Stoke 2 Manchester Utd 4

John Fitzpatrick

Sto­ke City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 4, Vic­tor­ia Gro­und, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Mar­ch 30, 1968. Fol­low­ing an em­bar­rass­ing 3-1 de­feat ag­ainst neigh­bours Man­chester City at Old Traf­ford just three days earli­er, Matt Busby´s Man­chester Uni­ted thumped Sto­ke City 4-2 at Vic­tor­ia Ground. 

Ab­er­do­ni­an John Fitz­patrick had a field day in mid­field as he and fel­low mid­field­ers John As­ton and Pad­dy Cre­rand con­trolled the middle of the park. Ge­orge Best gave Man­chester Uni­ted the lead with­in the fir­st two min­utes of ac­tion, on­ly for Ge­orge East­ham to level the score for The Pot­ters in the ninth min­ute of the en­counter. De­butant Alan Gowl­ing re­stored the ad­vant­age for The Reds in the 23rd min­ute, but Pe­ter Dob­ing ma­naged to equal­ise for To­ny Waddington´s te­am sev­en min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk. In the sec­ond frame, Man­chester Uni­ted went ahead for the third time in the ga­me thanks to a goal from As­ton nine min­utes pa­st the hour-ma­rk be­fore the Old Traf­ford men ad­ded a fourth goal thro­ugh sub­sti­tute Jim­my Ry­an in the 78th min­ute of pro­ceed­ings. Sto­ke City Te­am: Gor­don Banks, John Moore, Wil­li­am Bent­ley, Al­ex Eld­er, To­ny Al­len, Alan Bloor, Wil­lie Steven­son, Harry Bur­rows, Pe­ter Dob­ing, Roy Ver­non, Ge­orge East­ham. Sub­sti­tute: Mi­ke Bern­ard. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Shay Bren­nan, Fran­cis Burns, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Da­vid Sad­ler, John Fitz­patrick, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, Da­vid Herd, Alan Gowl­ing, John As­ton. Sub­sti­tute: Jim­my Ryan.


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De­fend­ing Fir­st Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered a 3-1 de­feat to Sto­ke City at Vic­tor­ia Gro­und on the 28th of Feb­ruary 1953, wi­th Johnny Berry net­ting the con­sol­a­tion goal for the visitors.


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