12 April ~ Manchester City head into the Manchester derby today hoping to continue their good recent record against Manchester United. City have won six out of the last seven league games against their neighbours, including three in a row at Old Trafford. The last time they had such as good run in the league at their rivals’ ground was 1968-72, when they won five in a row (and six out of seven up to 1974, after which they didn’t win another league game at the ground until 2008).
The fourth victory in that series of results came in December 1970, when a hat-trick from Francis Lee (who is described as “riding tackles like a tank”), along with a goal from Mike Doyle, gave them a memorable win – United’s consolation was scored by Brian Kidd. The match was also notable for a George Best tackle which broke Glyn Pardoe’s leg. Best was only booked for the challenge but Pardoe was out of action for nearly two years, with doctors at one point fearing the leg would need to be amputated.
The following day City coach Malcolm Allison went onto The Big Match and spoke to Jimmy Hill about the game and the Best tackle.