Date: Saturday, 13th February 1971.
Cup Fourth Round.
United 3 Leeds United 2
United: Crawford (2), Simmons. Leeds United: Hunter,
16,000 (Receipts £10,500).
Colchester United: Smith; Cram, Hall; Gilchrist,
Garvey, Kurila; Lewis, Simmons, Mahon,
Crawford, Gibbs. Unused Sub: Cook.
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bates, Charlton, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Madeley. Unused Sub: Belfitt.
Referee: D. Lydon (Birmingham).
This date will go down as one of the blackest days in Leedsí
history as Fourth Division minnows Colchester United pulled out one of the
greatest FA Cup shocks by knocking out star-studded United in the fourth round.
Leeds, without Billy Bremner and Eddie Gray, never looked comfortable on the
tight compact Layer Road
ground against opponents who fought for every ball. Quicker and more decisive, Colchester
made life hard for the Leeds defence to the point of
embarrassment. They had promised they would attack and, roared on by their
vociferous supporters, that was exactly what they did.
In defence, Norman Hunter found himself working overtime,
trying to contain the blue-shirted marauders. Mick Bates could scarcely be
faulted for his midfield efforts and Alan Clarke, playing against medical
advice after having a temperature of 105 the previous evening, tried to get
into scoring positions but without any luck.
Leading the Uís attack was thirty-four year old Ray
Crawford, an England
international during his days with Ipswich
Town. He rolled back the years to
give the Leeds back-line an awful roasting and it took just eighteen minutes to
set lowly Colchester on the way to a place in the record books. Gary Sprake came out to pick off a free-kick from the left, but
it sped past him and Crawford had the time and space to head the ball
incisively past the Leeds keeper. Ten minutes later Ray Crawford
rose above Paul Reaney to win aerial possession and,
as Gary Sprake sped from his goal in an attempt to
get possession of the ball, he was able to poke it past him, to get the second
via a post.
Colchester went further ahead ten
minutes after half-time when Dave Simmons scored the third after another mix up
between Paul Reaney and Gary Sprake,
as the ball bounced awkwardly for them. Unitedís
fearsome defence was falling apart at the seams with Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter
increasingly being caught out of position and not around for the aerial
An hour had gone before Norman Hunter threw United a
lifeline by heading in a corner with Colchester starting
to tire and for the first time, Leeds began to look like
Leeds United. Unitedís confidence started to return
as Johnny Giles got a second to pull Leeds back into the
game. With seventeen minutes left for United to salvage a replay, a brilliant
save by Graham Smith saw Colchester through for the
shock of the round. Leeds had produced too little, too
Unwell Allan Clarke in a tussle watched by Mick
Jones and Mick Bates
Norman Hunter heads the Leeds first goal after one hourís play
Ray Crawford got the first two for Colchester and Dave Simmons the third.
Norman Hunter headed Leedsí first and Johnny Giles got the