Date: Saturday, 13th January 1973.
Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.
Cup Third Round.
City 1 Leeds
City: Cross. Leeds
Norwich City: Keelan; Butler,
Black; Stringer, Forbes, Bridges; Howard, Bone, Cross, Paddon,
Anderson. Unused Sub: O’Donnell.
Leeds United: Harvey;
Reaney, Cherry; Bremner, Madeley, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke,
Jones, Giles, Bates. Unused Sub: Yorath.
FA Cup holders Leeds began the
defence of their trophy with an impressive display over bubbling Norwich
City. The Canaries, who had just
reached the Football League Cup Final, were enjoying a good seasonand
were expected to give United a stiff test. United went to Carrow
Road to meet Norwich City in the Third Round of the FA Cup, having already easily disposed of
them at Elland Road earlier in the season by 2-0.
Jack Charlton and Eddie Gray were still out to long term injuries but otherwise
Leeds were able to pick from strength with Paul Madeley in central defence and Mick Bates in left midfield.
However, United adopted safety first tactics, held the upper
hand for most of the game and with a bit more punch in attack would have gone
through at the first time of asking. They were almost given a perfect start
when Mick Jones nearly scored when his blind side run saw him fasten on to a
neat flick by Allan Clarke. Jones had eluded the defence on that occasion and
in the eighteenth minute caught the Norwich
defence by surprise again, but this time the Canaries did not escape. He robbed
Dave Stringer as the Norwich player
was bringing the ball out of defence and the United
striker set up a chance for Peter Lorimer to beat
Alan Black and shoot past Kevin Keelan.
Norwich were making little headway in midfield where the
understanding of Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles
enabled United to dominate. Bremner almost made it
2-0 but his shot was blocked on the line. With the midfield closed off, Norwich
were reduced to pumping long. High balls towards lanky
striker David Cross, and the tactic paid off just before half-time. Graham Paddon was fouled on the left and, from hid free-kick, David Cross headed the ball over the line before Paul Reaney, who made a valiant effort to keep it out, could get
United were quit happy to keep alarms in their goalmouth to
a minimum but needed a brilliant save by David Harvey frim
Jimmy Boneon the hour to prevent the home side from
going in front. But that apart, it was a confident performance by a United side who had Trevor Cherry, a £100,000 summer signing
Town, making his United FA Cup
It was a time when the teams began to think they were seeing
too much of each other. United were expecting to be back at Carrow
Road the following Saturday for their return League match, but now they would
have to renew their acquaintances a little earlier as the Replay was due to
take place at Elland Road on Wednesday.
Peter Lorimer turns away in triumph after Paul
Reaney heads a David Cross effort from under the bar,
but the referee was
giving Leeds the
placed to award the goal to the Canaries.
David Cross scored for Norwich Peter Lorimer
scored for Leeds