Venue: Letzigrund Stadium,
Competition: European Cup First Round Second Leg.
Score: FC Zurich
Zurich: Katic, Rutschmann.
FC Zurich: Grob; Heer, Rutschmann; Zigerlig (Marti), Bionda, Kuhn; Martinelli, Katic, Jeandupeux, Stierli, Botteron.
Referee: Sergio Gonella (
United were still under the control of Maurice Lindley and Syd Owen, the temporary caretaker managers but the team but
did enough to get through to the Second Round when they held FC Zurich to 1-2
and they progressed, 5-3 on aggregate. United were on the brink of naming Jimmy
Armfield as the successor to Brian Clough and the
respected safe pair of hands were on the managerial reins as United flew into
With a 4-1 lead, United were conservative in their approach to the game, particularly as they were without Billy Bremner, Terry Cooper, Johnny Giles, Eddie Gray and Gordon McQueen. However with players of the calibre of Terry Yorath, Trevor Cherry, Mick Bates, Frank Gray and Paul Madeley to take their places the damaged done by their absence was limited.
Rather than cave in,
Three minutes before half-time United found themselves behind
on the night when Paul Reaney brought down Daniel Jeandupeaux in the penalty area and Ernst Rutschmann thumped in the resultant spot kick via the bar.
FC Zurich Team: 1974-75
Back Row: Ilija Katic, Pirmin Stierli, Renzo Biondi, Hilmar Zigerlig, Rosario Martinelli,
Front Row: Rene Botteron, Daniel Jeandupeaux, Max Heer, Karl Grob, Jakob Kuhn.
Back Row: Gordon McQueen, David Stewart, David Harvey, Roy Ellam, Joe Jordan, Allan Clarke,
Norman Hunter, Paul Madeley, Mick Jones.
Front Row: Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Terry Yorath, Trevor Cherry, Paul Reaney, Frank Gray,
Terry Cooper, Mick Bates, Billy Bremner.
Allan Clarke scored twice
the second leg in