Everton 3 Manchester U 3

Steve Coppell

Ever­ton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Good­ison Park, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, April 10, 1982. Fol­low­ing a 1-0 de­feat to Liver­pool at Old Traf­ford in mid­week, Man­chester Uni­ted were held to a 3-3 draw by Ever­ton at Good­ison Park three days la­ter. Uni­ted went in front three times dur­ing the clash but were pegged back by the hosts on each occasion.

Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Ste­ve Cop­pell gave Man­chester Uni­ted the lead wi­th a bril­liantly taken free-kick two min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk be­fore Ever­ton stri­ker Graeme Sharp head­ed ho­me a cross from ex­per­i­enced de­fender Mick Ly­ons shortly af­ter­wards to make it 1-1 at ha­lf-time. Three min­utes fol­low­ing the in­ter­val, Cop­pell re­gistered his sec­ond goal of the clash af­ter an ex­cel­lent in­di­vidu­al run and fin­ish, but The Ever­to­ni­ans ma­naged to level the score ag­ain when Ly­ons fou­nd the back of the net wi­th a clo­se ran­ge vol­ley just sev­en min­utes la­ter. Man­chester Uni­ted then went ahead for the third time in the ga­me thanks to Remi Moses re­place­ment Ash­ley Gri­mes who power­ed a well pla­ced ef­fort pa­st Ever­ton shot stop­per Ne­ville Southall and in­to the net, on­ly for at­tack minded mid­fielder Ad­ri­an Heath to score a late equal­iser for the Good­ison Park out­fit wi­th a dev­ast­at­ing shot from some thirty yards out which left away goal­keeper Ga­ry Bai­ley help­less. Bro­ught to Man­chester Uni­ted from re­leg­a­tion strug­gling Third Di­vi­sion si­de Tran­mere Rov­ers in Feb­ruary 1975, Ste­ve Cop­pell had be­en giv­en his fir­st te­am de­but for The Reds by Tom­my Doc­herty in a com­pre­hens­ive 4-0 Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Two tri­umph ag­ainst lowly pla­ced Car­diff City at Old Traf­ford on the 1st of Mar­ch 1975 and went on to amass 70 goals in 396 mat­ches for the club. Whi­le wi­th Uni­ted, Cop­pell was a ded­ic­ated and de­pend­able right wing­er who also wor­ked hard for the te­am and was a vi­tal part of the si­de which won the FA Cup in 1977. Ever­ton Te­am: Ne­ville Southall, Bri­an Bor­rows, Mick Ly­ons, Kev­in Ratcliffe, Ma­rk Hig­gins, Alan Irvine, Ste­ve McMa­hon, Alan Ain­scow, Tre­vor Ross, Ad­ri­an Heath, Graeme Sharp. Sub­sti­tute: Paul Lodge. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, John Gid­man, Kev­in Mor­an, Mi­ke Dux­bury, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Bry­an Rob­son, Remi Moses, Ray Wil­kins, Scott McGar­vey, Frank Stapleton. Sub­sti­tute: Ash­ley Grimes.


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