Date: Saturday, 21st April 1973.

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.

Competition: First Division.

Score: Leeds United 4 Crystal Palace 0.

Scorers: Leeds United: Bremner, Lorimer, F. Gray, Clarke. Crystal Palace: Nil.

Attendance: 31,173.

Teams:

Leeds United: Harvey; Madeley, Cherry; Bremner (Jordan), Ellam, Yorath; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, F. Gray.

Crystal Palace:Jackson; Taylor, Roffey; Mulligan, Blyth, Hinshelwood (Payne); Possee, Cooke, Whittle, Phillip, Rogers.

Referee: J.G. Williams (Wrexham)

 

Eddie Grayís younger brother Frank was called up for his first team debut, and he celebrated it in style with a goal. It was a crushing defeat for Crystal Palace that preceded the end of Leeds United's season, their victory over the London club was a last hurrah for Don Revie's side.

 

United had chased the Division One title throughout the 1972-73 season, and their 4-0 victory over Palace on the weekend of Easter extended the dream for Leeds and their supporters. But when their next appointment, a visit to future champions Liverpool forty-eight hours later, ended in a 2-0 defeat, Revie was forced to concede that the Championship was heading for Anfield, despite his side's brave and sustained challenge.

Palace were behind after five minutes and beaten by half-time, 3-0 down to goals from Billy Bremner, Frank Gray and Peter Lorimer. A crowd of more than 31,000 turned out to support United, and their followers were rewarded with another crushing home success.

Palace and Birmingham both lost 4-0 at Elland Road during the 72-73 campaign, and Derby County were routed 5-0 at the start of October. Revie's players rounded off the term with a 6-1 hammering of Arsenal, but the big prize had gone by then. United's defeat at Anfield saw to that.

Allan Clarke completed the win over Palace with a goal in the seventy-seventh minute, and the impressive result was the ideal preparation for a daunting trip to Merseyside.

 

 

Teams:

 

 

 

Players:

 

Frank Gray scored Unitedís third goal on debut. Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer and Allan Clarke scored the other three.

 

John Jackson††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tony Taylor††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Bill Roffey††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Paddy Mulligan†††††††††††††††††††

 

Mel Blyth††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Martin Hinshelwood†††††††††††††††††††† †††††Derek Possee†††††††††††††††††††††††† Charlie Cooke†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††

 

Alan Whittle††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iain Phillip†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††Don Rogers ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

David Payne was a Substitute††††††††† Peter Wall did not play††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††