Date: Wednesday, 14th April 1971.
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Semi-Final, First Leg.
Score: Liverpool 0 Leeds
Scorers: Liverpool: Nil. Leeds
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Lawler, Lindsay; Smith, Lloyd, Hughes; Callaghan (Graham), Evans (Thompson), Heighway, Toshack, Hall.
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Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney (Davey), Cooper; Bremner, Charlton, Hunter; Bates, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Madeley.
Referee: Jep Dorpmans (Holland).
There was a surprise inclusion of Billy Bremner
to the Leeds team. He had not played for close on three
months and had little in the way of preparation for such a prestige fixture.
Peter Lorimer was not considered due to carrying an
injury and Eddie Gray was no quite ready after his long absence also through
injury. Mick Bates filled in for Peter Lorimer and
Paul Madeley for Eddie Gray, or so it appeared on
paper or by shirt numbers, but, in fact Bremner was
pushed up front, where he would not have to be involved as he would in
midfield, while Bates and Madeley dropped into
midfield. It was a gamble to play Bremner, but he had
often picked up a few goals from scraps caused by Allan Clarke and Mick Jones
and it was hoped that this was the role he would play.
Almost from the kick-off Billy Bremner
was thrust well forward alongside Allan Clarke and Mick Jones and hoping for
the quick break that might come if, as expected, Liverpool
would put United under pressure. Billy Bremner won
the toss and and chose to let Liverpool attack their
favourite end, The Kop, feeling that they would rather defend the Kop end in
the first half, rather than the second when the pressure would be most intense
if United could restrict Liverpool from scoring.
The first-half saw Liverpool pressing
forward, going for the goal that would give them the edge in the tie. At times
desperate defence, and some luck, kept them out. But United weathered the
storm, and when half-time came they went in with the score still 0-0. On the
restart, Liverpool launched their waves of attack once more,
but United stemmed the red-shirted tide and created one or two moments of
anxiety too, in breakaway moves.
With just over an hour gone, Leeds were awarded a free-kick, out on the left. Johnny Giles took
the kick, and the ball beat the Liverpool wall of
defenders. They may have been keeping an eye on the Leeds
tall timbers, because Billy Bremner was left alone,
in space, when the ball came over. He raced forward a few paces and then took
off, and headed the ball past Ray Clemence. As he got
to his feet he gave the stunned Kop a joyful salute.
As expected Liverpool attacked with
renewed fury, but somehow Leeds managed to hang on to
their lead, but it was not as if Liverpool did not have
their chances. A shot from Steve Heighway sped across
the face of goal with no takers or a wind to blow it in and it narrowly missed
the far post before going dead. Emlyn Hughes was put
through and was clear in the penalty area, with the goal beckoning he he took the ball a yard or so too far and stumbled and fell
and the chance was lost.
The biggest miss came from Alun
Evans. John Toshack put in a hard low cross which
eluded Jack Charlton and fell perfectly for Evans but with only Gary Sprake to beat he miscued and hit a post and Liverpool
had missed their easiest chance. Before the game had ended, Liverpool
had thrown everything into their efforts to score, by bringing on substitutes
Bobby Graham for Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson for Alun
Evans after sixty-eight minutes, while United had countered that by replacing Paul
Reaney with Nigel Davey.
So Leeds walked off Anfield lone goal victors. For Liverpool
it was a tremendous disappointment, to be beaten at Anfield
for the first time that season. For Leeds, playing in
their fiftieth Inter-Cities Fairs Cup match, it was a magnificent achievement
and Billy Bremnerís goal was the one hundredth scored
by Leeds United that season.
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Billy Bremner on the
ground after heading the only goal of the game†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner acclaim the goal
Back Row: Peter Thompson, Alec Lindsay, Ray Clemence, Tommy Lawrence, Chris Lawler,
Middle Row: Alun
Evans, John McLaughlin, Larry Lloyd, John Toshack,
Phil Boersma, Brian
Front Row: Bobby Graham, Emlyn
Hughes, Ron Yeats, Bill Shankly (Manager), Tommy
Ian Callaghan, Bob Paisley (Assistant Manager).
Leeds United 1970-71:
Back Row: Rod Belfitt,
Norman Hunter, Gary Sprake, David Harvey, Joe Jordan,
Middle Row: John Faulkner, Chris Galvin, Mick
Jones, Paul Madeley, Allan Clarke, Jack Charlton.
Front Row: Paul Reaney,
Mick Bates, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Nigel Davey,
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Peter Thompson replaced Alun
Evans and Bobby Graham replaced Ian Callaghan for Liverpool after sixty-eight minutes
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Nigel Davey replaced
Paul Reaney for Leeds