Date: Wednesday, 8th February 1967.

Venue: Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, Spain.

Competition: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Third Round, Second Leg.

Score: Valencia 0 Leeds United 2.

Scorers: Valencia: Nil. Leeds United: Giles, Lorimer.

Attendance: 48,000.



Leeds United: Sprake; Madeley, Bell; Bremner, Charlton, Hunter; Giles, Lorimer, Belfitt, E. Gray, Hibbitt.

Valencia: Pesudo; Tatono, Toto; Roberto, Mestre, Paquito; Guillot, Waldo, Ansola, Polinario, Claramunt.

Referee: Robert Helies (France).


The Spaniards would have been favourites to win on their own soil, but after their draw at Elland Road, they were short-odds favourites to progress to the next Round. Against all the odds United again triumphed in Valencia this time Johnny Giles celebrated the birth of a baby daughter by scoring the first goal and Peter Lorimer got the second without reply from the Spaniards. The odds were indeed heavy, as their injury list was even bigger than it had been for the home leg. Absentees due to injuries were now Alan Peacock, with a long term injury, Albert Johanneson and Jimmy Greenhoff with thigh strains, Paul Reaney with a calf injury, Mike O’Grady with a groin strain, Rod Johnson with a broken nose and Terry Cooper with knee ligament problems, while in addition Bobby Collins and Jim Storrie were not considered as their departure from the club seemed immanent.


Luckily for United Billy Bremner’s fourteen day suspension for a recent sending off did not apply in Europe but Don Revie had little option than to call upon his younger members of his squad in the emergency. Nineteen-year-old Terry Hibbitt, was given his European debut on the left wing and there was a second European game for the twenty-one year old Rod Belfitt who was employed as the lone striker, while Paul Madeley put on the number two jersey in Paul Reaney’s place with the fit again Willie Bell taking his left back spot once again. Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer slotted into midfield which often contained five players. United’s front five, Johnny Giles, Peter Lorimer, Rod Belfitt, Eddie Gray and Terry Hibbitt, had an average age of just over twenty.


Johnny Giles opened the scoring after just eight minutes as he pounced on a mistake by Toto to have a free run on goal to beat Jose Pesudo. This stunned the Spaniards and they almost conceded a second a minute later, but Manuel Mastre got in his saving tackle as Rod Belfitt was in the act of shooting. However, once again United had their defence to thank with Jack Charlton winning everything in the air and behind him Gary Sprake pulled off four ‘world class’ saves as Valencia poured forward in search of an equaliser.


Fortunately for United Valencia’s star Brazilian striker Waldo had a poor game, missing three golden opportunities, including a short range header and a shooting chance from just six yards. Valencia won fifteen corners compared to Leeds’ five. United were dangerous on the counter attack and Terry Hibbitt had a shot stopped on the line by Francisco Paquito. Lorimer scored in the eighty-seventh minute with a fine breakaway goal, with Paul Madeley making good ground on the right before his shot was blocked but Johnny Giles quickly got control and his centre was finished by Peter Lorimer and United were through to Fourth Round, the quarter-final stage against Italian opposition in the form of Bologna.


Match Action:


Johnny Giles scores United’s first


Sprake and Bremner celebrate the victory


United’s goal-scorers:



Johnny Giles                                                          Peter Lorimer



The Leeds forward-line had an average age of only twenty:



Johnny Giles                                               Peter Lorimer                                                         Rod Belfitt



 Eddie Gray                                                    Terry Hibbitt