Competition: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Semi-Final, First Leg.
Referee: Jef Dorpmans (
Three minutes later Belfitt dived spectacularly to head in a Mike O’Grady cross to put United two up and it all seemed too easy, but United were made to pay for their complacency as first Carl Bertelson and then Gerry Queen went close before Brian McIlroy hit the net in the twenty-first minute.
United were playing with gay abandon particularly in defence and a poor back pass almost let McIlroy in, while the usually impeccable Madeley almost let Bertelsen score. Belfitt settled United’s nerves as he slid in a cross from Eddie Gray after a fine dribble by Johnny Giles. However Gray was guilty of a miscalculation when he attempted a thirty-fifth minute back-pass to Gary Sprake and it got stuck in the mud allowing McIlroy to pull a goal back.
It was Belfitt
again to the rescue as he once more had the
It looked as though United were favourites to go through to the Final and Eintracht Frankfurt had emerged as favourites to join them with a 3-0 home win over Dynamo Zagreb.
Peter Lorimer watches Rod Belfitt’s first goal go into the net Johnny Giles scored from the spot
Rod Belfitt scores his third goal
Brian McIlroy scores for Kilmarnock
Back Row: Andy King, Matt Watson, Bobby Ferguson, Jackie McInally, Jackie McGrory, Eric Murray.
Front Row: Tommy McLean, Bertie Black, Frank Beattie, Dave Sneddon, Brian McIlroy.
Bobby Ferguson was playing his last games Kilmarnock had put the onus on defence by omitting two of their star players,
to West Ham United for £60,000. A record
at that time for a goalkeeper
Bobby Ferguson, Matt Wilson, Andy King,
Jim McFadzean, Eric Murray, as well as reserve defender O’Connor,
Jackie McGrory and
Captain Frank Beattie were all part of the defensive