• Short Summary

    LEADING LONDON TEAM ARSENAL, WITH THREE GOALS IN THE SECOND HALF, TODAY (THURSDAY) COMFORTABLY DEFEATED THEIR FIRST DIVISION SOCCER RIVALS MANCHESTER UNITED, TO GIVE THEM THEIR FIFTH SUCCESSIVE VICTORY.

  • Description

    LEADING LONDON TEAM ARSENAL, WITH THREE GOALS IN THE SECOND HALF, TODAY (THURSDAY) COMFORTABLY DEFEATED THEIR FIRST DIVISION SOCCER RIVALS MANCHESTER UNITED, TO GIVE THEM THEIR FIFTH SUCCESSIVE VICTORY. A CROWD OF 62,000 PACKED THE HIGHBURY GROUND -- THE BEST CROWD OF THE SEASON.

    ARSENAL, WHO ARE FOURTH ON THE FIRST DIVISION LEAGUE TABLE, NEEDED A GATE OF ONLY 55,000 FOR THIS MATCH TO BRING THEIR AVERAGE ATTENDANCE FOR THE SEASON TO MORE THAN 40,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS.

    THE MATCH PROVED A WORTHY CLASH IN THE FIRST HALF, WITH NEITHER TEAM ABLE TO SCORE.

    UNITED WERE ARSENAL'S EQUALS RIGHT UP TO THE 40TH MINUTE, WHEN THEY LOST SCOT PAT CRERAND WITH AN INJURED LEG MUSCLE. WITH HIS DEPARTURE, UNITED'S PLAY LOST ITS RHYTHM.

    ALL THE ARSENAL'S GOALS RESULTED FROM CROSSES FROM THE LEFT WING, AND ALL WERE HEADED HOME. THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS HAD NO ANSWER TO THE VIRILE ATTACK.

    WITH THE LONDON TEAM INCREASING THE PRESSURE IN MID-FIELD, WINGER GEORGE ARMSTRONG BROUGHT UP THE FIRST SCORE IN THE 58TH MINUTE WHEN HE FLUNG HIMSELF FORWARD TO HEAD A SPECTACULAR GOAL FROM A CROSS BY JOHN RADFORD. GOALKEEPER STEPNEY CHALLENGED, BUT WAS BEATEN.

    TWO MINUTES LATER, AFTER ANOTHER QUICK DRIVE ALONG THE LEFT WING, ARMSTRONG SENT IN A HIGH CENTRE FOR DAVID COURT TO HEAD HOME THE SECOND GOAL.

    UNITED'S TROUBLES GREW, DESPITE EFFORTS BY STARS BOBBY CHARLTON WHO EARLIER HAD JUST FAILED WITH A BRILLIANT HEADER, AND DENIS LAW, WHO ALSO HAD MISSED AN EASY CHANCE.

    THE FINAL DEFEAT CAME IN THE 75TH MINUTE WHEN RADFORD HEADED HOME ANOTHER HIGH CENTRE FROM THE LEFT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA03NC5I2N068MFUKWUAAJHH2D
    Media URN:
    VLVAA03NC5I2N068MFUKWUAAJHH2D
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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