Alex Stepney Signed Manchester United Testimonial Programme v Benfica – 1977

Alex Stepney hand signed Manchester United testimonial programme

Programme hand signed by the former Manchester United club legend and one of the key members of the 1968 European Cup winning campaign

Match was played at Old Trafford on the 9th of February 1977 v Benfica

Alex Stepney remains one the club’s greatest custodians and his unspectacular saves helped the team achieve considerable success during the Sixties and Seventies.
Stepney made his name with Millwall, helping them to successive promotions in 1965 and 1966. He was signed for a British record fee of £50,000 by Tommy Docherty, then manager at Chelsea, as a replacement for transfer listed Peter Bonetti.

When Bonetti withdrew his transfer request the Doc planned to rotate the two ‘keepers but in September 1966 accepted Matt Busby’s offer of £55,000 for Stepney – after he had made just one appearance.

Stepney won a League Championship in his first season at Old Trafford, and added a European Cup medal the following season. His save in the last few minutes of the Wembley Final from Eusebio, with the score at 1-1, proving as valuable as any of the goals that night. He returned to Wembley with United for the 1976 and 1977 FA Cup Finals.

He won a Second Division Championship medal with United in 1974/75 to complete an usual record of having won promotion from the Fourth, Third and Second Divisions as well as winning a League Championship.

Stepney remained United’s first choice goalkeeper until the end of the 1977/78 season, and stayed at Old Trafford until February 1979. He spent two seasons in the NASL with Dallas Tornado.

Alex Stepney:
545 appearances
2 goals

Manchester United