Norman Whiteside Profile

Norman Whiteside

Nor­man White­side, born Bel­fast, North­ern Ire­land, May 7, 1965. Su­premely con­fid­ent in his powers, Nor­man White­side was spot­ted by Man­chester Uni­ted scout Bob Bish­op at the age of six­teen and achieved le­gendary status when he be­came the young­est play­er to score in an FA Cup Fi­nal when The Reds be­at Brighton 4-0 in the re­play on the 26th of May 1983. 

Nor­man White­side was no doubt a highly in­tel­li­gent and hard work­ing pro­fes­sion­al, and his drive and de­term­in­a­tion in­spired his te­am mates and put fear in­to his op­pon­ents. Af­ter ma­king his fir­st Foot­ball Lea­gue ap­pear­ance for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 1-0 vic­tory over Brighton and Hove Al­bion at Gold­stone Gro­und on the 24th of April 1982, he was ev­entually con­ver­ted in­to an at­tack­ing mid­field play­maker by for­mer West Brom­wich Al­bion man­ager Ron Atkin­son. Ar­gu­ably, the pin­nacle of his foot­balling life came in the 1985 FA Cup Fi­nal ag­ainst Ever­ton when he re­gistered the win­ning goal for Uni­ted in ex­tra time. Blessed wi­th ex­plos­ive ac­cel­er­a­tion and an equally fierce shot, he pro­duced 67 goals dur­ing 274 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted be­fore he was sold to Ever­ton for a fee of £600,000 at the start of the 1989-90 sea­son. A North­ern Ire­land play­er, the pre­co­ciously gif­ted young­ster was han­ded his in­ter­na­tion­al seni­or de­but for The Green and White Army aged sev­en­teen years and forty-one days in a 0-0 draw ag­ainst Yugo­slavia at the Es­ta­dio La Ro­mareda in Za­r­agoza on the 17th of June 1982 in the Wor­ld Cup in Spain, and pro­ceeded to play 38 ga­mes for the coun­try of his bir­th. When in­jury tra­gic­ally ended his soc­cer ca­reer, Nor­man White­side ul­ti­mately be­came a qual­i­fied physio­ther­ap­ist run­ning his own clin­ic in Man­chester. Nor­man White­side Play­ing Ca­reer: Man­chester Uni­ted, Ever­ton. Play­ing Hon­ours: Eng­lish FA Cup 1983, 1985, Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship 1984.


Norman Whiteside Quickfacts

Nor­man White­side re­gistered his fir­st com­pet­it­ive goal for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 2-0 Fir­st Di­vi­sion vic­tory over Rich­ie Barker´s strug­gling Sto­ke City si­de at Old Traf­ford on the 15th of May 1982.


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