Date: Saturday, 1st September 1973.
Hart Lane, London.
Hotspur 0 Leeds United 3
Tottenham Hotspur: Nil. Leeds United: Bremner (2), Clarke.
Jennings; Evans, Knowles; Coates,
Dillon, Beal; Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers,
Peters, Neighbour. Unused Sub: Kinnear.
Leeds United: Harvey; Reaney,
Madeley; Bremner, McQueen,
Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke (Cherry), Jones, Giles, E.
Gray. Unused Sub: Cherry.
Referee: R. B.
Gordon McQueen was making a determined bid to establish
himself as United’s first choice centre-half when
United visited White Hart Lane
in September 1973. Although the new season had barely got underway, the
towering twenty-year-old Scot had already faced three of the most lethal
attackers in the country in Joe Royle of Everton and
Arsenal’s twin attack force of John Radford and Ray Kennedy. On each occasion
McQueen, who had been bought from St Mirren for
£30,000, came through satisfactorily as United recorded a home win over Everton
and an away triumph against the Gunners.
Now he was due to face England
striker Martin Chivers, Spurs’ twenty-five goal
leading marksman the previous season, and whose duels with Jack Charlton always
used to be a feature of Spurs-United encounters. “I know Chivers
can be brilliant but Norman Hunter has already given me plenty of information
about him,” said McQueen, who went on to play his part as United shocked a White
Hart Lane crowd by beating Spurs 3-0.
A quick-thinking Billy Bremner
twice left the Spurs defence flat-footed to beat Spurs keeper and Footballer of
the Year, Pat Jennings. His first goal came in the fourth minute when he
ghosted through, without any defenders sensing the danger, to head home a
beautifully judged Peter Lorimer right wing cross.
Ten minutes later Lorimer fed Bremner
with another inch perfect pass and the little midfield man fired to the
keeper’s left to score off the inside of the post. Allan Clarke scored the
third goal after twenty-eight minutes with an angled drive after approach work
involving Bremner and Lorimer.
Don Revie’s men were in great form
after their great win at Highbury and they were full value for their second win
in London in five days. After the
game Revie was summoned to appear before match
referee Roger Kirkpatrick but his side, striving to improve their on-field
image, had not incurred the wrath of the official. Quite the contrary, United
had delighted him. “He told me it had been a pleasure to be on the same field
as Leeds United and that we were a credit to the game.
I asked him if he would come into our dressing room and repeat what he had said
and he did so willingly,” Revie revealed.
Joe Jordan cuts inside Ray Evans
Joe Jordan and Steve Perryman tussle for the ball
Billy Bremner (2) and
Allan Clarke scored the Leeds goals
Gordon McQueen was settling in
Pat Jennings was in the Spurs’ goal Ray Evans and
Cyril Knowles were the full-back partnership
Mike Dillon and Phil Beal were the central defence. Alan Gilzean and Martin Chivers were
The Spurs’ midfield comprised Jimmy Neighbour, Ralph Coates, Steve Perryman and Martin