Competition: First Division.
Arsenal: Rimmer; Rice, Nelson; Ross, Mancini, Powling; Armstrong; Ball, Radford, Kidd, Brady.
Jimmy Armfield was at the helm
when United took on Arsenal in a First Division game in March 1976 and had the
satisfaction of seeing the Gunners beaten 3-0 at
United were leading 2-0, both goals having been scored in the first half, but they had been unable to add further to the tally and with just under twenty minutes of the game left, up went the chants for McKenzie. Shortly after these had died down, Jimmy Armfield pulled Joe Jordan from the action and sent McKenzie on. The move was rewarded five minutes from the end of the game when the £250,000 former Nottingham Forest Striker charged down an attempted pass from Richie Powling who was trying to set up an Arsenal attack.
McKenzie raced forward unopposed and when faced by advancing
goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer he slipped the ball inside to
the supporting Billy Bremner, who tapped it into an
empty net to make it 3-0. Afterwards Armfield was at
pains to stress that he had not made the substitution because the crowd
demanded it. “I would never do anything like that. In this case I had been
thinking for a while of bringing Joe off because he had such a hard match with
United’s two goal lead against Arsenal had been given to them by a double strike from Allan Clarke inside four minutes, though he was indebted to Eddie Gray for both chances. The game was sixteen minutes old when Gray laid the foundations for the first goal, his pass cutting out three would-be Arsenal defenders and Clarke, in the penalty area, took the ball in his stride and hit it firmly past Rimmer.
It gave Clarke his much sought after two hundredth goal of his career, one he had been seeking for the last thirteen weeks but he did not have to wait long for his two hundred and first. That came four minutes later, when Eddie Gray pushed the ball through for him to beat Jimmy Rimmer with another firm shot.
Back Row: Jimmy Armfield (Manager), David Harvey, Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter,
Gordon McQueen, Allan Clarke, Paul Madeley, Joe Jordan, David Stewart.
Front Row: Duncan McKenzie, Trevor Cherry, Peter Lorimer, Billy Bremner, Terry Yorath,
Frank Gray, Eddie Gray.
Back Row: Terry Mancini, John Matthews, Jimmy Rimmer, Brian Kidd, Geoff Barnett, Pat Rice.
Front Row: Sammy Nelson, Richie Powling, John Radford, Bertie Mee (Manager), Alan Ball,
Wilf Rostron, Eddie Kelly.
Manager Jimmy Armfield was under pressure to play Duncam McKenzie. He came off the bench to replace Joe Jordan
Allan Clarke (2) and Billy Bremner scored for United. Eddie Gray set up the United goals
Jimmy Rimmer was the Arsenal keeper Pat Rice and Sammy Nelson were the full backs
Trevor Ross and Terry Mancini were the central defenders
The Gunners’ midfield comprised George Armstrong, Alan Ball, Richie Powling
and Liam Brady Brian Kidd and John Radford were the strikers