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Willie Morgan

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 4, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­bal Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Au­gust 16, 1969. Wilf McGuiness third mat­ch as man­ager of Man­chester Uni­ted ended in a sur­prise 4-1 de­feat to South­ampton. Uni­ted went in­to the lead thro­ugh an early goal by Wil­lie Mor­gan, but four goals from Ron Dav­ies saw Saints run out 4-1 win­ners in the end.

Af­ter be­ing held to a 2-2 draw by Fir­st Di­vi­sion new­comers Crys­tal Pal­ace at Sel­hurst Park on the open­ing day of the 1969-70 sea­son, Man­chester Uni­ted had suf­fered a 2-0 de­feat at the hands of long­time rivals Ever­ton at Old Traf­ford four days la­ter. The So­uth Coast­ers, for their part, had lost 2-0 ag­ainst West Brom­wich Al­bion at The Dell and then 2-1 to Wolver­hampton Wan­derers at Mo­lineux. On the third day of the sea­son, Man­chester Uni­ted were one goal up af­ter eight min­utes of ac­tion as Bri­an Kidd head­ed Fran­ics Burns´s free-kick down to Wil­lie Mor­gan who ham­mered the ball ho­me from clo­se ran­ge. But mo­ments la­ter, a cross from speedy wing­er John Syden­ham fou­nd Ron Dav­ies who be­at Uni­ted goal­keeper Jim­my Rim­mer wi­th a well pla­ced head­er to level the score for South­ampton And the story re­peated it­self shortly af­ter­wards as Syden­ham sent an­oth­er cross to Dav­ies who head­ed the ball in­to the back of the net from an acute angle to give The Saints the lead. Af­ter the in­ter­val, Syden­ham was once ag­ain the pro­vider as he cros­sed to the far post where Dav­ies nod­ded the ball pa­st Rim­mer and in­to the goal two min­utes be­fore the hour ma­rk. So­ton de­fen­ded well as Man­chester Uni­ted struggled to find a way thro­ugh the massed ranks of the vis­it­ing back­line and wi­th on­ly three min­utes re­maining of the en­counter, Dav­ies fin­ished a counter at­tack in clin­ic­al fash­ion to re­gister his fourth goal of the af­ter­noon. Ron Dav­ies la­ter ap­peared for Ports­mouth, Man­chester Uni­ted, Mill­wall, Los Angeles Aztecs, and Tulsa Rough­necks be­fore the in­dus­tri­ous for­ward ended his pro­fes­sion­al soc­cer ca­reer wi­th Seattle Sounders in 1979. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Jim­my Rim­mer, Shay Bren­nan, Bill Foulkes, Da­vid Sad­ler, Fran­cis Burns, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, Bri­an Kidd, De­nis Law. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. South­ampton Te­am: Ger­ry Gurr, To­ny Byrne, Ken Jones, Den­nis Hol­ly­wood, John Mc­Grath, Jim­my Gab­riel, Hugh Fish­er, John Syden­ham, Ron Dav­ies, Terry Paine, Frank Saul. Sub­stitutes: No­ne.

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