Football: This Week

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On 21 September 1974, Manchester United beat Bristol Rovers 2- 0 to retain their spot at the top of the Second Division, while Blackburn Rovers were in eighth place - in the Third Division. Queen's Park Rangers, still reeling from the sale of captain Terry Venables to Crystal Palace, lost to 2-1 to Newcastle. Newcastle's Malcolm Macdonald said afterwards that QPR's Stan Bowles (a fellow England international) had been deliberately trying to get Newcastle players in trouble with the referee. "Football is coming to something when a player does that to a fellow professional. He's become a cry baby," he said.

Bobby Charlton, player-manager of Third Division Preston, was named as a contender for the Footballer of the Month Award.