What Really Happened- Saturday 21 March 1970


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.




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