Date: Wednesday, 12th December 1973.
Venue: Estadio do Bonfim, Setubal, Portugal.
Cup, Third Round, Second Leg.
Score: Vitoria Setubal 3 Leeds
Scorers: Vitoria Setubal: Duda
(2) Jose Torres. Leeds United: Liddell.
Vitoria Setubal: Joaquim Torres; Rebelo,
Cardoso; Mendes, Carrico, Octavio; Maria, Matine (Vincente), Jose Torres (Arcanjo),
Leeds United: Harvey;
Reaney, Cherry; Yorath,
McQueen (Liddell), Ellam; Lorimer, Mann,
Jordan, Hampton, F. Gray.
Referee: Arie Van Gemert (Holland).
Don Revie’s top target at the start of the season had been the
League Championship and United headed for Setubal after a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town had seen their unbeaten start in
Division One stretched to nineteen games. The UEFA Cup was not high on Revie’s priority list and he fielded an unfamiliar side in
Portugal which included an Eurpean debut for
nineteen-year-old Peter Hampton, who was given a man-marking role on the Setubal playmaker Octavio. In
attack Jimmy Mann was making a rare appearance, while Frank Gray operated in
the unusual role of sweeper.
a slender one goal lead into the second leg in Portugal, and with Billy Bremner, Allan Clarke, Paul Madeley,
Eddie Gray and Johnny Giles absent, it was never going to be enough. Vitoria Setubal’s fast flowing
football was far too good for the much-weakened Leeds side. United were on the back-foot
for most of the game. They did manage to hold the Portuguese side scoreless in
the first half but the Brazilian Duda gave Setubal the lead six minutes into the
second half with a diving header, after Gordon McQueen had only been able to
partially clear a cross from the left, to put his side level on aggregate.
Eleven minutes later and United were in deep trouble as six foot five inch Jose
Torres flicked in Jose Mendes’ cross with his head to gave Setubal the overall lead. Lacking most of their usual attacking options,
United’s young side were unable to turn the tide of
attack and Duda got his second, when he shot past
David Harvey from ten yards, after sixty-two minutes, for a three goal lead on
the night and 3-1 overall.
Setubal had rattled in three goals in a
twenty-two minute spell and it was the first time in nine seasons in Europe that United had conceded three
goals in an away leg. Revie made a bold switch by
withdrawing Gordon McQueen and sending on eighteen-year-old striker Gary
Liddell and two minutes later the youngster had drilled in a low shot past Joaquim Torres with nine minutes left, but it was not
enough and United were unable to find the elusive goal second goal that would
have put them through on the away goals rule and they went out 3-2 on
Peter Lorimer did not think that Leeds took the game seriously and
commented, “The next round pitted us against Portuguese team Setubal and how seriously we took this can
be gauged from the fact that we played golf on the afternoon of the match over
there. We were duly knocked out.”
It was Don Revie’s last European match in charge of Leeds United. He
was appointed England Manager in July 1974 and had a
magnificent record in Europe. Of the seventy-eight matches played during his Elland Road reign, United had won forty-two
games, drawn twenty-two and lost just fourteen. In nine years, Revie had seen Leeds win the Fairs Cup twice in three
Finals, reach the Semi-Finals on another occasion and figured in a European Cup-Winners’
Cup Final and a European Cup Semi-Final, a fantastic record of consistency.
Vitoria Setubal 1973-74:
Joaquim Torres; Rebelo, Cardoso,
Mendes, Carriço; Octávio, Matine, José Medes; Duda,
José Torres, Jacinto João,
was the line-up but not the order of the players on the photograph.
Leeds United 1973-74:
Back Row: Norman Hunter, Paul Madeley, Gordon McQueen, Joe Jordan, Paul Reaney.
Middle Row: Roy Ellam,
Allan Clarke, Gary Sprake, David Harvey, Mick Jones,
Front Row: Peter Lorimer,
Alan Bates, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Trevor
Cherry, Frank Gray,
United gave exposure to European football to Gary
Liddell, who got the Leeds goal, Roy Ellam, Jimmy Mann and
Peter Hampton Billy
Bremner, Allan Clarke,
Johnny Giles, Paul Madeley and
Eddie Gray were all missing from the United team