Competition: Second Division.
Referee: G. Courtney (Spennymoor).
September headed towards autumn, United's promotion
challenge was just getting off the ground. Two wins from six games wasn't what the
pre-season pundits had expected from Howard Wilkinson's expensively assembled
side and the fact that they hadn't lost since an opening day 5-2 humiliation at
Newcastle was a fact skated over by many. Wilkinson had revamped the look of
United and had brought in a number of seasoned campaigners in readiness for a
serious assault on the division. The manager had already had almost 12 months
at the helm to assess the situation and, after splashing the cash on Gordon Strachan and Chris Fairclough, he
was boosted by a summer war chest to turn the dream into reality.
Gordon Strachan took the honours with a
stunning hat-trick while Bobby Davison netted his fourth goal of the season to
complete a 4-0 mauling of the Robins. Davison bagged himself a typical goal,
but Strachan's treble was one which will stay long in
his memory. There was the trademark right foot shot and a penalty, but the Scot
also netted a real collectors item. A long range shot from Hendrie
rattled the bar and Strachan was on hand to head home
the rebound from just inside the area prompting him to admit: "Headed
goals are rather unusual for me."
It was an
easy victory which was only marred by an horrendous
Gordon Strachan lets everyone know he scored his second†††††††† Bobby Davison takes aim to score Unitedís third goal
goal with his head
Vinnie Jones, David Batty, Gordon Strachan, Peter Haddock and Ian Baird help Bobby Davison celebrate his goal
United staff stretcher John Hendrie off after a bad tackle from Jon Gittens
scored a hat-trick and Bobby Davison scored the other
Tony Galvin brother of ex-Leeds† ††††United had spent big on English international Mel Sterland and Irish internationals Left-back Jim Beglin
player Chris Galvin came on as††† ††††and central defender John McClelland
Jon Gittens made an horrific tackle on John Hendrie, which resulted in him being carried off and being††††††††† ††††Andy Williams came on as substitute
sidelined for a long period.