Competition: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, First Round, Second Leg.
Sarpsborg: Nilsen; Loeken, F. Johansen (Holt); Woodruff; Gjeraugsen, S. Johansen; Kjoenigsen (Melby), Andresen, Olsen, Spydevold, Vanestad.
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After beating Lyn Oslo by a club record 10-0 the previous season, United were expected to account for their fellow Norwegians with ease. They welcomed the return of their big guns, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Allan Clarke although they were still without Johnny Giles for whom Mick Bates carried on as his deputy.
Sarpsborg, sounding more like the name of an
imaginary side Roy Race’s Melchester Rovers would
come up against, were no match for United in the second leg at
Sarpsborg arrived at
Sarpsborg relied heavily on the off-side trap in the first half, and it paid dividends, for while United had the ball in the net four times, only one effort by Jack Charlton counted, as he walked the ball into the net after first miscuing, in the twenty-second minute. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for second-half substitute Paul Reaney when he was given a run in place of Terry Cooper for his first senior game since breaking his leg the previous April.
In the second half there was a late flurry of goals to make the score a resprctable 5-0. Jack Charlton notched his second with a fierce angled drive in the sixty-first minute. Billy Bremner celebrated his fiftieth European appearance with a twenty-five yard shot in the seventy-first and a header in the eighty-eighth minutes and finally Peter Lorimer tapped in a fifth right on the final whistle.
Jack Charlton (2) Billy Bremner (2) Peter Lorimer
Paul Reaney got the biggest cheer of Norman Hunter had an easy night at Eddie Gray was on the left-wing
the night when he came on as left-half
substitute for Terry Cooper late in
Mick Bates was at inside- Surprisingly, neither of the United strikers got their name on the score-
left in place of the injured sheet although Allan Clarke and Rod Belfitt both played full games