West Ham 2 Manchester U 1

Billy Bonds

West Ham Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Boleyn Gro­und, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Jan­uary 12, 1974. Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered their fifth con­sec­ut­ive away de­feat as they went down 2-1 ag­ainst Ron Greenwood´s West Ham Uni­ted in front of a 34,000 crowd at Up­ton Park in East Lon­don. Billy Bonds and Pat Hol­land net­ted the goals for The Irons, whi­le Sam­my Mc­Ilroy sco­red for the visitors.

Tom­my Docherty´s prob­lems grew as his mil­lion pound si­de suc­cumbed to a 2-1 away de­feat at the hands of West Ham Uni­ted. Man­chester Uni­ted, who came in­to the Fir­st Di­vi­sion fix­ture on the back of a nar­row 1-0 FA Cup Third Ro­und tri­umph ag­ainst Third Di­vi­sion club Ply­mouth Argyle at Old Traf­ford, pro­duced plenty of de­cent goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies dur­ing the fir­st pe­riod of the tie, but the vis­it­ing te­am failed to ex­ploit them. The East Lon­doners star­ted the sec­ond pe­riod the bet­ter and the hosts went ahead early in the ha­lf thanks to Billy Bonds who be­at Man­chester Uni­ted goal­keeper Al­ex Step­ney wi­th a power­ful low shot from just out­side the pen­alty area. The Reds lev­elled the score when sub­sti­tute Sam­my Mc­Ilroy ma­naged to find the back of the net in the sixty-sev­enth min­ute of the clash, but The Ham­mers had their win­ner as Pat Hol­land head­ed ho­me wi­th less than five min­utes left of nor­mal time. The res­ult at Boleyn Gro­und meant that West Ham went two places up to nine­teenth in the Di­vi­sion One stand­ings, whi­le Man­chester Uni­ted slipped down to next to bot­tom. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Mervyn Day, Alan Wool­er, Frank Lam­pard, Mick Mc­Giv­en, Keith Cole­man, Tom­my Tay­lor, Billy Bonds Gra­ham Pad­don, Clyde Best, Pat Hol­land, Ber­tie Lut­ton. Sub­sti­tute: John Charles. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, To­ny Young, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Jim Hol­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Bri­an Green­hoff, Bri­an Kidd, Lou Ma­cari, Ge­orge Gra­ham. Sub­sti­tute: Sam­my McIlroy.


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De­fend­ing Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated West Ham Uni­ted 3-1 at Up­ton Park on the 2nd of Septem­ber 1967 thro­ugh goals by Da­vid Sad­ler, Bri­an Kidd, and Jim­my Ryan.


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