West Ham 2 Manchester U 2

Bryan Robson

West Ham Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Boleyn Gro­und, Eng­lish Foot­ball Leagie Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Mar­ch 15, 1985. Third pla­ced Man­chester Uni­ted equal­ised twice to earn them­selves a 2-2 draw ag­ainst re­leg­a­tion threat­ened West Ham Uni­ted at Boleyn Gro­und. Frank Stapleton and sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute Bry­an Rob­son sco­red the goals for the vis­it­ing team.

Man­chester Uni­ted locked horns wi­th West Ham Uni­ted on­ly six days af­ter knock­ing The Ham­mers out of the FA Cup. Ron Atkinson´s title chasers had soundly de­feated West Ham to the tune of a 5-0 score in the re­verse Fir­st Di­vi­sion fix­ture of the 1984-85 sea­son thro­ugh goals by Gor­don Mc­Queen, Alan Brazil, Gor­don Stra­chan, Remi Moses, and Ma­rk Hug­hes, but the Old Traf­ford te­am had to settle for a draw this time. The East Lon­don club got them­selves ahead cour­tesy of Scot­tish de­fender Ray Stew­art who be­at Old Traf­ford shot stop­per Ga­ry Bai­ley from the pen­alty spot in the 25th min­ute of the clash. Man­chester Uni­ted hit back shortly af­ter­wards, tho­ugh, as Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al stri­ker Frank Stapleton fou­nd the back of the net five min­utes la­ter. West Ham re­gained their ad­vant­age when Three Li­ons de­fender Mi­ke Dux­bury ma­naged to put the ball pa­st his own goal­keeper and in­to net ten min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf, on­ly for Man­chester Uni­ted to equal­ise for a sec­ond time as Nor­man White­side re­place­ment Bry­an Rob­son head­ed ho­me a well-taken cor­ner-kick by Dan­ish flanker Jes­per Ol­sen in the 68th min­ute of the clash. As the clock ticked on, The Irons pressed high up the pitch look­ing for a third goal, but time ran out and the tie ended in a 2-2 draw. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Tom Mc­Al­ister, Paul Hilton, Paul Brush, Neil Orr, Ste­ve Walford, Ray Stew­art, Alv­in Mar­tin, Alan Dick­ens, Paul Al­len, Paul God­dard, To­ny Cot­tee. Sub­sti­tute: Da­vid Swindle­hurst. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, Graeme Hogg, John Gid­man, Mi­chael Dux­bury, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Paul Mc­Grath, Gor­don Stra­chan, Jes­per Ol­sen, Nor­man White­side, Frank Stapleton, Ma­rk Hug­hes. Sub­sti­tute: Bry­an Robson.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered a heavy 4-0 Fir­st Di­vi­sion loss at the hands of West Ham Uni­ted at Up­ton Park on the 30th of Oct­ober 1926 in what was Tho­mas Harris´s de­but ga­me for The Reds.


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