Fulham 1 Manchester Utd 2

Stuart Pearson

Ful­ham 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Craven Cot­tage Sta­dium, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 5, 1974. Af­ter suf­fer­ing their fir­st de­feat of the 1974-75 sea­son ag­ainst fel­low early pace­set­ters Nor­wich City at Car­row Road, Man­chester Uni­ted hit back wi­th a well-earned 2-1 tri­umph ag­ainst Ful­ham at Craven Cot­tage where Stu­art “Pan­cho” Pear­son net­ted bo­th of the goals for the vis­it­ors.

Tom­my Docherty´s lads entered the Di­vi­sion Two fix­ture wi­th Alec Stock´s Ful­ham on the back of a 2-0 away loss to Nor­wich City in which for­mer Old Traf­ford stri­ker Ted Mac­Dou­gall had sco­red a brace for The Ca­nar­ies. Man­chester United´s start­ing lineup ag­ainst The Cot­tagers in­cluded goal­keeper Al­ex Step­ney; de­fenders Al­ex For­syth, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Jim Hol­ton, and Stew­art Hou­s­ton; mid­field­ers Bri­an Green­hoff, Ger­ry Da­ly, Jim Mc­Cal­liog, and Sam­my Mc­Ilroy; and for­wards Wil­lie Mor­gan and Stu­art Pear­son, whi­le mid­fielder Lou Ma­cari was sit­ting on the sub­stitutes´ bench. New boy Stu­art “Pan­cho” Pear­son han­ded Man­chester Uni­ted the lead when the £200,000 sum­mer sign­ing be­at Ful­ham cus­todi­an Pe­ter Mel­lor af­ter eight­een min­utes and the very same man fou­nd the back of the net ag­ain wi­th four­teen min­utes left be­fore ex-Wycombe Wan­derers and Luton To­wn for­ward Viv Busby re­cor­ded a late con­sol­a­tion goal for the West Lon­doners. An ar­chetyp­al cent­ral at­tack­er wi­th an ex­cel­lent sense of po­s­i­tion­ing, Pear­son would live up to ex­pect­a­tions at Man­chester Uni­ted, con­trib­ut­ing sev­en­teen goals in thirty-one Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances for the club dur­ing the pro­mo­tion win­ning cam­paign of 1974-75. Ful­ham Te­am: Pe­ter Mel­lor, John Fraser, Leslie Strong, John Lacy, Bob­by Moore, Alan Mul­lery, Jim­my Con­way, Alan Slough, Viv Busby, Bar­ry Lloyd, Les Bar­rett. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Bri­an Green­hoff, Jim Mc­Cal­liog, Ger­ry Da­ly, Stu­art Pear­son, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Wil­lie Mor­gan. Sub­sti­tute: Lou Ma­cari.

 

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Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Ful­ham 5-0 at Craven Cot­tage on the 26th of Mar­ch 1960 wi­th Den­nis Vi­ol­let scor­ing a brace and Al­ex Dawson, Johnny Giles, and Ma­rk Pear­son hit­ting a goal each.

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