Man United History: In Photos and Videos

#21
Elland Road as your first away? That's bold Albert! I suppose it wasn't as intense back then.
First time at Leeds and it was intense. There used to be a running battle from the station to the ground. I went there in 1973 when we won 1-0. On the way to the ground, the United bus passed us and Willie Morgan and Lou Macari were cheering us on.

First away was at Blackburn in the 1964-65 season. My granddad took me and a mate from school. We won 5-0 with a hat-trick from Bobby. John Connelly and David Herd got one apiece. I didn't start going to away games without an adult until the 1966-67 season, and then it was restricted to supporters' club coaches to places like Burnley or Stoke.
 
#23


The late, great, Big Jim Holton. Loved by the Stretford End and hated by opposing strikers, especially Supermac. In March 1973, we were looking at the drop when Newcastle came to town. McDonald loved to gob off about what he was going to do to teams, but then he bumped into Big Jim. Holton, who had scored our first, ran out to meet McDonald who was running with the ball at his feet towards goal. Jim literally knocked him up into the air with his tackle and was sent off, but McDonald finished the game looking like a zombie. In his Sun column (lots of players had them at that time) he moaned about it saying he never wanted to play against Holton again. Rest in Peace Jim.
Loving the nostalgia Bert. Its amazing how many players you forget were around back then.
Indeed. I remember the chants for most of them too. John Connelly was 'the winger to watch' (John Collier advert). The main thing was that we had a connection with the players and they had one with us. You could go to the Cliff and watch the training and come away with loads of autographs. They were finishing up one day and Nobby, Fitz, Paddy Crerand, and Denis Law came over and signed everyone's book and had a laugh with us. Matt Busby would always say hello and wave at us and so would Jimmy Murphy who would sometimes come and stand behind the goal near us.

During the Doc's time, Tommy Kavanagh would make a point of coming off the pitch after treating a player and running past the Stretford End geeing everyone up. Martin Buchan used to drink in the Little Bee in Brooklands and would always chat to the fans there. I remember my mate Graham and I meeting Lou Macari and Gerry Daly in the Canadian Charcoal Pit in Hale just before the first game of the 75-76 season. We'd just beaten somebody or other in a friendly and we were raving about Steve Coppell's goal and the prospects for Wolves away that Saturday.
 
#24
You may be able to help here Bert, ive asked the same question to many a seasoned Red but its still gone unanswered.
I remember being in the Stret paddock against Oldham, 11 years of age. 1975.
Oldhams manager was a guy called Jimmy Frizzell and i can remember the Stretford end singing "Jimmy Jimmy give us a pie"

Never found out why though??
 
#25
You may be able to help here Bert, ive asked the same question to many a seasoned Red but its still gone unanswered.
I remember being in the Stret paddock against Oldham, 11 years of age. 1975.
Oldhams manager was a guy called Jimmy Frizzell and i can remember the Stretford end singing "Jimmy Jimmy give us a pie"

Never found out why though??
Oldham had some weird songs about Meat Pie Fred, but I don't know how that relates to Jimmy Frizzell. I remember him managing City for a while when they were a football club.
 
#26
Found this gem. In February 1977, we drew Southampton away in the 5th Round of the cup. We were packed in there like sardines at the Dell to watch a very good 2-2 draw. We beat them in the replay but the video has some fascinating behind-the-scenes footage of the players lounge at Southampton after the game. Interviews with Stepney, Buchan, Ball and others. Well worth a watch. Brian Moore (who was a bit of an ABU) lauded Mick Channon who was a great player in his own right, but what a difference Jimmy Greenhoff made to that United side.

 
#27
September 1976 and my early birthday present. A real thundering derby at Maine Road. This game had the lot, including an amazing double goal-line clearance from Martin Buchan. Skip the half-time embedded ad. Brian Kidd and Alex Stepney were, at that time, the only remaining members of the 1968 team still playing at the top. Kiddo was playing for City though and had a good game. Just look at the crowd shots and compare them with what you get today. It's night and day.

 
#29
The end of Wilf McGuinness's time in charge came after three crucial games. We played 3rd Division Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final, drawing 1-1 at home and losing 1-2 at Villa Park. Both games are quite forgettable except for Brian Kidd's superb strikes in both games. After the Villa loss, we travelled to Derby and played out a 4-4 draw in what was Wilf's last game in charge. Sir Matt came back and we finished 8th, winning his final game away at Maine Road 4-3. Why Brian Clough was never approached is still a mystery to us fans and Cloughie himself who went on record saying he expected a call from United but it never came. Typical.


 
#30
The end of Wilf McGuinness's time in charge came after three crucial games. We played 3rd Division Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final, drawing 1-1 at home and losing 1-2 at Villa Park. Both games are quite forgettable except for Brian Kidd's superb strikes in both games. After the Villa loss, we travelled to Derby and played out a 4-4 draw in what was Wilf's last game in charge. Sir Matt came back and we finished 8th, winning his final game away at Maine Road 4-3. Why Brian Clough was never approached is still a mystery to us fans and Cloughie himself who went on record saying he expected a call from United but it never came. Typical.


The great days Bert
 
#31
Rare footage from the 1973-74 season featuring George Best in his last season as a United player. 0-2 down at home to Chelsea with the end of the game looming and we produce a fightback.

 
#32
1980 and Dave Sexton is in charge. Liverpool roll up expecting a win but things didn't go as planned. Watch out for Dalglish's incredible miss from a couple of yards out in front of an open net.

 
#33
George Best masterclass from March 1971 against a very good Stoke team managed by Tony Waddington. Watch Best bamboozle the great Gordon Banks for his second goal. This never gets old.

 
#34
1983 and Big Ron's cup run to Wembley. People remember the replay against Brighton but the semi-final at Villa Park against Arsenal was, for me, the highlight. First half was low key and we went a goal down. Second half and Robbo took the game by the scruff of the neck and we steamrollered them. Whiteside's goal was world-class and Robbo's winner right out of the top drawer too. 37 years have past but I still remember every minute of that day.

 
#35
The Greenhoff goal lives long in the memory. We drew with Liverpool at Maine Road and thought the chance had gone. The replay at Goodison was a bit more cagey with both teams hitting the woodwork but chances were few. Great performance from young Gary Bailey and Mickey Thomas who ran his socks off before his brilliant cross to Greenhoff. I always enjoyed watching the sick look on Ray Clemence's face after we scored one past him.

 
#37
One of my fave all time moments Bert. Remember listening to it on Piccadilly radio. My 3 older brothers all went. I screamed the fuckin house down when Jimmy bagged that header. I was shaking like a shitting dog with chronic Parkinsons disease waiting for the highlights on telly that night.
 
#38
1976 semi-final against Derby at Hillsborough. I was in the Leppings Lane end but there were no fences then. It didn't really matter though because United fans were all over the ground. We'd beaten Wolves in a replay at their place in the 6th round after going 0-2 down. The Doc was some motivator because we ran them ragged and won 3-2 with even the Wolves fans applauding at the end. Gordon Hill's brace sank Derby who were the favourites as I remember.

 
#39
Second Division memories. This is the classic home game with Sunderland who, only a season before had beaten Leeds United in the cup final. I'm still surprised they didn't get promoted with us given the quality of that team. But look at the crowd shots. Not even a top-flight match but we still packed them in. One of United's best comebacks of the season.

 
#40
Ive searched high and low for highlights of the replay at Molineux Bert but never had any joy. I believe the United turn out that night was incredible.
 
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