Manchester U 0 Coventry 1

Ian Storey-Moore

Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Cov­entry City 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Septem­ber 9, 1972. Frank O´Farrell´s strug­gling Man­chester Uni­ted si­de suf­fered a nar­row, but dis­ap­point­ing, 1-0 de­feat at the hands of Cov­entry City in front of a crowd of on­ly 37,000 people at Old Trafford. 

Man­chester Uni­ted were still with­out a win in the Fir­st Di­vi­sion and badly need­ed two points ag­ainst Cov­entry City. Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law, and Ian Storey-Moore all had chances to score in the fir­st ha­lf, but failed to be­at High­field Road goal­keeper Bill Glazi­er. In­stead, it was The Sky Blues who fou­nd the net when Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al Wil­lie Carr took ad­vant­age of a hes­it­ant Man­chester Uni­ted de­fence to pro­duce the on­ly goal of the ga­me ten min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod. As a con­sequence of the de­feat ag­ainst Cov­entry, Man­chester Uni­ted now fou­nd them­selves at the very bot­tom of the Fir­st Di­vi­sion ta­ble wi­th just four points gain­ed from sev­en mat­ches played. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Tom­my O’Neil, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Ste­ve Ja­mes, Da­vid Sad­ler, John Fitz­patrick, Ge­orge Best, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, De­nis Law, Bob­by Charl­ton, Ian Storey-Moore. Sub­sti­tute: To­ny Young. Cov­entry City Te­am: Bill Glazi­er, Mick Coop, Wilf Smith, Chris Cat­tlin, Roy Bar­ry, Jeff Block­ley, Wil­lie Carr, Ernie Machin, Billy Raf­ferty, Den­nis Mor­timer, Quintin Young. Sub­stitutes: None.


Manchester United

Man­chester Uni­ted were held to an un­ex­pec­ted 1-1 draw by Cov­entry City, then play­ing in the South­ern Foot­ball Lea­gue, in an FA Cup Fir­st Ro­und fix­ture at Old Traf­ford on the 11th of Jan­uary 1913.


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