Competition: First Division.
Referee: Mr G. Hill (
He went into the game
having scored eight goals in fourteen appearances and one sportswriter was
moved to state “We have now seen Clarke on wet, dry and even frozen grounds.
The class player’s command of his balance and of conditions is very evident in
this lanky young star”. His front-running partnership with Mick Jones was still
in its infancy at this stage but Clarke had to play this game without his
striking partner in this game. Jones had gone down with flu overnight, and
although the ‘derby’ clash was tough and uncompromising Clarke’s skills shone
United put everything into
conquering the muddy conditions and they had two ‘goals’ disallowed in a
goalless first half. Clarke managed to put Billy Bremner
away through a gap in the Wednesday defence in the
six-yard box and although the little Scot fired past goalkeeper Peter Springett, the referee adjudged him offside. United
suffered a similar disappointment not long afterwards when Terry Cooper headed
home a centre from Bremner, only for the latter to be
judged to have stepped over the by-line before he crossed the ball.
United had to wait until
just after the hour mark to open the scoring. Peter Lorimer
unleashed a ferocious shot from twenty yards but Springett
could only beat it down sideways. Clarke, as always, was on the spot and turned
the ball into the net from an angle with admirable coolness. Johnny Giles
missed a fine chance of adding to the United’s score
after Clarke had set him up but the match was settled not long afterwards when
Paul Madeley’s pass across the goal was adroitly
turned in first time by Clarke eight minutes from the final whistle.
and Terry Cooper did sufficient in this beefy ‘derby’ clash to underline again
that they were arguably the best club pair of
full-backs in the League but it was Norman Hunter who took the honour of best all round player on this occasion.
Wednesday, who in the
previous season had pulled off a shock 3-1 FA Cup replay win over United, had
gone into this game with only one win to their credit in twelve away encounters
and with a goal scoring record of only nine on their travels. On a day so near
to Christmas, when attendances at soccer matches traditionally drop, an
attendance of 31,104 at
Centre-Forward Paul Madeley in a heading
with Colin Prophett
Leeds United 1969-70:
Back Row: Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Mike O’Grady, Eddie Gray, Allan Clarke, David
Harvey, Gary Sprake, Mick Jones,
Paul Madeley, Rod Belfitt.
Front Row: Terry Hibbitt,
Mick Bates, Paul Reaney, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Albert Johanesson.
Allan Clarke scored both goals. Bremner was always involved, but Norman Hunter excelled.
Paul Reaney and Terry
Cooper showed they were the League’s best full-backs
Peter Springett Wilf Smith
Colin Prophett Vic
John Pugh Jack Witham