Manchester U 4 Blackpool 0

Stuart Pearson

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Black­pool 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, April 26, 1975. Al­ready crow­ned Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted fin­ished the 1974-75 sea­son in ex­cel­lent style as Tom­my Docherty´s troops out­classed Black­pool to the tune of a 4-0 mar­gin.

Man­chester Uni­ted had ma­naged a 2-2 draw ag­ainst Jim­my Sirrel´s Notts Coun­ty at Mea­dow Lane in their pre­vi­ous mat­ch, wi­th de­fenders Bri­an Green­hoff and Stew­art Hou­s­ton find­ing the back of the net for the vis­it­ors. The Man­chester club had beaten Black­pool 3-0 at Bloom­field Road in the re­verse fix­ture thro­ugh goals by Al­ex For­syth, Lou Ma­cari, and Jim Mc­Cal­liog and few ex­pec­ted any­thing but an­oth­er vic­tory for The Reds. At Old Traf­ford, Man­chester Uni­ted went ahead when Stu­art Pear­son knock­ed a loose ball pa­st Black­pool shot stop­per John Burridge, a bar­gain £10,000 buy from Work­ing­ton, and in­to the net in the 20th min­ute of the tie. Uni­ted doubled their lead ten min­utes af­ter the break thanks to an­oth­er goal from Pear­son be­fore Ma­cari and Green­hoff ad­ded to the tally in the 79th and 83rd min­utes re­spect­ively to hand the hosts 4-0 win ag­ainst The Tan­ger­ines. The res­ult meant that Man­chester Uni­ted ended the 1974-75 cam­paign on 60 points, two points clear of run­ners-up As­ton Vil­la, and as much as eight points above Nor­wich City in third place.

Else­where in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, Ports­mouth were trashed 3-0 by Nor­wich City at Car­row Road where Mi­ke McGuire, Mar­tin Peters, and Phil Boy­er sco­red the goals for The Ca­nar­ies, Car­diff City suf­fered a 2-1 de­feat to Bol­ton Wan­derers at Nini­an Park, Notts Coun­ty over­came Ox­ford City 2-1 at Man­or Gro­und, As­ton Vil­la emer­ged 2-0 win­ners over Sun­der­land at Vil­la Park, Ful­ham suc­cumbed to a 3-1 de­feat at the hands of Bris­tol City at Ashton Gate, York City were held to goal­less draw by Old­ham Ath­let­ic at Bootham Cres­cent, Not­ting­ham For­est se­cured a 2-1 vic­tory over West Brom­wich Al­bion at City Gro­und, Mill­wall and Bris­tol Rov­ers played out a 1-1 draw at The Den, Ori­ent edged out South­ampton 2-1 at Bris­bane Road, and Hull City de­feated Shef­field Wed­nesday 1-0 at Booth­ferry Park thanks to a goal by for­mer Old Traf­ford stri­ker Pe­ter Fletch­er. Any­way, it had be­en a great sea­son for Man­chester Uni­ted and the club were now look­ing for­ward to Fir­st Di­vi­sion foot­ball once ag­ain. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Bri­an Green­hoff, Ste­ve Ja­mes, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Ger­ry Da­ly, Stu­art Pear­son, Lou Ma­cari, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Black­pool Te­am: John Burridge, Dave Hat­ton, Ste­ve Har­ris­on, Terry Al­cock, Pe­ter Sud­daby, John Evan­son, Alan Ain­scow, Stu­art Par­ker, Mickey Wal­sh, To­ny Evans, Da­vid Tong. Sub­sti­tute: John Curtis.

 

Stuart Pearson Quickfacts

Stu­art Pear­son re­gistered his fir­st brace for Man­chester Uni­ted in a nar­row 2-1 Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Two tri­umph ag­ainst Alec Stock´s Ful­ham te­am at Craven Cot­tage on the 5th of Oct­ober 1974.

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Man­chester Uni­ted Pre­vi­ous Ten Mat­ches

1974-75 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Car­diff City 0

Bol­ton Wan­derers 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Nor­wich City 1

Not­ting­ham For­est 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Bris­tol Rov­ers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 York City 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Old­ham Ath­let­ic 2

South­ampton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ful­ham 0

Notts Coun­ty 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­ager: Tom­my Doc­herty

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