Date: Saturday, 2nd August 1969.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
United 2 Manchester City 1
United: Gray, Charlton. Manchester City: Bell.
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bremner,
Charlton, Hunter; Madeley, Clarke, Jones (Lorimer), Giles, Gray.
City: Corrigan; Book, Pardoe;
Doyle, Booth, Oakes; Summerbee, Bell,
Law, Young, Coleman.
This was often called the
legendary eleven, certainly the legendary dozen. It was record £165,000 fee
purchase from Leicester City Allan Clarke’s debut in a Leeds shirt and it signalled
the arrival of the team that was to rule English, and indeed European, football
and was feared by every team they played. It was the start of the deadly
twin-spearhead of Clarke and Jones which was acknowledged as Leeds’ finest striking duo, but that
strangely never featured for England.
As League Champions, Leeds were given
home advantage over FA Cup-winners Manchester City. The new spearhead was
paraded in front of the adoring fans but it was goals from Eddie Gray and Jack
Charlton that gave United victory and the the FA
Charity Shield found a new resting place in the Elland
Road Trophy cabinet.
It is a
strange fact, but this was the only time that the legendary squad played
together in this formation except at Everton on 30th
and at home to Stoke City on 4th
Madeley never played as a substitute in this squad of
twelve, Cooper was a substitute at home to Crystal Palace on 28th
February 1970, Eddie Gray was substitute in the Hillsborough Cup Semi Final on
14th March 1970, Paul Reaney was
substitute at Liverpool on 5th December 1970 and at home to West Brom on 4th December 1971, Ipswich Town on 8th
January 1972, Tottenham Hotspur in the 6th
Round of the Cup on 18th March 1972 and Huddersfield
Town on 5th April 1972. There may have been other instances of the twelve
being unused substitutes but generally speaking United suffered badly from
injuries to the twelve and could rarely call on their preferred squad
The legendary Leeds United squad as it lined-up for the
(substitute) Scotland, Jack Charlton (5) England, Allan Clarke (8) England, Mick Jones (9) England,
Eddie Gray (11) Scotland, Paul Madeley (7) England, Terry Cooper (3) England, Norman Hunter (6) England,
Giles (10) Ireland, Paul Reaney
(2) England, Gary Sprake
(1) Wales, Billy Bremner
(4) Scotland Captain.
Jones beats Mike Summerbee to the ball.
and Johnny Giles with the Charity Shield
Billy Bremner Eddie Gray scored the first Leeds goal Jack Charlton got the second Leeds goal