Competition: First Division.
Referee: K.H Burns (Stourbridge).
United manager Don Revie, for his
part, was expecting his men to have to face another dour struggle but the East Anglian side surprised everyone by switching to a far more adventurous
style, and playing a full part in an entertaining and exciting game that ended
United had seemed to be well on their way to victory after seventeen minutes when young Scot, Joe Jordan, showing encouraging form at centre-forward in the absence of Mick Jones, scored his first league goal for United, winning an aerial duel with Ipswich keeper David Best to head in a high cross from Paul Madeley. Any thoughts of an easy passage were soon dispelled, however, as David Harvey saved well from Colin Viljoen but was beaten in the thirtieth minute when Bryan Hamilton scored his third goal of the season, after cutting in from the right and past Paul Madeley to send a shot which David Harvey could not reach.
Unitedís lead was restored when Johnny Giles scored from the penalty spot, his third spot kick in as many games, after Allan Clarke had been brought down by Derek Jefferson, but this topsy-turvy match levelled out again when young England International Kevin Beattie took a leaf our of Joe Jordanís book and scored his first League goal.
United were in front again in the fifty-first minute, with
Joe Jordan tapping in following a Johnny Giles free-kick, which was headed on
to him by Allan Clarke. The twenty-year-old Joe Jordan was showing fine form in
challenging strongly, and usually successfully, in the air, yet his second was
not going to be the winner. In the sixty-fifth minute
David Best††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mick Mills††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kevin Beattie
Ian Collard††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alan Hunter†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Derek Jefferson
Bryan Hamilton††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Colin Viljoen††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rod Belfitt
Trevor Whymark††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† John Miller†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Joe Jordan netted twice for
Bryan Hamilton, Kevin Beattie and Rod Belfitt scored for Ipswich