Spurs 1 Manchester Utd 3
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester United 3, White Hart Lane, English Football League First Division, February 12, 1977. Manchester United won their fifth consecutive First Division match as they comfortably defeated Spurs 3-1 before a 47,000 crowd at White Hart Lane. Lou Macari, Sammy McIlroy, and Gordon Hill all scored a goal each for The Reds, whereas Chris Jones found the net for The Lilywhites.
Manchester United went into an early 1-0 lead as Scotland international Lou Macari scored with a close range effort after a scramble in the Tottenham penalty area. And shortly afterwards, Sammy McIlroy recorded the second goal of the encounter as the midfielder headed home a high ball from inside the eighteen-yard box. The White Hart Laners came back into the game, however, when Jersey born frontman Chris Jones managed to steer a powerful shot from Neil McNab past Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney and into the back of the net before the interval. The final goal of the match came when a dangerous cross from attacking defender Jimmy Nicholl eventually found former Millwall favourite Gordon Hill who hammered the ball into the net from a few yards out during the closing stages to give the visitors a 3-1 triumph against The Lilywhites. Tottenham Hotspur Team: Pat Jennings, Terry Naylor, John Gorman, Andrew Keeley, Keith Osgood, Peter Taylor, Steve Perryman, Glenn Hoddle, Chris Jones, Neil McNab, John Duncan. Substitutes: None. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Martin Buchan, Stewart Houston, Jimmy Nicholl, Brian Greenhoff, Sammy McIlroy, Steve Coppell, Jimmy Greenhoff, Lou Macari, Stuart Pearson, Gordon Hill. Substitutes: None.
Sammy McIlroy Quickfacts
The last player to be signed by Sir Matt Busby before he made his retirement at the end of the 1969-70 season, Sammy McIlroy celebrated his debut for Manchester United by scoring one of the goals in a high-scoring 3-3 draw against Manchester City at Maine Road on the 6th of November 1971. During his stay at Old Trafford, the midfield orchestrator accumulated 71 goals in 419 first team matches for United before he was sold to Stoke City for an estimated transfer fee of £350,000 on the 2nd of February 1982.