Competition: First Division.
United’s critics had often branded them dour, defensive and downright dull in their quest for success, but in 1971-72 Leeds set the First Division alight with dazzling, fluent football that won them thousands of new friends. United went into the fixture with hopes of a League and FA Cup double still very much alive and in the middle of a purple patch. Emphasis was placed on attack and
None of the
goals were particularly spectacular, but each one followed great sweeping
movements around the pitch, which had the crowd roaring “Ole” each time the
ball was passed from one Leeds player to the other and it was rare that anyone
had seen the Leeds United playing with such confidence and freedom but
thankfully it was preserved for posterity by the BBC TV “Match of the Day”
cameras. Looking at the quality of the Leeds team that day no one should have
been surprised as they fielded a complete team of full internationals and with
the exception of Terry Cooper, it was arguably the strongest they could have
mustered in their decade of dominance. The team that day boasted two hundred
and twenty caps between them in their careers. Few other teams of that era
would have been able to boast eleven full internationals and certainly not the
quality that shone through on the cold March day.
brilliant eighteen minute spell midway through the second half
magnificent seven came as follows:
minute, brilliant inter-play between Mick Jones and Eddie Gray opened up the defence for Allan Clarke to crack in an angled drive.
minute, Peter Lorimer drove Eddie Gray’s superb
through-pass beyond the luckless Eric Martin.
minute, Clarke’s footwork took him round a defender before slotting the third.
minute, Lorimer hit the fourth.
minute, Lorimer intercepted an ill-judged Roger Fry back-pass
to complete his hat-trick.
minute, Jack Charlton arrived in the penalty area to head in Norman Hunter’s
minute, Mick Jones celebrated his three hundredth league game by forcing the
ball in from close range, after Peter Lorimer headed
down a left wing centre from Eddie Gray.
Allan Clarke scores the first with an angled
drive, with Peter Lorimer and Mick Jones queuing up
Billy Bremner watches
as Peter Lorimer gets the second goal
Peter Lorimer scores
his second and United’s third goal
Jack Charlton climbs above Jimmy Gabriel to
head the sixth goal
Mick Jones scores the seventh and final goal.
Back Row: Mick Jones, Allan Clarke, Paul Madeley, David Harvey, Gary Sprake,
Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter.
Front Row: Peter Lorimer,
Mick Bates, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray,
and Mick Jones. Southampton Stars
that had no chance to shine: Goalkeeper Eric Martin, defender Jimmy Gabriel
and strikers Ron Davies and Mike Channon