Venue: Molineux Stadium,
Competition: First Division.
Referee: W.J. Gow (
With the FA Cup already in the bag, half of Yorkshire seemed to follow United from Wembley to Molineux for another historic night as Leeds went in search of the coveted League and Cup double. They needed at least a draw, in this their final match for the season, to lift the trophy.
United were without Mick Jones, who had dislocated his shoulder in the Cup Final and Mick Bates was drafted in with Billy Bremner playing the attacking role upfront with Allan Clarke, with Bates back in midfield. While Eddie Gray, Johnny Giles and Allan Clarke were far from fit they were risked in a match of such importance.
It was Wolves with little but pride to play for, sitting
comfortably in high mid-table with no relegation problems or European
aspirations, who seized the initiative three minutes before the interval. After
United searched desperately for the equaliser, but the home side increased their lead when John Richards’ pass opened up the heart of the United defence for striker Derek Dougan to run through and finish superbly. Within minutes United’s ‘double’ hopes had been rekindled when Billy Bremner scurried on to Paul Madeley’s long pass to thump the ball in from close range.
A goal down United found time slipping away when Welsh
international Terry Yorath, substitute for the
injured Allan Clarke, flicked the ball over the head of the Wolves goalkeeper
Phil Parkes, only to see defender Gerry Taylor emerge from nowhere and head off
The frantic pace continued. And, even though United came
desperately close to snatching the crucial equaliser, Wolves clung on to
On the same night another of the title challengers,
Billy Bremner and Jack Charlton on the attack
Paul Reaney, David Harvey and Paul Madeley cannot stop Frank Munro from scoring
Billy Bremner reduced the arrears Paul Madeley beats Francis Munro and John McAllee in the air
Frank Munro and Derek Dougan scored for Wolves. Billy Bremner reduced the arrears. Phil Parkes was brilliant in goals for Wolves