Manchester United 1976-77

The 1976–77 season was Manchester United’s 75th season in the Football League, and their second consecutive season in the top division of English football. They finished the season sixth in the league and won the FA Cup to end a nine-year spell without a major trophy. Despite this success, it was to be their last season under the management of Tommy Docherty, who had been at the helm for four-and-a-half years and revived United following several years of decline. During the close season, he was dismissed by the club after revealing his love affair with the wife of the club’s physiotherapist.

First Division

DateOpponentsH / AResult
21 August 1976Birmingham CityH2–2Coppell, Pearson58,898
24 August 1976Coventry CityA2–0Macari, Hill26,775
28 August 1976Derby CountyA0–030,054
4 September 1976Tottenham HotspurH2–3Coppell, Pearson60,723
11 September 1976Newcastle UnitedA2–2B. Greenhoff, Pearson39,037
18 September 1976MiddlesbroughH2–0McAndrew (o.g.), Pearson56,712
25 September 1976Manchester CityA3–1Coppell, McCreery, Daly48,861
2 October 1976Leeds UnitedA2–0Daly, Coppell44,512
16 October 1976West Bromwich AlbionA0–436,615
23 October 1976Norwich CityH2–2Daly (pen.), Hill54,356
30 October 1976Ipswich TownH0–157,416
6 November 1976Aston VillaA2–3Pearson. Hill44,789
10 November 1976SunderlandH3–3Hill, Pearson, B. Greenhoff42,685
20 November 1976Leicester CityA1–1Daly (pen.)26,421
27 November 1976West Ham UnitedH0–255,366
18 December 1976ArsenalA1–3McIlroy39,572
27 December 1976EvertonH4–0Pearson, J. Greenhoff, Hill, Macari56,786
1 January 1977Aston VillaH2–0Pearson (2)55,446
3 January 1977Ipswich TownA1–2Pearson30,105
15 January 1977Coventry CityH2–0Macari (2)46,567
19 January 1977Bristol CityH2–1Pearson, B. Greenhoff43,051
22 January 1977Birmingham CityA3–2J. Greenhoff, Pearson, Houston35,316
5 February 1977Derby CountyH3–1Macari, Houston, Powell (o.g.)54,044
12 February 1977Tottenham HotspurA3–1Macari, McIlroy, Hill46,946
16 February 1977LiverpoolH0–057,487
19 February 1977Newcastle UnitedH3–1J. Greenhoff (3)51,828
5 March 1977Manchester CityH3–1Pearson, Hill, Coppell58,595
12 March 1977Leeds UnitedH1–0Cherry (o.g.)60,612
23 March 1977West Bromwich AlbionH2–2Hill (pen.), Coppell51,053
2 April 1977Norwich CityA1–2Powell (o.g.)24,161
5 April 1977EvertonA2–1Hill (2)38,216
9 April 1977Stoke CityH3–0Houston, Macari, Pearson53,102
11 April 1977SunderlandA1–2Hill (pen.)38,785
16 April 1977Leicester CityH1–1J. Greenhoff49,161
19 April 1977Queens Park RangersA0–428,848
26 April 1977MiddlesbroughA0–321,744
30 April 1977Queens Park RangersH1–0Macari50,788
3 May 1977LiverpoolA0–153,046
7 May 1977Bristol CityA1–1J. Greenhoff (pen.)28,864
11 May 1977Stoke CityA3–3Hill (2), McCreery24,204
14 May 1977ArsenalH3–2J. Greenhoff, Macari, Hill53,232
16 May 1977West Ham UnitedA2–4Hill, Pearson29,904
5Newcastle United421813116449+1549
6Manchester United421811137162+947
7West Bromwich Albion421613136256+645

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
8 January 1977Round 3WalsallH1–0Hill48,870
29 January 1977Round 4Queens Park RangersH1–0Macari57,422
26 February 1977Round 5SouthamptonA2–2Macari, Hill29,137
8 March 1977Round 5
SouthamptonH2–1J. Greenhoff (2)58,103
19 March 1977Round 6Aston VillaH2–1Houston, Macari57,089
23 April 1977Semi-finalLeeds UnitedN2–1J. Greenhoff, Coppell55,000
21 May 1977FinalLiverpoolN2–1Pearson, J. Greenhoff100,000

League Cup

DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
1 September 1976Round 2Tranmere RoversH5–0Daly (2), Macari, Pearson, Hill37,586
22 September 1976Round 3SunderlandH2–2Pearson, Clarke (o.g.)46,170
4 October 1976Round 3
SunderlandA2–2B. Greenhoff, Daly (pen.)46,170
6 October 1976Round 3
2nd Replay
SunderlandH1–0B. Greenhoff47,689
27 October 1976Round 4Newcastle UnitedH7–2Houston, Hill (3), Pearson, Nicholl, Coppell52,002
1 December 1976Round 5EvertonH0–357,738


DateRoundOpponentsH / AResult
15 September 1976Round 1
First leg
29 September 1976Round 1
Second leg
AjaxH2–0Macari, McIlroy58,918
20 October 1976Round 2
First leg
3 November 1976Round 2
Second leg

Squad statistics

Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupUEFA CupTotal
GK Paddy Roche2000000020
GK Alex Stepney400706040570
DF Arthur Albiston14(3)0102(2)02(1)019(6)0
DF Martin Buchan330704020460
DF Alex Forsyth3(1)00010004(1)0
DF Brian Greenhoff403706240575
DF Stewart Houston363615140515
DF Jimmy Nicholl390705140551
DF Steve Paterson2000100(2)03(2)0
DF Colin Waldron3000100040
MF Jonathan Clark0(1)00000000(1)0
MF Steve Coppell406715140568
MF Gerry Daly16(1)40(1)0634026(2)7
MF Tommy Jackson2000100030
MF David McCreery9(16)20(3)03(2)01(3)013(24)2
MF Chris McGrath2(4)0000(1)0002(5)0
MF Sammy McIlroy39(1)270604156(1)3
FW Alan Foggon0(3)00000000(3)0
FW Jimmy Greenhoff2787400003412
FW Gordon Hill38(1)1572644155(1)22
FW Lou Macari3897341415314
FW Stuart Pearson39157143305319
Own goals40105