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Lou Macari made his debut for Manchester United on this day, and scored!

On this day in 1973, Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari made his debut in a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford. Two days earlier, the Scotsman signed for the Old Trafford club for a reported £200,000 fee from Celtic, which at the time was a Scottish transfer record. Also making his debut was Jim Holton, a player who had signed for the club from Shrewsbury Town and during his time at United, had his own chantSix foot two, eyes of blue, Big Jim Holton’s after you.

Macari and Holton started the match with the likes of Alex Stepney, Tony Young, Alex Forsyth, Denis Law, Martin Buchan, Willie Morgan, Ted MacDougall, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Graham. Wyn Davies was a 55th minute substitution for Law. Bobby Charlton was the other goalscorer that day. During the 1972/73 season, United were not doing all that well. After the 2-2 draw with West Ham United, the Old Trafford club were sitting at the bottom of the table, with 18 points after playing 26 matches. United finished the season in eighteenth place, avoiding relegation, which eventually got the side the following season, which is the last time United had been relegated.

Macari played for United during twelve season, one of which was in the old Second Division, which today would be the Sky Bet Championship, the second tier of English football. During his time at United, Macari scored 97 goals, in 404 appearances. Previous to this, he has played for Celtic during six seasons, scoring 58 goals in 110 appearances. After United, Macari played for Swindon Town, for two seasons, scoring three goals in 43 appearances. In total, Macari made 557 appearances, scoring 158 goals throughout his career, wich lasted a total of 19 seasons. He also had 24 caps for his country, scoring five goals. As a United player, Macari won four trophies; Football League Second Division (1974/75), FA Cup (1976/77) and two FA Charity Shield trophies (1977, shared with Liverpool and once again in 1983).

After his career at United, of which he saw the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, George Best, the United Trinity, all end their careers, which was the end of an era. It was a period for United that was not all that stable, with United not really challenging for much, but still being a relevant team in football. Macari left United in 1984 for Swindon Town, just over two years before Sir Alex Ferguson arrived at the club, making everything else history. Macari went into management after retiring as a player, managing Swindon Town,West Ham United, Birmingham City, Stoke City (twice), Celtic and finally Huddersfield Town, where he retired from the game in 2002.

As a manager, Macari won the Football League Fourth Division title in the 1985/86 season, then winning the Third Division play-off the following season, both with Swindon Town. With Birmingham City, he won the Football League Trophy in 1991. With Stoke City, he won the Second Division in the 1992/93 season, and the Football League Trophy in 1992. His career may not have been trophy laden, but he was a great player and manager during his time in the game. Currently, Macari works for MUTV on occasion, covering the first team in the studio, the U21 side as a commentator occasionally and also at Old Trafford on a match day, he can be found in the various suites the club have to offer, meeting supporters and relaying stories from his career. Lou, Lou, skip to my Lou, skip to my Lou Macari.

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