What Really Happened: Saturday 14 March 1970 – Division One Results

Football Round Up – Ronald Atlan -Observer 15 March 1970 p.32

It’s beginning to look as if Leeds United’s three pronged bid for glory in the European Cup, the FA Cup and Football League may founder in a welter of accumulated fixtures.

No such pile up problems for Chelsea. They have never won the Cup, but 21 goals in six games on the way to Wembley is fair form to say the least.

While Leeds were cup tied, the League Championship drifted a little further from their grasp. Everton made up for four years of goaless frustration against Spurs at Goodison by scoring three to defeat the Londoners for the second time in four days. Now Everton lead the League by three points, though Leeds have a match in hand.

At the foot of the First the battle to dodge the drop has suddenly come to the boil. Crystal Palace won at home for the first time in four months to follow up their midweek success at Maine Road.

Now they’re level  with Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich, who both battled to away from home draws and only two points behind a sliding Southampton.

Derby v Nottingham Forest – Div 1


Crystal Palace  2  Southampton  0 – Peter Dobereiner – Observer 15 March 1970 p.32

This was rather like going to a funeral and not knowing who was to be put in the coffin. A week ago Palace looked booked for the nether regions. Now having caught Manchester City midweek, they cling precariously to their First Divsion status.

It must  be admitted that no less than justice was done in the victory of Palace’s ball playing artists over the untutored thuggery of Southampton.





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