Date: Saturday, 11th April 1964.
Competition: Second Division.
Referee: Mr N.A.S. Matthews (Bicester)
Victory at Vetch Field would be enough to ensure that United would regain the First Division status that they had lost in 1960. They achieved that target with spectacular success as they departed with both points after an emphatic victory, which prompted Chairman Harry Reynolds to buy beers for any Leeds United supporters who had made the long trip.
Manager Don Revie, who had welded together a strong squad, sprang a surprise by giving a debut to Terry Cooper on the left-wing, after Albert Johanneson had been ruled out through injury. Cooper, who was destined to become an international star of the 1970ís after moving to full-back, supplied the cross which centre-forward Alan Peacock gleefully hammered in to set United on their victory, after fifteen minutes.
Peacock, a £53,000 signing from
Revie, a superstitious character,
had banned the purchase of champagne before the game just in case United were
beaten. So, after the match players and officials scoured the pubs of
In their remaining games United drew with Plymouth Argyle at
After Match Action:
Harry Reynolds toasts promotion
Back Row: Don Weston, Grenville Hair, Paul Reaney, Gary Sprake, Brian Williamson,
Jack Charlton, Ian Lawson, Cliff Mason.
Front Row: Eric Smith, Ian Lawson, John Hawksby, Jim Storrie, Tommy Henderson,
Billy Bremner, Willie Bell.
Alan Peacock scored twice†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Johnny Giles scored††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Debutant Terry Cooper