Competition: FA Cup Final.
Attendance: 100,000 (Receipts £89,103).
Only five days after the League Championship had been snatched from under their noses Unitedís players strode out at Wembley for their first-ever FA Cup Final appearance.
They had booked their place with a last-gasp back-header from Billy Bremner in the replayed Semi-Final against Manchester United and now faced the mighty Reds of Liverpool, the championship winners of the previous season.
Prospects of a close contest looked good, but
The rain poured down relentlessly and it was Willie Stevenson who constantly stole the limelight with incisive runs from midfield to keep a constant supply of the ball to his forwards. United toiled under pressure and only a series of fine saves by Gary Sprake enabled Leeds to stay in the game and send the game into extra time for the first time since 1947.
United had Jim Storrie hobbling on one wing and Albert Johanneson overawed by the occasion on the other, leaving Alan Peacock to battle on alone against the redoubtable Liverpool defence led by their towering captain, Ron Yeats.
While the 90 minutes had been very tame and unadventurous,
the extra time was all action. Only three minutes had gone when the brave Gerry
Byrne crossed the ball for Roger Hunt to dive in and head
With just nine minutes remaining United found themselves behind again and this time there was no way back. Ian Callaghanís superb cross eluded the United defence and Ian St John smacked in the header which took the FA Cup back to Anfield.
Leeds never did themselves justice on the greatest afternoon in the clubís history as they seemed to freeze below the famous twin towers and while Sprake performed wonders to keep the game scoreless in normal time and Jack Charlton was a tower of strength in defence it was left to Bremner and Collins to fight a lone battle in midfield to try and spark life into a remarkably lethargic team. While Albert Johanesson was totally overawed by the occasion, Jim Storrie obviously carried an injury into the game and spent most of the game a limping passenger on the wing and Unitedís wing threat was reduced to nothing, leaving them without their most potent weapon and taking away Alan Peacockís supply line.
Having missed out on the League title by 0.686 of a goal and
the FA Cup in extra-time it had been a double heartbreak for
Back Row: Gordon Milne (4), Gerry Byrne (3), Tommy Lawrence(1), Ron Yeats (5)
Captain, Chris Lawler (2), Willie Stevenson (6).
Front Row: Ian Callaghan (7), Roger Hunt (8), Ian St John (9), Tommy Smith (10),
Peter Thompson (11).
Back Row: Norman Hunter (6), Jack Charlton (5), Gary Sprake (1), Paul Reaney (2),
Willie Bell (3).
Front Row: Johnny Giles (7), Jim Storrie (8), Alan Peacock (9), Don Revie
(Manager), Bobby Collins (10) Captain, Albert Johanneson (11), Billy Bremner (4).
Don Revie leads United on to the hallowed turf followed by Captain Bobby Collins, Gary Sprake,†† ††††††The brave Gerry Byrne played almost the††
Paul Reaney, Alan Peacock, Norman Hunter, Albert Johanneson, Johnny Giles, Willie Bell and†††† ††††††entire game with a broken collar-bone††
Jim Storrie. No doubt Billy Bremner and Jack Charlton were also bringing up the rear.
The Captains, Bobby Collins and Ron Yeats
is straight into action as his†††† †††††Gary Sprake kept
hands before the kick-off††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††tackle on Gerry Byrne leaves the
The brave Gary Sprake shows no fear as he saves from Roger Hunt and Ian St John
Three views of Bremnerís goal
Big Jack goes into orbit as Bremner and Peacock celebrate Unitedís goal.††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Billy jumps for joy
Willie Bell makes a valiant effort but cannot
stop Roger Hunt heading
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††Tommy Smith and Ian Callaghan
Roger Hunt gets
Ian St John heads the
Ian St John heads the
Gary Sprake bravely
dives to thwart Roger Hunt with help †††††††††Sprake flies high above
Sprake again at his best as he flies high to save with Jack Charlton
Ron Yeats receives the FA Cup from the Queen.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††Revie consoles Bremner†
Roger Hunt :
Geoff Strong was in the