Manchester U 4 Millwall 0


Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Mill­wall 0, Old Traf­ford Sta­dium, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, Au­gust 24, 1974. Re­cently re­leg­ated Man­chester Uni­ted cruised to vic­tory in their fir­st ho­me en­counter of the 1974-75 cam­paign, de­feat­ing Mill­wall by a com­pre­hens­ive 4-0 sco­reline cour­tesy of a tre­ble by Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al mid­fielder Ger­ry Da­ly and one goal from Stu­art “Pan­hco” Pear­son.

The Sec­ond Di­vi­sion en­counter be­tween Man­chester Uni­ted and Mill­wall on the 24th of Au­gust 1974 saw the in­tro­duc­tion of an anti-ri­ot met­al fence at Old Traf­ford. United´s fi­nal ho­me ga­me of the 1973-74 cam­paign ag­ainst neigh­bour­ing rivals Man­chester City had be­en mar­red by ser­i­ous crowd trouble and the FA had in­struc­ted the club to in­stall peri­met­er fen­cing in or­der to pre­vent fur­ther pitch in­va­sions. In their open­ing fix­ture of the new sea­son, Man­chester Uni­ted had com­fort­ably de­feated Ori­ent 2-0 at Bris­bane Road in North East Lon­don thro­ugh a goal each from Scot­tish in­ter­na­tion­als Wil­lie Mor­gan and Stew­art Hou­s­ton, where­as the So­uth East Lon­doners had over­come Not­ting­ham For­est by 3-0 at The Den thanks to a double from wing­er Gor­don Hill and a single by mid­fielder Mi­ke Kel­ly. Uni­ted con­trolled the mat­ch ag­ainst Mill­wall from the be­gin­ning and The Reds put them­selves in­to an early lead when new sign­ing Stu­art Pear­son ma­naged to find the tar­get in the third min­ute of the con­test be­fore Ger­ry Da­ly ad­ded a sec­ond goal wi­th six min­utes re­maining of the fir­st pe­riod as the twenty-year-old mid­field play­maker pla­ced an un­stoppable ef­fort pa­st away shot stop­per Bry­an King and in­to the back of the net. The Dub­liner then com­pleted his hat-trick by con­vert­ing two pen­alty kicks dur­ing the last five min­utes of the clash to se­cure a 4-0 win for Man­chester Uni­ted over The Li­ons in front of a 45,000 crowd at Old Traf­ford. At the end of the day, Tom­my Docherty´s men ev­entually clin­ched the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­on­ship when they ma­naged a 2-2 draw ag­ainst Notts Coun­ty at Mea­dow Lane in their pen­ul­tim­ate mat­ch of the cam­paign and fin­ished the sea­son three points ahead of run­ners-up As­ton Vil­la, and eight above Nor­wich City in third po­s­i­tion. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Bri­an Green­hoff, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Mick Mar­tin, Stu­art Pear­son, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Ger­ry Da­ly. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Mill­wall Te­am: Bry­an King, Dave Don­ald­son, Bri­an Bro­wn, Alan Dor­ney, Bar­ry Kit­chen­er, Mi­ke Kel­ly, Doug Allder, Frank Saul, Alf Wood, Derek Sme­th­urst, Gor­don Hill. Sub­stitutes: No­ne.


Gerry Daly Quickfacts

Ger­ry Da­ly re­gistered el­ev­en goals in 37 Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing the pro­mo­tion win­ning sea­son of 1974-75, sev­en of which were from the pen­alty spot.


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