Reading 2 Manchester U 3

Bobby Charlton

Read­ing 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Elm Park, Wat­ney Mann In­vit­a­tion Cup Fir­st Ro­und, Au­gust 1, 1970. Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Three out­fit Read­ing 3-2 at Elm Park cour­tesy of two goals from ever­green vet­er­an mid­fielder Bob­by Charl­ton and one from de­fender Paul Edwards.

Man­chester Uni­ted and Read­ing met for the fir­st time since an FA Cup Third Ro­und Re­play at Old Traf­ford on the 12th of Jan­uary 1955, wi­th the for­mer win­ning 4-1 cour­tesy of a double by ver­sat­ile stri­ker Co­lin Web­ster and one goal each from Jack Row­ley and Den­nis Vi­ol­let. On a warm and sunny Au­gust af­ter­noon at Elm Park, Uni­ted bro­ught life in­to the mat­ch thir­teen min­utes in­to the fir­st ha­lf as To­ny Dun­ne sent a long free-kick in­to the area where Shaw and Cromp­ton born de­fender Paul Ed­wards dived to head pa­st a help­less Ste­ve Death in the Read­ing goal. The Bis­cuit­men equal­ised on­ly a couple of min­utes la­ter thro­ugh a clo­se-ran­ge fin­ish by Dick Habbin, but Man­chester Uni­ted re­gained the lead in the 22nd min­ute when a pass from Wil­lie Mor­gan ended up at the feet of De­nis Law who clev­erly re­leased the ball to bet­ter pla­ced Bob­by Charl­ton who­se fe­ro­cious shot left Death wi­th no chan­ce to save. And the very same Charl­ton more or less killed off the ga­me as a con­test wi­th just a min­ute left of the ha­lf when the sea­soned cam­paign­er took ad­vant­age of a care­less goal-kick from Death and com­posedly sent the ball in­to the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the net to hand the Fir­st Di­vi­sion si­de a 3-1 cush­ion at the break. Read­ing push­ed hard from the out­set of the sec­ond ha­lf and the Berkshire club ma­naged to re­duce the de­fi­cit three min­utes be­fore the hour ma­rk as a down­ward head­er from Les Chap­pell was neatly flicked in­to the back of the goal by ex-Ar­senal youth play­er Gor­don Cum­ming, but the ho­me te­am nev­er really threat­ened af­ter that and wi­th no more goals ar­riv­ing the Wat­ney Cup Fir­st Ro­und clash ended 3-2 to The Reds. Af­ter beat­ing Read­ing, Uni­ted would now meet Hull City in the semi-finals.

An age de­fy­ing ath­lete, Bob­by Charl­ton was still able to be­at off the com­pet­i­tion from young play­ers like Alan Gowl­ing, Bri­an Kidd, and Carlo Sar­tori and he would go on to make 50 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing the 1970-71 sea­son. How­ever, the loy­al stal­wart ul­ti­mately called it a day at the end of the 1972-73 cam­paign, ma­king his fi­nal ap­pear­ance for Uni­ted in a 1-0 Di­vi­sion One loss to Chel­sea at Stam­ford Bridge on the 28th of May 1973. Dur­ing a re­ward­ing ca­reer of al­most twenty years, Charl­ton won the Fir­st Di­vi­sion in 1957, 1965, and 1967, the FA Cup in 1963, FA Char­ity Shield in 1956, 1957, 1965, and 1967, the Euro­pean Cup in 1968, the Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship in 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, and 1970, and the Wor­ld Cup in 1966. Read­ing Te­am: Ste­ve Death, Will Dix­on, Den­nis But­ler, Terry Bell, Stu­art Mor­gan, Bar­ry Wag­staff, Gor­don Cum­ming, Les Chap­pell, Dick Habbin, To­ny Wag­staff, Bob­by Wil­li­ams. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Paul Ed­wards, To­ny Dun­ne, Pat Cre­rand, Ian Ure, Da­vid Sad­ler, Wil­lie Mor­gan, De­nis Law, Bob­by Charl­ton, Bri­an Kidd, Ge­orge Best. Sub­stitutes: None.


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Man­chester Uni­ted be­came the fir­st Eng­lish club to win the coveted UEFA Euro­pean Cup in 1967-68 when Matt Busby´s men be­at Por­tuguese gi­ants Ben­fica 4–1 at Wemb­ley Sta­dium in the final.


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1969-70 Sea­son:

Leeds Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Leeds Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Cov­entry City 1
Not­ting­ham For­est 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
New­castle Uni­ted 5 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 7 West Brom­wich Al­bion 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Wat­ford 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Shef­field Wed­nesday 2

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