Man Utd 6 Northampton 2

Bobby Charlton

Man­chester Uni­ted 6 Northamp­ton To­wn 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Feb­ruary 5, 1966. Man­chester Uni­ted had no dif­fi­culties in de­feat­ing Northamp­ton To­wn at ho­me. The Old Traf­ford men ul­ti­mately ham­mered The Cob­blers 6-2 thro­ugh a hat-trick from Bob­by Charl­ton and a brace by De­nis Law, plus one goal from John Connelly. 

Northamp­ton To­wn, who had gone from the Di­vi­sion Four to Di­vi­sion One in just four years, proved to be no mat­ch for Man­chester Uni­ted. The Uni­ted sup­port­ers screamed for a pen­alty-kick early on when John Con­nelly was bro­ught down in­side the eight­een-yard area, but the ref­er­ee just waved play on. Matt Busby´s si­de took the lead any­way as De­nis Law fou­nd the back of the net in the sixth min­ute be­fore Con­elly sco­red him­self four min­utes la­ter to make it 2-0 to the hosts. Ex-Man­chester Uni­ted mid­fielder Gra­ham Moore re­duced the ar­rears for Northamp­ton in the 22nd min­ute of the clash, but two quick goals from Eng­land stri­ker Bob­by Charl­ton in the 27th and 31st min­utes re­spect­ively saw The Reds go in­to ha­lf-time wi­th a 4-1 ad­vant­age. Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued their dom­in­ance fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion and The Law Man re­gistered a fifth goal for the in­creas­ingly con­fid­ent ho­me te­am in the 46th min­ute of the sec­ond pe­riod. Wi­th the ga­me wind­ing down, Don Mar­tin ev­entually net­ted a sec­ond con­sol­a­tion goal for To­wn af­ter 75 min­utes, on­ly for Charl­ton to ro­und off the scor­ing in the 84th min­ute. Des­pite the con­vin­cing vic­tory over re­leg­a­tion bat­tling Northamp­ton, Man­chester Uni­ted nev­er­the­less re­mained in third po­s­i­tion, one point adrift of sec­ond pla­ced Burn­ley and sev­en points be­hind lead­ers Liver­pool. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Harry Gregg, Noel Can­t­well, To­ny Dun­ne, Bill Foulk­es, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Nob­by Sti­les, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, Da­vid Herd, John Con­nelly, De­nis Law. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Northamp­ton To­wn Te­am: Nor­man Coe, Joe Kiernan, Theo Fo­ley, Mi­ke Everitt, Gra­ham Carr, Bar­ry Lines, Gra­ham Moore, Don Mar­tin, Jim Hall, John Kur­i­la, Joe Broad­foot. Sub­stitutes: None.


Bobby Charlton Quickfacts

Bob­by Charl­ton sco­red a hat-trick as Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Bor­us­sia Dort­mund 6-1 in an Inter Cit­ies Fairs Cup Sec­ond Ro­und Fir­st Leg tie at West­falen­stadi­on on the 11th of Nov­ember 1964.


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