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Bris­tol Rov­ers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, East­ville Sta­dium, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Third Ro­und, Oct­ober 3, 1972. Man­chester Uni­ted were held to a one-all draw ag­ainst Third Di­vi­sion Bris­tol Rov­ers at East­ville. John Rud­ge han­ded The Pir­ates the lead ten min­utes af­ter the break be­fore Wil­lie Mor­gan hit a late equal­iser for Uni­ted wi­th barely three min­utes left.

Wat­ney Cup win­ners Bris­tol Rov­ers had knock­ed out Brighton and Hove Al­bion in the pre­vi­ous ro­und of the Lea­gue Cup, where­as Man­chester Uni­ted had dis­patched of Ox­ford Uni­ted af­ter a re­play. Welsh in­ter­na­tion­al Way­ne Jones al­most gave The Gas an early ad­vant­age when the twenty-three-year-old mid­field dy­namo fired a fe­ro­cious right-foot shot which went just wide of the up­right. Fol­low­ing the in­ter­val, Don Megson´s troops ev­entually fou­nd the net thanks to John Rud­ge who ma­naged to score from a dif­fi­cult angle five min­utes be­fore the hour ma­rk to pro­vide the hosts wi­th a 1-0 lead in front of a bois­ter­ous crowd of over 33,000 spec­tat­ors at East­ville. The Fir­st Di­vi­sion si­de wor­ked des­per­ately for an equal­ising goal as the sec­ond frame wore on and the vis­it­ors were duly re­war­ded when Wil­lie Mor­gan hit ho­me af­ter a fine in­di­vidu­al dis­play in the 87th min­ute. Bris­tol Rov­ers Te­am: Dick Shep­pard, Phil Ro­berts, Lind­say Par­sons, Mi­ke Green, Stu­art Tay­lor, Frankie Prince, Ken­ny Ste­phens, Way­ne Jones, John Rud­ge, Bru­ce Ban­nis­ter, Bri­an God­frey. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Mar­tin Bu­chan, To­ny Dun­ne, Ste­ve Ja­mes, Ian Don­ald, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, To­ny Young, Bri­an Kidd, Ian Storey-Moore. Sub­stitutes: No­ne.

 

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Wil­lie Mor­gan played for Burn­ley, Man­chester Uni­ted, Bol­ton Wan­derers, Chica­go Sting, Min­nesota Kicks, and Black­pool dur­ing a pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball ca­reer which stret­ched over twenty years.

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