Man Utd 1 Notts County 0

Sammy McIlroy

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Notts Coun­ty 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 12, 1974. Sec­ond Di­vi­sion lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted over­came mid-ta­blers Notts Coun­ty 1-0 at Old Traf­ford thro­ugh a goal by North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Sam­my Mc­Ilroy. The clash be­tween Uni­ted and Notts was the fir­st meet­ing be­tween the two clubs since Box­ing Day 1934 when Coun­ty be­at The Reds by the same score at Mea­dow Lane.

Sev­en times Foot­ball Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted had suf­fered re­leg­a­tion from the Fir­st Di­vi­sion in the 1973-74 cam­paign, where­as Notts Coun­ty had fin­ished tenth in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ta­ble the pre­vi­ous sea­son af­ter gain­ing pro­mo­tion out of the Third Di­vi­sion in 1972-73. Des­pite be­ing re­leg­ated to Di­vi­sion Two, Man­chester Uni­ted were still the best sup­por­ted club in the coun­try and a crowd of al­most 47,000 people had turned up to watch the tie ag­ainst The Mag­pies. In their five last Sec­ond Di­vi­sion fix­tures, The Red Dev­ils had over­come Mill­wall, Bris­tol Rov­ers, Bol­ton Wan­derers, and Ful­ham, and suf­fered de­feat ag­ainst Nor­wich City. The Mea­dow Lane club, mean­while, had drawn wi­th West Brom­wich Al­bion, Ori­ent, Bol­ton Wan­derers, and Ports­mouth, and be­en de­feated by Nor­wich City in their pre­vi­ous five sec­ond-tier mat­ches. In a thrill­ing, but low scor­ing en­counter at Old Traf­ford, Man­chester United´s goal ar­rived in the sev­en­teenth min­ute when Scot­tish right full­back Al­ex For­syth de­livered a high cross in­to the pen­alty area where a poor clear­ance from usu­ally re­li­able Notts Coun­ty de­fender Da­vid Need­ham went out to Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Ger­ry Da­ly who squared the ball back to put it on a sil­ver plat­ter for his fel­low mid­field man Sam­my Mc­Ilroy to ham­mer ho­me. Show­ing their fight­ing spir­it, Jim­my Sirrel´s lads cre­ated a num­ber of qual­ity goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies as the mat­ch pro­ceeded and Tom­my Docherty´s pro­mo­tion chasers were lucky to win the ga­me.

In oth­er Sec­ond Di­vi­sion fix­tures, Mill­wall out­classed South­ampton 4-0 at The Den cour­tesy of a brace each by Bri­an Clark and Gor­don Bol­land, Old­ham Ath­let­ic were beaten 3-1 by Ori­ent at Bris­bane Road, Bris­tol City and Sun­der­land shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate, Nor­wich City com­fort­ably de­feated Not­ting­ham For­est 3-1 at City Gro­und thanks to a hat-trick from Mel Machin, Bol­ton Wan­derers suc­cumbed to a 2-0 loss ag­ainst Hull City at Booth­ferry Park where Ken Wag­staff net­ted a double for The Ti­gers, York City trashed Bris­tol Rov­ers 3-0 at Bootham Cres­cent, Car­diff City lost 2-0 to West Brom­wich Al­bion at Nini­an Park, and As­ton Vil­la edged out Black­pool 1-0 at Vil­la Park, wi­th Ray Gray­don hit­ting the win­ner for The Vil­lains. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Bri­an Green­hoff, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Sam­my Mc­ilroy, Lou Ma­cari, Jim Mc­Cal­liog, Ger­ry Da­ly. Sub­sti­tute: To­ny Young. Notts Coun­ty Te­am: Roy Bro­wn, John Brind­ley, Ray O´Brien, Don Mas­son, Da­vid Need­ham, Bri­an Stubbs, Ste­ve Car­ter, Eric Probert, Les Bradd, Ar­thur Mann, Ian Scan­lon. Sub­sti­tute: Da­vid McVay.

 

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Sam­my Mc­Ilroy con­trib­uted 57 hits in 342 fir­st te­am out­ings for Man­chester Uni­ted be­fore he made a move to Sto­ke City mid­way thro­ugh the 1981-82 sea­son. The North­ern Ire­land play­er la­ter ap­peared for Man­chester City, Or­gryte, Bury, VfB Mod­ling, Pre­ston North End, and North­wich Vic­tor­ia.

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