Competition: First Division.
Referee: Mr J. Mitchell (Prescot).
United welcomed back Jack Charlton, from an injury suffered
in training that had prevented him playing in the previous fixture at
The Blades were not so fortunate, their stalwart
centre-half, Joe Shaw, failed a fitness test on a back injury and twenty-one
Willie Bell missed a thirty-fourth minute penalty, awarded for a foul by young Reg Matthewson on Jim Storrie and United had to wait until the second-half before they could draw level. The mist was thickening but a thirty-five yard ‘banana’ shot by Bobby Collins, from a free-kick, set United on the road to victory and when Len Badger was sent off for striking Storrie during an on-the-ball clash, Sheffield were always going to be up against it.
Not long afterwards United took the lead, Billy Bremner dropped a fifty-sixth minute free-kick into the goal area where Mallender completely miss-kicked, leaving Storrie with the simple task of netting a ‘sitter’ which he did with ease. The ten man Blades toiled on but Rod Belfitt headed United further ahead, rising well to capitalise on Johnny Giles’ slide rule centre. Albert Johanneson completed the scoring after Collins and Belfitt had created the chance for him and a thrilling second half fight-back was complete.
Back Row: Billy Bremner, Paul Madeley, Willie Bell, Gary Sprake, Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter,
Jimmy Greenhoff, Don Weston.
Front Row: Jim Storrie, Johnny Giles, Terry Cooper, Bobby Collins, Alan Peacock, Jack Charlton,
Albert Johanneson, Rod Johnson.
Back Row:Barry Wagstaff, Reg Matthewson, David Munks, Alan Hodgkinson, Ken Mallender,
Bob Widdowson, Alan Birchenall, Frank Barlow, Bernard Shaw.
Front row: Mick Hill, Alan Woodward, Tony Wagstaff, Mick Jones, Len Badger, Gil Reece,
Phil Cliff, Tom Fenoughty.
Paul Madeley had deputised for Jack Norman Hunter celebrated his Barry Hartle played his part in the
Mick Jones set up the
goal. He was later to join LUFC and scoring for
become a LUFC legend.
Sheffield United had a strong defence: England keeper, Left-Back Graham Shaw, Centre-Half Ken Mallender and Left-Half Reg Matthewson