What Really Happened

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





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.



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.




FA Cup Semi Final – Watford 1 Chelsea 5 – Tony Pawson – Observer 15 March 1970 p.32

Chelsea so often falter on the threshold of the final, but this time they swept through with majestic power. Thehy had Wembley stamped on their eyeballs and they wore Watford down with relentless pressure, overwhelming them with a strength and skill that left the Second Division side standing.

The first half had shown what brave and talented Cup fighters Watford can be, but before the end their limitations had been ruthlessly exposed.

On the soft and sandy waste it took Chelsea three minutes to snatch the lead. Their studied calm looked overdone as Hams allowed himself to be robbed while deliberating a pass. But it was safer than the anxious haste of Watford’s defenders as they baulked each other in their eagerness to clear a high bounce ball.

The Big Match – 14/3/70 – FA Cup Semi Final – Chelsea v Watford

FA Cup Semi Final – Man Utd  0  Leeds  0 – Hugh McIlvanney – Observer 15 March 1970 p.32

Semi Finals, with their threat of sicking anti climax for the losers, are notoriously inhibiting, and all the skills on both sides could not lift this match above a plateau of relentless punishing endevour.

It was, for nearly all its hour and a half, a tense probing in search of one decisive error. Manchester tired swiftly after a dominant first half, and near the end they stumbled into two mistakes serious enough to send Leeds to Wembley.

But the frenzied stubborness of Stepney and Ure prevented a goal and we were left with a less exciting,  but more just, result.

Now the sides must meet again at Villa Park on Monday week, and even the fittest and most willing of them will shudder slightly at the thought of facing two hours more of such exhausting work.

A sort wearying pitch added to the penalties of their own competitiveness and several players looked as if they would be sleepwalking before they reached the bath.

In such circumstances it was inevitable that Leeds with an athleticism that is matched buy few teams and surpassed by none, should finish the stronger.