David Sadler Profile

David Sadler

Da­vid Sad­ler, born Yald­ing, Eng­land, Feb­ruary 5, 1946. Da­vid Sad­ler star­ted out at his loc­al si­de Maid­stone Uni­ted be­fore he sig­ned a pro­fes­sion­al con­tract wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted in Feb­ruary 1963. Un­der the dis­cip­lined guid­ance of Matt Busby, the steady stop­per qui­ckly settled down and was giv­en his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but in a 3-3 draw ag­ainst Shef­field Wed­nesday at Hills­bor­ough on the 24th of Au­gust 1963.

Ebul­li­ent and ef­fi­cient, Da­vid Sad­ler ul­ti­mately ma­naged to es­tab­lish him­self as a reg­u­lar mem­ber of the all con­quer­ing Man­chester Uni­ted te­am of the swinging six­ties that went on to win the Foot­ball Lea­gue in 1964-65 and 1966-67, as well as the Euro­pean Cup Fi­nal ag­ainst Ben­fica at Wemb­ley Sta­dium in 1968. A de­pend­able and whole­hearted cent­ral de­fender, he would make a total of 335 ap­pear­ances dur­ing his ten years at Old Traf­ford. The com­pet­it­ive play­er would al­ways go on fight­ing un­til the very end and his ag­gres­sion and sleeves-up com­mit­ment made him a mas­sive fa­vour­ite wi­th the Man­chester Uni­ted sup­port­ers. In Nov­ember 1973, how­ever, he left Uni­ted for Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Pre­ston North End who were ma­naged by for­mer team­mate Bob­by Charl­ton at the time. Whi­le at Deep­dale, he made 121 ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions for The Lil­ly­whites un­til he was for­ced to make his re­tire­ment from the ga­me be­cause of in­jury in 1977. An Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al, he gain­ed four seni­or caps for the coun­try of his bir­th af­ter be­ing han­ded his de­but by Sir Alf Ram­sey in a 2-0 Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Quali­fier win ag­ainst North­ern Ire­land at Wemb­ley on the 22nd of Nov­ember 1967. Simply put, Da­vid Sad­ler was with­out doubt one of the best de­fenders in the his­tory of Man­chester Uni­ted. Da­vid Sad­ler Play­ing Ca­reer: Maid­stone Uni­ted, Man­chester Uni­ted, Miami Tor­os, Pre­ston North End. Play­ing Hon­ours: Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion 1965, 1967, UEFA Euro­pean Cup 1968.


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