Competition: First Division.
Referee: Mr J. Worrall (
Whitlow could hardly believe his luck when Howard Wilkinson plucked him from
the obscurity of non-League football to give him his big break in professional
football. That was back in the Second Division days of 1988 when Wilko was striving to stabilize Unitedís
rocking boat before building the team that took them back into the top flight.
Whitlow had been rejected as a youngster by Bolton Wanderers and worked as a labourer and played non-League football with Northern
Premier League side, Witton Albion, when he came to
the attention of Howard Wilkinson, who was then managing
years with United he made ninety-five appearances and the goal he blasted in
His appearance in that game, as substitute for Gary Speed ten minutes from the end, was significant in that it was his first senior outing in three months during which time he had battled to recover from a blood clot behind his brain. Howard Wilkinson gave Whitlow his come-back appearance after only one reserve game back after being cleared to play by a neurologist. ďI was a bit surprised even to be given one of the substitute shirts and to actually get on for the last ten minutes was another surprise, though a pleasant one, of course. When I got on we were already leading 3-1 and all the hard work had been done, but it was great to be back and involved again and I really enjoyed the goal.Ē Whitlow said.
McAllister set Whitlow up with his chance two minutes from the end and the
full-back unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot from twenty-five yards out, giving
Dave Beasant no chance. It was a great way for any
player to register his first goal in the top flight. The win over
Pools of water were covering large areas of the playing surface by the time the second half began but United adapted well and they surged into the lead with two strikes from leading scorer Lee Chapman inside a three minute spell from the start of the second session. Kerry Dixon pulled one back for Chelsea after sixty-five minutes, but the seal was set on Unitedís victory in the eighty-eighth minute with that special strike from Whitlow.
Mel Sterland, Lee Chapman (2) and Mike Whitlow
Speed made way for Mike†††††††††††††††††††
†Whitlow ten minutes from time†††††††††††††††††††††† his chance to score†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to get the first
Dave Beasant was in
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††were the full-backs†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††substitute
The Chelsea midfield started as Graeme Le Saux Andy Townsend Graham Stuart and future Leeds manager Dennis Wise
Gordon Durie was a
striker with Kerry