Competition: FA Cup Sixth Round.
Referee: H.G. New
Peter Lorimer continued his great
scoring record against
County boasting international stars like Roy McFarland,
Colin Todd and Archie Gemmell in their ranks, were confident they could gain revenge in the Cup.
Pre-match comments by Derby Boss Brian Clough that given an even rub of the
green then there was no way
The Baseball Ground with its inadequate drainage was
notorious for its terrible pitch, which was well sanded and made accurate
passing very difficult. However,
There were no fouls of any consequence until the twenty-second minute, when Colin Todd dumped Billy Bremner to the ground like a sack of potatoes, and then nothing of any note after that. If anything, Harry New refereed too fussily, but after the publicity and mud-slinging that followed the recent League match between these two sides, nobody could have blamed him for that. Trevor Cherry had his name taken for tripping Leeds-born Kevin Hector and could have considered himself unfortunate. It was a foul, certainly, but by no stretch of the imagination was it vicious or dangerous.
The players proved that they could meet in a civilised way, however high the stakes. One would hope they had done enough to end the silly feud that had blown up between Brian Clough and Don Revie in the previous few weeks. Yet, although peace reigned, the match was not the classic that had been confidently forecast.
They might, too, have had a penalty. It seemed that Colin Todd pushed Allan Clarke, but Referee New was as well placed then, as at the other end, when he turned down the Rams' appeals that Peter Lorimer used his arm to control the ball in the
In order to beat
There were few alarms for David Harvey in goal. A Paul Madeley back pass had him scrambling and he was at full stretch to touch away Kevin Hector's header as
The game began nervously. The dry, bumpy pitch made instant control difficult and the Rams played the ball long and high. It was not really their style, but they stuck to it throughout. They could have said in justification that this tactic enabled them to take the game to
Roger Davies and Kevin Hector were firmly held, and most danger stemmed from John O'Hare, far happier up with his back to goal. After O'Hare had combined well with John McGovern, Davies was only inches away from getting in an effective header and a centre from O'Hare was deflected just out of Hector's reach. For most of the time, though, the forwards were straining to win the ball in the air, as little came through to them from midfield.
Steve Powell was not able to impose himself and was eventually replaced by Alan Durban. The crowd obviously felt that Archie Gemmill should have been the man to go, for he had his most ineffective ninety minutes since he had joined the Rams. However hard he tried, nothing would go right for him. But he was a more attacking player than Powell and the Rams had to gamble everything on getting a goal.
Allan Clarke, after combining well with Mick Jones, had a good chance before Peter Lorimer put
Norman Hunter, especially, was magnificent. He tackled firmly and fairly, read the game intelligently and confirmed that he was a player of great quality. By his side, Madeley was equally immovable. These two did not put a foot wrong between them. Nothing can take away the credit from the
Allan Clarke beats David
Johnny Giles holds off John McGovern, who was later to be his team mate in the turbulent short stay of Brian Clough
Back Row: Trevor Cherry, Paul Madeley, Mick Jones, Roy Ellam, Joe Jordan, Jack Charlton.
Middle Row: Paul Reaney, Chris Galvin, David Harvey, Gary Sprake, Norman Hunter, Allan Clarke.
Front Row: Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Mick Bates, Eddie Gray, Terry Yorath.
Peter Lorimer got the
Alan Durban came on as substitute for
†Colin Boulton was in goal††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††Ron Webster was right back and David Nish at left back
†Roy McFarland and Colin Todd were in central defence††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††Roger Davies and Kevin Hector were the strikers
John OíHare, John McGovern, Archie Gemmell and Steve Powell started in midfield
David Harvey was in goal†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††Paul Reaney was at right back with Trevor Cherry at left back†††††††††††††††††††††††††
Paul Madeley was in central defence with Norman Hunter†††††††††††††††††††††† Allan Clarke was in partnership with Mick Jones as the strikers
Peter Lorimer, Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Eddie Gray started in Midfield