Football Round Up – Bob Houston – Observer 29 March 1970 p.20

Leeds United’s hopes of the gran slam – the League, FA Cup and European Cup – were shattered by struggling Southampton yesterday.

A 38,000 crowd at Elland Road watched, stunned, as the Champions = without six of the men ho defeated Manchester United in the midweek FA Cup semi-final marathon – conceded two own goals and a penalty in a disastrous second half after Peter Lorimer had put them ahead in the sixty third minute.

Meanwhile Everton were handing out a 5-2 thrashing to Chelsea at Goodison Park. Kendall had the ball in the net after 16 seconds and Ball – captain for the day – scored a second in the fourth minute.

 

Everton  5  Chelsea  2 – Arthur Hopcraft – Observer 29 March 1970 p.20

With this ebullient win Everton seem to have claimed the Championship. In any case the game will be cherished in recollection for a long time by Everton supporters as the one in which the team made all their promises blossom.

The self conviction of the side has been growing steadily for weeks; and here, massively encouraged early on by the astounding fraility of Chelsea’s deputy goalkeeper, Everton let their talents flow with a generosity of real wealth.

Young Hughes’ mistakes in goal were a demoralising influence on his defenders that they were unable to set aside until well into the second half. By then Everton had all their five goals and had developed such an impetus in their attacking adventurousness that Chelsea’s recovery was merely a bonus in the games entertainment and offered no kind of threat to Everton’s assurance.

Leeds  1  Southampton  3 – Paul Wilcox – Guardian Monday 30 March 1970 p. 12

Admitting defeat is not easy for Don Revie; he says that Leeds United still have a chance of retaining their League title. They have. But by accepting a rearranged fixture against West Ham on Thursday – one day after the first leg of the European Cup semi final with Celtic; three days after meeting Derby County; and two days before playing Burnley – the only conclusion to be drawn is that Leeds are willing to forego the championship in order to strengthen their attempts for the FA and European Cups.

Leeds, without six internationals because of injuries, dropped to five points behind the leaders on Saturday.

Southampton were fortunate to beat Leeds by a margin of two goals. the manner of the scores, own goals by Charlton and Yorath, and a penalty by Davies for what seemed to be accidental handling by Hibbitt, is not the mark of a superior side when Lorimer put Leeds ahead after 63 minutes, it was all they deserved.

Man Utd  1  Man City  2 – Eric Todd – Guardian Monday 30 March 1970 p. 12

Manchester City, who had dispenced with an attack against Derby County the previous day, found and used four forwards when they met Manchester United on Saturday at Old Trafford.

This defiant move paid off ad a thoroughly deserved victory 2-1 enabled City to complete their first League double over their neighbours in 15 years.

In appalling conditions and with domestic prestige the only incentive, the game never really got off the ground. United’s reactions after the protracted battle with Leeds United were very obvious, and for all I know they may also have seen enough of City whom they have met five times this season. City in their turn are going through one of their traumatic phases themselves in the right mood for their safari into Europe this week.

Link to the Manchester derby highlights:

Manchester Derby March 1970

Link:

Everton Are Champions

 

 

 

Nottingham Forest could only muster a draw at home with Manchester United, pushing them a point ahead of Sunderland who will play their postponed match against Leed in late April. Forest’s 16 game win streak is now over.

Forest have WBA away and Coventry at home, surely two games they can win, while Sunderland have the more difficult games with Manchester City away, Liverpool at home and Leeds away. Perhaps Forest have done enough to win the Championship.

In the relegation mud fight it’s Ipswich, Stoke and Coventry who have to fight to survive.

Monday 30 March

Division One

WBA     1

Chelsea 0

Astle heading forward to meet the Chelsea defence.

Astle twists to the right to open up the defence.

Astle keeps on going, looking for an opening as the Chelsea defence hunt him down.

Astle is being pushed wide.

Astle finds the moment and shoots. He puts West Brom ahead.

Tuesday 31 March 1970

Division One

West Ham    1

Wolves          1

Curran heading forward for Wolves.

Dougan receives the ball surround by Hammer defenders.

Dougan turns and he’s free.

Dougan opens the score for Wolves.

In the second half Greaves is powering forward.

Greaves with a pass to Hurst.

Hurst shoots but it takes a vicious deflection…

…and into the net it goes. West Ham end up with a draw.

 

 

 

Nottingham Forest, the juggernaut of the League, keep smashing forward. Their 6-0 demolition of Newcastle, who beat Sunderland at Roker Park yesterday, showed exactly why they’ve won 16 games in row. Sunderland recovered from yesterday’s shock loss to easily deal with Derby County. Sunderland play Leeds in the last match of the season. They will probably need to win big to win the title.

Spurs surprisingly lost again, to already relegated WBA. This run of losses has happened a few times this season for Tottenham. Manchester United lost the Manchester derby and missed their chance to get closer to Spurs. City have now had 4 wins on the trot and are slowly rising up the table. They’re now at 7th.

Crystal Palace continue to win as they build up for the Cup Final. Meanwhile Leeds drew, now having only won 1 game in the last 5.

While the relegation contenders all lost.

Two minutes before half time Pardoe heads into the United penalty box.

Young received the pass from Pardoe but he’s surrounded by defenders.

Young does the insane and back heels a pass to Lee.

Lee makes sure City hit the front in the derby.

It seemed inevitable in the last month or so but when Sunderland did give up their top spot which they’ve owned all season, it still came as a shock. And what a way to lose top spot. Playing their local north east rivals, Newcastle, Sunderland went 2-0 up in front of their supporters. Only to see it disappear and finally usurped in a last second goal. In the end the team looked confused. How could they lose their lead and how can they get it back?

Nottingham Forest hit top spot in style. They travelled to London and smashed Tottenham in super style.

Chelsea home win quite possibly removed them from any danger of relegation. So now it’s down to 3 teams who are in danger of following West Brom into Division Two.

Manchester City have been on a decidedly good run and their season has recovered as they’ve reached 8th.

Park of Sunderland pushing forward.

Park over to Kerr.

Another quick pass to Harris.

Tueart receives the pass from Harris and heads towards goal. Sunderland make it 1-0.

Second half and 2-0 down, Newcastle’s Robson about to send a desperate ball forward.

The long ball hits Smith who turns towards goal.

And Smith scores. Newcastle get one back.

Dyson out wide.

Dyson over to Davies.

With a flick Foggon is through on goal.

Unbelievably Foggon equalises for Newcastle.

With less than a minute remaining, Moncur wants one more throw of the dice.

Davies wins the long ball and heads f or goal.

Davies keeps going and the goal is in reach.

Davies scores and the unthinkable has happened: Newcastle come back to record a tremendous 3-2 and Sunderland drop from first place.

 

 

Football Round Up – Ronalt Atkin – The Observer 22 March 1970 p.28

First blood in the £200,000 superstars’ Battle of the Boots went to Jimmy Greaves by the football equivalent of to ears and a tail.

He scored twice in West Ham’s smashing success at Maine Road to maintain a happy – and uncanny – habit of debut goals which has stretched from youth club to full international level.

And though Martin Peters did his bit by getting one for his new club, Spurs, he found the White Hart Lane realities a little harsher. Coventry, no believers in fairy tales, spoiled Peters’ performance with two goals of their own.

Link to the matches here:

The Big Match – 21/3/1970  

Wolves v Leeds 21 March 1970

Chelsea  2  Manchester United  1 – Tony Pawson – The Observer 22 March 1970 p.28

With the gates shut on disappointed crowds 40 minutes before kick off, this game attracted as much interest as if it were the Cup Final.

for Chelsea the psychology and tactics were straightforward. They needed the league points and they needed to impose themselves on their possible Wembley opponents. United with their key game against Leeds tomorrow night to worry about, had a more complex problem.

Avoidance of injury or crushing defeat was their obvious aim But with the combatative Stiles and Law drafted back into the side there w as nothing defensive or half hearted in their early approach.

 

Tottenham 1  Coventry 2  – Gerard Dent – The Observer 22 March 1970 p.28

It took precisely 13 minutes for Spurs to cash in and luck played no part. Peters brilliantly cut in on the advancing Coventry forwards and it was this reversal of the tide that produced the early dividend.

It was the early creativeness and poise that lifted the whole Tottenham performance. [However] it was Coventry’s overall cohesion and togetherness that as to prevail.

Manchester City  1  West Ham  5 – Leslie Duxbury – The Observer 22 March 1970 p.28

The long dark night of the soul recently endured by Jimmy Greaves ended when he scored two goals for his new club, West Ham. One of the goals was typically dexterous and swift, the other a gentle putt into an empty net.

The whole point of the afternoon was to see if a change of scene could renew Greaves’ understandably waning faith in the game and especially his appetite for goals. The occassion was further dramatised by his opponents being City who expressed interest in signing Greaves.

Link to:

Man City v West Ham 21 March 1970 – highlights

 

Liverpool   0  Everton  2 – Eric Todd – Guardian  March 23 1970 p.19

The Merseyside War started in 1894 – the year they opened the Manchester ship canal to facilitate, among other things, the ingress and egress of neutral supporters of Liverpool and Everton – as carried a stage further on Saturday at Anfield. By winning 2-0, Everton easily avenged their defeat by Liverpool in December at Goodison Park, and preserved their lead of three points in the First Division. The tidings of Leeds United’s victory at Wolverhampton did nothing to disturb Goodison convictions that the Championship already is as good as theirs.

 

 

There remains a 2 point gap between Sunderland and Nottingham Forest at the top of the First Division as both sides had comfortable away wins. Forest have now won 14 in a row.

Tottenham also had a comfortable win at home, while West Ham haven’t won in 5 games. On the other hand Manchester City have picked up some sparkling form, no losses in the last 5.

Burnley have won 3 in a row to be only 1 point behind Manchester United in fourth.

WBA have been officially relegated.  They have managed only 1 win in the last 24 games and have conceded 105 goals.

At the bottom of the table, Coventry have lost 3 in a row, Stoke have lost after two previous wins and Ipswich smashed at home by Sunderland.

Chelsea had a good win over Manchester United at home, their first win in 4 league games, while it was United’s first loss after 6 straight wins.

Division One

Derby County       1

Crystal Palace      0

Crystal Palace might still be suffering from a hangover from becoming a finalist in next month’s FA cup, as they returned from a sleepwalking match at the Baseball Ground with no points to their name. Derby County dominated the match and deservedly went ahead just before half time. Crystal Palace didn’t react at all in the second half and only awoke from their slumber a minute before full time when Jackson was put through with only Derby’s keeper to beat. But Green was equal to the task as he fortuitously tapped the shot onto the bar and safety.

Carlin heading forward for Derby as the half time break nears.

Carlin finds Hinton on the edge of the box.

Hinton lays it off for Hector.

Hector makes no mistake and Derby hit the lead against Palace. It would turn out to be the winning goal.

Division One

Liverpool       0

Everton         1

The duo giant clubs from the city of Liverpool have had a poor season by their standards. With the season entering the endgame, the two teams are nowhere near the trophies nor the European spots. They have nothing but local pride now, and this time it went to Everton who traveled to Anfield and came away with a dour 1-0 win.

Ball bustling forward looking for an outlet.

Ball slides it through to Royle.

Royle makes space for himself as he aims for goal.

Royle beats Clemence and gives Everton the lead and the eventual win.