Sheff United 1 Man United 0

Wyn Davies

Shef­field Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Bramall Lane, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion Fix­ture, Sep­tember 30, 1972. The 3-0 vic­tory over Der­by Coun­ty the pre­vi­ous Sat­urday proved to be a false down as Man­chester Uni­ted suc­cumbed to a 1-0 de­feat ag­ainst Shef­field Uni­ted who­se win­ning goal came from Alan Wood­word who sco­red from the pen­alty spot wi­th two min­utes left of nor­mal time.

Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated Der­by Coun­ty, drawn ag­ainst Lei­cester City, Arsen­al, Chel­sea, and West Ham Uni­ted, and suf­fered de­feats ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn, Liver­pool, Ever­ton, Cov­entry City, and Wolver­hampton Wan­derers in their last ten Fir­st Di­vi­sion mat­ches and were next to bot­tom in the stand­ings. Shef­field Uni­ted, on the oth­er hand, had over­come Birm­ing­ham City, West Brom­wich Al­bion, South­ampton, and Chel­sea, drawn ag­ainst Sto­ke City, Ips­wich To­wn, and Nor­wich City, and be­en de­feated by Leeds Uni­ted, New­castle Uni­ted, and Liver­pool and were sit­ting com­fort­ably in mid-ta­ble. Man­chester Uni­ted en­joyed sev­er­al good op­por­tun­it­ies to score bo­th sides of the ha­lf-time break, but their stri­kers ap­peared leth­ar­gic in front of goal. The Shef­field Uni­ted play­ers screamed loudly for a pen­alty-kick as Alan Wood­ward went down in­side the eight­een-yard area in the 73rd min­ute of pro­ceed­ings, but the ref­er­ee de­cided to take no ac­tion. The Bramall Lane en­counter looked to be end­ing goal­less un­til the 88th min­ute of the tussle when Man­chester Uni­ted and Wales in­ter­na­tion­al front­man Wyn Dav­ies, who had be­en in­stru­ment­al in the 3-0 vic­tory over Bri­an Clough´s Der­by Coun­ty si­de at Old Traf­ford, con­ceded a pen­alty for a per­fectly le­git­im­ate chal­lenge on Shef­field Uni­ted cent­ral de­fender John Flynn in­side the box. Wood­ward calmly walked up to take the spot-kick and the Chapeltown born out­side right made no mis­takes in dis­patch­ing the ball in­to the back of the net in front of a 37,000 strong ho­me crowd. Shef­field Uni­ted Te­am: Tom Mc­Al­lister, Ste­ve Gould­ing, Len Badger, Ted Hems­ley, John Flynn, Ed­die Colquhoun, To­ny Cur­rie, Tre­vor Hockey, Alan War­boys, Billy Dearden, Alan Wood­ward. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Mar­tin Bu­chan, To­ny Dun­ne, Ste­ven Ja­mes, Ian Don­ald, To­ny Young, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Bob­by Charl­ton, Wyn Dav­ies, Ian Storey-Moore, Geor­gie Best. Sub­sti­tute: Sam­my Mc­Ilroy.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Shef­field Uni­ted 3-0 in a Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One ga­me at Bramall Lane on the 14th of Oct­ober 1967 thanks to one goal each from Bri­an Kidd, De­nis Law, and John As­ton.


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