Date: Wednesday, 18th January 1967.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Third Round, First Leg.
United 1 Valencia
United: Greenhoff. Valencia:
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Madeley; Bremner, Charlton, Hunter; Giles, E. Gray, Greenhoff,
Valencia: Pesudo (Aberlado); Sol, Videgany;
Roberto, Mestre, Paquito; Guillot, Waldo, Ansola, Polinario, Claramunt.
Hans-Joachim Weyland (West
In the Elland
Road first leg there was a repeat of the
score-line of the previous season with a 1-1 draw, but thankfully none of the
ugly scenes and bad temperaments which had marred that game. The game marked
the return to the European arena of Bobby Collins, but it was to be his last in
the competition and he only played one more league game before leaving on a
free transfer to Bury.
United were without several regulars, notably the injured
duo of Willie Bell and Mike O’Grady and flu victim Albert Johanneson
as well as long term casualties Jim Storrie and Alan
Peacock. The versatile Paul Madeley deputised at left
back, while Bobby Collins’ return meant a return to the right wing for Johnny
Giles and Terry Cooper took the left wing spot with Jimmy Greenhoff
and Eddie Gray getting forward.
were the leading goal-scorers in Spain
and Waldo the leading goal-scorer and so United were expecting fireworks. But
after an initial sign of ascendancy from Valencia
where Gary Sprakr needed to be at his acrobatic best
to tip over an header from Fernando Ansola, it was United who were off to a flying start with
Billy Bremner and Paul Madeley
leading the charge as Valencia retreated. Two shots were deflected
to safety, but Jimmy Greenhoff somehow managed to
slide the ball through the tightest of gaps to beat Jose Pesudo
to open the scoring after eleven minutes. After that the Spaniards’
defence, with Roberto, Francisco Vidagany, Juan Cruz
Sol and Manuel Mestre outstanding, placed an
insurmountable barrier in front of the Leeds attack.
refused to panic and regained the initiative to equalise in the thirty-sixth
minute through Jose Claramunt, who was on hand to
round off an exquisite move featuring Manuel Polinario’s
fine individual skills from six yards.
There was a feeling of déjà vu when Jack Charlton ventured upfield and after a collision with Jose Pesudo,
keeper, and the custodian was stretchered off.
Fortunately for the game, substitute keepers were allowed and Angel Aberlardo replaced Jose Pesudo
and so Valencia
were not reduced in numbers. Pesudo
had tipped an Eddie Gray header over the bar but needed treatment for an injury
and quickly the Valencia
trainer was in employment once more as Jose Pesudo
and Jean Cruz Sol needed attention after the next Leeds
attack. The referee had to stop play twice as Jose Pesudo
sat down on his line, with the crowd suspecting he was just time-wasting. There
suspicions were wrong and the keeper was replaced. The crowd could sense that
the game was deteriorating, although not to the extent of the previous clash,
but when Terry Cooper raised his foot in a challenge on the new keeper, it was
apparent that the way European keepers were treated as sacrosanct and the way
English keepers are buffeted were poles apart.
In the Leeds goal Gary Sprake didn’t need the protection but he pulled off a
superb save to deny a powerful header from Spanish International centre-forward
Fernando Ansola and later had to be alert to stop
Manuel Polinario from adding his name to the
scoresheet. Angel Aberlardo also showed his ability
by twice denying Billy Bremner.
Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and
Bobby Collins had fine games in midfield, but on balance United were probably
content with the 1-1 draw as Valencia
had created enough chances to have won. However, everyone said “Well, that’s
it. Leeds can say goodbye to Europe
for another season, at least” Manager Don Revie
admitted, “I was hoping we would go to Spain
for the return with a two goal lead. Now it means we have a lot of hard work,
in that game. But it isn’t all over yet.” And so it turned out to be.
blasts the ball past three Valencia Terry Cooper is thwarted
by the Spanish goalkeeper
defenders to score United’s goal.