Competition: First Division.
Leed s United: Burgin; Ashall, Hair; Gibson, Charlton, Goodwin; Bremner, Revie, McCole, Peyton, Meek.
The debut of Manchester City “new boy” Denis Law, as the Football League’s costliest player, and the first appearance for Leeds United of Freddie Goodwin, as their most expensive player, made the match at Elland Road a little extra special.
United, who were struggling
to avoid relegation (a battle they eventually lost), had splashed out a club
record £15,000 for defender Goodwin from Manchester United in a
beat-the-deadline swoop, while City had shelled out a then League record
£52,000 to buy Law from Huddersfield Town. Goodwin
had the test of marking Law and though he kept a tight hold on the Scot and
finished up on the right side of a 4-3 score-line, Law still managed to score a
goal and ‘make’ another. The
game also brought German Goalkeeper Bert Trautmann to
Ken Barnes was also the
father of future
United got the benefit of an early goal, with Noel Peyton scoring in the thirteenth minute, but the scores were level again five minutes later with an own goal from Archie Gibson. Billy Bremner, then a seventeen-year-old, who had made his first team debut a couple of months earlier and was already viewed as a player rich in promise, restored United’s lead with an excellent strike. With Law’s appearance an obvious attraction, thousands of City fans had made the trip across the Pennines and the young Scot made their journey worthwhile by scoring a delightful goal to level matters at 2-2 and that was the score as the sides went down the tunnel at the end of the first half.
Law was instrumental in helping to put City into the lead after the break when he provided the pass from which Colin Barlow gave City a 3-2 advantage, but the game was to end in a dramatic win for United as they cashed in on two penalties in the last ten minutes. A foul by Ken Branaghan on John McCole in the eightieth minute gave United the first of the two awards and McCole made no mistake with the spot kick. He was on target again in the final minute to earn United a 4-3 victory, converting from the spot after John McTavish had handled.
Denis Law shoots past Ted Burgin as Jimmy Ashall just fails to stop him
Back Row: Jim Ashall
Front Row: George Meek (7), John McCole (9), Wilbur Cush (4) Captain, Bobby Cameron (8),
Chris Crowe (10), Archie Gibson (6).
Back Row: Billy McAdams (8), Don Revie (9), Ken Barnes (4), Bert Trautmann (1),
Jimmy Meadows (2), Roy Paul (6), Dave Ewing (5).
Front Row: Paddy Fagan (7), Roy Little (3), Johnny Hart (10), Roy Clarke (11).
Ken Barnes: Father of Peter Barnes
Johnny Hart: Father of Paul Hart
A young Billy Bremner
got a goal
Noel Peyton scored for
was in the
John McCole bagged a brace for Leeds Denis Law scored on his ManC debut Colin Barlow scored for ManC
The brilliant Bert Trautmann Freddie Goodwin was on debut Paul Hart Peter Barnes
Billy McAdams later played for Leeds United