Date: Wednesday, 12th February 1969.

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.

Competition: First Division.

Score: Leeds United 2 Ipswich Town 0

Scorers: Leeds United: Belfitt, Jones. Ipswich Town: Nil.

Attendance: 24,229.


Leeds United: Sprake; Reaney, Cooper; Bremner, Charlton, Hunter; O’Grady, Belfitt, Jones, Giles, E. Gray.

Ipswich Town: Best; Mills, Houghton; Morris, Baxter, Jefferson; Hegan (Viljoen), Barnard, Crawford, O’Rourke, Woods.

Referee: J. Finney (Hereford).


United were in hot pursuit of the men from Anfield and goals from Rod Belfitt and Mick Jones saw them leapfrog Liverpool and go top of the League. United had trailed Liverpool mainly due to postponements and just prior to this game they had been three points adrift with two games in hand. They had beaten Queens Park Rangers to leave them one point behind with a game in hand. Now they needed to beat Ipswich to take the lead and this they did to put them one point in front with equal games played. Such was their dominance for the rest of the season that they were never headed again and went on to win the championship for the first time.




David Best

Mick Mills

Billy Houghton

Chris Barnard/p>

Peter Morris

Billy Baxter

Derek Jefferson

Danny Hegan

Ray Crawford

John O'Rourke

Charlie Woods

Colin Viljoen

United goal-scorers:

Mick Jones

Rod Belfitt