

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 Brøndby         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

*** PREMIER FIXTURES ON 29/12/98 ***
             Chelsea  v  Manchester United  **************
        Leeds United  v  Wimbledon

*** FA CUP ROUND 3 FIXTURES ON 02/01/99 ***
              Aston Villa  v  Hull City
         Blackburn Rovers  v  Charlton Athletic
         Bolton Wanderers  v  Wolverhampton
            Bradford City  v  Grimsby Town
             Bristol City  v  Everton
                     Bury  v  Stockport County
             Cardiff City  v  Yeovil
            Coventry City  v  Macclesfield Town
          Crewe Alexandra  v  Oxford United
           Leicester City  v  Birmingham City
             Lincoln City  v  Sunderland
         Newcastle United  v  Crystal Palace
        Nottingham Forest  v  Portsmouth
          Oldham Athletic  v  Chelsea
          Plymouth Argyle  v  Derby County
      Queens Park Rangers  v  Huddersfield Town
         Rotherham United  v  Bristol Rovers
       Rushden & Diamonds  v  Leeds United
         Sheffield United  v  Notts County
              Southampton  v  Fulham
                Southport  v  Leyton Orient
             Swindon Town  v  Barnsley
        Tottenham Hotspur  v  Watford
          Tranmere Rovers  v  Ipswich Town
          West Ham United  v  Swansea City
                Wimbledon  v  Manchester City
                  Wrexham  v  Scunthorpe United

*** ROUND 3 FIXTURES ON 03/01/99 ***

        Manchester United  v  Middlesbrough  *************
                Port Vale  v  Liverpool
      Sheffield Wednesday  v  Norwich City


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Subject: CHELSEA AND UNITED CAN'T BE SEPARATED CHELSEA 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 0 CHELSEA CAPTAIN Frank Leboeuf's simmering public feud with David Beckham almost ended in ignominy for the Frenchman amid the Blues' blood and thunder clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Leboeuf had already been booked for a trip on Andy Cole when he appeared to tug back Beckham as the England midfielder threatened to break clear down the middle of the pitch. The United fans bayed for a red card as the match entered a crucial stage in the final 20 minutes, but referee Mike Riley contented himself with a stern warning for the World Cup winner. The Frenchman called Beckham a “little baby” and described him as arrogant after the initial clash between the players in the FA Cup third round tie between the sides in January when the midfielder taunted him by pulling out his ears and laughing at him. But Leboeuf survived on the pitch to thwart United's late push, admitting afterwards that he had probably deserved to be sent off. Both sides had clear chances to win the game, with Chelsea easily dominating the first-half and United fighting back in the second, only to see Gianfranco Zola come within inches of securing a late victory. So after two potentially decisive matches between the two title contenders within the space of two weeks, little has been resolved. At least both sides will have been relieved not to have lost ground in the championship race, with Chelsea's title credentials still very much alive as the New Year approaches. Expectations have rarely been this high at Stamford Bridge since the club last won the title way back in 1955. And manager Gianluca Vialli's decision to keep faith with young home-grown talent Jody Morris and Michael Duberry ahead of fit-again Marcel Desailly was certainly vindicated in the opening 45 minutes. Chelsea took just 35 seconds to create their first opening, with Zola firing over the bar, and United's much-criticised back four were pulled apart from all angles in the ensuing 45 minutes. The pace and movement of Tore Andre Flo and Zola was forever forcing the recalled Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen to turn on their heels as they were pulled out of position. But despite having 12 efforts on goal in that opening period, two of them on target, Chelsea failed to make their domination count. Flo stuck the ball just wide after 21 minutes when a rebound sped out to him after Peter Schmeichel had blocked a shot from Zola. The Italian had just exposed Stam with a mesmerising turn on the edge of the penalty area. Then the Norwegian escaped the offside trap to leave Stam standing, but was unable to direct his shot on target as he stretched to beat the onrushing United keeper. Stam was found wanting once again when Flo gained half a yard on him and half-volleyed Graeme Le Saux's cross wide. Next it was Roy Keane's turn to leave his defence exposed as he sent a suicidal square pass straight to Zola, who was beaten by Schmeichel's brave dive at his feet to smother the ball. United were largely penned back, although they did have their chances as Andy Cole rounded Ed De Goey only for Duberry to recover to clear almost off the line and Paul Scholes headed straight at the keeper from a free-kick. They survived until the break and after Flo had skewed a shot wide on the turn and Duberry had headed over, United gradually took control of the game in the second period as Stam and Johnsen closed ranks at the back. Roy Keane's presence in midfield also grew to such an extent that Vialli threw on Desailly to replace the industrious Morris with 17 minutes left. Sheringham meanwhile joined the fray for United in place of Scholes and had De Goey scampering to his near post as a half-volley flew just a yard wide. It was frenetic stuff but the course of the game could have been changed dramatically when Leboeuf clashed with Beckham. United's frustration at referee Riley's decision almost turned to despair a couple of minutes later when Dan Petrescu's slide-rule pass cut the United defence to shreds and picked out Zola in space. The Italian tried to place his shot under Schmeichel but the Dane just managed to deflect the ball inches wide of the post with his diving body and United breathed a huge sigh of relief. De Goey was just as relieved in the final minutes when he fumbled a long-range effort from Ryan Giggs, but gathered the ball at the second attempt. And so it was honours even for the second time this season after the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. This title race is surely destined to go down to the wire.
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Subject: REDS AND BLUES FIGHT OUT GOALLESS DRAW Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United Aston Villa held onto top spot in the Premiership as Chelsea failed to make the most of at least a dozen good goal opportunities at Stamford Bridge. Italian ace Gianfranco Zola was instrumental in the majority of those chances, seeing two of his efforts blocked by Peter Schmeichel, and laid on others for Tore Andre Flo. Marcel Desailly made a return from injury as a second-half sub, but to no avail. Paul Scholes went closest for United, heading on David Beckham's free-kick but only finding goalkeeper Ed de Goey. United were generally restricted by the Chelsea defence, superbly marshalled by man-of-the-match Michael Duberry. The introduction of Teddy Sheringham in place of Paul Scholes gave United a lift and the England striker made the most of a rare appearance by being involved in some of United's best moves of the match. After the match, Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli said: "We are a little bit disappointed but we'll keep going. At the end of the day, I feel a draw is a fair result. I think our performance in the first half was extraordinary, but we tired after the break and lost control. "You have to say that two draws against Manchester United - at home and away - cannot be at all bad. It just shows how far this club has come. We don't just play for prestige, we play for silverware." Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was equally satisfied with the result, adding: "It was a fair result. I think Chelsea shaded the first half, but the second half certainly belonged to us. I think both sides will be happy with a draw. "Teddy Sheringham did very well when he came on. He has a presence about him and links the play well. When our defence concentrate, we are fine at the back. Peter Schemichel also played very well." Chelsea: De Goey, Petrescu, Babayaro, Leboeuf, Duberry, Le Saux (Goldbaek 88), Di Matteo, Ferrer, Flo, Zola, Morris (Desailly 73). Subs Not Used: Hitchcock, Nicholls, Forssell. Booked: Di Matteo, Leboeuf. Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Cole, Giggs, Keane, Scholes (Sheringham 60). Subs Not Used: P. Neville, Blomqvist, Van Der Gouw, Berg. Booked: Cole. Attendance: 34,741 Referee: M Riley (Leeds).
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From: Matthew Wheeler Subject: Man Utd v Forest...personal report Hi everyone, I won't bore you all with another match report, but I would like to share my experiences of the Forest game with you. This was only my second visit to OT this season. The first was on the opening day, for the game against Leicester, when mailing list member John Walker kindly allowed me to have his friend's spare ticket. On that occasion we were in the Stretty, and the atmosphere was good. In November, I was also back home in Manchester, but couldn't get tickets for either the Blackburn or Newcastle games. That was a strange feeling - sitting at home on a Saturday / Sunday afternoon, pacing up and down, and wondering what was happening at OT; desperatley wishing that I could be there. Life is hard when you are used to attending every home game - Saturday afternoons at home in Altrincham take some getting used to, especially when there are only crap black and white films on TV to pass the time ! So, with my visit back home for Christmas, I was desperate to get a ticket for any United match, and luckily I managed to come up with the goods. I have to say that even though I am still a member of United, the club don't make it easy for us overseas reds to get tickets; I have pleaded with the ticket office many times, but they still insist that I go through the usual postal ballot procedure. Of course, this is ridiculous because we all know that the games sell out within a day, and you can't get a letter from Sydney to Stretford in 24 hours. Luckily, I managed to find someone who was unable to attend the Forest game, and he sold me his ticket in North Stand 3rd tier for the cover price of 18 quid. I felt as if I was visiting OT for the very first time, I was that excited. I was hoping to get to the Throstles Nest before the game, but unfortunately my mother's ill in bed, so I stayed at home as long as possible to look after her. I was really hoping to see Pete and Hal Hargreaves; I've never met either of them, and wanted to see Hal to just listen to his stories. A man who has seen it all, from what I read on this list. I also wanted to claim a free pint that Pete promised me many months ago, for writing a letter to King of the Geordie Idiots, Kevin Fletcher ! And of course I was dying to meet up with Linda. I've never corresponded with her personally; I only know her from this list, and also her match reports appear in the New South Wales supporters club magazine which I get each month. I got to the ground about an hour before kick-off, and bought Red Issue, UWS and the matchday programme. I then took the gruelling climb up the 170 steps to the 3rd tier of the North Stand. I noticed that they don't sell "United bitter" in the bars any more - just plain old Stones. So I enjoyed a pint of that while reading my magazines, then took my seat and carried on reading. As the game started, the 3rd tier was like a public library: utter silence. East Lower then started a round of "UNITED CLAP CLAP CLAP UNITED CLAP CLAP CLAP", so I joined in. I was amazed to find that in the entire block of seats I was in (4404), there couldn't have been more than a dozen lads joining in. A couple of minutes later, someone behind me started singing the United Calypso, so again I joined in - and again, there were no more than a dozen of us singing. I looked around me in amazement, wondering what my club was coming to. Generally, most of the people up there were families going for a day out, but there were still plenty of other people who didn't look like day trippers who refused to join in any singing or clapping. A great tackle from Roy Keane led to a chorus of "Keano's F....... Magic". Again, I started to sing, but thoughtfully leaving out the swear words, as I didn't want to offend any of the youngsters around me. At that point, the father of the family in the seats in front of me turned around and asked me to stop singing so loud, as it was going right down his earhole. I'm sorry, but what do you expect to hear at a football match ? Two more things amazed me. When Johnsen got our first goal, an incredible number of United "Fans" in the 3rd tier stayed sat in their seats instead of jumping up and celebrating. I have never seen that happen at a football match before. Clearly these people had never been to a game before and had no idea of what they were supposed to do. Then, in the second half, East Lower started a chorus of "If you all hate Scousers clap your hands". Again, the majority of people in the 3rd tier didn't bother clapping - For God's sake, this is our war-cry ! I'm used to seeing the odd supporter not clapping at this chant, but not dozens of people abstaining ! As for me ? Well, I'd had enough of trying to sing and shout by the time the second half came, so I kept quiet and just watched the game. I think it's a great shame that our club has so many day-trippers coming for a nice day out. It must be an exciting day for the children of these families, but they manage to dilute the atmosphere at OT to a great extent. I left the ground very happy to have seen United again, but saddened to see how weak our support is getting. I've noticed the atmosphere changing over the years, but never before have I sat in such a dismal section of the ground. Changing the subject, I saw Bryan Robson and Viv Anderson in the pub last night. I offered to buy them a drink for "Red Services Rendered, Apart from last week", as I put it. They politely declined, much to my bitter disappointment. I wanted to repay them (Especially Robbo) for all of the joy they have given me over the years. Here's hoping that Boro finish second to us in the Premiership this year - I'm sure all of us wish Bryan and Viv every success after all they did for United. I don't know when I'll be back at OT - probably not in the next 12 months. I'll keep watching the boys on Australian TV, although it's not the same as going to OT every week. Now that I live in Australia, I can honestly say that the only thing I miss about home is matchdays in Stretford. All the best to everyone, Matthew Matthew Wheeler Account Consultant, NETg Asia Pacific
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Subject: SCHMEICHEL INTEREST HOTS UP Italian Serie A club Udinese are among a number of clubs interested in signing Peter Schmeichel when he leaves Old Trafford at the end of his season, his agent Ole Frederiksen has claimed. "Interest in Peter has been far larger then we could have ever have dreamt. However, Peter has been treated extremely fairly by United. Therefore we will follow the rules and not start talking to potential new clubs until we are allowed to, which is this weekend." said Frederikson. He said there has also been interest shown from clubs in France, Spain and Portugal. It is thought Schmeichel is unlikely to return to Brondby, the club he left in 1991 for United. "It would be good for my son to learn another language before we return home," Schmeichel said. Schmeichel, 35, who had an outstanding match for United in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Tuesday night, said in November he intended to end his eight-year spell with United next summer. BIDDING WAR FOR SCHMEICHEL PETER SCHMEICHEL is still in demand despite his poor recent form, claims his agent as the Danish goalkeeper prepares for talks with prospective new clubs next week. The Manchester United star, who will quit England at the end of the season, has been linked with French giants Monaco as well as Denmark’s leading club Brondby, but will almost certainly not return to his native country for at least one more season. Said Ole Frederiksen: "The interest in Peter has been far larger even than we had dreamed it might be. Inquiries have come, in particular, from clubs in the southern part of Europe - Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Now we are getting ready to look at the clubs which have declared an interest, but that will not happen until early January. "Peter has been treated extremely fairly by United from the point at which he made his decision to try a career change in a new and warmer country. Therefore we will follow the rules and not start talking to potential new clubs until we are allowed to, which is this weekend."
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Subject: FURIOUS FERGIE TAKES SWIPE AT REFEREE'S CHIEF Alex Ferguson and referees' supremo Philip Don have become engaged in a war of words after Frank Leboeuf escaped a red card at Stamford bridge on Tuesday. The United boss vented his fury on Don after the Chelsea skipper Leboeuf generously admitted he deserved to be sent off for a second bookable offence after hauling down David Beckham as he carved open the Blues' defence 11 minutes from time. More than 34,000 packed into Stamford Bridge expected a red card to be produced by ref Mike Riley but the Leeds-based official simply gave United a free kick and the Frenchman, who had already been booked in the 65th minute for a clumsy tackle on Andy Cole, a telling off. "The new supremo Philip Don seems to have changed the whole aspect of refereeing. Maybe it's his vision of refereeing we are seeing and a lot of teams are suffering for it." said Ferguson. "I don't think what Leboeuf did was nasty but it got his team an advantage. It killed the game. We were attacking on the last defenders and, who knows, might have scored. "If Leboeuf hadn't been booked before he would have been booked for that. It's bias towards the home team and we are seeing a lot of it. The referee didn't spoil the game, the professionalism of the players saw them through. There was a good atmosphere among the players." But Don was having none of it, and said; "Instructions on the laws of the game are given by FIFA and the Football Association, they are not given by the Premier League. "I do not issue instructions to referees. Only FIFA and the FA can issue those instructions. I am just there to ensure the referees are applying the laws as FIFA and the FA want them applied." Don then took a thinly-veiled swipe at Ferguson for snubbing a pre-season opportunity to discuss changes in the laws of the game this season. "At the beginning of the season all clubs are invited to send their manager to a meeting with me where we discuss the law changes and the interpretations. I shall leave you to draw your own conclusions as to whether or not Alex Ferguson attended."
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Subject: Ferguson cautioned on home rule By Mark Tallentire Thursday December 31, 1998 Philip Don, the Premier League referees' officer lambasted by Alex Ferguson after Manchester United's 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Tuesday, yesterday accused the United manager of failing to attend a pre-season discussion of the rules of the game. "At the beginning of the season all clubs are invited to send their manager to a meeting with me about the law changes and the interpretations," he said. "Draw your own conclusions as to whether Alex Ferguson attended." Don also said he had nothing to do with the framing of regulations, only their enforcement. "Instructions on the laws are given by Fifa and the Football Association; they are not given by the Premier League. Only Fifa and the FA can issue those instructions. I am just there to ensure the referees are applying the laws as Fifa and the FA want them applied." Ferguson had sounded off after the game and accused match officials of favouring home sides. He was reacting to the Leeds official Mike Riley allowing Frank Leboeuf, previously booked, to escape a second yellow card and dismissal after he brought down David Beckham in full flight. Leboeuf and Chelsea's manager Gianluca Vialli later admitted the defender had been lucky, although Riley yesterday stood by his decision. "I did not believe the contact by the Chelsea player warranted any further action. I considered the free-kick was sufficient." The Oxford referee Robert Harris, meanwhile, has said that if asked by the FA he will look again at his dismissal of Derby's Paulo Wanchope after a skirmish with Middlesbrough's Andy Townsend. Derby plan to send footage of the incident to the FA and it will decide whether to refer the matter back to Harris. "If a video is sent to me I'm duty-bound to view it. But until that happens my position is as it was at the time of the incident." Soon after the incident, during Derby's 2-1 win on Monday, their coach Steve McLaren said the Costa Rican deserved to be dismissed, and Wanchope himself conceded that he had been in the wrong. But yesterday Derby's manager Jim Smith said: "Our contention is that Paulo was not trying to punch anybody but merely trying to free himself. He swung aggressively but only to get his shirt away from the other player."
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Subject: Schmeichel papers over the cracks Thursday, December 31, 1998 It was as if the calendar had been turned back at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday when Peter Schmeichel once again presented an impassable barrier. Although a fair percentage of the chances Chelsea manufactured in the goalless draw did not test him, there was no doubt that Schmeichel alone stood between Manchester United and a humiliating defeat. If there was anyone not surprised or elated that the Dane produced some trademark work to deny Gianfranco Zola or Tore Andre Flo it was Schmeichel himself. Critics may have been lining up to hurl brickbats after a series of inconsistent and sometimes embarrassing performances but Schmeichel appeared unworried. He said: 'I'm extremely satisfied with the season until now, as well as being satisfied with this game. We have accumulated a lot of points and United are still in the championship chase, plus the quarter-finals of the Champions League with the FA Cup about to start. 'That means that at this stage of the season we are able to aim at winning all three trophies, which is good. 'United haven't lost too many games so far but we have drawn too many times for our own high standards.' Goalkeepers may be crazy but perhaps they also suffer from loss of memory. Schmeichel's summary of the season to date does not include any attempt to analyse his mistakes. Has it been his age, injuries or the fact that he trains at optimum level less and less often that has affected his form? Interestingly, he is no longer coached by Alan Hodgkinson, the Englishman who once had both Schmeichel and Andy Goram under his wing when either one could have been considered among the top four or five goalkeepers in the world. The removal of such an expert, currently employed by Rangers and the Scottish FA, will have had an effect. Has confidence been the problem? United manager Alex Ferguson swears that little is actually awry except that his back four are currently prone to lose concentration. This is an attractive argument as far as Schmeichel is concerned but seems difficult for observers to accept. Ronny Johnsen and Jaap Stam leaked almost 20 firm opportunities at Stamford Bridge yet their goalkeeper was equal to everything. What price the argument that the judiciously leaked 'information' from his agent Ole Frederiksen that a host of Southern European clubs, including the speculative mention of Udinese, has been intended to boost Schmeichel's ego? Fair tactics if that were the case, but Udinese have a fine goalkeeper in Luigi Turci and are merely looking for a deputy in case of injuries. However displays like Wednesday's will reassure any club lining up the Dane as their new goalkeeper and may even have generated new interest. It was a reminder that, at his best, Schmeichel is still formidable. The question now is: how many weeks or months can he sustain that level of performance? On the answer hinges not only his own future but United's hopes in the Champions League, which restarts with a meeting with Inter Milan in March.
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Subject: ZOLA AND GIGGS SAY UNITED BOSS IS RIGHT Top Premiership stars have come out firmly behind Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson after he demanded a winter break for his players in the demanding Premiership programme. When talking about what is fast becoming the major issue in football, Ferguson explained: “Next season you could play 17 games in the European Cup if you get to the final, plus internationals. You don’t realise what you’re asking of players. As football managers with that kind of schedule, all we can do is concentrate on preparation and recovery, rather than trying to develop skills.” Fears of burnout and an eventual drop in overall standards are concerning the game’s top players too. Ryan Giggs, himself the victim of numerous injury problems this season, has been quick to side with his boss in the great mid-season break debate. “The pressure on players is now so great that we’ve simply got to organise things so that we get a break at some stage of the season,” he said. “To expect a player to get over injuries and keep their form consistently all the way through a very long season just isn’t realistic. The idea of a short break seems to work in Europe and most of the lads I talk to reckon it would be a good thing here.” Chelsea’s Italian striker Gianfranco Zola also agrees that a break is essential to help players perform to the best of their abilities, and this from a man who no longer has the extra burden of international fixtures to cram into an already over-tight programme: “There are far too many games played here and of course it undermines the performance of the players,” he explained. “It’s crazy to play two or three games a week and that’s why clubs here are starting to use a rotation system, so that players don’t get burn out.” Zola also points out that England is now very much in isolation where the break is concerned: “I think England’s the only country in Europe that doesn't recognise the need to have a winter break. In Italy the players looked on it as a valuable breather, a point in the season to look forward to. We could use that time to recuperate and recover. If it doesn’t happen in England soon then there are really going to be problems, I’m telling you.” It seems as if the people closest to the heart of the game are demanding a break, but the real question will be how such a shutdown can be squared by football’s powers with the demands of Sky for live football in the peak of winter. The debate looks set to rumble on.
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Subject: 1999 "New Years Jokes" from Barry Non joke.. A FACT from Carlsberg: Manchester United FC "probably the best football club in the world" Delete this lot if you are not into daft jokes.................. For your amusement before entering the bar this evening 20 Reasons Why Alcohol Should be Served at Work 1. It's an incentive to show up. 2. It reduces stress. 3. It leads to more honest communications. 4. It reduces complaints about low pay. 5. It cuts down on time off because you can work with a hangover. 6. Employees tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear. 7. It helps save on heating costs in the winter. 8. It encourages carpooling. 9. Increase job satisfaction because if you have a bad job, you don't care. 10. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work. 11. It makes fellow employees look better. 12. It makes the cafeteria food taste better. 13. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted. 14. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable. 15. Suddenly, burping during a meeting isn't so embarrassing. 16. Employees work later since there's no longer a need to relax at the bar. 17. Everyone agrees the work better after they've had a couple of drinks. 18. Eliminates the need for employees to get drunk on their lunch break. 19. Increases the chance of seeing your boss naked. 20. Employees no longer need coffee to sober up. ------ A guy was down the pub one day having a chat with his pal Tom and they began talking about marriage. 'Here Tom imagine it if you had 10 wives you could have your own football team!'. 'Yes, but Jim if you had 14 wives you could have your own rugby team'. Tom replied 'That may be so but, if you had 18 wives you could create your own golf course!!! ------ Did you hear about the Microsoft crystal ball? Ask it something and it replies: "Answer unclear. Add 20 Meg of RAM and ask again later." ----- How many MS engineers does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, they just define darkness as an industry standard! ----- Ten Tyson One-Liners 1. Q: What did Louis Farrakahn say to Mike Tyson after the fight? A: No stupid an Eye for an Eye!!!! 3. Evander after the fight,"Maybe I shouldn't have told him to 'Bite Me'" 4. Tyson's favorite football team-the Tampa Bay Buc-an-EARS. 5. For the third fight between Mike and Evander,Tyson wants it to be held in Earie, PA. 6. New Tyson burger: There is a piece of the champ in every bite!!! 7. They are making a new boxing term for Tyson....instead of KO, it will be a Van Gogh. "Evander was Van Gogh'd in the third!!!" 8. Can't beat um...Eat um!!!! 9. In this corner Evander "the Real Meal" Holyfield!!!!!!! 10.Iron BITE Tyson, the heavyweight CHOMP of the world! ---- **** Skier's Dictionary Alp One of a number of ski mountains in Europe. Also a shouted request for assistance made by a European. Avalanche One of the few actual perils skiers face that needlessly frighten timid individuals away from the sport. See also: Blizzard, First Aid, Fracture, Frostbite, Hypothermia, Lift Collapse. Bones There are 206 in the human body. No need for dismay, however; the two bones of the middle ear have never been broken while skiing. Exercises A few simple warm-ups to make sure you're prepared for the slopes: 1) Tie a cinder block to each foot and climb a flight of stairs. 2) Sit on the outside of a fourth-story window ledge with your skis on and your poles in your lap for at least 30 minutes. 3) Bind your legs together at the ankles, lie flat on the floor; then, holding a banana in each hand, get to your feet. Gloves Designed to be tight around the wrist to restrict circulation, but not so closefitting as to allow any manual dexterity; they should also admit moisture from the outside without permitting any dampness within to escape. Gravity One of four fundamental forces in nature that affect skiers. The other three are the strong force, which makes bindings jam; the weak force, which makes ankles give way on turns; and electromagnetism, which produces dead batteries in expensive ski-resort parking lots. See Inertia. Inertia Tendency of a skier's body to resist changes in direction or speed due to the action of Newton's First Law of Motion. Goes along with these other physical laws: 1) Two objects of different mass falling side by side will have the same rate of descent, but the lighter one will have larger hospital and home care bills. 2) Matter can neither be created nor destroyed, but if it drops out of a parka pocket, don't expect to encounter it again in our universe. 3) When an irresistible force meets an immovable object (see "Tree"). Shin The bruised area on the front of the leg that runs from the point where the ache from the wrenched knee ends to where the soreness from the strained ankle begins. Ski! A shout to alert people ahead that a loose ski is coming down the hill. Another warning skiers should be familiar with is "Avalanche!" (which tells everyone that a hill is coming down the hill). Skier One who pays an arm and a leg for the opportunity to break them. Stance Your knees should be flexed, but shaking slightly; your arms straight and covered with a good layer of goose flesh; your hands forward, palms clammy, knuckles white and fingers icy, your eyes a little crossed and darting in all directions. Your lips should be quivering, and you should be mumbling, "Am I nuts or what?" -------- Finally: The Top Ten Reasons To Buy a Pentium Machine 1.Your current computer is too accurate. 2.You want to get into the Guiness book as "Owner of Most Expensive Paperweight". 3.Math errors add zest to life. 4.You need an alibi for the I.R.S. 5.You want to see what all the fuss is about. 6.You've always wondered what it would be like to be a plaintiff. 7.The "Intel Inside" logo matches your decor perfectly. 8.You no longer have to worry about CPU overheating. 9.You got a great deal from JPL. 10.It'll probably work. ********** HAPPY RED YEAR ************* Barry@www.red11.org Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Theatre Of Dreams: http://www.red11.org " If ever they are playing in your town You must get to that football ground Take a lesson come to see Football taught by Matt Busby Manchester, Manchester United A bunch of bouncing Busby Babes They deserve to be knighted " Calypso orig: http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/mp3/calypso.mp3 1.6meg Glory Glory : http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/mp3/gloryglory.mp3 2.1meg PS: Useless Inventions 1.A freezer for Eskimos. 2.AC adapter for solar calculators. 3.Air-Bag Motorcycle jacket. 4.Anklet wristwatches for contortionists. 5.Avalanche prevention goggles. 6.Battery powered battery charger. 7.Battery-operated nuclear power plants. 8.Blinker Fluid. 9.Braille Drivers' Manual 10.Braille toilet paper. 11.Braille tv guide. 12.Braille tv remote control. 13.Brake oil. 14.Breathable space suit. 15.Brown undershorts. 16.Cabin pressurization system for the Cessna 150. 17.Caffeine-free Diet Coke. 18.Camcorder with braille-encoded buttons. 19.Candy bars with stannous fluoride added. 20.Car steering triangles -- doubles as anti-theft device. 21.Cast iron wire. 22.Cat flap for the fridge. 23.Checkered paint. 24.Combs for bald-heads. 25.Cordless plumb line. 26.Dehydrated water. 27.Diet celery. 28.Digital clock-winder. 29.Digital computer. 30.Double-sided playing cards. 31.Downhill stairmaster. 32.Ejector seats for helicopters. 33.Electric banana straightener. 34.Electric dog polisher. 35.Extra-large bicycle clips, for use when cycling in shorts. 36.Fat-free Twinkies. 37.Felt Jumper cables. 38.Fine glass-crystal castanets. 39.Fireproof cigarettes. 40.Fireproof kindling. 41.Fireproof matches. 42.Flame-retardant gasoline. 43.Flashbulb tester. 44.Flavoured suppositories. 45.Foam rubber toothpicks. 46.Freeze Dried Water. 47.Frictionless Sandpaper. 48.Fur sink. 49.Hand-powered chainsaw. 50.How-to cassettes for the deaf. 51.Ice skate sandals, for use in hot climates. 52.Inflatable anchor. 53.Inflatable darts-board. 54.Inflatable PC -- The Ultimate Laptop! 55.Kickstand for a tank. 56.Laundromat in a nudist colony. 57.Leather cutlery. 58.Lie detectors for politicians. 59.Low salt brine. 60.Low-calorie PowerBar. 61.Luminous sun-dial, for use at night. 62.Matte finish floor wax. 63.Mesh raincoat. 64.Micro-miniature personal vibrator. 65.Money with negative face value. 66.Motorcycle seat-belts. 67.Muffler Bearings. 68.Non-intrusive alarm clock (raises a flag instead of ringing a bell). 69.Non-stick Cellotape. 70.Open Toed Safety Shoes. 71.Papier mache step ladder. 72.Parachute that opens automatically, upon impact. 73.Particle board tent stakes. 74.Reduced calorie water. 75.Remote control for a computer. 76.Remote control for a Watchman. 77.Reversible garbage disposal. 78.Rollerblade skates for peglegs. 79.Rubber Kleenex. 80.Screen door on a submarine. 81.Second-hand fireworks. 82.Self stick frying pan. 83.Soap Dissolver. 84.Solar powered flashlight. 85.Solar powered night light. 86.Solar-powered pacemakers for elderly sunbathers. 87.Steel-belted radial rubber bands. 88.Strap-on portable chairs. 89.Sugar coated insulin. 90.Sundial with glow in the dark markings. 91.Tire chains for motorcycles. 92.Trailer hitch for the Honda CVCC. 93.Training wheels for timid sports car drivers. 94.Umbrella with a skylight. 95.Unsinkable submarine. 96.Waterproof sponge. 97.Waterproof teabags. 98.Waterproof toilet paper. /( )\ \ \___ / | /- _ `-/ ' (/\/ \ \ /\ / / | ` \ O O ) / | `-^--'`< ' (_.) _ ) / `.___/` / `-----' / <----. __ / __ \ <----|====O)))==) \) /==== <----' `--' `.__,' \ | | \ \ ( (_ /\ ______| | | ,' ,-----' | `--{__________) Happy New Year from Barry Leeming bORN aND bRED in Oldham living in Denmark As RED as you get!
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Singalong Calypso available here: mp3

          If ever they are playing in your town
          You must get to that football ground
          Take a lesson come to see
          Football taught by Matt Busby
          Manchester, Manchester United
          A bunch of bouncing Busby Babes
          They deserve to be knighted

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