6 March ~ West Bromwich Albion’s match against Manchester United today is an excuse to look back at their Old Trafford clash in 1978. Then, West Brom, chasing Liverpool and Everton at the top of Division One, and mid-table Manchester United played out a thrilling match.
Audible boos rang out around Old Trafford when Laurie Cunningham, Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson – West Brom’s three black players – were on the ball but all of them were central to the excitement. Brian Greenhoff put United ahead with a dipping volley, before Cunningham set up Tony Brown to level the scores. A neat backheel by Regis then played in Len Cantello, who fired into the roof of the net. Gordon McQueen and then Sammy McIlroy put United 3-2 ahead, but Brown levelled before half time.
Albion had a string of chances in the second half, with Cunningham finally putting his team ahead. Regis then finished superbly for West Brom’s fifth and sealed the victory. The Baggies eventually finished third, nine points behind champions Liverpool, while Manchester United ended up in ninth.