Arsenal's centre-forward John Radford scored a hat-trick in the London club's runaway victory over Manchester United today (Saturday).
Arsenal's centre-forward John Radford scored a hat-trick in the London club's runaway victory over Manchester United today (Saturday). George Graham was the other scorer giving jubilant Highbury fans a day to remember and Manchester United a day to forget.
Arsenal were clearly the better side on the day. Radford's first two goals came within four minutes of each other as the Arsenal attack showed up Astonishing limitations in United's defence. The first goal of the match came after 14 minutes. McNab took a free kick which was touched on by Kelly and big John Radford was there to stab the ball in from close range.
Four minutes later the United rearguard were spreadeagled as Armstrong headed a Kennedy centre to Radford who cracked the ball past Manchester's keeper, Alex Stepney. Arsenal held their two-nil lead through to the interval.
There was an unusual event in the second half when Manchester United lost their goalkeeper. Stepney had injured a shoulder when he collided with George Armstrong in the first half. When Radford scored his third goal in the 60th minute Stepney decided it was time to go off.
David Sadler deputised in the United goal and played very well. George Graham's header, which came off the post, would have beaten any goalkeeper.
More than 54,000 people saw the match. Arsenal were playing in their usual red and white shirts, but the visitors had to change into all blue strip for the game.
SYNOPSIS: English First Division Soccer: Arsenal kick off playing let to right against Manchester United bringing together two of the most popular sides in Britain. 54,000 people were on hand to watch the match.
Fourteen minutes into the first half and McNab's free kick finds Arsenal centre-forward John Radford.
A good goal by Radford, but there was more to come to delight the home crowd.
Just four minutes after Arsenal's first goal Kennedy found unmarked Radford again and the Arsenal forward was in great from. The ball shot past Alex Stepney to put Arsenal two-up and they held their lead through to the half-time interval.
Manchester United kicked off at the beginning of the second-half trying to produce a coherent attack.
The Arsenal defence looked in real trouble as Manchester moved up field and Charlton pushed the ball through to George Best. Best went twenty yards by himself, but allowed Bob Wilson, the Arsenal keeper, to take the ball of his toes.
After an hour of play Arsenal were playing with over-greater confidence and there was yet another triumph for big John Radford when he stabbed home his third goal of the match.
By now there seemed little doubt of the final result, due partly to astonishing errors in the United defence.
Runaway victory came with Arsenal's forth goal, but it was Graham, not Radford, who headed home number four in the 66th minute. The Highbury fans had a day to remember, but it was a match that Manchester United will want to forget.