Millwall 0 Manchester U 1

Alex Stepney

Mill­wall 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, The Den, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, Sep­tember 16, 1974. Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Al­ex Step­ney kept a clean sheet ag­ainst for­mer club Mill­wall as The Reds be­at The Li­ons 1-0 at The Den in So­uth East Lon­don.

Af­ter draw­ing 2-2 wi­th West Brom­wich Al­bion at The Haw­thorns two days earli­er, Man­chester Uni­ted emer­ged 1-0 vic­tors over Mill­wall to gain their third away win of the 1974-75 cam­paign. In the re­verse fix­ture, Uni­ted had de­feated Mill­wall 4-0 at Old Traf­ford thanks to a hat-trick by Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Ger­ry Da­ly, which in­cluded two pen­al­ties, and a goal from Stu­art Pear­son, and the So­uth Lon­doners did not fare much bet­ter this time. The Sec­ond Di­vi­sion lead­ers dom­in­ated from the very out­set, but Mill­wall de­fen­ded well and were dan­ger­ous on the counter-at­tack. Man­chester Uni­ted kept the pres­sure go­ing as the mat­ch mo­ved on and went ahead five min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf when no­ne oth­er than Da­ly be­at The Den goal­keeper Bry­an King from the pen­alty spot. Mill­wall had their op­por­tun­it­ies to level the score, but the hosts could not find a way pa­st Al­ex Step­ney in the Uni­ted goal. Af­ter run­ning out win­ners away to Mill­wall, Man­chester Uni­ted were now lead­ing the Di­vi­sion Two ta­ble wi­th twelve points from sev­en ga­mes, two points above sec­ond pla­ced Nor­wich City. Mill­wall Te­am: Bry­an King, Dave Don­ald­son, Ed­die Jones, Alan Dor­ney, Bar­ry Kit­chen­er, Frank Saul, Gor­don Bol­land, Bri­an Clark, Alf Wood, Doug Allder, Gor­don Hill. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Ar­nold Side­bot­tom, Bri­an Green­hoff, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Jim Mc­Cal­liog, Lou Ma­cari, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Ger­ry Da­ly. Sub­sti­tute: To­ny Young.

 

Alex Stepney Quickfacts

Af­ter join­ing Mill­wall from Toot­ing & Mitcham Uni­ted in 1963, Al­ex Step­ney kept goal in 158 ap­pear­ances for the te­am be­fore he was trans­ferred to Chel­sea at the end of the 1965-66 sea­son.

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