Manchester United vs Queens Park 8–1
In March 1969, Scotland international Willie Morgan netted a tremendous treble as Manchester United deconstructed relegation candidates Queens Park Rangers to the tune of 8–1 at Old Trafford. George Best, Nobby Stiles, Brian Kidd and John Aston also made the scoresheet in a convincing and creditable victory for The Manchester Reds.
What goes up usually must come down, and in the case of Queens Park Rangers, it was rather sooner than later. In the 1966–67 season, the West Londoners not only became the first Third Division team to win the English Football League Cup but they were also promoted to Division Two. To top it all, the West Londoners went on to gain promotion to the English First Division for the very first time in the long history of the club the subsequent campaign. Queens Park Rangers would struggle in their first ever season in the top flight, however, and the Loftus Park club were totally outclassed and outplayed in their away clash with Manchester United who ran out comfortable winners in the end. The European Champions dominated the possession of the ball from start to finish and the aggressive home team had no problems in hammering Les Allen´s Queens Park Rangers players by eight goals to one. Former Turf Moor hero Willie Morgan opened the scoring account for Manchester United in the first period before Northern Ireland international George Best scored twice to make the scoreboard read 3–0 in the favour of the Old Trafford side. The Scottish flankman then netted two more to complete his fabulous hat-trick and with further goals from Nobby Stiles, Brian Kidd and John Aston, the star studded Manchester United team finished the highly one-sided First Division contest as well deserved 8–1 victors. The consolation goal for Queens Park Rangers was produced by the extraordinary Rodney Marsh who had joined the club from their West London neighbours Fulham for a bargain transfer fee of only £15,000 at the back side of the 1965–66 season. There have of course been many high scoring encounters at The Theatre of Dreams down through the years but few can compare to the goal scoring display The Red Devils put on here. The 1968–69 campaign nevertheless proved to be a rather disappointing one for Manchester United and Sir Matt Busby’s ageing team of stars finally finished the English Football League season in a dismal eleventh position with 42 points from their 42 matches played. And as for Queens Park Rangers, they were riding high in March 1968 and shot down in March 1969. That’s life, that’s what people say. Manchester United Starting Lineup: Alex Stepney, John Fitzpatrick, Anthony Dunne, Paddy Crerand, Steve James, Nobby Stiles, Brian Kidd, Willie Morgan, John Aston, Denis Law, George Best. Queens Park Rangers Starting Lineup: Alan Spratley, Dave Clement, Anthony Hazell, Ron Hunt, Ian Watson, Alan Glover, Ian Morgan, Frank Sibley, Frank Clarke, Rodney Marsh, Mick Leach.