Date: Monday, 29th January 1973.
Cup Third Round Second Replay.
United 5 Norwich City
United: Clarke (3), Jones, Lorimer.
Leeds United: Harvey;
Reaney, Cherry; Bremner, Madeley, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke
(Yorath), Jones, Giles, Bates.
Norwich City: Keelan;
Payne, Butler; Stringer, Forbes,
Howard; Livermore, Bone, Cross, Paddon, Anderson.
Unused Sub: O’Donnell.
Referee: R.Matthewson (Manchester).
United hit majestic form and it was a massacre in their FA
Cup Third Round Second Replay against Norwich
City at Villa Park
in January 1973. The score-line was all the more surprising as the two sides
had battled to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in the first
game and a 1-1 draw at Elland Road in the replay,
with United having to come from behind in both games, although Norwich
goalkeeper Kevin Keelan had been in great form for
the Canaries in the Elland Road encounter.
It was a vastly different story, and experience, for Keelan when the teams met at Villa Park,
United were, indeed at their majestic best and no one more than Allan Clarke.
“Sniffer”, so called, of course, because of his ability to sniff out goal
chances, was in irrepressible mood, scoring a hat-trick inside the first twenty
minutes of the game to knock the stuffing out of the men from East
Anglia. Clarke, who had been in doubt for
the game with a foot injury and only played after receiving an injection, knew
he would not be able to finish the match and he went off happy with his
hat-trick as he was duly replaced by Terry Yorath in
the second half.
The lopsided result left everyone wondering just how Norwich,
even allowing for their reputation as notable cup fighters, had managed to take
United to a third game and United’s
skipper, Billy Bremner commented, “We did not just
beat them, we paralysed them.”
In this third meeting Norwich
took the beating they were fortunate to avoid at Elland Road. Allan Clarke
showing international class, bagged a hat-trick inside the opening twenty
minutes, and he slammed in the first of his goals before the game was two
minutes old. Although every United man played a
starring role, it was Clarke, still upset at being left out in the cold by England
manager Sir Alf Ramsey, who topped the bill with his quick-silver touches,
despite being hampered by an injury to his right knee. Clarke pounced for his
second goal in the thirteenth minute and completed his hat-trick seven minutes
later. Although Allan Clarke was carrying a knee injury, he ghosted in and out
of the Norwich defence like a
phantom to give the East Anglians
nightmares. Nine days earlier when United had won a League match 2-1 at Carrow Road he had also been on the score-sheet.
Once Allan Clarke had crashed a left-foot volley past Kevin Keelan in the opening minute there was no stopping United,
who poured forward in droves. Showing great balance to keep his feet after
going for a looping Peter Lorimer cross, he steadied
himself before letting the ball bounce and driving it home for the second after
thirteen minutes. After just twenty minutes Norwich
failed to pick up the elusive ‘Sniffer’ once again and he thundered in a
fifteen yard rising drive to complete a superb hat-trick.
Allan Clarke may have finished his night’s scoring but
United kept driving forward in search of more goals. Norwich were cut to shreds
again ten minutes before half-time and United’s fourth goal was scored by Mick Jones, back in the
side after a two match absence due to a groin strain, as he directed a low
angled shot past a now bewildered Keelan, from a
Billy Bremner pass. The Norwich
keeper continued to have a busy time in the second half even though he only
conceded one more goal, when Peter Lorimer lashed a
swerving shot past him in the seventy-first minute. Minutes later, Allan
Clarke, still suffering from twinges to his knee injury, was replaced by Terry Yorath to thunderous applause from the crowd who had
witnessed a superb exhibition of marksmanship.
Norwich manager Ron Saunders, who had had plenty of critical
comments to make about United was not at the match to see a skilful execution
of his side, which was probably just as well, as chants of ‘Super Leeds’ echoed
round Villa Park as United marched into the Fourth Round with a magnificent
display of attacking football.
Kevin Keelan, the Norwich
hero of the first replay at Elland
Road was philosophical saying, “I thought I was on
a golf range. I hope I never have a match like that again. I never had a sniff
of any of the goals except the third and that went past me like a rocket!”
United went on to reach the final of the FA Cup that season,
beating Plymouth Argyle, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Wolves on the
way to a Wembley final date with Second Division Sunderland and a 1-0 defeat.
Clarke (3) Mick Jones and Peter Lorimer got the five Leeds goals
Regular performers for Norwich City were: David
Stringer, Jimmy Bone, Duncan Forbes, Graham Paddon
and Kevin Keelan