Manchester Utd 1 Soton 4
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.