Date: Saturday, 3rd February 1973.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
Cup Fourth Round.
United 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.
United: Clarke, Bates. Plymouth
Leeds United: Harvey;
Reaney, Cherry; Yorath, Madeley, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke,
Jones, Giles, Bates. Unused Sub: F. Gray.
Plymouth Argyle: Furnell; Provan, Sullivan;
Hore, Saxton, Hague; Machin,
Rickard, Hinch, Welsh, Latcham.
Unused Sub: Dowling.
Referee: R. B. Kirkpatrick (Leicester).
United made heavy weather of disposing of Plymouth Argyle in
the FA Cup Fourth Round at Elland
Road. Still without long-term injury strickened Jack Charlton and Eddie Gray, United still should
have accounted for the Third Division Pilgrims but in the end only scraped home
by 2-1 with goals from Allan Clarke and Mick Bates while Rickard scored for
Plymouth all the goals coming in the space of six minutes just after the hour
The Third Division men from Devon
gave United an awkward time with Colin Sullivan and Ernie Machin
outstanding for them. United badly missed their suspended skipper Billy Bremner and were frustrated by big Jim Furnell
in the Argyle goal in the first half.†
Twice he plunged headlong to snatch the ball from the boots of Allan
Clarke and Mick Jones as they closed in on goal. While United were struggling
up front, their defence looked far from solid with Norman Hunter being given
the run-a-round, a feat few First Division teams could achieve.
Allan Clarke was in the middle of a productive scoring spell
and made it six goals in four games when he struck a superb eighteen yard
swerving volley beyond Furnellís grasp after
sixty-two minutes. It was the first goal that Plymouth
had conceded in their mini-run to the Fourth Round and it spurred them into a
quick reply. Davie Provanís centre eluded David
Harvey and Derek Rickard, the man whose goal had eliminated Middlesbrough
in the previous Round, leapt to head the equalizer after sixty-six minutes.
United, still struggling to find any rhythm, were spared a
difficult trip to Devon when two minutes after the Argyle equalizer, the ever
reliable Mick Bates completed the sequence of three goals in six minutes. One
of the few Leeds players to play up to standard, Bates
fired in am eighteen-yard grubber shot that nestled in
the back of the net. It was tough on brave Plymouth,
who fully deserved the standing ovation they received at the end after
stretching the Cup holders to the limit.
Plymouth Argyle 1972-73:
Back row: P. Darke,
N. Hague, J. Hinch, K. Allen, R. Saxton
Middle row: M. Dowling, S. Davey, P. Balac, L. Latcham, A. Welsh
Front row: D. Rickard, C. Sullivan, H. Reed, D. Provan,
J. Hore, A. Harris, R. Brown
Plymouth Argyle 1972-73:
Back row: M. Aleksic,
R. Saxton, P. Darke, K. Allen, J. Hinch, D. Provan, N. Hague, M.
Dowling, J. Furnell
Front row: L. Latcham, S. Davey,
J. Hore, H. Reed, D. Rickard, C. Sullivan, A. Welsh,
Jack Charlton and Eddie Gray were long term
Allan Clarke and Mick Bates scored the United
††††††††Derek Rickard scored for