Monday, 22 April 2019

History corner - for Manchester United fans

Yesterday Manchester United suffered a very disappointing 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. I remember another 4-0 defeat at Goodison and its aftermath

It came on the first day of the 1963-4 season in the Charity Shield. United had finished the previous season on a high, winning the FA Cup, their first trophy since the Munich disaster. Matt Busby's response to the Goodison debacle was to drop four of the cup-winning team: David Gaskell, Johnny Giles, David Quixall and David Herd. Giles never kicked another ball for the club, though he had a distinguished career with Leeds, while Herd went on to win two championship medals. 

A fortnight later, United beat Everton 5-1 at Old Trafford. As for the new players who came in, Harry Gregg was a returning veteran, David Sadler went on to win a number of medals, including European Cup Winner, while Ian Moir played a total of only 45 games and Phil Chisnall 47, before being transfered to Liverpool, where he had only limited success.

Busby's tough approach seemed to work. At the end of the season United finished second in what was then the First Division, up from 19th the previous year.

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