Competition: First Division.
Referee: K.Dagnall (
On the eve of
Although the wisecracking Docherty had hit the headlines, it was another
Scot under impending suspension, Billy Bremner, who
overshadowed events on the pitch. The fiery
Chelsea were short of England forward Bobby Tambling, who was injured, and one of Suart’s choices for the clash saw twenty-year old Geoff Butler, a £60,000 full-back signing from Middlesbrough just two weeks previous, replace ex-Bury central defender Colin Waldron, who was made substitute. United were hampered by injuries. Neither Johnny Giles nor Mike O’Grady were fit but Gary Sprake and Jimmy Greenhoff both passed late tests to play in a game which saw United race to a three goal lead
First strike came after just five minutes as Billy Bremner
released Paul Reaney with a reverse pass and the
full-back unleashed a good centre for speedy winger Albert Johanneson,
who had been recalled to the side, to produce a rarity by heading the ball
home. Peter Lorimer laid on
a goal for Jimmy Greenhoff in the eleventh minute and
three minutes later Jack Charlton headed in from close range, after Peter Bonetti missed his grab for an in-swinging corner from
Eddie Gray. United went into a 4-0 lead seven minutes from half-time when Peter
Lorimer rounded off a splendid round of passing with
a roaring angled shot that left Bonetti helpless.
Eddie Gray got the fifth on the hour with a nineteen yard shot after good work
by Jimmy Greenhoff, who had cut inside from the
right. United’s biggest crowd of the season, 40,460,
One name missing from the scorers was centre-forward Mick Jones, a recent £100,000 buy from Sheffield United. He left the pitch injured midway through the game and was replaced by substitute Terry Hibbitt.
Bobby Tamblyn missed the game Peter Bonetti wished he had!
1. Albert Johanneson 2. Jimmy Greenhoff 3. Jack Charlton
4. Peter Lorimer 5. Eddie Gray 6. Marvin Hinton (own goal)
7. Billy Bremner Mick Jones went off injured before he could score and his replacement, Terry Hibbitt, didn’t score either