Competition: FA Cup Fifth Round.
Attendance: 50,000 (Receipts £22,000).
Referee: K. E. Walker
United were the favourites for the FA Cup, having disposed of Liverpool and were in the middle of a rich vein of form when the travelled to Second Division Cardiff City at Ninian Park in the Fifth Round of the Cup, having unceremoniously thrashed Manchester United 5-1 at Elland Road the previous week. They were, however, mindful of the previous year’s Fifth Round humiliation at the hands of Colchester United, and Cardiff’s past FA Cup record against United when they three times came to Elland Road in three consecutive seasons to dump United out of the Cup at the Third Round stage by 2-1 on each occasion.
finally had no injury worries and took a fifteen-man squad to the principality
and were able to run onto the pitch with their strongest possible eleven,
leaving Paul Reaney on the bench. They came out to
the cheers of a capacity all-ticket 50,000 crowd and a muddy pitch which was in
an awful state, having just passed the referee’s inspection on the morning of
the match. More rain fell prior to kick-off and United set off at a furious
pace clearly intent on making the best of the pitch before it deteriorated into
pressure eventually paid off and in the thirty-fifth minute United took the
was falling, the pitch was deteriorating and the tackles were getting more
desperate and although both sides tried to play good football they were happy
to take a breather at half-time, but United were clearly on top and Johnny
Giles in top form. Early in the second half it was Johnny Giles that
intercepted a ball from David Carver to release Peter Lorimer
but his shot flew over the bar.
Johnny Giles found Peter Lorimer unmarked on the right wing, and the Scot picked out Allan Clarke at the far post. Clarke lost his marker and put the ball straight into Giles’ path. With two quick touches the Irishman cracked it with his right foot into the top corner of the net to score from ten yards, even though there were claims of offside against Mick Jones as Giles shot. The referee signalled to the centre spot and United were two to the good and deserved winners.
Johnny Giles scores second goal
Back Row: Rod Belfitt, Norman Hunter, Gary Sprake, David Harvey, Joe Jordan, Terry Yorath.
Middle Row: John Faulkner, Chris Galvin, Mick Jones, Paul Madeley, Allan Clarke, Jack Charlton.
Front Row: Paul Reaney, Mick Bates, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Nigel Davey,
Brian Clark Don Murray Ian Gibson
Johnny Giles scored both