Fulham 2 Manchester Utd 1
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.