31st March 1965.
Cup Semi-Final Replay.
United 1 Manchester United 0
United: Bremner. Manchester
46,300 (Receipts £19,550).
Leeds United: Sprake;
Bremner, Charlton, Hunter; Giles, Storrie,
Peacock, Collins, Cooper.
Manchester United: P.Dunne;
Brennan, T.Dunne; Crerand, Foulkes Stiles; Connelly, Charlton, Herd, Law, Best.
Referee: R.H. Windle (Chesterfield).
Surprisingly after such a gruelling match in the
Hillsborough game the only change to either team was Terry Cooper coming in on
the Leeds left-wing for Albert Johanneson,
who had come in for rough treatment in the Saturday game. After the bog of a
pitch at Sheffield there was a pleasant surprise when
the Nottingham pitch was firm and holding and better
suited to playing good football.
Again, in the replay, it was a closely fought encounter
which ensued, but unlike the first game it was well handled by the
much-maligned Dick Windle, and once more Leedsí
tight defence conquered the explosive power of the Manchester
attack to again keep them goalless. This time tempers were held in check and
United detailed Terry Cooper to man-mark Paddy Crerand,
who had played well in bossing the midfield at Hillsborough. With Crerand nullified United were able to dictate terms in
midfield and Collins was his usual superb self. Sprake
was forced into two saves early on by David Herd and Bobby Charlton but he was
equal to the task and the Leeds defence, while tested,
always seemed to be in control.
However in the first half Manchester
enjoyed the bulk of possession but were denied by the brilliance of Jack
Charlton and Norman Hunter, with Paul Reaney and
Willie Bell covering superbly to counter the ever-dangerous threat posed by the
Manchester wingers, John Connelly
and George Best. There was a period of intense pressure from Manchester
but Leeds weathered the storm with Sprake
saving a Best header and then denying Law from point-blank range, while Herd
blasted into the side-netting when he greedily ignored the better-placed and
unmarked Best. The whole United team played their part
in getting through the sticky patches of Manchester
pressure and defended from the front. They gradually got control of the
midfield as Storrie started spending more time out
wide right while Bremner pushed up the middle. With Reaney and Bell
overlapping to good effect United started to get more attacking opportunities.
keeper, Pat Dunne, was forced to tip over three shots as United mounted more
pressure and gained several consecutive corners. Nobby Stiles fouled Billy Bremner near halfway and this led to United finally
clinching the game. With only two minutes of ordinary time still remaining, and
the crowd tensing themselves for more nerve-tingling
extra-time, it took a Johnny Giles precision free-kick and a Billy Bremner back-header to finally break the deadlock after the
much sustained Leeds pressure.
In the dressing rooms after the game there were some family
celebrations and tears. Johnny Giles had laid on the winner for Leeds
and yet he had to sympathise with his brother-in-law Nobby Stiles in his
disappointment in the Manchester
dressing-room, while Bobby Charlton sat next to Nobby sad at his teamís loss
but happy that his brother Jack had been picked to play for England
alongside him against Scotland
at Hampden Park.
So it was the United of Leeds that triumphed over the United
of Manchester on this occasion as they won the right to feature in the Wembley
showpiece for the first time, but Manchester had their quick revenge by winning
at Elland Road 1-0 in a windswept game which proved
to be crucial in the final run-in for the First Division title as as Manchester pipped Leeds for the coveted crown on goal
Bremner back-heads the winner
United defend in depth as Sprake
tips the ball to safety†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Match-winner Billy Bremner