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Bristol Rovers 1 Manchester United 1, Eastville Stadium, English Football League Second Division, March 28, 1975. Martin Buchan and company were held to a one-all draw by Bristol Rovers in a game watched by 20,000 spectators at Eastville. Lou Macari gave the visitors the lead ten minutes before the half-time break, but Rovers came back to snatch a point courtesy of a late Bruce Bannister goal.
Second Division leaders Manchester United had edged out Brian Clough´s Nottingham Forest by a narrow 1-0 margin at the City Ground courtesy a first half goal from Republic of Ireland international Gerry Daly in their previous Division Two encounter and were expected to bag maximum points against The Gas who were sitting in 19th position in the standings. At Eastville, Manchester United head coach Tommy Docherty had to make an early substitution as Steve James picked up an ankle injury and the former England Youth defender was immediately replaced by Scotland international winger Willie Morgan 25 minutes into the Friday´s match. With play progressing, Manchester United gradually wrested control of proceedings and the visiting outfit went in front as a superbly delivered cross from Scottish left fullback Stewart Houston found Lou Macari, yet another Scotsman, who fired an unstoppable left-footed effort past completely helpless Bristol Rovers shot stopper Jim Eadie and high into the roof of the net five minutes past the half-hour mark. The Old Trafford troops appeared to have the two points in their grasp, but Bristol Rovers bagged their equaliser when ex-Sheffield United forward David Staniforth finished a fine solo run by whipping the ball across the goalmouth where the transfer-listed Bruce Bannister, who had come on for versatile stalwart Gordon Fearnley late in the second period, hammered home from five yards out in the very last minute of the contest to rescue a draw for the hosts. It may have felt like daylight robbery, but The Pirates deserved a point for their fighting spirit and hard work. Bristol Rovers Team: Jim Eadie, Trevor Jacobs, Phil Bater, Peter Aitken, Graham Day, Frankie Prince, Kenny Stephens, Wilf Smith, Alan Warboys. David Staniforth, Gordon Fearnley. Substitute: Bruce Bannister. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Alex Forsyth, Martin Buchan, Stewart Houston, Stephen James, Brian Greenhoff, Gerry Daly, Sammy McIlroy, Stuart Pearson, Lou Macari, Steve Coppell. Substitute: Willie Morgan.
Lou Macari Quickfacts
An attacking midfielder with a sharp eye for goal, Lou Macari recorded eleven Second Division goals in 38 matches for Manchester United during the promotion winning campaign of 1974-75.