Date: Wednesday, 17th January 1973.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
Cup Third Round Replay.
United 1 Norwich City 1.
United: Giles. Norwich City:
Leeds United: Harvey;
Reaney, Cherry; Bremner, Madeley, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke,
Jones, Giles, Bates. Unused Sub: Yorath.
Norwich City: Keelan; Butler,
Black; Stringer, Forbes, Briggs; Howard, Bone (Cheesley),
Cross, Paddon, Anderson.
United were able to field an unchanged side and they were
quickly on the attack in the replay of their FA Cup Third Round tie with Norwich
City. They took command from the
kick-off and bombarded the Norwich
goal with incessant pressure, but it seemed to live a charmed life. Kevin Keelan was in inspired form in the Norwich
goal and pulled off save after save to deny the rampant United. United must
have thought that Calcutta-born Keelan was the
India-rubber man as he performed a string of contortions to keep the ball out
of the net, in one of the finest goalkeeping displays ever witnessed at Elland Road. When United did manage to beat Keelan there was always the woodwork or a defender that got
in the way and Geoff Butler was one such defender who booted the ball clear
from the goal-line with Keelan well beaten.
Second Division champions Norwich
were played off the park, but United were forced into another replay by Keelanís brilliance. His agility, bravery and skill saw him
make saves with hid hands, arms, chest, legs and knees as United camped in the Norwich
half.† United had returned the Cup to FA
headquarters two days earlier and it looked as though they might relinquish their
crown in this game when, totally by surprise and completely against the run of play,
Norwich took the lead in the same way as they had done at Carrow
Road. David Cross steered the ball past David Harvey six minutes before
half-time in a breakaway.
Unitedís undersoil heating had
seen the game beat the big freeze and Kevin Keelan
was kept warm under an avalanche of United attacks. One
Peter Lorimer shot flew to safety off the keeperís
legs as it knocked him over. He then made a marvellous save to keep out a Lorimer Ďspecialí from a free-kick. Then he produced world-class
stops to turn away shots from Billy Bremner and
Trevor Cherry and two more unbelievable saves to stop Allan Clarke netting with
headers.Lorimer was the main sufferor
and even when he did finally beat Kevin Keelan, Geoff
Butler was there to clear off the line.
It was going to take something special to beat Kevin Keelan in such form. It came when Johhny
Giles finally beat Keelan in the sixty-eighth minute with
a vicious swerving twenty-five yard shot to grab the equaliser. Although United
continued to pound away, even extra-time could not find another way past the
inspired Kevin Keelan and the tie went to a second
replay, later fixed for Villa Park in less than a
fortnight. In the meantime United went to Carrow Road for their third
meeting with the Canaries in a week and won 2-1 which augured well for their Villa
Kevin Keelan keeps
out a fierce free-kick from Peter Lorimer††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††
Peter Lorimer beats
Kevin Keelan but Geoff Butler clears off the line
Kevin Keelan was
almost unbeatable in††††† ††††Johnny Giles finally beat him to equalise
the Norwich City goal.