Manchester Utd 1 Spurs 4

Bobby Charlton

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 4, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 28, 1972. Man­chester Uni­ted, who fou­nd them­selves sit­ting in 21st po­s­i­tion in the Fir­st Di­vi­sion ta­ble, suc­cumbed to a heavy de­feat at the hands of Spurs at ho­me. Uni­ted were three goals down at the break, and ul­ti­mately lost the ga­me by four goals to one.

Man­chester Uni­ted had star­ted the 1972-73 cam­paign on the wrong foot wi­th de­feats to Ips­wich To­wn, Liver­pool, and Ever­ton re­spect­ively. Fol­low­ing draws ag­ainst Lei­cester City, Arsen­al, Chel­sea, and West Ham Uni­ted, Frank O´Farrell´s Uni­ted lost to Cov­entry City and Wolver­hampton Wan­derers be­fore they gain­ed their fir­st win of the sea­son by beat­ing reign­ing cham­pi­ons Der­by Coun­ty 3-0 at Old Traf­ford where Welsh in­ter­na­tion­al Wyn Dav­ies, a re­cent £60,000 sign­ing from neigh­bour­ing rivals Man­chester City, opened the scor­ing be­fore Wil­lie Mor­gan and Ian Storey-Moore ad­ded a goal each. This was fol­lowed by a dis­ap­point­ing 1-0 de­feat ag­ainst Shef­field Uni­ted at Bramall Lane, then a 2-2 draw to West Brom­wich Al­bion at The Haw­thorns. Man­chester Uni­ted hit back wi­th a 1-0 vic­tory over Di­vi­sion One new boys Birm­ing­ham City at Old Traf­ford, wi­th the lone goal com­ing from Ted Mac­Dou­gall, who had just be­en bought from AFC Bourne­mouth for a trans­fer fee of  £200,000, but then came a 2-1 de­feat ag­ainst New­castle Uni­ted at St Ja­mes´ Park.

Des­pite the new sign­ings at Man­chester Uni­ted, the te­am did not seem to be im­prov­ing un­der O´Farrell, and his wor­ries con­tin­ued to grow wi­th an em­bar­rass­ing 4-1 de­feat ag­ainst Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at Old Traf­ford on the 28th of Oct­ober 1972. Af­ter hand­ing Tot­ten­ham the lead in the 20th min­ute of the en­counter, Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Mar­tin Peters went on to score two more goals in the 24th and 34th min­utes re­spect­ively to give The White Hart Laners a com­fort­able 3-0 lead at the in­ter­val. For­mer Eng­land play­er Bob­by Charl­ton re­duced the de­fi­cit for Man­chester Uni­ted three min­utes be­fore the hour ma­rk, on­ly for Peters to make the fi­nal score 4-1 in fa­vour of the North Lon­doners in the 80th min­ute of the clash when the suave mid­field play­maker be­at ho­me goal­keeper Al­ex Step­ney wi­th a well pla­ced head­er. If any­thing, this mat­ch was a les­son in clin­ic­al fin­ish­ing. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Wil­lie Wat­son, To­ny Dun­ne, Da­vid Sad­ler, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Wil­lie Mor­gan, De­nis Law, Ted Mac­Dou­gall, Ron­ald Dav­ies, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Te­am: Pat Jen­nings, Ray Evans, Cyril Knowles, John Pratt, Mi­ke Eng­land, Mi­ke Dillon, Jim­my Pe­arce, Ste­ve Per­ry­man, Mar­tin Chivers, Mar­tin Peters, Ral­ph Coates. Sub­stitutes: No­ne.


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Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Spurs 3-2 in the fir­st ga­me be­tween the two clubs at Old Traf­ford on the 15th of Mar­ch 1911. Billy Mere­dith, Enoch West, and Sandy Turn­bull sco­red the goals for Uni­ted. 


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