Competition: Inter-Cities Fairs Third Round, Second Leg.
Hibernian: Wilson; Duncan, Davis; Stanton, Madsen, McGraw; Scott, Quinn, Stein, Cormack Stevenson.
United ventured north not happy about their slender lead but
determined that Hibs were not going to crack them.
The pitch was rock-hard and good football under those circumstances was at a
premium. United were not greatly improved on their
Hibs always did look dangerous on the break and Gary Sprake, clad in tracksuit bottoms, did well to save from Pat Quinn, while Colin Stein managed to miss two presentable chances and Leeds hung on and snatched the crucial equaliser on the night in the dying minutes of the game when Jack Charlton went up for a late free-kick to give United a draw on the night and victory overall with an eighty-seventh minute header. That was how Billy Bremner recalled the action, when as in the first leg, the goal stemmed from a misjudgement by Hibs goalkeeper Willie Wilson, who under pressure from Peter Lorimer, carried the ball too many steps and Welsh Referee Clive Thomas awarded a free-kick. Johhny Giles duly lobbed the ball into the area where the ever-dependable Jack Charlton headed in United’s fiftieth, and most crucial, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup goal in three seasons.
Peter Cormack remembered the tie a little
differently: “After beating
So look at
it anyway you may, United had been pushed very close by their tartan opponents
but the bottom line was United were through and when the draw was made in
Zurich they had to meet further tartan foes, Glasgow giants Rangers, in the
next round. The other quarter-final pairings were Ferencvaros,
who had eliminated