Fulham 2 Manchester Utd 1

George Best

Ful­ham 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Craven Cot­tage Sta­dium, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Septem­ber 5, 1964. Al­though Man­chester Uni­ted dom­in­ated pro­ceed­ings through­out the con­test, it was Ful­ham who won the en­counter. For­mer Burn­ley fa­vour­ite John Con­nelly put Uni­ted ahead on 45 min­utes, but an own goal by Shay Bren­nan sev­en min­utes af­ter the ha­lf-time break and a late win­ner from Johnny Haynes saw The Cot­tagers win 2-1.

Ful­ham had beaten Birm­ing­ham City, drawn wi­th West Brom­wich Al­bion and Birm­ing­ham City, and lost to West Ham Uni­ted in their open­ing four ga­mes of the 1964-65 sea­son, where­as Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated West Ham Uni­ted, drawn to Lei­cester City and West Brom­wich Al­bion, and be­en de­feated by West Ham Uni­ted. John Con­nelly, who had joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted from Burn­ley for a trans­fer fee of £56,000 five months earli­er, net­ted his sec­ond goal in as many mat­ches when the out­side for­ward head­ed ho­me an ac­cur­ate cross by Pad­dy Cre­rand shortly be­fore the in­ter­val to give The Reds the lead. Fol­low­ing the re­start, Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued to launch at­tacks in search of a sec­ond goal and Ge­orge Best and Bob­by Charl­ton bo­th came clo­se to scor­ing dur­ing the early sta­ges of the sec­ond ha­lf. The West Lon­doners gradu­ally came in­to the ga­me and had their equal­iser in the 52nd min­ute as Re­pub­lic of Ire­land de­fender Shay Bren­nan ma­naged to put the ball in­to his own net, and wi­th twelve min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time Eng­land stri­ker Johnny Haynes hit the win­ning goal for the Craven Cot­tage club when he fired a well pla­ced long dis­tance shot pa­st Da­vid Gaskell and in­to the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the net to se­cure a 2-1 vic­tory for the ho­me te­am over Man­chester Uni­ted. Ful­ham Te­am: To­ny Macedo, Ge­orge Co­hen, Fred Cal­laghan, Jim­my Langley, Bob­by Keetch, Johnny Key, Bob­by Rob­son, Dave Metchick, Rod­ney Marsh, Johnny Haines, Bri­an O´Connell. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid Gaskell, Shay Bren­nan, Bill Foulk­es, Da­vid Sad­ler, To­ny Dun­ne, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Nob­by Sti­les, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, John Con­nelly, De­nis Law. Sub­stitutes: None.


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