Manchester Utd 3 Derby 0
Manchester United 3 Derby County 0, Old Trafford, English Football League First Division, September 23, 1972. Manchester United secured their first victory of the 1972-73 season after defeating Derby County by a convincing 3-0 score at Old Trafford. Ian Storey-Moore netted the opening goal for United before the break, while Wyn Davies and Willie Morgan recorded one each in the second period.
Manchester United had drawn with Leicester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham United, and lost to Ipswich Town, Liverpool, Everton, Coventry City, and Wolverhampton Wanderers thus far in the 1972-73 campaign. As for Derby County, The Rams had defeated Manchester City, Liverpool, and Birmingham City, drawn with Southampton and Crystal Palace, and lost against Chelsea, Norwich City, Everton, and West Bromwich Albion. Manchester United had edged out Derby by 1-0 in the corresponding meeting the previous year, but they were by no means favorites to overcome County on the penultimate Saturday of September 1972. Before the fixture, Frank O´Farrell´s troops were sitting at the bottom of the League Division One table, while Brian Clough´s men were in 13th position. In this game, however, Manchester United were back to their winning ways following a dismal start to the new season, and The Reds produced three goals in a competitive match for the first time since the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City at Old Trafford on the final day of the 1971-72 campaign.
Wyn Davies, who was making his First Division debut for Manchester United after arriving from neighbouring rivals Manchester City for a bargain transfer fee of £60,000, came close to scoring an early goal, but his header from a Willie Morgan cross went inches over the bar. But twelve minutes before the sound of the half-time whistle United finally made the breakthrough when a clever high ball into the penalty box from George Best found former Nottingham Forest goal poacher Ian Storey-Moore who headed over away netminder Colin Boulton to hand his new employer a well-earned lead. Defending Football League Champions Derby County, who had been beaten by Manchester United in the race to sign Storey-Moore, mounted considerable pressure following the restart, but their strikers were wasteful in front of goal. Then, against the flow of play, Manchester United doubled their advantage after a nonchalant clearance from the Derby County defence ended at the feet of Davies who hammered the ball past Boulton and into the right side of the net from inside the area six minutes past the hour mark. And only a mere nine minutes later in the contest, Morgan latched onto a magnificent through ball from Best and scored with a low effort to complete a 3-0 triumph for the hosts.
Elsewhere, Stoke City outclassed Manchester City 5-1 at Victoria Ground, Birmingham City beat Everton 2-1 at St Andrew´s, Spurs secured a 1-0 win against West ham United at White Hart Lane courtesy of a second-half goal from London born winger Jimmy Pearce, Liverpool thumped Sheffield United by 5-0 at Anfield, West Bromwich Albion edged out Coventry City by 1-0 at The Hawthorns, Leeds United went down 3-2 against Newcastle United at St James´ Park, Chelsea trashed Ipswich Town 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, Leicester City and Wolves shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Filbert Street, Crystal Palace lost 2-0 against Southampton at The Dell, while Norwich City defeated Arsenal 3-2 at Carrow Road. The 3-0 victory over Derby meant that Manchester United moved up to 21st position in the First Division table, whereas County dropped down to 15th place. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Steve James, Ian Donald, Anthony Dunne, Martin Buchan, Bobby Charlton, Willie Morgan, Anthony Young, Wyn Davies, Ian Storey-Moore, George Best. Substitute: Brian Kidd. Derby County Team: Colin Boulton, David Nish, Terry Hennessey, Roy McFarland, Colin Todd, Steve Powell, Archie Gemmill, John McGovern, John O’Hare, Kevin Hector, Alan Hinton. Substitute: John Robson.
Wyn Davies Quickfacts
Ronald “Wyn” Davies played for Welsh clubs Caernarfon Town and Wrexham before he signed with Bolton Wanderers in 1962. Following 66 goals in 155 Football League matches for the Burnden Park side, he joined Newcastle United for a then club record transfer fee of £80,000 in 1966. After a brief spell at Manchester City in the 1971-72 season, the target man had an equally short stint at Manchester United in the 1972-73 campaign. Davies later appeared for Blackpool, Crystal Palace, Stockport County, Crewe Alexandra, and Bangor City, and finally South African side Cape Town City where he ended his playing days in 1979.
Manchester United Ten Previous Matches
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Manager: Frank O´Farrell