Competition: First Division.
Everton: Brand; Darracott, Seargeant; Clements,
Kenyon, Lyons; Buckley, Dobson, Latchford,
Evertonís Scottish goalkeeper, Drew Brand, was given a nerve
racking experience on his Everton debut. The youth international was a triallist with the
Edinburgh-born Brand had signed professional forms for Everton only two weeks earlier and he was the second player to make his debut for Everton in this match, the other being Northern Ireland international midfielder Bryan Hamilton, who had signed in a £40,000 transfer from Ipswich Town in the midweek. In contrast to Evertonís pre-match problems, Unitedís manager Jimmy Armfield had good news when the three doubtful starters, Billy Bremner, Paul Madeley and Terry Yorath, all passed late fitness tests and were included in the side. Striker Joe Jordan, who had not played at all that season because of injury, was also passed fit and took over as substitute from young Welshman, Carl Harris.
It took United just over a quarter of an hour to open the scoring. Eddie Gray and Duncan McKenzie took up space in the Everton defensive Ďwallí and the two United men moved out quickly when Peter Lorimer fired low and hard towards the goal. Brand made his move but as he did so the ball deflected off Steve Seargeant and into the net. Everton found themselves two goals down after thirty-three minutes when Paul Reaney and Terry Yorath combined to set up Allan Clarke, who beat Brand with a shot from near the edge of the penalty area. However, Clements pulled a goal back for Everton in the forty-third minute with a twice taken penalty, awarded by referee Ken Burns after Paul Madeley had tackled George Telfer. Mr Burns was pointing to the spot again two minutes later after Clements had brought down Peter Lorimer and the Scottish marksman duly fired the ball home to give United a 3-1 interval lead.
When Brand failed to cut out Terry Yorathís
cross, which then created a frantic goalmouth scramble, Eddie Gray pounced to
score his first goal of the season and put United 4-1 up. Unitedís
fifth goal was scored by Clarke twenty minutes from the end before Everton made
it 5-2 in the eighty-fifth minute when Bob Latchford
scored from twenty yards, and so ended a ninety minutes that perhaps Brand has
never forgotten. He did not remain with Everton for long and moved on to
Back Row: Jimmy Armfield (Manager), Duncan McKenzie, Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen,
David Harvey, David Stewart, Paul Madeley, Norman Hunter, Paul Reaney.
Front Row: Terry Yorath, Frank Gray, Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Trevor Cherry, Billy Bremner,
†Peter Lorimer (2 , 1 pen)†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Allan Clarke
and Eddie Gray scored for
†Billy Bremner Paul Madeley and Terry Yorath passed fitness tests to play†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Joe Jordan came on as substitute†††††††††††† Carl Harris did not play as substitute††††††††††††††††††††††† Steve Seargeant deflected Unitedís first goal
Dave Clements scored from the spot and Bob Latchford also scored for Everton†††††††† Bryan Hamilton debuted for Everton