Ipswich 4 Manchester U 1

Mick Mills And Tony Dunne

Ips­wich To­wn 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Port­man Road, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Feb­ruary 17, 1973. Man­chester Uni­ted had a dread­ful af­ter­noon as they suc­cumbed to a heavy away de­feat at the hands of Ips­wich To­wn. The Reds were two goals down at the in­ter­val and the vis­it­ing si­de con­ceded two more in the sec­ond frame to ul­ti­mately lose the ga­me at Port­man Road by a fi­nal score of 4-1.

Bob­by Rob­son had taken the ma­na­geri­al reigns at Ips­wich To­wn in Jan­uary 1969 and the pre­vi­ous Ful­ham and West Brom­wich Al­bion for­ward had built a te­am wi­th a win­ning men­tal­ity sec­ond to no­ne. The East Anglia club launched them­selves in­to an early lead thro­ugh a clo­se ran­ge goal from North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Bry­an Ham­ilton with­in the fir­st two min­utes and The Blues had their sec­ond when de­fender Co­lin Har­per head­ed ho­me a cor­ner-kick on the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. Ips­wich con­tin­ued the sec­ond ha­lf of the tie where they had left off be­fore the break and the hosts stret­ched their lead fur­ther as Man­chester Uni­ted cus­todi­an Al­ex Step­ney fumbled a shot from Ham­ilton in­to his own net in the 47th min­ute of the clash. Scot­tish in­ter­na­tion­al Lou Ma­cari ma­naged to re­duce the ar­rears for Uni­ted on the hour-ma­rk, but a pen­alty goal from So­uth Afric­an born mid­fielder Co­lin Vil­joen a min­ute la­ter put the mat­ch out of reach for Tom­my Docherty´s troops. The en­counter ag­ainst Ips­wich was To­ny Dunne´s 535th and last ap­pear­ance for Man­chester Uni­ted be­fore the ex­per­i­enced full back teamed up wi­th Bol­ton Wan­derers at the be­gin­ning of the 1973-74 sea­son. The Ir­ish­man la­ter had a short spell wi­th De­troit Ex­press for whom he made twelve North Amer­ic­an Soc­cer Lea­gue ap­pear­ances dur­ing the 1979 cam­paign. Ips­wich To­wn Te­am: Da­vid Best, Co­lin Har­per, Mick Mills, Glenn Kee­ley, Pe­ter Mor­ris, Co­lin Vil­joen, Kev­in Beat­tie, Bry­an Ham­ilton, Da­vid John­son, Mick Lam­bert, Tre­vor Why­mark. Sub­stitutes: Ian Col­lard. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, To­ny Dun­ne, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Mick Mar­tin, Ge­orge Gra­ham, Lou Ma­cari, Bob­by Charl­ton, Bri­an Kidd, Ted Mac­Dou­gall. Sub­stitutes: None.


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Man­chester Uni­ted lost 4-1 ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn in a Fir­st Di­vi­sion en­counter at Port­man Road on the 18th of Nov­ember 1961, wi­th Sam­my Mc­Mil­lan hit­ting the con­sol­a­tion goal for the visitors.


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