Newcastle 0 Man United 1

George Best

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.


Manchester United Quickfacts

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.


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