Blackpool 0 Manchester U 3
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.