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1977/78 – Manchester United

Manchester United squad picture 1977

The 1977–78 season was Manchester United‘s 75th season in the Football League, and their third consecutive season in the top division of English football.

It was their first season under the management of Dave Sexton, following the dismissal of Tommy Docherty. Shortly after winning the FA Cup, news that Docherty was having an extramarital affair with the wife of a United physiotherapist, Laurie Brown, became public. He was sacked in a blaze of publicity in July 1977. Docherty was replaced at Old Trafford by the same man who had replaced him at Chelsea, Dave Sexton. Tommy later married Mary Brown and they are still together after more than 30 years.

As FA Cup holders United contested the Charity Shield and were joint holders with league champions Liverpool, but failed to make an impact in Europe or on either of the domestic cups and finished only 10th in the league.

Winger Gordon Hill, who was transferred to Derby County (now managed by Tommy Docherty) at the end of the season, bowed out of Old Trafford in style as the club’s top scorer once again with 17 goals in the league and 19 in all competitions.

FA Charity Shield

 

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
13 August 1977 Liverpool N 0 – 0 82,000

First Division

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For the 1977/78 season, the programmes were printed in landscape.

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
20 August 1977 Birmingham City A 4 – 1 Macari (3), Hill 28,005
24 August 1977 Coventry City H 2 – 1 Hill, McCreery 55,726
27 August 1977 Ipswich Town H 0 – 0 57,904
3 September 1977 Derby County A 1 – 0 Macari 21,279
10 September 1977 Manchester City A 1 – 3 Nicholl 50,856
17 September 1977 Chelsea H 0 – 1 54,951
24 September 1977 Leeds United A 1 – 1 Hill 33,517
1 October 1977 Liverpool H 2 – 0 Macari, McIlroy 55,089
8 October 1977 Middlesbrough A 1 – 2 Coppell 26,882
15 October 1977 Newcastle United H 3 – 2 Coppell, J. Greenhoff, Macari 55,056
22 October 1977 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 4 27,526
29 October 1977 Aston Villa A 1 – 2 Nicholl 39,144
5 November 1977 Arsenal H 1 – 2 Hill 53,055
12 November 1977 Nottingham Forest A 1 – 2 Pearson 30,183
19 November 1977 Norwich City H 1 – 0 Pearson 48,729
26 November 1977 Queens Park Rangers A 2 – 2 Hill (2) 25,367
3 December 1977 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 1 J. Greenhoff, McIlroy, Pearson 48,874
10 December 1977 West Ham United A 1 – 2 McGrath 20,242
17 December 1977 Nottingham Forest H 0 – 4 54,374
26 December 1977 Everton A 6 – 2 J. Greenhoff (2), Coppell, Hill, Macari, McIlroy 48,335
27 December 1977 Leicester City H 3 – 1 Coppell, J. Greenhoff, Hill 57,396
31 December 1977 Coventry City A 0 – 3 24,706
2 January 1978 Birmingham City H 1 – 2 J. Greenhoff 53,501
14 January 1978 Ipswich Town A 2 – 1 McIlroy, Pearson 23,321
21 January 1978 Derby County H 4 – 0 Hill (2), Buchan, Pearson 57,115
8 February 1978 Bristol City H 1 – 1 Hill 43,457
11 February 1978 Chelsea A 2 – 2 Hill, McIlroy 32,849
25 February 1978 Liverpool A 1 – 3 McIlroy 49,095
1 March 1978 Leeds United H 0 – 1 49,101
4 March 1978 Middlesbrough H 0 – 0 46,322
11 March 1978 Newcastle United A 2 – 2 Hill, Jordan 25,825
15 March 1978 Manchester City H 2 – 2 Hill (2) 58,398
18 March 1978 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 McQueen 46,329
25 March 1978 Leicester City A 3 – 2 J. Greenhoff, Hill, Pearson 20,299
27 March 1978 Everton H 1 – 2 Hill 55,277
29 March 1978 Aston Villa H 1 – 1 McIlroy 41,625
1 April 1978 Arsenal A 1 – 3 Joe Jordan 40,829
8 April 1978 Queens Park Rangers H 3 – 1 Pearson (2), Grimes 42,677
15 April 1978 Norwich City A 3 – 1 Coppell, Jordan, McIlroy 19,778
22 April 1978 West Ham United H 3 – 0 Grimes, McIlroy, Pearson 54,089
25 April 1978 Bristol City A 1 – 0 Pearson 26,035
29 April 1978 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 2 B. Greenhoff 24,774
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9 Leeds United 42 18 10 14 63 53 +10 46
10 Manchester United 42 16 10 16 67 63 +4 42
11 Birmingham City 42 16 9 17 55 60 –5 41

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A ResultF – A Scorers Attendance
7 January 1978 Round 3 Carlisle United A 1 – 1 Macari 21,710
11 January 1978 Round 3

Replay

Carlisle United H 4 – 2 Macari (2), Pearson (2) 54,156
28 January 1978 Round 4 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 Coppell 57,056
1 February 1978 Round 4

Replay

West Bromwich Albion A 2 – 3 Hill, Pearson 37,086

League Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
30 August 1977 Round 2 Arsenal A 2 – 3 McCreery, Pearson 36,171

Cup Winners’ Cup

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
14 September 1977 Round 1

First leg

Saint-Étienne A 1 – 1 Hill 33,678
5 October 1977 Round 1

Second leg

Saint-Étienne H 2 – 0 Coppell, Pearson 31,634
19 October 1977 Round 2

First leg

Porto A 0 – 4 70,000
2 November 1977 Round 2

Second leg

Porto H 5 – 2 Coppell (2), Nicholl, Murça (2 o.g.) 51,831

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Cup Winners’ Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Paddy Roche 19 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
GK Alex Stepney 23 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 29 0
DF Arthur Albiston 27(1) 0 4 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 37(1) 0
DF Martin Buchan 28 1 4 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 38 1
DF Alex Forsyth 3 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 3(1) 0
DF Brian Greenhoff 31 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 36 1
DF Stewart Houston 31 0 3 0 0 0 2(1) 0 0 0 36(1) 0
DF Gordon McQueen 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
DF Jimmy Nicholl 37 2 4 0 1 0 4 1 1 0 47 3
DF Martyn Rogers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Steve Coppell 42 5 4 1 1 0 4 3 1 0 52 9
MF Ashley Grimes 7(6) 2 1 0 1 0 0(2) 0 0 0 9(8) 2
MF Gordon Hill 36 17 3 1 1 0 4 1 1 0 45 19
MF Lou Macari 32 8 4 3 1 0 2 0 1 0 40 11
MF David McCreery 13(4) 1 0(1) 0 1 1 3 0 0(1) 0 17(6) 2
MF Chris McGrath 9(9) 1 0 0 0(1) 0 3(1) 0 0 0 12(11) 1
MF Sammy McIlroy 39 9 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 48 9
FW Jimmy Greenhoff 22(1) 6 2(1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 26(2) 6
FW Joe Jordan 14 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3
FW Stuart Pearson 30 10 4 3 1 1 3 1 1 0 39 15
FW Andy Ritchie 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Own goals 0 0 0 2 0 2
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