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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2006, 14:42 GMT
FA Cup flashback
By John May

Man Utd v Wolves line-ups in 1976

If Wolves' FA Cup fourth round tie with Manchester United provides the same entertainment as it did the last time the pair met in the competition, it will be well worth waiting for.

The two sides were thrown together in the sixth round back in the 1975-76 competition.

At that time, Manchester were a vibrant, young swashbuckling side under Tommy Docherty, fresh from bouncing back from relegation from the top flight.

Wolves were on the slide, and were in fact relegated at the end of the season.

John Richards' goal cancelled out Gerry Daly's strike and earned Wolves a replay at Molineux.

Wolves led 2-1 at half-time in the replay through goals from Richards and Steve Kindon, with Stuart Pearson scoring for United.

Brian Greenhoff's equaliser took the tie into extra-time, where Sammy McIlroy scored the winner.

But what happened to the players who lined up all those years ago?


Manager - Bill McGarry An abrasive tough-tackling England international wing-half as a player he took over as Wolves boss in 1968. Wolves struggled after this Cup tie and were relegated from the old Division One at the end of the 1976 season, prompting McGarry's departure. He died in March 2005 in South Africa after a long illness.

Phil Parkes Big towering keeper, who at any other time when the competition was not quite so hot, might have made a full England squad. Now working in the house construction and maintenance business in the West Midlands.

Former Wolves defender Derek Parkin
Derek Parkin A fine attacking full-back who came agonisingly close to full England honours. Holds Wolves appearance record with more than 600 games. After retiring as a player, worked in a market-gardening business.

Alan Sunderland Played at right-back for Wolves in this Cup run, but later moved to Arsenal in 1977, where Terry Neill employed him as a striker. Best remembered for the last-gasp FA Cup final winner for Arsenal in 1979 against Man Utd. Now coaching in Malta.

Frank Munro Big, rugged Scottish central defender who joined Celtic from Wolves. Settled in Australia before returning to the UK. Suffered a stroke a few years ago which has confined him to a wheelchair.

John McAlle Formed a solid central pairing with Munro, and left Wolves to join Sheffield United. After hanging up his boots, developed a very successful market-gardening business, but is now semi-retired.

Kenny Hibbitt A legend at Molineux, Hibbitt later moved to Birmingham and to Bristol Rovers where his career was ended by a broken leg. Went into coaching with the Pirates, but now assesses Premier League referees.

former Wolves midfielder Steve Daley
Steve Daley All-action midfielder who despite never winning a full England cap, became English football's most expensive player when Wolves sold him to Manchester City for 1.4m. Later played for Seattle Sounders in the USA, but now is a fixture on the West Midlands after-dinner speaking circuit.

Willie Carr Dynamic, flame-haired Scottish midfielder who joined Wolves from Coventry. Moved to Millwall from Wolves and is now working in sales.

Steve Kindon "Skippy" was a winger with searing pace. Signed from Burnley, he returned to Turf Moor after his spell at Wolves. After retiring worked for Huddersfield's commercial department, but now a firm favourite on the after-dinner circuit.

Bobby Gould Much-travelled striker, whose playing career took in Coventry, Arsenal, West Brom, Bristol City and West Ham as well as Wolves. His managerial career was equally nomadic, taking in two spells each at Bristol Rovers and Coventry, West Brom, Cardiff, Wimbledon (where he famously won the FA Cup) and the Wales national team. His last managerial post was Cheltenham and he is now involved in media work.

Former Wolves striker John Richards
John Richards A prolific scorer for Wolves, wound his career down with Maritimo on the island of Madeira. Was invited on to Wolves' board on the death of Billy Wright and later served a spell as managing director at Molineux. Then carved another successful career in leisure services and now runs a website advising greenkeepers and groundsmen.

Mike Bailey: Substitute on the day, but a long-serving, reliable midfielder for Wolves. Coached at several clubs after his playing days ended, and has scouted for Wolves, Everton and Brighton.

Manchester United

Manager - Tommy Docherty Man Utd persuaded then Scotland manager Docherty to take over in December 1972. Presided over relegation from the top flight, but bounced United straight back up. Lost the 1976 Cup Final to Southampton but returned the following season to win the Cup. Sacked two months later he went on to manage Derby. Now rated among the best after-dinner speakers in the country.

former Man Utd keeper Alex Stepney
Alex Stepney Long-serving goalkeeper who was a European Cup winner in 1968. Now works as a match-day host at Old Trafford, does media work for MUTV and is also on the after dinner speaking circuit.

Alex Forsyth Tough-tackling full-back who arrived from Partick Thistle. Now working as a bar manager in Scotland.

Stewart Houston Cultured full-back who arrived at United from Chelsea. When his playing days finished, he coached at Arsenal where he was also had two spells as caretaker manager, in the second leading the Gunners to the European Cup-Winners Cup final. Followed George Graham to Spurs, but left when he did. Last coaching job was at Walsall.

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Gerry Daly Silky-skilled midfielder, followed manager Tommy Docherty when he moved to Derby. Now living and in business in the Derby area, where he also works to get his golf handicap down.

Brian Greenhoff Brother of United player Jimmy, Brian was a versatile England player who could operate in midfield or in the centre of defence. Left Man Utd for 350,000 to join Leeds. Now retired and living in Spain.

Former Man Utd defender Martin Buchan
Martin Buchan An assured defender who made more than 370 league appearances for United. Captained United to FA Cup victory in 1977 and played in the World Cup finals for Scotland. Wound down his playing career at Oldham and had a short spell in management at Burnley. Now works as an executive for the Professional Footballers' Association.

Steve Coppell A pacy, intelligent player who won 42 England caps before injury curtailed his career. Destined for managership, he had four different spells at Crystal Palace, a short spell at Manchester City, and has also managed Brentford and Brighton. He is currently on the brink of guiding Reading into the Premiership.

Sammy McIlroy McIlroy won 88 international caps for Northern Ireland. Took over as manager of Macclesfield Town and guided them into the Football League for the first time in their history. Lured into the Northern Ireland manager's job, he spent three years in charge. Is currently caretaker manager of Conference club Morecambe.

Former Man Utd striker Stuart Pearson
Stuart Pearson Thrusting, brave striker with a nose for goal. Made 15 appearances for England and was sold by United to West Ham for 220,000. Now based in Spain, he does occasional pundit work for United's television station.

Lou Macari Made more than 300 appearances for United before moving to Swindon where he eventually took up the managerial reins. His success at Swindon tempted West Ham, and he also ejoyed managerial spells at Birmingham, Celtic, Stoke (two spells) and Huddersfield. Now works in the media, including Man Utd's TV station.


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