Manchester U 5 Everton 1

Denis Law

Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Ever­ton 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Au­gust 31, 1963. Af­ter los­ing 4-0 to Ever­ton at Good­ison Park in the 1963 FA Char­ity Shield, Man­chester Uni­ted ex­trac­ted re­venge on The Tof­fee­men by de­feat­ing them 5-1 two weeks la­ter cour­tesy of a brace each by De­nis Law and Phil Chisnall plus one goal from Da­vid Sadler.

In Ju­ly 1962, Man­chester Uni­ted sig­ned De­nis Law from Itali­an Serie A si­de Torino for a new Brit­ish re­cord fee of £115,000. Af­ter join­ing Hud­der­field To­wn as an ap­pren­tice in 1955, he had made his pro­fes­sion­al en­trance in a 2–1 Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Two win ag­ainst Notts Coun­ty at Mea­dow Lane on the 24th of Dec­ember 1956. Fol­low­ing 16 Foot­ball Lea­gue goals in 81 ap­pear­ances for The Ter­ri­ers, he joi­ned Man­chester City for  trans­fer fee of £55,000 in the spring of 1960 and notched up 21 goals in 44 Fir­st Di­vi­sion mat­ches for The Cit­izens be­fore he mo­ved on to Tur­in in the sum­mer of 1961. The Scot cel­eb­rated his Man­chester Uni­ted de­but by hit­ting one of the goals in a 2-2 Di­vi­sion One draw wi­th West Brom­wich Al­bion at Old Traf­ford on the 18th of Au­gust 1962 and he showed his goalscor­ing abi­lities when he net­ted four goals in a 5-3 top-flight tri­umph ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn at Port­man Road on the 3rd of Nov­ember the same year. The Law­man pro­ceeded to score 29 goals in 44 fir­st te­am mat­ches for The Red Dev­ils dur­ing his fir­st sea­son at Old Traf­ford and was an im­port­ant part of the tal­en­ted si­de which won the 1963 FA Cup Fi­nal wi­th a 3-1 vic­tory ag­ainst fel­low Fir­st Di­vi­sion te­am Lei­cester City at Wemb­ley Sta­dium where he re­gistered the open­ing goal in the 39th min­ute the tie.

Man­chester Uni­ted came in­to this fix­ture on the back of work­man­like 2-0 win over Ips­wich To­wn at their Old Traf­ford gro­und, wi­th De­nis Law net­ting bo­th of the goals for the ho­me te­am. Ever­ton, for their part, had over­come Ful­ham by a 3-0 mar­gin at Good­ison Park thro­ugh a goal each from out­side right Al­ex Scott and out­side left Derek Temp­le, plus an un­for­tu­nate own goal by Craven Cot­tage de­fender Bob­by Keetch. The Ever­to­ni­ans, who had beaten Uni­ted twice dur­ing their Cham­pi­on­ship win­ning sea­son of 1962-63, went in­to an early lead ag­ainst Matt Busby´s play­ers when Welsh in­ter­na­tion­al Roy Ver­non pla­ced the ball bey­ond the reach of North­ern Ire­land goal­keeper Harry Gregg af­ter eight min­utes of ac­tion, but two goals in quick suc­ces­sion from Man­chester born in­side for­ward Phil Chisnall in the 25th and 32nd min­ute of the clash made it 2-1 to the hosts at the ha­lf-time break. Fol­low­ing the re­start, mul­ti­func­tion­al de­fender Da­vid Sad­ler sco­red Man­chester United´s third goal of the af­ter­noon sev­en min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore Law stret­ched the ad­vant­age fur­ther as the al­ways dan­ger­ous marks­man be­at away cus­todi­an Gor­don West in the 70th min­ute of the en­counter, and the stri­ker fou­nd the tar­get ag­ain ten min­utes la­ter to com­plete a mor­ale boost­ing 5-1 suc­cess over the Mer­sey­siders. Wi­th the ho­me vic­tory ag­ainst Ever­ton, Man­chester Uni­ted were now joint Fir­st Di­vi­sion lead­ers along­side no­ne oth­er than Lei­cester City. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Harry Gregg, Bill Foulk­es, Da­vid Sad­ler, To­ny Dun­ne, Noel Can­t­well, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Nob­by Sti­les, Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law, Ian Moir, Phil Chisnall. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Ever­ton Te­am: Gor­don West, Al­ex Par­ker, Bri­an La­bone, Mick Mea­gan, Jim­my Gab­riel, To­ny Kay, Derek Temp­le, Al­ex Scott, Roy Ver­non, Al­ex Young, Den­nis Stevens. Sub­stitutes: None.

 

Denis Law Quickfacts

De­nis Law sco­red a club re­cord 46 goals in 42 ga­mes for Man­chester Uni­ted in 1963-64.

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