Photo Special – Forest Sublime, Then United Almost Salvage Miracle Point

Saturday 18 October 1969

Division One

Manchester United       2  (Best 75, 90)

Nottingham Forest       3  (Lyons 18, Hilley 45, Moore 48)

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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.

Forest looking for a way through the United defence. Moore on the ball.

Forest looking for a way through the United defence. Moore on the ball.

Moore to Rees.

Moore to Rees.

Rees finds a gap and lays it off to Lyons.

Rees finds a gap and lays it off to Lyons.

Lyons slots it into the net and puts Forest up at Old Trafford.

Lyons slots it into the net and puts Forest up at Old Trafford.

 

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McKinlay with the throw.

McKinlay with the throw.

Hilley picks up the ball and heads out.

Hilley picks up the ball and heads out.

Hilley heads towards goal

Hilley heads towards goal

Hilley glides past the United defence and aims at goal.

Hilley glides past the United defence and aims at goal.

Forest go 2-0 up almost on the stroke of half time.

Forest go 2-0 up almost on the stroke of half time.

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United, 3-0 down, have improved in the second half. Charlton is looking for Best.

United, 3-0 down, have improved in the second half. Charlton is looking for Best.

Best receives the ball. Expect something special.

Best receives the ball. Expect something special.

Best flicks it sideways to Kidd and spins into the penalty area.

Best flicks it sideways to Kidd and spins into the penalty area.

Kidd straight back to Best.

Kidd straight back to Best.

Best scores. Still a large mountain to climb though.

Best scores. Still a large mountain to climb though.

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United running out of time. Charlton heads forward.

United running out of time. Charlton heads forward.

Aston receives the ball from Charlton.

Aston receives the ball from Charlton.

Aston chips it to Best.

Aston chips it to Best.

Best scores his second but United has run out of time.

Best scores his second but United has run out of time. Forest win 3-2.

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