Competition: First Division.
Popular forward Duncan McKenzie had to endure being
substitutes and being replaced by teenager Carl Harris when Leeds United were
beaten 2-1 at Elland Road by Tommy Docherty’s emerging
McKenzie confirmed that he had not been at his best, but his
substitution only served to fuel rumours that the player could have been on his
The Reds, rebuilt by Docherty and top of the table, took all
the honours and made the
Paul Madeley fought hard all through, but United could not get a grip in midfield and in defence Norman Hunter, up against the mobile Stuart Pearson, had one of his toughest afternoons. However, Hunter showed the determination that many of his team-mates appeared to lack on the day, yet even his efforts could not keep the Reds out.
Half an hour of the game had gone when United fell into
arrears. Steve Coppell got past Frank Gray and though his low shot was pushed
out by David Stewart, the ball went straight to Sammy McIlroy and the
The men from Old Trafford were making a stylish bid to remain on top of the First Division, and went two goals up, five minutes into the second half. Sammy McIlroy shot from the left flank and although David Stewart appeared to have the twenty-five yard effort covered he fluffed it and the ball went in off the post.
Fifteen minutes from the end Paul Reaney had a chance to
pull a goal back but he was denied by a brave save from Alex Stepney before
Terry Yorath headed over. Nine minutes from the end, Allan Clarke put United in
with a chance of snatching a point when he scored from close range following a
low cross from Paul Madeley. But it wasn’t to be. The men from
Allan Clarke scored Duncan McKenzie was substituted by Carl Harris Norman Hunter could not control Pearson
Paul Reaney was denied by Stepney Alex Stepney was in goal Jimmy Nicoll and Stewart Houston were at full-back
Brian Greenhoff and Martin Buchan were the central defence. Lou Macari and Stuart Pearson were the strikers
The midfield was Steve Coppell, Tommy Jackson,Sammy McIlroy and Gerry Daly