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.
November 23 – American businessman Stan Kroenke (pictured) has bought 10 more shares in Premiership club Arsenal to put him closer to the threshold that forces him to make a takeover bid.
November 17 – West Midlands Police have visited Premirship club Birmingham City after being called in by new owner Carson Yeung (pictured), who is angry after inheriting bills for over £6 million from various agents’ fees and transfer instalments.
November 4 – Newcastle United’s stadium will be renamed “sportsdirect.com @ St James’ Park Stadium” until the end of the season it has been announced.
June 9 – Premiership club Liverpool have signed a deal to help develop football in India as it chases its twin goals of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics and the 2018 World Cup.