League Cup Final

Manchester United    3

Leeds United              1

Once in a while we, as mere mortals, are allowed to watch the actions of someone who is special. And yesterday is was the moment for George Best to shine. He has been the main instigator to Manchester United’s strong showing this season. In the League Cup final he was the instigator to United’s victory against a strong Leeds side. He dominated the first half and Leeds were only chasing his shadow. His delightful play with Charlton allowed Best to sweep past the Leeds defence and score the first for the game. His second in the 37th minute was even better. He glided through the  Leeds defence as if he was invisible and really put the game to bed.

Best surging forward early in the Cup Final

 

Best passes it forward. Charlton is the target.

 

Charlton finds Kidd just outside the box.

 

Kidd finds the galloping Best, covertly running past the Leeds defence.

 

Manchester United hit the lead.

 

10 minutes before half time and Charlton is looking to push Man Utd forward.

 

Best receives Charton’s pass. His main goal? Head for the goals.

Best heads into a white shirted wall.

Best is about to be flattened by two Leeds defenders.

With a quick side step Best passes the first Leeds wall.

Best confidently heads towards the remaining Leeds defence.

Best once again goes past despairing Leeds players.

Best is on a football cloud as he makes it 2=0 for Manchester United

 

Leeds fought back in the second half and took the upper hand. But Manchester’s Stepney was on fine form and stopped Clarke and Jone’s attempts to get Leeds back in the game. They got one back but not enough to pin back Man Utd.  In fact Kidd got a third one to make sure that the League Cup went back to Manchester. Well done George Best, who is a special talent.

Giles charging forward looking for an opening.

Giles to Bremner

Bremner finds a free Jones outside the penalty box.

Jones lays it off for Clarke.

Clarke gets one back for Leeds to make it 2-1. By the end Manchester United got a third and the League Cup

 

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Football Round Up – Bob Houston – Observer 1 March 1970 p. 28

League Champions Leeds lengthened their stride as they started the run into the First Division championship with an unpretentious dismissal of strugglers Crystal Palace yesterday.

Everton, the other horse in the First Division two horse race, dropped a point to Forest. Unless they can recapture the exciting early season fluency the championship can be regarded as almost a forgone conclusion.

While manager Bill Nicholson was in Edinburgh watching the expensive Peter Cormack have a wretched game against Rangers and Jimmy Greaves as scoring a hat-trick for the ‘stiffs’ Spurs snatched a surprise 2-1 at Newcastle,  ending United’s run of 10 games without defeat.

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Coventry  0  Chelsea 3 – Tony Pawson – Observer 1 March 1970 p. 28

This was Chelsea at their best, destroying powerful opposition by a devastating combination of strength and skill.

It is surprising that a club with such flair and showmanship as Coventry should have attracted so little publicity in their successful rise up the table. All that would have changed had they beaten Chelsea. Sadly the importance of the match destroyed their confidence and common sense. They were too eager to win, too ready to relish a physical challenge.

Cattlin, kicking blindly at Cooke, the squat and powerful Hunt crashing ferociously into Hudson, these were the early indicators of their steely determination. They set a pattern of harsh, unrelenting challenges that gave the referee a full time job as a lecturer.

Hopes of intimidating Chelsea were ill founded against so strong and assured a team. All the effort and the energy achieved was to destroy Coventry’s own precision.

Chelsea’s forwards allied cunning control to forceful running that took them smoothly passed the massed  blue shirts.

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West Ham  0  Southampton  0 – John Heilpern – Observer 1 March 1970 p. 28

This was a disappointing match. West Ham again failed to play to their full potential and Southampton were no doubt grateful for a valuable point in their fight against relegatioin. Neither made for an exciting chemistry.

To see West Ham is like watching a West End play which has all the ingredients of a huge success except for a decent script. Established stars, respected manager, sound backing – all in the end lead nowhere. West Ham are a team, it seems, without a soul.

Newcastle  1  Tottenham  2 – John Dougray – Observer 1 March 1970 p. 28

Newcastle United’s seemingly irresistible ascent of the First Division – 10 league games without defeat – came to an abrupt halt yesterday, when a revitalised Spurs  deservedly beat them.

Though this was one of Newcastle’s worst performances of the season and their first home defeat since 25 October last, it is only fair to record that Spurs made a significant contribution to United’s fall from grace.

Strong at the back, where the tall England neutralised Davie’s famous leaps and Beal tidied up with the earnestness of a fastidious housekeeper, Spurs admirably guided by Mullery, insistently fought for possession, ere always looking for the quick break and supported each other tirelessly.

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Sunderland smashed Arsenal at Highbury to stabilise themselves at the top of the First Division. Arsenal have only won 1 of their last 7 games.

Forest scored six against Everton. They have now won 11 on the trot and have scored a remarkable 40 goals in those games.

Tottenham have dropped their first point after winning 6 in a row.

Manchester United have now won 5 games straight, though it was a tough game at Stoke. United look ready for the league cup final next week.

Meanwhile Stoke have had only 1 win in 12 games and are now 3 points behind Coventry and survival.

Coventry drew at home with Chelsea. Coventry have only lost once in the last  5 games as they struggle against relegation.

Chelsea have now not lost in 3 games, but they have realistically had a woeful season.

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Leeds suffered a tame draw at home to Crystal Palace and face a busy week with a European tie and the League Cup final next week. Followed by a midweek game at Anfield and a FA Cup semi final against their League Cup opponents, Manchester United.

For Crystal Palace, it was their second draw in a row and they seem to have steadied the ship in the league, as a semi final awaits them in a fortnight and possibly a trip to Wembley.

Liverpool are now 5 games without a win. It was a listless performance on Saturday. For Derby the win at Anfield was a deserved one after a strong performance.

Burnley strong away win at Wednesday. They have won of their last 7 matches and have won 3 away games in a row.

WBA are relegation favourites and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel for them. They’ve suffered a terrible season and to add insult, they were smashed at home by Midland rivals Wolves, who comfortably sit in seventh on the table.

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