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"I'm a proud man to still hold this record. Even when it goes, nobody can ever take the achievement away from me – I’ll remember that afternoon for as long as I live."

- Alex Dawson, United Review

23/01/2013 12:07, Report by Steve Bartram
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Dawson's Cup memories

of a bad time of it, did young Tony Macedo. It was a muddy pitch and a wet, heavy ball, as of course they were in those days, but he just allowed one of the goals to trickle past him. He thought he had it and he just let it roll over the line. The first was a diving header, I think the second was a left-footer – that was the one that he let through – and the third was with my right foot.

"I later saw Jimmy Hill and he told me I’d done him out of an FA Cup final medal. He didn’t like it but I couldn’t give two hoots. Nobody can ever take that afternoon away from me. It was a long time ago, of course, and it’s still a club record for the youngest scorer of a hat-trick in United’s history. Records are there to be broken and I’m surprised that it’s gone on for over half a century. There have been one or two who’ve come close – Wayne Rooney on his debut, of course – but it’s amazing to think that it’s gone on for so long.

"I’m a proud man to still hold this record. Even when it goes, nobody can ever take the achievement away from me – I’ll remember that afternoon for as long as I live."

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