Venue: Ernst Abbe
Competition: European Cup-Winners’ Cup, Second Round, First Leg.
Score: Carl Zeiss
Zeiss Jena: Nil.
Carl Zeiss Jena: Blochwitz; Hoppe, Strempel; Weise (Rock), Kurbjuweit, Irmscher; Goebel, Schlutter, P. Ducke, Scheitler, Vogel (Schumann).
Referee: Leo Van
der Kroft (
United had drawn FK Carl Zeiss Jena in the Second Round which meant another trip behind the Iron Curtain against a team that few had heard of, let alone seen. Their research would have shown that the East German team were no push overs and featured amongst the top teams in the highest level of the DDR’s Football League. They had lost only one European time, to Wolves the previous season in the UEFA Cup, and several of their players had won bronze medals at the Munich Olympics earlier in the year with their national side. Their team featured many East German Internationals, goalkeeper Wolfgang Blochwitz, defenders Helmut Stein, Peter Rock, and Lothar Kurbjuweit, Midfielders, Michael Strempel, Harald Irmscher, Peter Ducke and Konrad Weise, Wingers Eberhard Vogel, Rainer Schuttler, and striker Roland Ducke.
To reach their destination
to play the tie was not an easy matter, as Norman Hunter explained. “To enter
The game was being played
at a relatively leisurely pace but Paul Madeley was
getting up a full head of steam for
United moved into top gear after the break and nearly made the breakthrough in the fifty-third minute, when Joe Jordan hit the underside of the bar. Another chance came and went when Allan Clarke back-headed a free-kick into Joe Jordan’s path but the young Scot saw the ball bounce clear after hitting the woodwork again. Jena responded with a spell of pressure, forcing Trevor Cherry to clear off the line, but the Leeds left back almost gifted the home side victory a quarter of an hour from the end when his mistake let in Dieter Scheitler, who fired inches wide.
In a tough encounter United
used their years of experience and were unphased to
grind out a creditable 0-0 draw, in a dour struggle, to leave them with the
advantage of a home return leg still to come. With a bit more luck in front of
goal they could have been celebrating a handsome victory, hitting the woodwork
on three occasions as
With basically the same team FC Carl Zeiss
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.
Paul Madeley and Trevor Cherry were United’s full back pairing Joe Jordan and Mick Bates filled in for Mick Jones and Johnny Giles
East German International Eberhard Vogel Brothers Roland and Peter Ducke on the attack for Jena
East German International Helmut Stein shoots for goal in a German League game
Konrad Weise tackles “Der
Bomber” when playing for
East German International Lothar Kurbjuweit Rudiger Schnuphase was just about to emerge
Lothar Kurbjuweit (5) celebrates scoring in a German League game