Manchester U 1 Blackpool 1

George Best

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Black­pool 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Septem­ber 26, 1970. Man­chester Uni­ted were held to a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Black­pool in what was Wil­lie Watson´s de­but mat­ch for The Reds. Ge­orge Best gave Uni­ted the lead in the 29th min­ute, on­ly for Micky Burns to equal­ise for The Sea­siders 20 min­utes af­ter the break.

Man­chester Uni­ted had beaten Cov­entry City and Ever­ton, drawn wi­th Liver­pool and West Ham Uni­ted, and lost ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn in their last five Di­vi­sion One fix­tures, where­as Black­pool had over­come New­castle Uni­ted, and suf­fered de­feats to Ever­ton, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, South­ampton, and Crys­tal Pal­ace. The Man­cuni­ans had de­mol­ished The Tan­ger­ines 4-0 at Old Traf­ford in the pre­vi­ous Fir­st Di­vi­sion en­counter be­tween the two clubs on the 25th of Feb­ruary 1967 but had to settle for a 1-1 draw this time ar­ound. The hosts dom­in­ated the fir­st ha­lf and went ahead when Ge­orge Best con­ver­ted a dan­ger­ous cross from Scot­tish wing­er Wil­lie Mor­gan a min­ute be­fore the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. The Bloom­field Road out­fit came more in­to the ga­me af­ter the re­start and had their equal­iser thro­ugh for­mer Pre­ston North End and Skelmersdale Uni­ted for­ward Micky Burns who pla­ced the ball pa­st Man­chester Uni­ted goal­keeper Jim­my Rim­mer and in­to the net in the 65th min­ute of the clash. Re­gard­ing Wil­lie Wat­son, the 20-year-old de­fender made a good im­pres­sion ag­ainst Black­pool and went on to notch up a total of ten fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Uni­ted dur­ing the 1970-71 sea­son. The Scot would la­ter ap­pear for Miami Tor­os and Mother­well be­fore he fin­ished his ca­reer wi­th Tom­my Gemmell´s Dun­dee in 1980. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Jim­my Rim­mer, Wil­lie Wat­son, Ste­ve Ja­mes, Da­vid Sad­ler, Fran­cis Burns, Wil­lie Mor­gan, John Fitz­patrick, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, Alan Gowl­ing, Bri­an Kidd. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Black­pool Te­am: Harry Thom­son, Jim­my Arm­field, Henry Mow­bray, Bill Bent­ley, Glyn Ja­mes, Terry Al­cock, Alan Sud­dick, Dave Hat­ton, Micky Burns, John Craven, Tom­my Hut­chison. Sub­stitutes: None.


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