Man United 3 Newcastle 1

George Best

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 New­castle Uni­ted 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Septem­ber 21, 1968. Af­ter beat­ing Wa­ter­ford Uni­ted 3-1 in a Euro­pean Cup Fir­st Ro­und Fir­st Leg ga­me in Dub­lin three days earli­er, Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated New­castle Uni­ted by the identic­al sco­reline in a Fir­st Di­vi­sion  fix­ture at Old Traf­ford. Ge­orge Best hit a brace with­in just two min­utes be­fore De­nis Law re­gistered a third goal in the 28th minute.

Reign­ing Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted com­fort­ably be­at New­castle Uni­ted 3-1 in front of a 47,000 crowd at Old Traf­ford in what was Alan Duffy´s de­but mat­ch for The Mag­pies. The Man­chester Reds en­joyed plenty of scor­ing chances dur­ing the open­ing sta­ges of the fir­st pe­riod, but the hosts were a wee bit waste­ful in front of goal. But as the ha­lf un­fol­ded, Ge­orge Best net­ted two quick goals in the 16th and 17th min­utes re­spect­ively whi­le De­nis Law re­gistered a third when the Scot­land play­er un­leashed a long-dis­tance rock­et shot which went pa­st North­ern Ire­land cus­todi­an Iam Mc­Faul and in­to the roof of the net in the 28th min­ute of the clash. Tom­my Gibb re­cor­ded a con­sol­a­tion for New­castle wi­th twenty min­utes re­maining on the clock, but it was too late for the vis­it­ing si­de to get back in­to the con­test. As for Duffy, the mid­fielder on­ly made two Fir­st Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances for the St Ja­mes´ Park club be­fore he was trans­ferred to Brighton and Hove Al­bion where he sco­red on his de­but in a 2-1 Third Di­vi­sion vic­tory ag­ainst Brad­ford City at Gold­stone Gro­und on 17th of Jan­uary 1970. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, To­ny Dun­ne, Da­vid Sad­ler, Fran­cis Burns, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Nob­by Sti­les, John Fitz­patrick, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law. Sub­sti­tute: Bri­an Kidd. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Wil­lie Mc­Faul, Da­vid Craig, Ol­lie Bur­ton, Ron Gu­thrie, Dave El­li­ott, Tom­my Gibb, Jack­ie Sin­clair, Jim Scott, Bry­an Rob­son, Ge­off Al­len, Alan Duffy. Sub­sti­tute: Jim Iley.


George Best Quickfacts

Ge­orge Best net­ted a hat-trick, in­clud­ing two pen­al­ties, as Man­chester Uni­ted com­pre­hens­ively out­classed New­castle Uni­ted 6-0 in a Fir­st Di­vi­sion fix­ture at Old Traf­ford on the 4th May 1968.


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