Wolves 2 Manchester Utd 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Manchester United 0, Molineux Stadium, English Football League First Division, September 16, 1972. Manchester United midfielder John Fitzpatrick made his final first team appearance for The Reds as they suffered their fifth defeat of the 1972-73 campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. The Black Country outfit won the First Division match 2-0 thanks to a goal each from frontmen Derek Dougan and John Richards in the 24th and 67th minutes respectively.
In their previous First Division encounter, Manchester United had suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against unfancied Coventry City at Old Trafford where Scotland international Willie Carr had scored the winning goal for The Sky Blues. Wolverhampton, meanwhile, had lost 4-2 against Bill Shankly´s Liverpool at Anfield with Emlyn Hughes, Peter Cormack, Tommy Smith, and Kevin Keegan scoring for the Merseysiders, while Warrington born forwards Steve Kindon and John Richards found the target for the visitors. Wolves nearly took an early lead against Manchester United at Molineux as former Manchester City winger Dave Wagstaffe sent a low ball to the feet of midfield dynamo Kenny Hibbitt whose powerful shot from outside the penalty box forced Old Trafford goalkeeper Alex Stepney into a full-stretched save. The Midlanders ultimately went in front in the 24th minute of the match when midfield playmaker Jim McCalliog played a brilliant through pass to Northern Ireland international striker Derek Dougan who cooly placed the ball past Stepney and into the bottom corner of the net. McCalliog almost scored himself early in the second half as he fired from inside the eighteen-yard area, but Alex Stepney managed to parry his effort away for a flag-kick. Bill McGarry´s Wolverhampton continued to mount attacks and the aggressive home team had their second goal of the game seven minutes past the hour mark when a long ball from Dougan found Richards who chipped it past Stepney and into the back of the net to hand The Old Gold and Black a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Manchester United. Wolverhampton Wanderers Team: Phil Parkes, Bernard Shaw, Gerry Taylor, Frank Munro, John McAlle, Jim McCalliog, Mike Bailey, Kenny Hibbitt, John Richards, Derek Dougan, Dave Wagstaffe. Substitutes: None. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Martin Buchan, Steve James, David Sadler, Anthony Dunne, John Fitzpatrick, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Sammy McIlroy, Anthony Young, Ian Storey-Moore. Substitute: Brian Kidd.
John Fitzpatrick Quickfacts
After making his First Division debut for Manchester United in a 1-0 defeat against Sunderland at Roker Park on the 24th of February 1965, John Fitzpatrick proceeded to play 147 first team matches for the club before persistent injuries forced him into retirement in 1973 at the age age of twenty-six.