Manchester U 2 West Ham 2

Lou Macari

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Ham Uni­ted 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Jan­uary 20, 1973. Lou Ma­cari was han­ded his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted by Tom­my Doc­herty in a hard-fou­ght and en­ter­tain­ing 2-2 draw wi­th West Ham Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford in Jan­uary 1973 af­ter join­ing The Reds from Celt­ic for a fee of £200,000 mid­way thro­ugh the 1972-1973 season.

West Ham Uni­ted had their open­er when Clyde Best head­ed down a cross to Bry­an “Pop” Rob­son who slot­ted the ball in­to the net in the fif­teenth min­ute of the clash, and ten min­utes la­ter the pro­vider turned goalscorer as he took ad­vant­age of an er­ror in the Man­chester Uni­ted de­fence and lobbed the ball over Al­ex Step­ney to make it 2-0 to the East Lon­don si­de. As the mat­ch mo­ved on, Tom­my Docherty´s lads star­ted to dis­play their power and re­duced the ar­rears thro­ugh a well-taken pen­alty by ex-Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Bob­by Charl­ton a min­ute pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk af­ter a West Ham play­er had handled the ball in­side the area. The ho­me te­am wor­ked hard for an equal­iser fol­low­ing the break and fi­nally drew level when de­butant Lou Ma­cari con­ver­ted a bril­liant cross by Wil­lie Mor­gan ten min­utes from time. Also ma­king his de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted was Jim Hol­ton who had a reas­on­ably good ga­me for his new em­ploy­ers, whi­le Wyn Dav­ies made his fi­nal ap­pear­ance for the club af­ter com­ing off the sub­stitutes´ bench to re­place fel­low front­man De­nis Law dur­ing the sec­ond ha­lf. Now, if Hol­ton was an un­pol­ished dia­mond, then Ma­cari was the jew­el in the crown. And The Doc knew it. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, To­ny Young, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Jim Hol­ton, Ge­orge Gra­ham, Bob­by Charl­ton, Lou Ma­cari, Ted Mac­Dou­gall, De­nis Law, Wil­lie Mor­gan. Sub­sti­tute: Ron­ald Wyn Dav­ies. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Ro­bert Fer­guson, Clive Charles, John Mc­Dow­ell, Tom­my Tay­lor, Bob­by Moore, Pat Hol­land, Billy Bonds, Dud­ley Tyler, Bry­an Rob­son, Johnny Ayr­is, Clyde Best. Sub­stitutes: None.


Lou Macari Quickfacts

A ver­sat­ile play­er wi­th an ex­cel­lent nose for the back of the net, Lou Ma­cari ac­cu­mu­lated five goals in six­teen fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted in the dif­fi­cult 1972-73 campaign.


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