Saint-Etienne 1 Man Utd 1

Gordon Hill

Saint-Etienne 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, St­ade Geof­froy-Guichard, UEFA Euro­pean Cup Win­ners´ Cup Fir­st Ro­und Fir­st Leg, Sep­tember 14, 1977. Saint-Etienne and Man­chester Uni­ted drew 1-1 in a ga­me mar­red by severe crowd vi­ol­ence. Gor­don Hill han­ded Uni­ted the lead on 78 min­utes, on­ly for Chris­ti­an Syn­ae­ghel to equal­ise for Saints a mere two min­utes la­ter.

Man­chester Uni­ted, now ma­naged by ex-Ley­ton Ori­ent, Chel­sea, and Queens Park Ran­gers su­premo Dave Sex­ton, had de­feated Birm­ing­ham City, Cov­entry City, and Der­by Coun­ty, drawn ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn, and lost to Arsen­al and Man­chester City in their six open­ing fix­tures of the 1977-78 cam­paign. Un­for­tu­nately, the Euro­pean Cup Win­ners´ Cup mat­ch at the St­ade Geof­froy-Guichard in the Mas­sif Cent­ral city of Saint-Etienne was over­shad­owed by mas­sive fight­ing be­tween the two sets of sup­port­ers. In front of more than 33,000 spec­tat­ors, Sexton´s Uni­ted si­de went in­to a 1-0 ad­vant­age when Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al wing­er Gor­don Hill be­at Saint-Etienne shot stop­per Ivan Curkovic in the 78th min­ute of the en­counter, but the men in green shirts ma­naged to level the scores thanks to a goal from Fran­ce mid­fielder Chris­ti­an Syn­ae­ghel wi­th less than ten min­utes left of nor­mal time. Saint-Etienne Te­am: Ivan Curkovic, Chris­ti­an Lo­pez, Ger­ard Jan­vi­on, Ger­ard Faris­on, Os­valdo Piazza, Domi­n­ique Bathenay, Chris­ti­an Syn­ae­ghel, Jacques Santini, An­dre Barthelemy, Chris­ti­an Sar­ra­magna, Patrick Rev­elli. Sub­sti­tute: Domi­n­ique Ro­chet­eau. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Jim­my Nich­oll, Bri­an Green­hoff, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Chris Mc­Grath, Stu­art Pear­son, Da­vid Mc­Creery, Gor­don Hill. Sub­stitutes: Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Ash­ley Gri­mes.

 

Gordon Hill Quickfacts

Gor­don Hill hit 19 goals in 45 ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 1977-78 sea­son be­fore he was sold to fel­low Fir­st Di­vi­sion club Der­by Coun­ty for a trans­fer fee of £250,000 in April 1978.

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