What Really Happened: Saturday 28 February 1970

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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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