Manchester Utd 3 Orient 1

Bobby Charlton

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ley­ton Ori­ent 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, May 18, 1963. The Reds, who were two places above the drop zone, gain­ed two vi­tal points ag­ainst The O´s. Af­ter be­ing 1-0 down at the break, the hosts turned the ga­me ar­ound to win 3-1 thro­ugh goals from De­nis Law and Bob­by Charl­ton and an own goal by Stan Charlton.

Man­chester Uni­ted ar­rived in the ga­me on the back of an evenly con­tested 1-1 draw ag­ainst fel­low re­leg­a­tion bat­tle­rs Man­chester City at Maine Road, where­as bot­tom-of-the ta­ble Ley­ton Ori­ent had suc­cumbed to a 2-0 de­feat at the hands of neigh­bouring West Ham Uni­ted at Boleyn Gro­und in their pre­vi­ous Fir­st Di­vi­sion fix­ture. The North East Lon­doners, who had edged out Uni­ted 1–0 at Bris­bane Road in the re­verse meet­ing of the 1962-63 sea­son, pro­pelled them­selves in­to an early lead as ex-Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and West Ham Uni­ted for­ward Dave Dun­more be­at ho­me goal­keeper Da­vid Gaskell wi­th a spec­tac­u­lar back-head­er on nine min­utes. The Man­cuni­ans began the sec­ond pe­riod the bet­ter te­am and the hosts were level in the fifty-sec­ond min­ute of the en­counter when Ley­ton Ori­ent de­fender Stan Charl­ton ma­naged to head a dan­ger­ous cross from Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Bob­by Charl­ton in­to the back of his own net. Spurred on by their equal­iser, Man­chester Uni­ted went ahead for the fir­st time in the clash in the eighty-fir­st min­ute cour­tesy of a trade­mark op­por­tun­ist­ic goal from De­nis Law and a mere four min­utes la­ter in the ha­lf the om­ni­present Charl­ton ad­ded a third to se­cure an im­port­ant 3-1 vic­tory for The Reds over The O´s. And wi­th fel­low re­leg­a­tion strug­glers Man­chester City suf­fer­ing a 6-1 loss ag­ainst West Ham Uni­ted at Boleyn Gro­und, Man­chester Uni­ted were now safe and sound. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid Gaskell, An­thony Dun­ne, Noel Can­t­well, Bill Foulk­es, Johnny Giles, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Mau­rice Set­ters, Bob­by Charl­ton, Da­vid Herd, Al­bert Quix­all, De­nis Law. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Ley­ton Ori­ent Te­am: Frank Ge­orge, Stan Charl­ton, Sid Bish­op, Mal­colm Lu­cas, Cyril Lea, Harry Gregory, Mal­colm Mus­grove, Bob­by Ma­son, Dave Dun­more, Derek Gibbs, Gor­don Bol­land. Sub­stitutes: None.


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Man­chester Uni­ted and Ley­ton Ori­ent, then play­ing un­der the name of Clapton Ori­ent, fou­ght out a 2-2 Sec­ond Di­vi­sion draw at Old Traf­ford on the 21st of April 1924. Sydney Evans re­gistered a brace for the ho­me si­de, whi­le Ge­orge Waite and Clat­worthy Ren­nox notched up a goal each for Orient.


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