December 26 1969
December 27 1969
Burnley 1 Liverpool 5 – James Holland (Guardian Saturday 27 December 1969 p. 16)
Surely never before this season can Liverpool have picked up two points as easily as those they collected at Turf Moor yesterday, when they beat Burnley 5-1.
Liverpool’s success keeps them in touch with affairs at the top, and Burnley’s defeat, their heaviest of the season, must make them view with askance their position near the wrong end of the table.
Liverpool, who shakily survived a sparkling opening 10 minutes by Burnley…mercilessly and methodically proceeded to destroy their opponents.
The strong determined running of Graham and Callaghan repeatedly turned the Burnley defence, which a fter the interval disintegrated completely.
Newcastle 2 Leeds 1 (Guardian Saturday 27 December 1969 p. 16)
Whatever the outcome of today’s crucial match at Elland Road, Leeds United will not enter 1970 at the top of the First Division. Newcastle saw to that at St James’ Park yesterday when they deservedly defeated Leeds 2-1 in a rousing match watched by a crowd of 54,000.
It was Leed’s first league defeat since August 30, when Everton beat them at Goodison Park, and if it is any encouragement to the present league leaders, Leeds will today surely still be feeling the affects of this game, which was played at a fierce pace on a heavy pitch.
Not surprisingly tempers were also quick to flare and four players, two from each side, had their names taken.
Manchester United 0 Wolverhampton 0 – Paul Wilcox (Guardian Saturday 27 December 1969 p. 16)
Wolverhampton Wanderers cannot have seen all the signs hanging around Manchester announcing “it’s the season for giving”. Neither were they too keen on receiving anything other than the point they came for and won. In fact, there was little festivity at Old Trafford yesterday.
United attacked from the start and were still attacking when the game ended goalless; but apart from a few individual offerings… there was little about which to become excited.
The most interesting feature of this Boxing Day extravaganza of squandered chances wast he florid faced man who arrived for the start of the second half after an overindulgence in spirituous liquors. He announced to all and sundry that he had had “a great Christmas” and then proceeded to give a running commentary on the proceedings.
Stoke 1 Derby 0 – Michael Carey (Guardian Saturday 27 December 1969 p. 16)
Stoke City added to their reputation as the emergent team of the Midlands by defeating Derby County at the Victoria Ground yesterday, but the fact that the solitary goal came from a penalty by Burrows…was ample proof of the closeness of the affair.
As a spectacle the game was a delight to the crowd of 37,000, Stokes biggest of the season and for some time before that. It was as if they had been handed some gigantic footballing Christmas stocking as each side in turn dipped into it and pulled out some glittering skill or other.
As a local derby the emphasis was placed on culture and teamwork rather than the diluted thuggery that often passes as football on such occasions.
Leeds 2 Everton 1 – Hugh McIlvanney (The Observer 28 December 1969, p. 20)
All the ugliest elements in English League football welled up in the first quarter of an hour of this match, providing a spectacle less attractive than the bursting of a boil. Then Leeds scored an untidy but deserved goal in the sixteenth minute, some of the worst poison drained away and we were left with a contest that had many moments of inspiration and wholesome excitement, to compensate in large measure for its frequent descents into violence.
Those who conclude that the sordid aspects of the game were born of Leeds United’s determination to overhaul Everton by any means, however physical, are making a gross mistake That distressing, almost disastrous beginning owed most to Everton’s ill conceived attempt to show their muscle to shatter Elland Road’s image as a repository of the hard man.
Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 5 – Michael Wale (The Observer 28 December 1969, p. 20)
To watch Chelsea play football these days is an elating experience for they exude their obvious delight in the game.
In contrast Palace are a team tired by the continuous struggle to keep their new found First Division place.
By the half hour the superiority of Cooke, Hudson and Osgood had restored what we knew was inevitable.
West Ham 1 Nottingham Forest 1 – Gerard Dent (The Observer 28 December 1969, p. 20)
West Ham had more chances than there are currants in a Christmas pudding. For a long time it seemed that they would escape the penalty of such extravagance, but Storey-Moore in the end inflicted it.
Always a danger, he gave the West Ham attackers, frequently all 10 of them, the uncomfortable sensation of having the stable door open behind them. Several times he nearly slipped through.
Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0 – Tony Dawson (The Observer 28 December 1969, p. 20)
Much energy was spent to little purpose as Arsenal ran themselves to waste at Highbury. Newcastle had no intention of opening up the game and there was never sufficient ingenuity to outwit their implacable resolve.
Southampton 0 Stoke 0 ( Guardian December 29, 1969, p. 12)
The play gave no indication that there were a dozen league places between the sides in this bruising, goalless, but exciting draw at the Dell. It was Southampton’s 20th consecutive First Division match without a win and at times their anxiety showed in raw nerved scoring attempts.
No game in which Eastham take part can be without the most delicate graces of football, while Banks twice made save of the kind which place him apart from all but a few keepers in the world.
Derby 2 WBA 0 – Paul Wilcox ( Guardian December 29, 1969, p. 12)
John McGovern is not one of the most famous names in football – yet. He is not the most widely known of the Derby County’s breed of inventive young men – yet. Only the next few seasons will show whether he confirms the belief in him that is held b Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. On the evidence of Saturday’s match with West Bromwich Albion at the Baseball Ground, there can be no question that he will.
It was McGovern’s brilliance in his domination of the midfield that enabled Derby to move forward at will.
Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1 – Special Correspondent ( Guardian December 29, 1969, p. 12)
After the first half, in which they had treated Manchester United like visiting royalty and accorded them the freedom of Roker Park, Sunderland dropped their deferential attitude, began to assert themselves, and finally surprised everyone by forcing a 1-1 draw.
It was a remarkable transformation, because so complete had been United’s dominance of the first 45 minutes – even though they had scored but one – that almost the only topic of conversation during the interval was by how many goals they would win.
The crowd of 36,000, the biggest of the season at Roker Park, had turned up not so much in the improbable hope of seeing a Sunderland victory, but in the expectation of being entertained by the “magical men from Manchester”. The Sunderland players must have sensed that theirs was only a minor supporting part because from the kick off they almost stood back and let the stars run through their repertory of tricks.