United players took the ini­ti­ative

Con­ceiv­ably, one of Gerry Daly´s finest per­form­ances for Manchester United arrived in the Foot­ball League Divi­sion One win over Tot­tenham Hot­spur in front of a 50,000 plus crowd at Old Traf­ford on the sixth of September 1975. The Dub­liner dom­in­ated the mid­field throughout the game and scored two goals in the 3–2 vic­tory over Spurs.
Newly pro­moted Manchester United had won four of their pre­vious five fix­tures in League Divi­sion One before the visit of Terry Neill´s Tot­tenham Hot­spur side and The Red Devils were massive favour­ites to over­come the White Hart Lane outfit. And as expected by most pun­dits before the encounter, Thomas Hende­rson Docherty´s Manchester United players took the ini­ti­ative from the very first minute of the game and the Old Traf­ford club were 2–1 up at the break thanks to an own goal from unfor­tu­nate Tot­tenham mid­field motor John Pratt and a Gerry Daly strike. Fol­lowing the half time refresh­ments, the Republic of Ire­land inter­na­tional play­maker pro­ceeded to pro­duce his second goal of the after­noon for the red shirts to make the score­board at Old Traf­ford read 3–2 in the favour of the aggressive and rampant home side Stream Fodbold Live.

The two con­sol­a­tion goals for the North London team were recorded by free flowing fron­trunner Chris Jones and Eng­land inter­na­tional central attacker Martin Chivers respect­ively and the result was per­haps tough luck on Spurs because there was nothing wrong with their response after the third goal against them as their front­line came close to scoring an equal­iser on a number of occa­sions in the latter stages of the second period of the con­test. The mem­or­able 1975–76 season, under the dis­cip­lined and inspiring lead­er­ship of Tommy Docherty, even­tu­ally saw Manchester United end third in the Eng­lish First Divi­sion table, as well as reaching the FA Cup Final. During his time with Manchester United, Gerry Daly man­aged to notch up a fine total of twenty-three goals in 111 Foot­ball League appear­ances for The Reds of Manchester between 1973 and 1977.

Later during his pro­fes­sional foot­balling life, the fierce tack­ling and strong run­ning mid­field man would provide ster­ling ser­vice to Derby County, New Eng­land Tea Men, Cov­entry City, Leicester City, Birm­ingham City, Don­caster Rovers, Shrews­bury Town, Stoke City and Telford United before he called it a day at the end of the 1990–91 cam­paign. Tommy Docherty: “I took quite a bit of stick when I got rid of George Best, espe­cially from people such as Paddy Crerand, who used to be on the staff. They were saying that I was wrong and that I had made a mis­take. But George just kept on going missing at the time: Miss America, Miss Canada, Miss Great Bri­tain. I will tell you this: George Best was a better player than Mario Balo­telli. They would not belong on the same ball park.” Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Brian Green­hoff, Jimmy Nicholl, Stewart Hou­ston, Martin Buchan, Gerry Daly, Lou Macari, Sammy McIlroy, Tommy Jackson, Steve Cop­pell, Stuart Pearson.

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