Competition: First Division.
Everton: Lawson; McLaughlan, Darracott; Lyons, Kenyon, Kendall; Harvey, Harper, Royle, Buckley, Connelly.
After the disappointments of the previous season, when people started saying that Leeds were on the downwards slope after the double humiliations of failure to Sunderland in the FA Cup and then the loss to the twelve man AC Milan in the Cup-winners Cup final, Don Revie famously said that they should go through the season undefeated and this was the first of those games.
Fourteen seasons of lion-hearted endeavour had done nothing
to dampen the enthusiasm for the game of
The red-haired Scot weaved his way past several defenders on
the edge of the penalty area, partially fell to a tackle but recovered swiftly
to accept the ball back from Allan Clarke and fire the ball home. Everton’s
His goal, however, posed the question as to why Bremner should have been so far forward so early in the game. The answer was that manager Don Revie’s plans for the new season were designed to add more goals to his side’s tally. “We worked on a few things in training and we decided our middlemen should support the front-men more if possible. That was what I was doing and it paid off,” Bremner added.
His goal put United in the driving seat but, though they dominated the first–half, that goal was all they had to show for their efforts in the first forty-five minutes. Everton failed to match the more stylish approach of their opponents although they never lacked enthusiasm and contributed a lot to an entertaining and sportingly fought match.
United had to wait until the hour mark before they increased their lead, when Johnny Giles thundered in a twenty-five yarder which bulged the back of the net before Lawson could move a muscle. Five minutes later Mick Jones, who was looking a much sharper player, flicked the ball past one defender before slotting it home to open up a three goal lead.
Everton gained some consolation thirteen minutes from the
end when Joe Harper, another former
Mick Jones opens his account for the season with United’s third goal.
Billy Bremner, Johnny
Giles and Mick Jones scored the
Joe Harper replied for Everton Gordon McQueen was trying to Eddie Gray made a return after a long
establish himself in the first team. absence due to injury
David Lawson was in the Everton goal
Terry Darracott was partnered by John McLaughlin at full-back
Roger Kenyon was in central defence with Mike Lyons Joe Harper and Joe Royle were the strikers
The Everton midfield was Colin Harvey, Howard Kendall, John Connelly and Mick Buckley