Norman Whiteside Profile
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.