Competition: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final, Second Leg.
Attendance: 35,604. Receipts: £20,177
Dinamo Zagreb: Skoric; Grancanin, Brnic; Belin, Ramljak, Blaskovic; Cercek, Piric, Zambata, Gurmirtl, Rora.
Referee: Antonio Sbardella (
Desperate to add punch to his toothless attack, manager Don Revie toyed with the idea of recalling former
United were finding goals hard to come by in domestic competition and the injury-prone Peacock was considered to worry the Slavs with his aerial power. Eventually Revie opted against the move but pulled a surprise by switching right-back Paul Reaney to the wing, bringing in experienced Willie Bell at the back.
Mike O’Grady later commented on Don Revie’s cautious approach, with the players expecting to be given a bold approach plan, “But instead, he was really cautious, despite the away result. For one thing he had Paul Reaney on the right-wing but also he filled our heads with the opposition. I was a winger, but he was warning me about the other winger. He was expecting me to operate defensively as well as up front. You would be sat there thinking ‘God, just let us play’.”
For all their possession, persistence and pressure
However, with Slaven Zambata again looking a class act in midfield and it was he that engineered a counter-attack at the other end and Gary Sprake watched helplessly as, with his colleagues entrenched in the Zagreb half, he was almost beaten when this rare Dinamo raid ended with a fierce shot from Daniel Piric which rattled the Leeds cross-bar.
FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous presented the trophy to
United’s only consolation was the collecting of record receipts of £20,177 from the game. To avoid the problems of lack of striking power, United no doubt spent much of it when they paid a club-record fee of £100,000 for Mick Jones from Sheffield United just two weeks later to try and rectify the imperfection.
Rod Belfitt heads the ball into the net watched by Jack Charlton. The ‘goal’ was disallowed.
United Chairman Albert Morris congratulates Dinamo Zagreb
Jimmy Greenhoff and Rod Belfitt force Skoric to concede a corner
Slaven Zambata Zlatko Skoric Rudolf Belin Mladen Ramljak
Paul Reaney Jimmy Greenhoff Rod Belfitt Mike O’Grady