Blackpool 0 Manchester U 3

Alex Forsyth

Black­pool 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Bloom­field Road, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 19, 1974. Af­ter be­ing held to a dis­ap­point­ing 0-0 draw by Ports­mouth at Frat­ton Park four days earli­er, Di­vi­sion Two lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted trashed Black­pool 3-0 at Bloom­field Road cour­tesy of a goal each from Al­ex For­syth, Lou Ma­cari, and Jim Mc­Cal­liog.

Black­pool, who had missed pro­mo­tion to the Fir­st Di­vi­sion by two points the pre­vi­ous sea­son, had ex­per­i­enced cam­paign­ers like Bill Bent­ley, Wyn Dav­ies, John Evan­son, Dave Hat­ton, and Glyn Ja­mes in their si­de, but The Tan­ger­ines nev­er really stood a chan­ce ag­ainst the new­ly re­leg­ated Man­chester Uni­ted te­am. The Reds went in front thanks to Scot­tish in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender Al­ex For­syth who ham­mered a free kick from the edge of the pen­alty area pa­st Black­pool shot stop­per Ge­orge Wood and in­to the net af­ter fel­low coun­try­man Lou Ma­cari had be­en fouled by Ja­mes in the 22nd min­ute of the mat­ch. Harry Potts´s Black­pool wor­ked hard for an equal­iser as the fir­st ha­lf wore on, but the Fylde club failed in their at­tempts to score. Af­ter the re­start, Man­chester Uni­ted had their sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon when Jim Mc­Cal­liog, one of sev­en Scots in the te­am, cros­sed the ball for Ma­cari who swept ho­me on the hour ma­rk, and the pro­vider turned goal scorer when the for­mer Wolver­hampton Wan­derers mid­field play­maker be­at Wood wi­th eight­een min­utes left to make the fi­nal sco­reline read 3-0 in the fa­vour of the vis­it­ors. Tra­gic­ally, a sev­en­teen-year-old Black­pool sup­port­er, Kev­in Ols­son, had be­en killed dur­ing the ga­me ag­ainst Bol­ton Wan­derers at Bloom­field Road on­ly two months earli­er, and shortly af­ter­wards sports min­is­ter De­nis How­ell pub­licly an­nounced that he was con­sid­er­ing longer jail sen­tences for soc­cer-re­lated vi­ol­ence and com­puls­ory iden­tity cards for foot­ball fans in or­der to fight hoo­ligan­ism. Black­pool Te­am: Ge­orge Wood, John Curtis, Ste­ve Har­ris­on, Dave Hat­ton, Glyn Ja­mes, Pe­ter Sud­daby, Mickey Wal­sh, Alan Ain­scow, Ron­ald Dav­ies, Bill Bent­ley, John Evan­son. Sub­sti­tute: Da­vid Tong. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Bri­an Green­hoff, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Lou Ma­cari, Jim Mc­Cal­liog, Ger­ry Da­ly. Sub­sti­tute: Da­vid Mc­Creery.

 

Alex Forsyth Quickfacts

Al­ex For­syth made 45 ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing the 1974-75 sea­son.

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