Competition: First Division.
Score: Arsenal 0
Arsenal: Wilson; Rice, McNab; Kelly, McLintock, Roberts; Armstrong, Storey, Radford, Kennedy, Graham.
Referee: Mr I.P. Jones (Treharris, Glamorgan).
Paul Reaney was still absent recovering from a broken leg and the ever-reliable Paul Madeley donned the number two jersey and in midfield the versatile Mick Bates took on Johnny Giles’ mantle as he was injured.
It was a game which generated much excitement, saw tempers flare and brought many near misses. Eddie Kelly, who later did so much so much to damage United’s championship hopes after his recall late in the season, will remember the Highbury clash, but for the wrong reasons. He was dismissed after a foul on Billy Bremner in the twenty-fifth minute. The partisan crowd of more than 47,000 clearly thought he had been mistreated and made their feelings plain throughout the rest of the game.
Kelly’s dismissal seemed to set the pattern, for there were constant infringements and stoppages after it, and Terry Cooper’s name also went in the referee’s book for a foul on Pat Rice late in the game. In the second half the police patrolled the goal behind Gary Sprake and at the games conclusion the referee had a police escort to the dressing rooms.
If any team could claim bad luck it was
Arsenal, too, had their chances. Mick Bates blocked the route to goal for
Pat Rice and the full-back shot wide. Then with only twenty minutes to go, Bob McNab only just failed to touch home a ball from Ray
Kennedy, as it sped across the face of the
So, when the final whistle blew, neither side had scored and
Mick Jones beats John Roberts in
Back Row: Peter Storey, Peter Simpson, Geoff Barnett, Bob Wilson, John Roberts,
Ray Kennedy, Peter Marinello.
Front Row: George Armstrong, Jon Sammels, Frank McLintock, Bertie Mee (Manager), Pat Rice,
Eddie Kelly, George Graham.
Eddie Kelly was sent off Paul Madeley deputised for Paul Reaney, who was still recovering from a broken leg
Mick Bates operated in midfield in place of the injured Johnny Giles