TOWN suffered at the hands of the Best in the business - but battled back to take a share of the spoils at Manchester United.
In one of their best displays since regaining top-flight status the previous April, Ian Greaves' eager young Terriers gave United a real scare in front of 45,306 spectators.
It was a pleasing return to a former stomping ground for Leeds Road management duo Greaves and Henry Cockburn as well as goalkeeper Terry Poole, all former United players.
But the real star of the show was Bobby Hoy, the diminutive winger who gave Billy Watson, the right-back who had spent two months on loan to Town the previous season, a torrid time and scored the goal which cancelled out George Best's 27th-minute strike against the run of play.
Poole had hardly been troubled until Best played a lovely one-two with former Town player Denis Law and drilled home a low shot.
It was a delightful piece of skill, but Town refused to buckle and stuck to their guns.
They were rewarded after 39 minutes when Steve Smith bisected the United defence with a well-weighted through ball and Hoy skipped past the attempted challenge of David Sadler and wrongfooted goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer with a neat shimmy before shooting home.
The England Under 23 stopper might have been beaten that time, but he was on top form for the rest of the game, sliding out to bravely block at the feet of Smith, then tipping a ferocious effort by Frank Worthington over the top.
United's only real chance of a winner came midway through the second half.
Best was again at the heart of the move, leaving a couple of would-be tacklers trailing before chipping across the face of the goal to Brian Kidd, whose header was just inches off target.
But a United win would have been a travesty, and Greaves purred: "It was a great display.
"There can be no argument about the result and everyone there knew we should really have won.
"We were in control for 89 minutes, 55 seconds, and in the other five seconds, Bestie scored.
"What thrilled most was the fact that we played with undoubted skill and confidence and an assurance far beyond our average age."
"Full marks to our fans as well. For the last 20 minutes they drowned out the Stretford End, and anyone who does that will do for me."
Greaves' other former United man, Northern Ireland international Jimmy Nicholson, played in the corresponding Reserve game at Leeds Road.
The Central League match finished 1-1, future Town player Alan Gowling flicking home for United on the hour before Dick Krzywicki levelled with three minutes left.