Date: Wednesday, 4th February 1969.
Venue: AWD Stadion (Niedersachsenstadion), Hannover, Germany.
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Fourth Round, Second Leg.
Score: Hannover 96 1 Leeds United 2
Scorers: Hannover 96: Heynckes. Leeds
United: Belfitt, Jones.
Hannover 96: Helschrot;
Hellingrath, Loof; Anders,
Breuer, Stiller; Zobel (Wottka),
Bruner, Bandura, Heynckes, Kettler (Ritter).
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bremner,
Charlton, Hunter; O’Grady, Lorimer, Jones, Belfitt, E. Gray.
Referee: Jef Dorpmans (Holland).
Seven weeks after the first leg United flew to Germany
and duly completed the formality of winning through to the Fourth Round in the
same vein as they had performed at Elland
Road. Johnny Giles, with a thigh injury, and Paul Madeley, with an ankle injury, were left behind as the team
took the two hour flight from Yeadon Airport
and landed in a snowstorm. Milder weather, thankfully, followed and the pitch
was in a perfect condition with the 15,000 crowd being swelled by a large
contingent of British soldiers, who were soon singing ‘Ilkla
Moor Bah’t ‘at’ loudly.
Bernd Helschrot, who replaced first leg
goalkeeping hero Horst Podlasly, had already fumbled
a long free-kick from Jack Charlton when he spilled a fifth minute shot from
Mike O’Grady to leave Rod Belfitt with an easy chance
which he duly netted. United put the tie way beyond Hannover’s reach and
there was only sixteen minutes on the clock as Mick Jones doubled the score,
after the unfortunate Helschrot failed to cut out
Norman Hunter’s low cross. With a 7-1 aggregate lead, understandably, United
eased off after that but the Germans became more frustrated and the robust tackles
started to fly thick and fast. The match turned nasty when Christian Breuer
fouled Billy Bremner and a police guard was called to
man the moat surrounding the pitch. Within minutes United found themselves down
to ten men when Terry Cooper was sent off after a foul on substitute Winfried Wottka, who made the
most of the challenge.
Manager Don Revie complained, “I thought it was a
harsh decision considering what Hannover
had been doing. I thought their players got upset when they were making no
impression on us.” United’s
sense of grievance was not helped by another foul on Billy Bremner,
just after the Cooper incident, which earned Jurgen Badura a booking rather than a red card. The fiery ending
took the gloss off the best goal of the night, scored by Josef Heynckes with a thumping free-kick from the edge of the
penalty area, three minutes before the final whistle
as United were 2-1 winners on the night and 7-2 on aggregate. The only downside
seemed to be the dismissal of Terry Cooper, who would have to miss the first leg
of the clash with Ujpest Dozsa.
Mick Jones gets the second goal
Rod Belfitt and Mick Jones were United’s scorers
Terry Cooper was sent off