Venue: Parc de Prince, Paris.
Competition: European Cup Final.
Score: Bayern Munich 2
Scorers: Bayern Munich: Roth, Muller.
Bayern Munich: Maier; Durnberger, Andersson (Weiss); Schwartzenbecker, Beckenbauer, Roth; Tortensson, Zobel, Muller, Hoeness (Wunder), Kapellmann.
Referee: Michel Kitabdjian (
United reached new heights when they lifted the 1973-74
League championship, producing a brand of football which earned them another
shot at the European Cup. This time they bettered their Semi-Final appearance
in 1970. This latest European venture was undertaken without the guidance of
Don Revie who was by now
In the Final United were without the towering Gordon McQueen, but Paul Madeley once again showed his versatility to deputise, while on the bright side Johnny Giles was back in midfield and Eddie Gray made the bench. Bayern Munich had their world famous trio of German World Cup players in goalkeeper Sepp Maier, Captain Franz Beckenbauer and goal-machine Gerd Muller, as well as other German Internationals, including Ulli Hoeness, and some Scandinavian Internationals.
What was to have been the greatest night in Leeds United’s history turned into a nightmare.
Despite dominating against a negative Bayern Munich , United’s dreams of taking
club football’s greatest prize were blown apart by two late goals. In
Bayern would probably not have
agreed with that synopsis after coming off worst in some brutal early
exchanges. Terry Yorath, whom Manager Jimmy Armfield had picked ahead of Eddie Gray, clattered Bjorn Andersson, just as French referee Michel Kitabdjian blew for a foul against Frank Gray. The
challenge forced the Swedish International to limp off, to be replaced by Josef
Weiss, after just five minutes, but eventually toe-to-toe combat did give way
to some football with United the more progressive of the two teams. Dominating
in the first half,
Following close efforts by Norman Hunter and Peter Lorimer, whose long range efforts just whizzed past the
post, they had the two penalty appeals rejected. Both involved
Allan Clarke recalled the incident, “Although they were favourites, we dominated the first half and the least we deserved was a penalty when Beckenbauer brought me down just before half-time. I picked the ball up and went on a run; Beckenbauer came over, I dropped my shoulder and went past him and was about to bend the ball round Maier, when he wrapped his legs round me and pulled me down. It was a blatant penalty. When I got to my feet I couldn’t believe the referee had given a goal kick. We all appealed, but the referee, who was less than ten yards away from the incident, didn’t want to know.”
After both the penalty appeals had been turned down, despite their frustration United continued to call the tune while Bayern lost inspirational midfielder Uli Hoeness, who was replaced by Klaus Wunder, three minutes before half-time, after hurting himself when tackling Frank Gray. United’s main attacking ploy was to deliver the ball accurately to the head of Joe Jordan, who dominated the aerial challenges. United continued to make chances, but when they did get a sniff at goal they found World Cup winning goalkeeper Sepp Maier in stupendous form. As Joe Jordan skipped away from the Bayern defence and whipped in a right foot shot, the big German keeper made a spectacular leaping catch.
The second half took a similar pattern to the first and United,
with Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles running the
midfield, continued to press and were frustrated again on the hour mark by the
German goalkeeper, Sepp Maier, who denied Billy Bremner with a brilliant point-blank save, as he spread
himself to deny the Leeds skipper after Paul Madeley
had headed on Peter Lorimer’s free-kick. Then the
game turned around dramatically in a matter of minutes, midway through the
second half. Peter Lorimer thundered a sixty-sixth
minute volley past Sepp Maier, only to have the
effort disallowed because Billy Bremner had strayed
offside, although Leeds claimed that he was not interfering with play. It was
even harder to take as the referee had initially awarded a goal, but in the end
he allowed the linesman’s opinion to over-rule his initial opinion and the
unstoppable Peter Lorimer volley was ruled out. It
was a shattering blow and the turning point in the match. All hell had broken
loose at the
Both the mood and complexion of the match altered minutes later as Bayern took the lead totally against the run of play. After seventy-one minutes, Danish star Conny Tortensson slipped a neat through ball to Franz Roth, who raced past Paul Madeley and clipped a left-foot shot past the advancing David Stewart and into the left-hand corner of his net. It was a class goal, but totally out of keeping with Bayern’s approach to the game. United were broken, eight minutes later Eddie Gray was sent on to replace Terry Yorath but the Scottish star had hardly touched the ball before Bayern doubled theit lead after eighty-one minutes. Hans-Josef Kapellmann broke past Norman Hunter and Frank Gray on the right and cut the ball back from the by-line for goal-poacher Gerd Muller, who had barely had a kick all night, to steal in front of Paul Madeley, playing in place of the suspended Gordon McQueen, and turned the ball in at the near post. The smash and grab had been completed, leaving United empty handed from a controversial final for the second time in three years.
To complete a night of disaster for United, hordes of their 8,000
supporters rioted inside and outside of the ground, actions which cost
Peter Lorimer later recalled the match. “Leeds dominated the
opening exchanges yet were denied an early lead when French referee Michel Kitabdijan waved play on after German international Franz Beckenbauer appeared to up-end Clarke in the Munich box.
‘It most certainly was a penalty when Beckenbauer
brought me down,’ said Clarke. ‘I saw him fifteen years later when he admitted
that we were far and away the better side and, yes, it was a penalty. Fifteen
years later you can say that. It won't alter the result.’ It was Beckenbauer's first intervention in a game he was to have a
dramatic effect on.
Beckenbauer was involved in both major incidents in the game,” said Lorimer. “He went straight to the linesman. He was held in such stature that he could dominate officials. I'd looked at the referee to see if he had given it and he pointed to the half-way line, but Beckenbauer protested and he changed his mind. Had he given that we would have won, no doubt about it.” Clarke blasted: “The goal was disallowed after the referee had given it and only after Beckenbauer interfered.”
It was a
decision which changed the game and the course of history. Four minutes later
Franz Roth scored a breakaway goal and nine minutes from time Muller made his
first meaningful contribution with the German's second goal. All the while, all
hell was breaking loose at the
was the start of a frustrating era for
"I think it was always going to be a night tinged with sadness," admitted the Scot. "We realised that this was the split-up of that side. We knew Johnny was going into management and that others would go. We went to
“I had nine
great years at
United line up before the game:
David Stewart, Paul Reaney, Johnny Giles, Norman Hunter, Frank Gray, Peter Lorimer, Joe Jordan, Paul Madeley, Terry Yorath,
Allan Clarke, Peter Hampton, Peter Hampton, Trevor Cherry, Eddie Gray, Glan Letheran, Duncan McKenzie, Billy Bremner.
Billy Bremner exchanges pennants with Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer tackles Allan Clarke from behind, both players go down without any contact with the ball by the Bayern captain
Allan Clarke hits the ground after being upended by Franz Beckenbauer
Peter Lorimer and Billy Bremner are arrowed in the incident of the disallowed goal
Peter Lorimer’s “goal” is disallowed due to Billy Bremner being marginally offside
Gerd Muller scores for Bayern
Billy Bremner and Gerd Muller with Joe Jordan Terry Yorath is not amused by the referee’s decision
Riot police face the
Paul Madeley, Allan Clarke and Billy Bremner salute the Leeds fans Bayern Munich parade the Trophy
United at the Civic reception in
Allan Clarke, David Harvey, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Paul Madeley.
Billy Bremner’s elation as he celebrates Peter Lorimer’s ‘goal’ quickly turns to anguish and disbelief when it is disallowed
Leeds United 1974-75:
Back Row: Paul Madeley, Norman Hunter, Trevor Cherry, Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen
David Stewart, David Harvey, Eddie Gray, Allan Clarke, Paul Reaney.
Front Row: Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Terry Cooper, Mick Bates, Frank Gray,
Bayern Munich: Bundesliga Champions 1973-74:
Back Row: Beckenbauer, Kapellmann, Torstenson, Schwarzenbeck, Dürnberger, Roth, Müller,
Breitner, Hoeneß, Trainer Lattec;
Front Row: Zobel, Hadewicz, Jensen, Robl, Maier, Hansen
Sepp Maier Franz Beckenbauer Gerd Muller