What Really Happened: Easter Results – 25 March – 1 April 1970 – Everton Are Champions

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


Everton Are Champions





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