The Red Devils Trash The Throstles
When Manchester United supremo Sir Matt Busby retired at the end of the 1968–69 campaign, Wilf McGuinness was appointed as his successor. A former Manchester United player, McGuinness made 81 league appearances for The Red Devils before a broken leg finished his professional football career when he was only 22 years old.
In April 1970, Manchester United gave West Bromwich a trashing they will probably never forget to this day. The Manchester Reds may never have performed at their best under Wilf McGuinness but the team still had plenty of firepower. And although they came into this fixture on the back of a disappointing 5–1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James´s Park in midweek, it didn’t take them long to recover as they used an offensive explosion to demolish The Throstles to the tune of 7–0. West Brom manager Alan Ashman, a former chicken farmer, could only sit and watch as midfielder John Fitzpatrick opened the scoring account for Manchester United with a brilliant header. It was the start of a very, very busy afternoon for the West Bromwich goalkeeper. Bobby Charlton, John Fitzpatrick and Alan Gowling all went on to score a brace each before George Best netted the last goal of the game with ten minutes remaining on the clock. Despite coming under a lot of criticism, Wilf McGuinness´s Manchester United team finished eighth in the First Division, and reached the semi-finals of both FA Cup and Football League Cup in his first season.