Date: Wednesday, 7th November 1973.
Road, Leith, Edinburgh.
Cup, Second Round, Second Leg.
0 Leeds United 0 (a.e.t, 4-5 penalties).
Hibernian: Nil. Leeds United: Nil.
Arthur; Bremner, Schaedler; Stanton, Black, Blackley; Edwards, Higgins (Hazel),
Gordon, Cropley, Duncan.
Leeds United: Shaw (Letheran); Reaney,
Cherry; Bremner, Ellam, Yorath; Lorimer, Clarke,
Jordan, Bates, F. Gray.
Because of a goalkeeping crisis Leeds
were forced to play nineteen-year-old John Shaw, whose only previous first team
appearance had been in the 1971-72 UEFA First Round disaster against Lierse
SK when he was substituted at half-time
after conceding three goals. Against Hibernian he was injured just before
half-time, breaking two fingers in his right hand, and had to be substituted by
Welsh Youth international Glan Letheran. It was a little strange when the
United team for the following Saturday contained David Harvey, Paul Madeley,
Gordon McQueen, Norman Hunter and Mick Jones, none of whom took the pitch at
Easter Road. It gave Roy Ellam, the two keepers, Joe Jordan and Frank Gray
further first team and European experience but somehow one got the impression
that Leeds were not over-intent on winning.
The game finished 0-0 after extra-time and United went into
a penalty shoot-out with a rookie goalkeeper between the posts. United won the
penalty drama after Hibs’ skipper Pat Stanton drove his first kick into a post.
The extra-ordinary game finished with Hibernian accusing Les Cocker and Don
Revie of coaching during the shoot-out and reported the matter to UEFA, who
fined Leeds £400 and banned Revie from acting in an
official capacity against Vitoria Setubal in the first leg of the next round.
Teenage goalkeepers Glan Letheran and John Shaw became
overnight sensations for United in a drama-packed night at Easter Road. With
Gary Sprake severing his long and distinguished association with Leeds
by joining Birmingham City
in a £100,000 deal, Don Revie had bought Ayr United goalkeeper David Stewart as
backup for first choice David Harvey. However Harvey
was carrying a knee injury and was unable to play at Easter Road, while David
Stewart had not been a Leeds player long enough to play
in the match under UEFA Rules.
On the evidence of the First Leg, United went into the game
as rare underdogs but their dogged determination got them through on an
extra-ordinary night. Anticipating a torrid evening, Revie played inspirational
skipper Billy Bremner as sweeper ahead of his rookie goalkeeper and it proved a
masterstroke. John Shaw’s confidence soared after ten minutes when he made a
brilliant save from John Blackley, but Leeds, playing in
all-yellow, almost broke the deadlock with their first corner. Frank Gray
curled the ball in Terry Yorath flicked it on and Roy Ellam smashed the ball
against the underside of the bar before Hibs cleared. Then it was United’s turn
to escape as Trevor Cherry chested an Alex Cropley shot off the line, Tony
Higgins got to the rebound but the back-tracking Peter Lorimer saved Leeds with
another goal-line clearance.
It was an all-action affair and the drama increased as John
Shaw was forced to leave the pitch at half-time and was replaced by
seventeen-year-old Welsh Youth International Glan Letheran, a Junior with
hardly any Reserve team experience and absolutely no senior appearances. It
mattered little as the superb Billy Bremner led his troops to such an effect
that Letheran was hardly tested although Bremner did head one Hibs effort off
the Leeds goal-line. Allan Clarke missed the chance to
settle the issue when he shot wide after Jim Black had mistimed a clearance.,
but it was Hibernian who finished the stronger and United’s defence all held
their breathes as an Alex Cropley shot skimmed Letheran’s bar late in the game.
The tie went into extra-time, but two weary sides could not break the deadlock
which had stretched to two hundred and ten minutes without a goal and so the issue
had to be settled by penalties.
Hibernian took the first one, but Pat Stanton, who had
scored an hat-trick the previous weekend, missed it as his shot smacked against
a post. Both sides converted their next four kicks, leaving Billy Bremner to
keep his head and lash the final match-winning penalty high into the net and
send his team into ecstacy. Neither of the United’s goalkeeping heroes were
able to forge a career at Elland Road.
John didn’t play for Leeds again but was a great servant
to Bristol City,
while Glan Letheran made one League appearance for United before being
Peter Lorimer claimed that Leeds
“wanted out” of the competition and fielded a team of young, mainly Scottish
players together with himself and Billy Bremner, who appreciated the trip back
home to Scotland.
Hibs were quoted at odds of 3-1 and the Leeds players
had clubbed together to put £500 on the hosts. He said of the game, “Billy was
playing sweeper, that’s how seriously Don was taking it, and he was
back-heeling it here, messing about there and joking his way through the game.
Unfortunately young John in goal was wanting to make a name for himself. He was
not in on the scam and was flinging himself about left and right, making
fabulous saves, until he got injured and had to go off. He was replaced by an
even younger lad, a Welsh kid called Glan Letheran, and we thought ‘we are in
here, Glan will be nervous’. Sure enough he was just as agile as John had been
and, come what may, Hibs could not get the ball in the net until, with ten
minutes to go, they broke clear down the right, the cross came over and their
inside-forward headed home. We gave each other a knowing look, winked and
whispered ‘thank God for that’. But the linesman had put his flag up and,
despite our protestations that it was all right, the goal was disallowed. At
full time, with the scores level, we had done our money. All bets are settled,
of course, on ninety minutes. It went to penalties and Don’s view was that,
having come so far, we might as well do our best now to win it. Damned right!
We needed to win the match to collect the bonuses to cover the bet! And win it
Eric Schaedler and Jim Black foil a Leeds
attack at Easter Road
Paul Reaney gets back to make sure a Hibs effort
clears the bar
John Shaw grasps the ball tightly as Hibs
striker Alan Gordon prepares to pounce at Easter Road
Paul Madeley Gordon McQueen
Norman Hunter and Mick Jones were all
Glan Letheran deputised for John Shaw
Peter Lorimer had a punt John Shaw coped better in his second