Man United 1 Birmingham 0

Ted MacDougall

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Birm­ing­ham City 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 14, 1972. Man­chester Uni­ted, who had be­en knock­ed out of the Lea­gue Cup by Third Di­vi­sion si­de Bris­tol Rov­ers three days earli­er, be­at Birm­ing­ham City 1-0 thanks to a goal by Ted MacDougall.

Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated Der­by Coun­ty, drawn ag­ainst West Brom­wich Al­bion, and be­en beaten by Cov­entry City, Wolver­hampton Wan­derers, and Shef­field Uni­ted in their pre­vi­ous five Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One fix­tures. Re­cently pro­moted Birm­ing­ham City, mean­while, had over­come Ever­ton, drawn ag­ainst Chel­sea, and be­en de­feated by Der­by Coun­ty, Ar­senal, and West Ham Uni­ted. At Old Traf­ford, for­mer Bourne­mouth and Bos­combe Ath­let­ic fa­vour­ite Ted Mac­Dou­gall, who had ter­ror­ised Third Di­vi­sion de­fences dur­ing the early part of the 1970s, re­gistered his fir­st goal for Man­chester Uni­ted when the 25-old marks­man con­ver­ted a well-de­livered cross ball by ex­per­i­enced de­fender To­ny Dun­ne af­ter 18 min­utes of ac­tion. The Mid­landers had their op­por­tun­it­ies to level the score dur­ing the sec­ond ha­lf, but Fred­die Goodwin´s boys failed to find the tar­get. Af­ter gain­ing their sec­ond vic­tory of the 1972-73 cam­paign, Frank O´Farrell´s age­ing Man­chester Uni­ted te­am now fou­nd them­selves in 19th place in the Fir­st Di­vi­sion ta­ble wi­th on­ly nine points col­lec­ted from 13 ga­mes played. As re­gards Mac­Dou­gall, the for­ward on­ly ma­naged to score five goals dur­ing 18 Di­vi­sion One ap­pear­ances for The Reds be­fore he was trans­ferred to fel­low Fir­st Di­vi­sion si­de West Ham Uni­ted in Mar­ch 1973. The High­lander la­ter ap­peared for Nor­wich City, Jew­ish Guild, South­ampton, Wey­mouth, AFC Bourne­mouth, De­troit Ex­press, Black­pool, Salis­bury, Poole To­wn, AFC Tot­ton, Gos­port Bor­ough, Floreat Athena, St Ge­orge-Bud­apest, AFC Tot­ton, and fi­nally An­dover where he fin­ished his play­ing ca­reer at the end of the 1983-84 sea­son. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Wil­lie Wat­son, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Da­vid Sad­ler, To­ny Dun­ne, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Ge­orge Best, To­ny Young, Ron­ald Dav­ies, Ted Mac­Dou­gall, Ian Storey-Moore. Sub­sti­tute: Bob­by Charl­ton. Birm­ing­ham City Te­am: Dave Latch­ford, Tom­my Car­roll, To­ny Want, Mal­colm Pa­ge, Ro­ger Hynd, John Ro­berts, Tre­vor Fran­cis, Ken­ny Burns, Bob Latch­ford, Bob­by Hope, Garry Pen­drey. Sub­sti­tute: Alan Campbell.


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