Jimmy's "fluke" goal, when Lou Macari's shot deflected off his chest, won the day for United, but he admits to divided loyalties between Old Trafford and Stoke, where he played 274 League games. Brian, on the other hand, remains unequivocally red. "I've been a United fan since I was a boy in Barnsley," Brian said.
Joining as a schoolboy, Brian, who won 18 England caps, remained with United until he was 27, when he was sold to his brother's first club, Leeds. The two were together again at Rochdale, as manager and player, but it was not a successful association.
Nowadays, neither is in football. Brian, 43, is a rep for a sports equipment firm in Rochdale, where he lives with his wife and three sons. Jimmy, 50, based in Alsager, near Crewe, is attempting to recover from the collapse of his insurance business.
"I don't keep in very close touch with the old players," Brian said, "although we have reunions and some of us will be at Wembley this weekend. In fact, I don't see a lot of Jimmy. We have never been especially close. There's seven years between us and we tend to have our own friends and our own lives."Reuse content