Private Boby Charlton, the young man who, less than two months ago lay in a Munich hospital bed, was the brightest star in Manchester United's great English Football Association Cup semi-final battle with Fulham on the neutral ground of Villa Park, Birmingham, today.
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Background: Private Boby Charlton, the young man who, less than two months ago lay in a Munich hospital bed, was the brightest star in Manchester United's great English Football Association Cup semi-final battle with Fulham on the neutral ground of Villa Park, Birmingham, today. Charlton - still a National Serviceman - was one of the survivor's of the air crash which so bitterly crippled the English League Champions and European Cup semi-finalists from Manchester. Let here at Villa Park this courageous young footballer, who before the tragedy had made scarcely any appearances in the United first team, kept his side in Britain's annual soccer fiesta by scoring the two goals which forced a 2-2 draw with Fulham. He so nearly made it victory, too, with a rasping shot late in the match which crashed against the Fulham cross-bar like a ballistic missile! Indeed, there were other occasions when only brilliant goal-keeping by Fulham's outstanding young goalkeeper, Maltese-born, Tony Macedo. It was Charlton who provided the first big thrill of the match when in the 11th minute he received a neat pass from wee Ernie Taylor and crashed home a shot before even Macedo could move. Manchester's lead was short-lived, however. Two minutes later the ball was skidding across the United goal for Fulham's Arthur Stevens to prod it into the net. And after 38 minutes Fulham were ahead, with a goal scored by their 'bearded wonder', Jimmy Hill. But Charlton was not done yet. The brilliant young inside-left seized on a rebound on the stroke of half-time to make the score 2-2. There were no more goals- and that means a replay. The two teams will meet against Highbury, the London ground of Arsenal, on Wednesday (March 26). Charlton will be there again - and, win or lose, you can be sure that the team that is rising again from the splintered wreckage of the Munich disaster will not disgrace themselves against their slick opponents from Fulham.
Teams: Fulham (IN WHITE). Macedo; Cohen (2), Langley (3); Bentley (4), Stapleton (5), Lawler (6); Dwight (7), Hill (8), Stevens (9), Naynes (10) Chamberlain (11).(No. 10 Naynes is the England International).
Maaxhester United (IN RED): Gregg; Foulkes (2), Greaves (3); Goodwin (4), Cope (5), Crowther (6); Webster (7), Taylor (8), Dawson (9), Charlton (10), Pearson (11).