Saturday 18 October 1969
Manchester United 2 (Best 75, 90)
Nottingham Forest 3 (Lyons 18, Hilley 45, Moore 48)
This match was a fine example of what association football can offer. It had skill, endevour, imagination and sheer surprise. You wanted to scream for more, but was so out of breath and exhausted at what you had witnessed that you stayed slumped on your seat, trying to recover. At times Nottingham Forest showed the sublime football that has propelled them to second spot in Division One. Any other year they would be top. After 50 minutes, Forest were leading 3-0 and the game was effectively over. Then George Best, who had been marked out of the game until then, broke the shackles and slowly began to influence the game. United almost made it, but they ran out of time. With five more minutes they might’ve been awarded a glorious point. Alas. But what will remain in the memories of all who were there was a magnificent spectacle of glorious football.