- David Beckham again denies that wife Victoria is anorexic,
interviewer: "She doesn't even wear anoraks, so how can she be sick of
- Just hours before their first game in Brazil, Manchester
that they are to withdraw from the FIFA Clubs World
Championship to take
part in the Nuneaton & District Schools Challenge Cup
"You can't stand in the way of progress," says chairman Martin Edwards
- After the success of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography
Managing My Life,
Paul Gascoigne releases his own tell-all memoirs, entitled
Mangling My Wife.
- Fulham owner Mohammed Al-Fayed fails in his latest bid to
win an English
passport. Several members of the Liverpool squad immediately
offer him the
use of theirs on the grounds that they have no plans to visit
Europe at any
time in the near future.
- Commemorative Nuneaton & District Schools Challenge Cup (Under-12s
section) winners' shirts go on sale at Manchester United Megastore
- After John Gregory's dismissal, Glenn Hoddle returns to
management as boss
of Aston Villa and pledges never to repeat his slurs against
"Anyone who thinks I'll fall into that trap again must be a complete
spastic," he says.
- In a shock press conference at Old Trafford, Sir Alex
Ferguson and Martin
Edwards announce their intention to withdraw Manchester
United from the
1999-2000 Champions League due to fixture congestion. Both
their decision has anything to do with the fact that they
were knocked out
of the competition the previous night by Lazio
- Arsenal drop out of the championship race after having all
players sent off in the first half of a Premiership game. " I
anything," says Arsene Wenger, who admits he is furious about
the late goal
which allowed Sheffield Wednesday to earn a 1-1 draw.
- Manchester United transfer-list Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ronny
Johnsen after all three are captured on film obeying the speed limit
- Leeds wrap up the Premiership, but their celebration are
ruined when Alan
Smith and Jonathan Woodgate are found to have swapped their
medals for some rare Pokemon trading cards
- Chris Sutton is a surprise late entrant for the election to
Of London. "He's the most complete 'mare I've ever come across," says
campaign backer Ken Bates.
- Arsenal win the FA Cup. Their victory parade through the
streets of North
London ends at Highbury, where they immediately face
Cambridge United in
their third round tie from season 2000-2001, brought forward
fixture congestion ...
- There is some consolation for beaten finalists Newcastle
United as, along
with his loser's medal, The Queen hands Bobby Robson a
telegram. "I was
planning to send you this later in the week anyway," she explains
- After Barcelona humiliate Chelsea 5-0 in the European Cup
Final, an angry
Gianluca Vialli lambasts his side, claiming: "We played like
a bunch of
schoolgirls out there." The players point out they were only acting on
orders from coach Graham Rix.
- David Beckham is sent off to a chorus of boos as England
crash 3-0 to
Portugal in their first game of Euro 2000. When asked
afterwards how he'll
cope with the stick, Beckham replies: "I don't think she'll
mind at all.
Victoria doesn't really like football"
- ITV's tournament coverage is thrown into chaos when analyst
flies home straight after the first round
- After successive defeats by Germany and Romania, England
are out too and
Kevin Keegan turns his attentions to the forthcoming World
campaign. "I think we can win it," he says.
- Italy beat Germany 2-0 to win Euro 2000. In the wild
follow, David May is pictured proudly holding the trophy aloft
- During a hectic four-week campaign, Manchester United play
club side on earth and defeat them all. A subsequent poll asks: 'Are
Manchester United The Best Team In The World?', 95% of
readers say no...
- Released by United, Teddy Sheringham signs for Fulham and
receives a brand
new Harrods racing bike from owner Mohammed Al- Fayed as part
of the deal.
"I can't wait to show those Gooners my pedals," he says.
- Paul Gascoigne's much-rumoured move to a top American
outfit goes awry
when it is discovered that he is too fat to fit inside the
- Manchester United announce their intention to withdraw from the
Premiership because of fixture congestion. Explains chairman
"Removing these 38 meaningless games from our schedule will
give us ample
time for our important friendlies against Singapore Rattans,
Neckstretchers and the Arkansas Howdy-Doodies, plus the defence of our
Nuneaton & District Schools Challenge Cup (Under-12s section) crown".
- Alan Shearer is among eight Newcastle first teamers
sidelined with dental
problems. Club insiders blame Bobby Robson's insistence on
traditional halftime oranges with bags of Werther's Originals
- After a disappointing start to the new season, Blackburn
sack boss Tony
Parkes and immediately re-appoint him as caretaker manager ...
- Called to the Premiership match between Leicester and
Coventry, the bomb
squad manages to defuse Martin O'Neill, though Gordon
Strachan is destroyed
in a controlled explosion.
- Hounded out of England, David Beckham joins Juventus and
announces that he
has topped former team-mate Roy Keane's contract by signing a
51,000 lire-a-week deal
- Manchester United announce their intention to withdraw from
the EC and
- Following months of frustration at Peter Johnson's refusal
to sanction the
purchase of new players, Everton fans are delighted when new
Sugar arrives at Goodison Park.
- Robbie Fowler tells an interviewer, "it's a privilege to be
one small part
of the greatest club in the world." Sadly, the club he is
talking about is
- Bored of winning everything in Scottish football, Glasgow
their hand to politics and sweep the board in Scottish
their domestic excellence is not mirrored by a dismal set of European
- Bonfire Night is one to forget for Ryan Giggs, who is involved in an
accident with a firework. He sobs, "The gaffer's always
telling me that I'm
no rocket scientist"...
- After protests that 1999's event was too subdued, Gerard Houllier
announces that Liverpool's Christmas party will be held in a
"That sounds right up my street," declares Michael Owen
- Chris Sutton spends a fortune on a top-of-the-range PC for
a defective modem ensures he can't find the 'net
- Manchester United call on the Russians to withdraw from Chechnya and
Michael Douglas to withdraw from Catherine Zeta Jones
- Asked whether he is enjoying life in Italy, David Beckham
replies, "is the
Pope Catholic?" Adds the midfielder: "Well? Is he? I really
need to find