Newcastle 0 Man United 1
Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 1, St James´ Park, English Football League First Division, October 23, 1971. Early pacesetters Manchester United gained their fourth First Division win in a row as they beat Newcastle United 1-0. Despite having a death threat hanging over him, George Best scored the winner with only a minute gone of the second period.
The day before, a man with a distinct Irish accent had made a phone call to a London newspaper, threatening to shoot George Best if he played against Newcastle United, but it took more than that to stop the Ulsterman, who not only had a good game, but also hit the winner for Manchester United in the 46th minute of the tussle after fellow Northern Ireland international Iam McFaul had failed to hold an effort from Brian Kidd. The Reds, who had not managed to beat The Magpies at St James´ Park since the 8th of September 1965, also had the ball in the net late on, but the goal was ruled out due to Bobby Charlton being offside. Newcastle United Team: Iam McFaul, Raymond Ellison, Patrick Howard, Irving Nattrass, Ron Guthrie, Alwyn Burton, Frank Clark, Terry Hibbitt, Tommy Gibb, John Tudor, Malcolm MacDonald. Substitute: Stewart Barrowclough. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Steve James, Tony Dunne, Tommy O’Neil, David Sadler, Bobby Charlton, Alan Gowling, Brian Kidd, Willie Morgan, Denis Law, George Best. Substitute: John Aston.
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Manchester United beat Newcastle 6-1 away on the 12th of October 1907 through a brace by George Wall plus goals from Jimmy Turnbull, Billy Meredith, Sandy Turnbull, and Charlie Roberts. The Mancunians finished the season as First Division Champions, while Newcastle ended fourth in the table.