Date: Saturday, 3rd January 1970.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
Cup Third Round.
United 2 Swansea Town 1
United: Giles (pen), Jones. Swansea Town:
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bremner,
Charlton, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Madeley. Unused Sub: Yorath.
Swansea Town: Millington; Lawrence, Gomersall; Slee, Nurse, Thomas; L.
Allchurch Screen, H. Williams, Gwyther,
B. Evans. Unused Sub: Rosser.
Referee: Mr D.A.
nearly brought down to earth by Fourth Division Swansea Town in the Third Round of the FA Cup at
Elland Road. What should have been an afternoon
stroll for United’s International stars turned out to
be a desperate dash to victory against the gallant Fourth Division side from Wales. They trailed 1-0 to a David Gwyther goal, but with thirty minutes left Swansea central
defender Mel Nurse was sent off after clashing with Allan Clarke and United
squeezed home against the ten-man opposition with a penalty from Johnny Giles
and a header from Mick Jones.
The key to the game came on
the hour, when Swansea, deservedly leading 1-0, had centre-half Mel
Nurse sent off. Facing ten men for the final thirty minutes, United squeezed
home, but even then they had to rely upon a penalty to stir them into action.
In the summer Leeds, the Football League Champions, had
added the striking skills of Leicester City goal poacher Allan Clarke for a
British record fee of £165,000. But he and the rest of his United
collegues were constantly repelled by the bustling Swansea defenders. The costly Clarke missed
two chances he would normally have taken with aplomb, whilst at the other end Herbie Williams also failed to cash in on three opportunities
as the United defence
struggled to get their act together.
The Swans moved gracefully
into a twenty-fourth minute lead when Williams clipped a pass through Paul Madeley’s legs and Brian Evans turned and shot. Although
Gary Sprake did well to block it, the ball ran to
David Gwyther, who accepted the simple chance.
struggling, one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of all times was on the cards
until the game reached the hour mark. There was a tussle between Clarke and
Nurse which ended in the Swansea defender flattening the United striker. After consulting with his linesman Referee
Danny Corbett ordered Nurse to the dressing-rooms. United cashed in on Nurse’s
moment of madness and drew level ten minutes later after David Lawrence had
handled. Gradually Swansea’s resistance crumbled and twelve
minutes from time there was no Nurse aroundto
take care of Mick Jones, who, unmarked, headed in a Terry Cooper corner. United
were indebted to their keeper, as Gary Sprake broke
the hearts of his home town club and supporters when he saved from the Swansea striker Evans in the final minute.
Swansea achieved promotion that season,
Mick Jones scores the winner with Billy Bremner ready to make sure
Leeds United 1969-70: With Football League Championship Trophy won in
Back Row: Don Revie
(Manager), Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter, Rod Belfitt, Eddie Gray.
Middle Row: Mike O’Grady, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake, David Harvey, Mick Jones, Paul Madeley.
Front Row: Allan Clarke, Terry Cooper, Terry Hibbitt, Billy Bremner, Johnny
Giles, Mick Bates.
Nurse was sent-off after a clash with Allan Clarke
United goal-scorers Johnny Giles (penalty) and
Mick Jones David Gwyther scored for Swansea
Brian Evans was denied by
Gary Sprake in the final minutes