Manchester U 5 West Ham 1

Alan Brazil

Man­chester Uni­ted 5 West Ham Uni­ted 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 13, 1984. Af­ter los­ing their fir­st Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One mat­ch of the 1984-85 cam­paign away to As­ton Vil­la, Man­chester Uni­ted out­classed West Ham Uni­ted at ho­me a week la­ter. Gor­don Mc­Queen opened the scor­ing ac­count for The Reds af­ter 26 min­utes be­fore Alan Brazil, Gor­don Stra­chan, Ma­rk Hug­hes, and Remi Moses ad­ded a goal each to give the hosts a com­pre­hens­ive 5-1 win over The Hammers.

Man­chester Uni­ted had be­en held to a goal­less draw by West Ham Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford in the cor­res­pond­ing fix­ture of the 1983-84 sea­son and were eager to win this ga­me. Gor­don Mc­Queen, who made his fir­st seni­or ap­pear­ance since a tough-fou­ght 1-1 draw ag­ainst old ad­versar­ies Liver­pool at An­field on the 2nd of Jan­uary 1984, hit the open­er when the mas­sive de­fender fou­nd the back of the net wi­th a left-foot strike from the in­side of the pen­alty the area in the 26th min­ute of the fix­ture, and just sev­en min­utes la­ter for­mer Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur marks­man Alan Brazil re­cor­ded his fir­st Foot­ball Lea­gue goal for Man­chester Uni­ted af­ter a bril­liant in­di­vidu­al dribble. In the sec­ond frame, Ron Atkinson´s boys in­creased their lead as Gor­don Stra­chan ham­mered ho­me an ex­cel­lent cross by Dan­ish wing­er Jes­per Ol­sen from clo­se ran­ge in the 50th min­ute be­fore fel­low mid­fielder Remi Moses stret­ched the ad­vant­age to four goals wi­th a dev­ast­at­ing long ran­ge shot three min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk. Man­chester Uni­ted car­ried on go­ing for­ward and they had their third goal in the 76th min­ute when a Stra­chan cor­ner was flicked on by cent­ral de­fender Graeme Hogg for Welsh in­ter­na­tion­al Ma­rk Hug­hes who­se fierce head­er flew pa­st West Ham shot stop­per Tom Mc­Al­ister and in­to the net. The East Lon­don out­fit ev­entually had their con­sol­a­tion thro­ugh a late goal from ex-Queens Park Ran­gers stri­ker Paul God­dard who ma­naged to be­at ho­me net­mind­er Ga­ry Bai­ley wi­th five min­utes left on the watch.

In Fir­st Di­vi­sion mat­ches else­where, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur over­came reign­ing foot­ball Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Liver­pool by a 1-0 score at White Hart Lane thanks to a fir­st ha­lf goal from Garth Crooks, Ips­wich To­wn and Queens Park Ran­gers drew 1-1 at Port­man Road, West Brom­wich Al­bion de­feated Not­ting­ham For­est 4-1 at The Haw­thorns, Cov­entry City and New­castle Uni­ted shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at High­field Road, Ar­senal be­at Lei­cester City 4-1 at Fil­bert Street, Shef­field Wed­nesday edged out Luton To­wn 2-1 at Kenil­worth Road, Nor­wich City went down 2-1 to Sun­der­land at Roker Park, Chel­sea lost 3-2 to Wat­ford at Stam­ford Bridge, Sto­ke City suf­fered a 3-1 de­feat ag­ainst South­ampton at Vic­tor­ia Gro­und, and Ever­ton emer­ged 2-1 win­ners over As­ton Vil­la at Good­ison Park where Graeme Sharp and Ad­ri­an Heath sco­red the goals for The Tof­fees. Fol­low­ing the 5-1 vic­tory over West Ham Uni­ted, Man­chester Uni­ted were now fourth in the ta­ble wi­th sev­en­teen points won from ten ga­mes. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, Graeme Hogg, Gor­don Mc­Queen, Mi­ke Dux­bury, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Remi Moses, Jes­per Ol­sen, Bry­an Rob­son, Gor­don Stra­chan, Alan Brazil, Ma­rk Hug­hes. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Tom Mc­Al­ister, Ray Stew­art, Ste­ve Walford, To­ny Gale, Alv­in Mar­tin, Billy Bonds, Ge­off Pike, Paul Al­len,  Ste­ve Whit­ton, To­ny Cot­tee, Paul God­dard. Sub­stitutes: None.


Alan Brazil Quickfacts

Alan Brazil con­trib­uted 70 Fir­st Di­vi­sion goals in 154 ap­pear­ances for Ip­wich To­wn be­fore he was sold to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for a fee of £425,000 at the back end of the 1982-83 campaign.


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