Date: Saturday, 25th September 1965.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
United 3 Blackburn Rovers 0
United: Lorimer (2) Cooper. Blackburn
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Madeley; Bremner, Charlton, Hunter; Giles, Lorimer,
Peacock, Collins, Cooper.
Blackburn Rovers: Else; Newton,
England, Sharples; Ferguson,
McEvoy, Jones, Douglas, Harrison.
Referee: Mr P.G. Brandwood (Walsall).
Back in late September 1965, United were looking forward to
breaking new territory with their first games in Europe as they contemplated
the Inter-Cities Fairs ties with the Italian giants Torino,
who were due at Elland Road the following Wednesday.
United could hardly have wished for a better pre-Europe boost than the emphatic
victory they achieved at the expense of Blackburn Rovers. Manager Don Revie was able to select from almost full-strength while Blackburn
had their distinguished casualty, Bryan Douglas, an England
regular, back in action for the first time following a pre-season knee injury.
Alan Peacock and Johnny Giles combined well to set up United’s first goal for young striker Peter Lorimer, who hammered the ball home from close range. Two
minutes later Terry Cooper cracked home a precise left foot drive just under
the bar from twenty yards as United’s early authority
drew further tangible reward. The game was virtually over as a spectacle in the
twentieth minute when United went three up. Lorimer’s
good sense of position found him in the clear in front of goal when Billy Bremner lofted the ball over the Rover’s defence and Lorimer’s close range shooting did the rest.
Douglas’ lack of match practice was noticeable
but though Rovers, who had not picked up a single point on their travels, never
gave up the fight they were a well-beaten side long before the end. One would
have thought that a 3-0 victory was satisfying enough but the United players had to put up with a slow handclap which
briefly broke out in a small section of the crowd during the second half.
Manager Don Revie was shocked by the outburst and
commented, “It greatly upset my players, especially the young ones among them.
I never heard anything so unfair about what must be the hardest trying set of
players in the league. These are the men and boys who in the last three and a
half years have given Elland
Road something to shout about at last. They are
second in the First Division, on goal average only, and this was their reward”.
Peter Lorimer scored
twice for Leeds
England Right Back: Keith Newton Left Back: Billy
Wilson England International Right Half: Ronnie Clayton
Welsh International Centre-Half: Mike Free scoring Striker Andy McEvoy moves in on Spurs keeper Bill Brown
Mercurial England International Right
Wing/Midfield schemer: Bryan Douglas