Watney Cup Preseason Tournament Derby 1970

Derby County Logo [Reference: 1]
Derby County Logo [Reference: 1]


DateHome TeamAway Team
First Round
1970Aldershot0Sheffield United6
1970Fulham3Derby County5 aet
1970Reading2Manchester United3
1970Peterborough United0Hull City4
1970Derby County1Sheffield United0
1970Hull City1 (3p)Manchester United1 (4p)
1970Derby County4Manchester United1
[References: 2]


Derby County hosted the Watney Cup in preseason 1970, which was notable for being the first ever sponsored competition and also the first match in English Football history to be decided on penalties when Manchester United won 4-3 after a 1-1 draw with Hull City in the Semi-Finals. Derby County won the Final 4-1 against Manchester United, with George Best of Northern Ireland scoring for Manchester United. The Cup featured mostly teams from Yorkshire and the Midlands, as well as Reading from the Berkshire and Peterborough United from Cambridgeshire in East Anglia.



[1] Logos and Kits (2021) LOGO-DERBY COUNTY F.C.-EN [Internet] Available from: http://www.footballlogosandkits.com/images_esc3/UEFA/INGLATERRA/plantillas/LOGO-DERBY%20COUNTY%20F.C.-EN.png [Accessed 5 January 2021]


[2] Peter Jackson (1990) “Watney Cup for Derby” World Soccer. September 1970. pg. 23


Thanks to Rory Naughton, Cathal Gallagher.

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