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Bobby Charlton

Man­chester Uni­ted Facts­book Re­port: Crys­tal Pal­ace 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Sel­hurst Park, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Au­gust 9, 1969. Man­chester Uni­ted drew 2-2 ag­ainst re­cently pro­moted Crys­tal Pal­ace at Sel­hurst Park in their fir­st com­pet­it­ive mat­ch un­der new­ly ap­poin­ted head coach Wilf McGuin­ness. Scot­tish im­ports Ro­ger Hynd and Ger­ry Queen han­ded Pal­ace the lead on two oc­ca­sions, but Uni­ted fou­ght back each time wi­th goals from in­ter­na­tion­als Bob­by Charl­ton and Wil­lie Mor­gan.

Born and grow­ing up in Col­ly­hurst in Man­chester, Wilf McGuin­ness had sig­ned ap­pren­tice forms wi­th his loc­al si­de Man­chester Uni­ted in Jan­uary 1953 be­fore hav­ing be­en offered his fir­st pro­fes­sion­al con­tract in Oct­ober the fol­low­ing year. Im­me­di­ately set­tling down at Old Traf­ford, McGuin­ness would find him­self in the in­spir­ing com­pany of ex­cit­ing and ex­cep­tion­ally tal­en­ted play­ers like de­fenders Bill Foulkes and Ro­ger Byrne; mid­field­ers Jack­ie Blanch­flower, Ed­die Col­man, and Duncan Ed­wards, and for­wards Da­vid Pegg, Al­bert Scan­lon, Tom­my Tay­lor, Den­nis Vi­ol­let, and Billy Whelan. Af­ter hav­ing be­en han­ded his Foot­ball Lea­gue de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted by man­ager Matt Busby, a man who had taken over the sleep­ing gi­ant of a club shortly af­ter the end of the Sec­ond Wor­ld War, in a highly mem­or­able and en­ter­tain­ing 4-3 Fir­st Di­vi­sion tri­umph ag­ainst Stan Cullis´s Wolver­hampton Wan­derers, who had fin­ished the pre­vi­ous sea­son as run­ners-up to Chel­sea, in front of an at­tend­ance of al­most 50,000 spec­tat­ors at Old Traf­ford on the 8th of Oct­ober 1955, he pro­ceeded to re­gister his fir­st goal for The Reds by scor­ing the open­er in a closely con­tested 2-2 top-flight draw to Sun­der­land at Roker Park on the 14th of April 1956. A de­pend­able and hard-work­ing mid­fielder blessed wi­th an ex­cel­lent foot­ball brain, he went on to win the Foot­ball Lea­gue Cham­pi­on­ship wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted in the sea­sons of 1955-56 and 1956-57 as well as the FA Char­ity Shield in 1956 and 1957, but, un­for­tu­nately, a broken leg in the 1959-60 cam­paign would force him to give up his foot­balling ca­reer at the age of on­ly twenty-two. Af­ter put­ting away his play­ing gear, he mo­ved in­to coach­ing at Man­chester Uni­ted, ev­entually re­pla­cing the long-serving and greatly-re­spec­ted Jim­my Murphy, formerly a wing-ha­lf wi­th West Brom­wich Al­bion and Swin­don To­wn, as re­serve te­am man­ager at Old Traf­ford in 1964. And then, in the sum­mer of 1969, McGuin­ness would be asked to fol­low in the ma­na­geri­al foot­steps of Busby who had called it a day at the end of the 1968-69 term af­ter spend­ing twenty-four im­mensely suc­cess­ful years in the hot seat at Man­chester Uni­ted.

An age­ing Man­chester Uni­ted te­am had to work hard to earn a point ag­ainst Crys­tal Pal­ace in their open­ing en­counter of the 1969-70 cam­paign. The So­uth Lon­doners, who had batt­led their way out of Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Two un­der no-non­sense boss Bert Head the pre­vi­ous sea­son, had built a repu­ta­tion of be­ing phys­ic­al and bul­ly­ing and had no in­ten­tion of play­ing sec­ond fiddle to Uni­ted. Backed by a bois­ter­ous 48,000 strong ho­me crowd at Sel­hurst Park, Crys­tal Pal­ace star­ted out the bet­ter and for­ced them­selves in­to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a clo­se ran­ge ef­fort from ex-Ran­gers de­fender Ro­ger Hynd el­ev­en min­utes in­to the fir­st ha­lf af­ter Old Traf­ford goal­keeper Jim­my Rim­mer had mis­judged a high ball. Man­chester Uni­ted, who were wear­ing their tra­di­tion­al all-white away strip, gradu­ally came more in­to things and ever­green Wor­ld Cup win­ner Bob­by Charl­ton ma­naged to draw par­ity for the vis­it­ing out­fit as he picked up a cross by Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al Wil­lie Mor­gan be­fore coolly pla­cing the ball pa­st the out­stretched arms of diving Crys­tal Pal­ace shot stop­per John Jack­son and in­to the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the net in the twenty-fourth min­ute of the tussle. But The Glazi­ers re­fused to be de­mor­al­ised and Ger­ry Queen, a for­mer fa­vour­ite at bo­th St Mir­ren and Kil­mar­nock, sent the Croy­don boys back in front ag­ain wi­th an ex­cel­lent in­di­vidu­al fin­ish on­ly five min­utes ahead of the ha­lf-time break. Man­chester Uni­ted ap­plied con­sid­er­able pres­sure on Crys­tal Pal­ace fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion and they had an­oth­er equal­iser when Jack­son failed to hold a long pass from Da­vid Sad­ler and the ball fell to De­nis Law who set up Mor­gan who­se fierce shot from just out­side the six-yard box flew dir­ectly in­to the back of the net in the 56th min­ute of pro­ceed­ings. Bo­th sides pushed strongly for a win­ning goal as the ga­me pro­gressed to­wards the end, but no fur­ther goals were re­gistered and the con­test ended wi­th a 2-2 fi­nal score.

A loy­al stal­wart if there ever was one, Bob­by Charl­ton would con­tin­ue to put in stel­lar per­form­ances in the sea­sons to come, but time ev­entually star­ted to take its toll on his legs and he left Man­chester Uni­ted at the end of the 1972–73 term, hav­ing con­trib­uted 249 seni­or hits in 758 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances. Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from play­ing, Charl­ton went straight in­to man­agement as he was ap­poin­ted as man­ager at Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Pre­ston North End in the sum­mer of 1973. Alas, Proud Pre­ston star­ted off the 1973-74 cam­paign on the wrong foot wi­th a 2-0 de­feat ag­ainst As­ton Vil­la at Vil­la Park and they on­ly ma­naged to gain a single point from their fir­st three open­ing fix­tures. Then fol­lowed an un­beaten run of five wins and three draws, in­clud­ing a 1-0 vic­tory over pro­mo­tion fa­vour­ites Sun­der­land be­fore a 22,000 crowd at Deep­dale Sta­dium, wi­th the sole goal of the af­ter­noon com­ing from a pen­alty con­ver­ted by ex-Man­chester City for­ward Neil Young af­ter Al­ex Bru­ce had be­en fouled by Ron Gu­thrie in­side the area nine min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf. Des­pite hav­ing a good blend of ex­per­i­enced cam­paign­ers along­side pro­mising young­sters, The Li­ly­whites could on­ly win four more ga­mes for the rest of the sea­son and fou­nd them­selves re­leg­ated to Di­vi­sion Three at the end of the day, round­ing off wi­th a 4-2 loss at Deep­dale to al­ready crow­ned Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Midd­lesbrough; led by Charlton´s bro­ther and for­mer Leeds Uni­ted cent­ral de­fender Jack Charl­ton. In the Lea­gue Cup, North End went out 3-1 on ag­greg­ate to Bol­ton Wan­derers in the fir­st ro­und, and they fared no bet­ter in the FA Cup, go­ing out in the third ro­und af­ter los­ing 1-0 ag­ainst Ful­ham at Craven Cot­tage. Poor Pre­ston, who had lost sev­er­al key play­ers fol­low­ing the re­leg­a­tion, could on­ly fin­ish ninth in the Third Di­vi­sion in 1974-75 and Charl­ton ul­ti­mately re­signed from his post at the front end of the 1975-76 cam­paign af­ter a con­flict wi­th the board and in­stead he em­barked on a me­dia ca­reer as foot­ball pun­dit, be­gin­ning wi­th the BBC. He la­ter wor­ked as a dir­ect­or of Wi­gan Ath­let­ic be­fore he be­came a mem­ber of the Man­chester Uni­ted board of dir­ect­ors in 1984.

Else­where on the open­ing day of the 1969-70 sea­son, reign­ing Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Leeds Uni­ted emer­ged 3-1 vic­tors ag­ainst Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at El­land Road thro­ugh goals from Billy Brem­ner and Al­lan Clarke plus a pen­alty goal by Johnny Giles, FA Cup hold­ers Man­chester City over­came Shef­field Wed­nesday 4-1 at Maine Road, Arsen­al suc­cumbed to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Ever­ton at High­bury where John Hurst notched up the win­ner for The Tof­fees in the sec­ond ha­lf, Sun­der­land and Cov­entry City shared the spoils in a goal­less draw at Roker Park, Wolver­hampton Wan­derers de­feated Sto­ke City 3-1 at Mo­lineux cour­tesy of a Derek Dou­gan brace and a goal by Pe­ter Knowles, Di­vi­sion One new boys Der­by Coun­ty were held to goal­less draw ag­ainst Burn­ley at Base­ball Gro­und, New­castle Uni­ted suf­fered a 1-0 de­feat at Boleyn Gro­und to West Ham Uni­ted who­se goal was sco­red by Ge­off Hurst af­ter the in­ter­val, Ips­wich To­wn and Not­ting­ham For­est played out a goal­less draw at Port­man Road, South­ampton lost 2-0 to West Brom­wich Al­bion at The Dell, whi­le 1968-69 run­ners-up Liver­pool be­at Chel­sea by 4-1 at An­field, wi­th Ian St John get­ting a brace and Ge­off Strong and Chris Lawl­er scor­ing the oth­ers. Crys­tal Pal­ace Te­am: John Jack­son, Ro­ger Hynd, John Sewell, John Mc­Cormick, Ro­ger Hoy, John Lough­lan, Ste­ve Kem­ber, Mel Blyth, Ma­rk Laz­arus, Cliff Jack­son, Ger­ry Queen. Sub­sti­tute: To­ny Tay­lor. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Jim­my Rim­mer, To­ny Dun­ne, Bill Foulkes, Fran­cis Burns, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Da­vid Sad­ler, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Bri­an Kidd, Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law, Geor­gie Best. Sub­sti­tute: Don Givens.

 

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Fir­st Di­vi­sion pro­mo­tion chal­lengers Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered a nar­row, but sur­prise, 2-1 de­feat ag­ainst mid-ta­ble si­de Crys­tal Pal­ace at Sel­hurst Park on the 14th of Feb­ruary 1925. United´s con­sol­a­tion goal was sco­red by Ar­thur Loch­head who had ar­rived from Hearts in the sum­mer of 1921.

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1968-69 Sea­son:

West Ham Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Not­ting­ham For­est 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Brom­wich Al­bion 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Not­ting­ham For­est 1
Cov­entry City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
New­castle Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Burn­ley 0
AC Mil­an 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 AC Mil­an 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Lei­cester City 2

Man­ager: Wilf McGuin­ness

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