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Ah, isn’t it kind of wonderful to make misleading titles/sub-titles? Well, the club under the microscope here is Torquay United, not the one in Manchester. Down by 2-0 at half-time, Torquay United needed to salvage something from the game if they intended to stay up and not become the first team to get relegated from the Football League in 1987.

Jim McNichol pulled one back just after half-time from a deflected free-kick... a ray of hope was now visible. But what happened next was something no-one could have predicted. As scorer, McNichol, ran towards the touchline to chase a dying ball, a German shepherd came out of nowhere and bit the former right-back.

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Apparently, the dog, named Bryn, thought that the defender was running in to attack his handler and, hence, gashed McNichol’s legs with its teeth. The full-back was down for 5 minutes and 5 minutes were added as injury time.

And as luck would have it, Paul Dobson scored the equaliser in the final minute of added time, which was just about enough to keep Torquay up. 17 stitches and 3 holes on Jim McNichol’s leg was perhaps worth the pain.


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