Stoke 0 Manchester Utd 1

Alan Dodd

Sto­ke City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Au­gust 30, 1975. Fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw ag­ainst fel­low early pace­set­ters Cov­entry City at Old Traf­ford, Man­chester Uni­ted edged out Sto­ke City 1-0 in front of a crowd of al­most 35,000 spec­tat­ors at Vic­tor­ia Ground. 

Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Al­ex Step­ney was ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing be­tween the sticks as his si­de be­at To­ny Waddington´s Sto­ke City 1-0 away. Man­chester Uni­ted began the bet­ter and went in­to an early lead when Sto­ke City and Eng­land U23 in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender Alan Do­dd was un­lucky enough to put the ball pa­st Pe­ter Shilton and in­to his own net in the 15th min­ute of the tussle. Ian Moores came on for for­mer Shef­field Uni­ted mid­field play­er Ge­off Sal­mons dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod, but neither him nor his team­mates were able to find the back of the net for the Stafford­shire club and the mat­ch ended wi­th a win for Man­chester Uni­ted. Un­for­tu­nately, the Fir­st Di­vi­sion en­counter at Vic­tor­ia Gro­und was mar­red by ser­i­ous crowd trouble wi­th sev­er­al ar­rests be­ing made by the loc­al po­lice. Af­ter win­ning the ga­me ag­ainst The Pot­ters, Man­chester Uni­ted re­mained at the top of the Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One ta­ble wi­th nine points gain­ed from five mat­ches played, one point in front of FA Cup hold­ers West Ham Uni­ted and two points ahead of Queens Park Ran­gers, Ever­ton, and Leeds Uni­ted. Down at the very bot­tom of the stand­ings were Birm­ing­ham City and Shef­field Uni­ted who had on­ly one point each. Sto­ke City Te­am: Pe­ter Shilton, Mi­ke Pejic, John Marsh, Eric Skeels, Alan Do­dd, Dan­ny Bowers, Terry Con­roy, John Ma­honey, Jim­my Green­hoff, Alan Hud­son, Ge­off Sal­mons. Sub­sti­tute: Ian Moores. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Al­ex For­syth, Bri­an Green­hoff, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Tom­my Jack­son, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Ger­ry Da­ly, Stu­art Pear­son, Lou Ma­cari, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy. Sub­stitutes: None.


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Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Sto­ke City 2-1 in a Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One fix­ture at Vic­tor­ia Gro­und on the 19th of Septem­ber 1964, wi­th Da­vid Herd and John Con­nelly scor­ing a goal each for the visitors.


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