Date: Tuesday, 15th September 1970.
Venue: Sarpsgorg Stadion, Sarpsborg, Norway.
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, First Round, First Leg.
Score: Sarpsborg 0 Leeds United 1.
Scorers: Sarpsborg: Nil. Leeds United: Lorimer.
Sarpsborg: Nilsen; Loeken, Woodruff; S. Johansen, Holt, Gjeraugsen;
Navestad, Andresen (A. Johansen), Olsen, Spydevold, Kjoenigsen.
Leeds United: Sprake;
Madeley, Cooper; Bremner,
Kennedy, E. Gray; Lorimer, Belfitt,
Jones, Bates, Hibbitt.
Referee: Preben Christopherson (Denmark).
United started their new European campaign by flexing their
muscles against the part-timers of Sarpsborg, in Norway.
The home side urged on by most of their 16,000 population, put up a massed
defence against Leeds, nine men in front of their
goalkeeper. Gary Sprake spent much of his time
watching Unitedís efforts to force their way through,
at the other end. The listless United should have made light work of the
opposition as the home team only had one decent player in Norwegian
international centre forward Egil Olsen and he gave
the young David Kennedy a testing time. Despite their lethargy United were
always in control, forcing sixteen corners, as the home team concentrated on
massed defence as their only option of survival.
Don Revie decided to rest World
Cup players Norman Hunter and Allan Clarke. Jack Charlton and Johnny Giles had both
sustained ankle injuries and the emerging Terry Yorath
was also out with knee ligament problems. With so many regular first-teamers absent, Leeds were,
understandably, anxious to create an impression, and their over-eagerness led
to them trying to do too much individually, and making mistakes. Paul Madeley and Terry Cooper backed up young reserve
centre-half Dave Kennedy, making his European debut, and these three, plus Sprake, were often the only men in Leedsí
half of the field.
Even so Leeds didnít look dangerous until almost an
hour had gone, and then it was Mick Jones who forced Kolbjorn
Nilsen to make a fine save from his header, after Lorimer had crossed the ball. After almost seventy minutes Mick
Jones did get the ball into the net, after Peter Lorimer
had nodded it on to him. But referee Christopherson
of Denmark, ruled that it was offside.
A minute or two later, Peter Lorimer chipped the
ball goalwards, and it hit a defender, struck an
upright and went for a corner. However, Lorimer was
right on target with his next effort, as he collected a pass from Eddie Gray,
who had burst through the middle, and from just outside the penalty area rammed
a hard low drive into the corner of the net, to register his first goal of the
season, in the seventy-seventh minute.
As manager Revie said at the end, when the score
stood at 1-0, Sarpsborg had set their stall out to
defend, and they had accomplished their task well enough. Sarpsborg
manager Olsen admitted that had Leeds scored five or six
goals, it would have been acceptable as a Ďreasonable resultí.
A rare appearance for David Kennedy†††††††††††††††††††††† Scorer Peter Lorimer