Date: Wednesday, 18th September 1974.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
European Cup First Round First Leg.
United 4 FC Zurich 1
United: Clarke (2), Lorimer (pen), Jordan.
FC Zurich: Katic.
Leeds United: Harvey; Reaney,
Cooper; Yorath, McQueen, Hunter; Lorimer,
FC Zurich: Grob; Heer, Rutschmann (Marti); Zigerlig, Bionda, Kuhn; Martinelli, Katic, Jeandupeaux, Stierli, Botteron.
Referee: Jan Keizer (Holland).
United were a club in turmoil when they embarked on their
second European Cup campaign. After the departure of Don Revie
to take over the post of England’s
Manager and Brian Clough’s forty-four-day fiasco, United’s
First Round game with FC Zurich was under the temporary control of care-taker
manager Maurice Lindley. He had just five days to prepare United for their
European clash. It didn’t appear to have too much of an adverse effect on the
players as his side rolled back the years with a brilliant performance, beating
1FC Zurich, the champions of Switzerland, 4-1 in the First Leg at Elland Road. Allan Clarke opened the scoring after a
quarter of an hour and then Peter Lorimer converted a
penalty ten minutes later to double the lead. Clarke got his second and Leeds’
third three minutes before the interval and Joe Jordan was quick off the mark
in the second half when he scored after just two minutes to give United an unassailable 4-0 lead. Unfortunately with only two
minutes to go Katic scored for FC Zurich to cut United’s advantage for the second leg to three as they won
It took United just fourteen minutes to get their European
bandwagon on the move. Joe Jordan headed a Paul Madeley
cross into the path of Allan Clarke and he swept the ball through a crowd of
players past goalkeeper Karl Grob. By Half-time Leeds
were home and dry. After twenty-five minutes Peter Lorimer
scored from the penalty spot when Joe Jordan had been floored by Hilmar Zigerlig, who was also at fault for the third goal. The
hapless defender was caught in possession by Allan Clarke, who exchanged passes
with Joe Jordan before slotting home a shot from an acute angle a minute before
United showed no signs of letting up after half-time. Terry
Cooper, playing his first European Cup match for three years, after recovering
from a broken leg in a League game at Stoke
City, produced a classic moment
straight after the second half had commenced. Once regarded as England’s
greatest attacking full-back, Cooper bombed down the left, push the ball round
Ernst Rutschmann one way, and ran round the other,
and whipped in a superb cross which Joe Jordan, running in at full speed, sent
crashing past Karl Grob with his head. Zurich
grabbed a consolation goal in the final minute when United’s
markers failed to do their job and Jakob Kuhn broke
away to centre for Ilija Katic
to head past David Harvey at the near post. But that could not strip the gloss
from another European night which left Maurice Lindley a proud man. “People were
beginning to think that it was not there any more, but it could have been six,seven or eight tonight. They
went out and showed they could still play and just relieved themselves of all
the pressures,” he said.
Allan Clarke scores one of his three goals
watched by Joe Jordan
Peter Lorimer gets United’s second from the penalty spot
Joe Jordan heads United’s
Martinelli goes close for Zurich
Zurich’s best player Max Heer gets his shot in but
David Harvey saves
Leeds scorers were Allan Clarke (2) Peter Lorimer (penalty)
Ilija Katic scored for Zurich Karl
Grob was in goal for Zurich Max Heer partnered Ernst Rutschmann
at full back
The central defence
was Renzo Biondi and Hilmar
Daniel Jeandupeaux and Ilija
Katic were the strikers
The midfield was comprised of Rosario Martinelli, Jakob Kuhn, Pirmin Stierli and Rene Botteron