Leicester 1 Manchester U 2
Leicester City 1 Manchester United 2, Filbert Street, English FA Cup Fifth Round, February 14, 1976. Manchester United progressed through to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals after defeating fellow First Division club Leicester City 2-1 with midfielders Lou Macari and Gerry Daly scoring a goal apiece.
Manchester United had eliminated Second Division outfit Oxford United and Third Division opposition Peterborough United to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. Leicester City, meanwhile, had dispatched of First Division Sheffield United and Third Division Bury to go through to the next stage of the competition. Before a crowd of 34,000 spectators at Filbert Street, Manchester United put themselves into an early lead eight minutes after the kick-off when Steve Coppell sent a low pass into the penalty area where Lou Macari placed his first time-shot past Leicester goalkeeper Mark Wallington and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. United nearly netted a second goal a couple of minutes past the half-hour mark as Stuart Pearson saw his close range effort cleared off the line by City defender Dennis Rofe, only for the visitors to score anyway three minutes past half-hour mark when Gerry Daly powered the ball home from inside the eighteen-yard box. The Filberts pushed hard following the interval and managed to reduce the deficit on the hour mark as a free-kick from the one and only Frank Worthington was deflected into the back of the net by fellow forward Bob Lee. With time ticking away in the fifth round game, Leicester City searched desperately for an equalising goal, but the Manchester United defence kept their cool and held on for a fully deserved 2-1 victory over the Midlanders. Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United played out a enthralling 3-3 draw at Burnden Park, Wolverhampton Wanderers outclassed Charlton Athletic to the tune of a 3-0 margin at Molineux courtesy of a hat-trick by John Richards, Norwich City suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bradford City at Carrow Road, Stoke City were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland at Victoria Ground, Derby County emerged 1-0 winners over Southend United at Baseball ground where Bruce Rioch hit the winning goal for The Rams, Chelsea succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of London neighbours Crystal Palace in front of an attendance of more than 53,000 spectators at Stamford Bridge, and West Bromwich Albion and Southampton drew 1-1 at The Hawthorns.
After overcoming Jimmy Bloomfield´s Leicester City 2-1 at Filbert Street, Manchester United would now face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals. This would be the first meeting between Manchester United and Wolverhampton in the FA Cup since the 13th of January 1973 when Wanderers beat The Reds 1-0 at Molineux in the third round with a goal from captain and midfielder Mike Bailey in the second minute. In other draws, Crystal Palace would be taking on either Sunderland or Stoke City away, Bradford City would find themselves up against either Southampton or West Bromwich Albion at Valley Parade, and Derby County would lock horns with either Newcastle United or Bolton Wanderers at Baseball Ground. Leicester City Team: Mark Wallington, Dennis Rofe, Steve Whitworth, Alan Woollett, Jeff Blockley, Steve Kember, Keith Weller, Bob Lee, Chris Garland, Brian Alderson, Frank Worthington. Substitute: Jon Sammels. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Alex Forsyth, Stewart Houston, Martin Buchan, Brian Greenhoff, Sammy McIlroy, Steve Coppell, Gerry Daly, Stuart Pearson, Lou Macari, Gordon Hill. Substitute: David McCreery.
Gerry Daly Quickfacts
An offensive-minded midfielder, Gerry Daly registered his first competitive goal for Manchester United in a 3-1 First Division triumph over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the 30th of March 1974.