Man Utd 4 Notts County 0

Norman Whiteside

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Notts Coun­ty 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Dec­ember 11, 1982. Fol­low­ing a tough-fou­ght 1-0 Fir­st Di­vi­sion tri­umph ag­ainst Elton John´s Wat­ford at Vicar­age Road, Man­chester Uni­ted went on to de­feat Notts Coun­ty 4-0 be­fore a 33,000 crowd at Old Traf­ford thanks to goals from Nor­man White­side, Frank Stapleton, Bry­an Rob­son, and Mi­ke Duxbury.

Af­ter avoid­ing re­leg­a­tion to Di­vi­sion Two at the end of the 1981-82 cam­paign, long serving Notts Coun­ty gaf­fer Jim­my Sir­rel had be­come gen­er­al man­ager at the Mea­dow Lane club, wi­th for­mer Bo­ston Uni­ted and Moss­ley boss How­ard Wilkin­son tak­ing over as head coach. Al­though Wilkinson´s Nott Coun­ty had ma­naged to edge out neigh­bouring rivals Not­ting­ham For­est by 3-2 at a full-packed Mea­dow Lane in their pre­vi­ous Fir­st Di­vi­sion fix­ture, The Mag­pies stood no chan­ce what­soever ag­ainst Man­chester Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford. North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Nor­man White­side had the ball in the net in the early sta­ges of the ga­me, but the goal was cor­rectly ruled out for a foul on Notts Coun­ty goal­keeper Raddy Av­ramovic, also known as The Laddy Raddy, by Kev­in Mor­an. Any­way, White­side han­ded Uni­ted the lead when he con­ver­ted a head­er from Dutch mid­fielder Ar­nold Muh­ren in the 24th min­ute, and Frank Stapleton ad­ded a sec­ond goal as the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land stri­ker nod­ded ho­me a cor­ner kick nine min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf. Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued to bom­bard the Notts Coun­ty de­fence and the men in red shirts were re­war­ded when strong run­ning mid­field en­gine Bry­an Rob­son head­ed a per­fect cross from Muh­ren bey­ond the reach of Av­ramovic and in­to the net in the 56th min­ute of pro­ceed­ings. And wi­th on­ly three min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time, Mi­ke Dux­bury sco­red one of his rare goals for Man­chester Uni­ted as the full back ran on to a clev­er thro­ugh pass from Nor­man White­side and chipped the ball over Av­ramovic to make the fi­nal score 4-0 to the hosts. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, Kev­in Mor­an, Gor­don Mc­Queen, Mi­ke Dux­bury, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Remi Moses, Ar­nold Muh­ren, Bry­an Rob­son, Nor­man White­side, Frank Stapleton, Ste­ve Cop­pell. Sub­sti­tute: Ash­ley Gri­mes. Notts Coun­ty Te­am: Raddy Av­ramovic, Tristan Ben­jamin, Nigel Wor­thing­ton, Da­vid Hunt, Bri­an Kil­cline, Pedro Richards, Tre­vor Christie, Paul Hooks, John Chiedozie, Iain Mc­Culloch, Gor­don Mair. Sub­sti­tute: Ma­rk Goodwin.


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Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Notts Coun­ty by a 6-1 score at Mea­dow Lane on the 10th of Feb­ruary 1923 cour­tesy of four goals from Ern­est Gold­thorpe and a brace by Joseph Myerscough.


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