Date: Saturday, 17th April 1965.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
United 0 Manchester United 1.
United: Nil. Manchester United:
Leeds United: Sprake;
Greenhoff, Charlton, Hunter; Giles, Weston, Peacock,
Manchester United: P.Dunne;
Brennan, T.Dunne; Crerand, Foulkes Stiles; Connelly, Charlton, Herd, Law, Best.
Referee: Mr K.Stokes (Newark).
The Championship race was coming nicely to the boil, with Leeds
and Manchester having five games
left to play, Leeds were three points clear of their
Lancastrian rivals. Chelsea had
recently dropped valuable points but were still in
contention with the same points as Manchester
but having played a game more.
without the irrepressible Billy Bremner, who was
suspended, and his deputy was Jimmy Greenhoff, while
the pacy Don Weston had recovered from long-term
injury and was in the team in place of the injured Jim Storrie.
Terry Cooper still deputised for the injured Albert Johanneson.
United were unbeaten in eighteen League games. Alan Peacock,
now fit after being sidelined for most of the season, had scored seven goals in
eight league and cup matches, and United were starting to fancy their chances
of the League and Cup double. If they could win the clash they would be five
points clear with only four games remaining.
It was a windswept Elland Road that greeted the
two teams for the vital Easter Saturday clash. Leeds
found it hard to get going and could not adapt to the conditions. Manchester
handled the conditions much better and playing against the wind they took the
lead after fourteen minutes when England
winger John Connelly scored.
Norman Hunter remembered the goal and the game and described
it,Ē The one disappointment of that season came towards the end when Manchester
United visited Elland Road.
Conditions were far from ideal. It was windy, the pitch was rock hard and bumpy
and, as I recall, it had been covered by tons of straw in a bid to keep it from
freezing. Like us, they were making a bold bid to win the championship and they
won the game with a goal from John Connelly. I ran out to challenge him and
attempted to block the ball but it dropped between him and Denis Law and
Connelly turned and hit it. It wasnít really a good shot but because it went
through my legs and there were a few other people about, Gary Sprake didnít have a good view of it. In fact, he didnít
have a chance. It was an atrocious game but it turned out to be a crucial
victory for Manchester United because they pipped us on goal average to take
the title. If we had won that game we could have gone on to clinch the title.Ē
John Connelly in action††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††John Connelly nets
Match-winner John Connelly†††††††††††††††† Manchester United Left-Back Tony
inspirational Billy Bremner was
and sorely missed by Leeds
replaced Billy Bremner†††††††† Alan Peacock had recovered from†††††††††††† The
speedy Don Weston was back
injury and had been scoring well†††††††††††††† after injury