?WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT NORMAN WHITESIDE??

Last updated : 22 January 2004 By Editor
Many pundits will argue that Ricky Villa's mazy dribble through
the Manchester City defence was the best FA Cup Final goal
ever scored; but were they present in 1985 when, aged just
20, Big Norm scored in the second FA Cup Final of his
career? There are arguments on both sides for the technical
merits of the two goals, but for overall importance surely
nothing can match Whiteside’s effort. United were down to
ten men, and for the first time in match were starting to
struggle. The injustice of the red card was difficult to
swallow, especially as Gary Stevens committed an identical
offence later in the match and escaped without even a
booking. After Moran had left the field, United attacked and
Everton were on the back foot; but by the second half of
extra time the extra man advantage was starting to tell. A
spell of Everton pressure led to the ball landing at Jesper
Olsen’s feet just outside his own penalty area. He waved his
hand forward, urging on those ahead of him and then found
Hughes – back to goal just outside the centre circle.

Showing trademark strength Hughes held off Bracewell and
then turned and sent Whiteside off along the right flank.
Tracked by three defenders, on the edge of the area and with
only Gordon Strachan attempting to keep up for support –
Whiteside hardly looked threatening. Neville Southall, one
of the best keepers of his era, and an impossible angle
stood before him. Whiteside stepped over the ball and
released a curling left footed shot that managed to find the
one spot of the goal that Southall couldn’t cover. United
were one – nil up and Norman’s legend was confirmed.

On BBC 1, John Motson exploded. “Whiteside shoots!” As Big
Norm ran to celebrate in front of the fans, Motson
continued, “What can you say about Norman Whiteside?” And
what could you say? On ITV, Brian Moore was speechless “A
GOAL!” he cried before pausing and finally managing to say,
“That’s………incredible!” United’s support celebrated the
finale of one of the sweetest Scousebusting moments of the
80’s; one that had begun a month earlier at Goodison Park as
Liverpool scored equalisers in the dying minutes of not just
normal time, but also extra time, to take the match to a
replay.

At Maine Road, Nichol’s chance immediately after McGrath’s
own goal could have finished the game but it went wide. The
first 15 minutes of the second half saw goals from Robson
and then Hughes, both latching on to passes from Strachan to
drive ferocious shots past Grobalaar. The vicious challenges
from both sides added to the tension but United held on and
a huge pitch invasion heralded a return to Wembley.

The three matches are released on DVD on February 1st by
Retro Videos. Each is featured in extended highlight form,
each game covers about 30 minutes. The special features
include extended footage of the pitch invasion and Cup Final
celebrations. You can pre-order now and they will be
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