Portsmouth hopes for new stadium dashed

December 23 – Portsmouth’s plans for a new stadium are again in the balance after the Council dropped plans to designate an area of the city for development for a state-of-the-art ground for the Premier League strugglers.

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Exclusive: Keegan and Curbishley cases have changed landscape for English managers

By Mike Rowbottom

December 9 – When, a little more than a year after he had managed Derby County to the 1974-75 First Division title, Dave Mackay read a national newspaper story claiming he was to be replaced, his reaction was characteristically defiant. As he admits in his autobiography The Real Mackay (Mainstream, £15.99), he stormed into the boardroom and challenged the club’s directors to deny that they had been behind the article.

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