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 through.
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.
Paul Reaney 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
duel 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 Don Megson
Gerry Young Colin Prophett Vic Mobley
Tommy Craig David Ford Peter Eustace
John Pugh Jack Witham Tony Coleman