Date: Thursday, 26th March 1970.
Venue: Burnden Park,
Cup Semi-Final Second Replay.
United 1 Manchester United 0
United: Bremner. Manchester
56,000 (Receipts £42,000).
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bremner, Charlton,
Madeley; Lorimer, Clarke,
Jones, Giles, E. Gray. Unused Sub: Bates.
Manchester United: Stepney; Edwards, A. Dunne; Crerand, Sadler, Stiles; Morgan, Sartori
(Law), Charlton, Kidd, Best.
Referee: Mr J.K
Newly-elected ‘Footballer of the Year’ Billy Bremner
shot Leeds into their second FA Cup Final with a
marvellous goal which capped a superb individual display. Bremner
showed why he was regarded as the best player in the Football Leaguewith a display of non-stop running, skill and
leadership. Both teams realised that there would probably be only one goal
between the two teams and they went at it hammer and tongs to be the first to
score. Billy Bremner was pushed up into the forwards,
a ploy that United frequently used when the opponents defended in depth and
once again the move paid off. The defining moment in the match and Bremner’s moment of glory came eight minutes into the
pulsating encounter. A high ball went to Allan Clarke and he nodded it down
and, while Mick Jones was taking the Manchester
defence with him as he made a dummy run, the ball rebounded away from the Reds’
goal and straight to Billy Bremner, who without
hesitation hammered the ball into the net to give Alex Stepney no chance from
There was still most of the game left to go and Leeds
had to keep their discipline. Manchester
tried everything they knew, but, in the end it was that single goal which
proved to be the decider and just like five years previous, Bremner
had shattered the Manchester United Wembley dream with the winning goal. Manchester
played well but Leeds were even
better. Paul Madeley held the Leeds
defence together whilst Terry Cooper defied four stitches in a shin to halt the
surging wing play of Willie Morgan. The men from Old Trafford squandered their
only chance of the night when George Best wriggled free of the close marking of
Paul Reaney for once but Willie Morgan could not get
a touch on his cross-cum-shot with the goal gaping. Leeds
had no intentions of sitting on their lead as they were driven forward by the
sheer energy of Billy Bremner and the sweet passing
of Johnny Giles. Mick Jones won the all-important aerial battle with David
Sadler, and almost scored with two cracking drives.
But that man Bremner was everywhere and almost
took Leeds to even greater heights at the end. With the
opposition tiring, he powered forward to whack in a fierce shot which Alex
Stepney athletically tipped over the bar. Don Revie
was quick to point out that it had been far from a one-man show, “The lads were
wonderful, just wonderful, that was a perfect show” declared the delighted Leeds Manager
and his team were on their way to Wembley where Chelsea
would be their opponents.
Billy Bremner gets in
his shot to score the winner watched by Mick Jones.
Jack Charlton, Peter Lorimer,
Terry Cooper, Mick Jones and AllanClarke all rush
to Gary Sprake saves with ease watched by Paul
congratulate Billy Bremner on scoring the winner. Madeley
Allan Clarke lifts Billy Bremner
in celebration as Mick Jones runs to join in
Paul Madeley, Mick
Bates, Gary Sprake and Jack Charlton give the thumbs
the bath at Burnden Park.
Peter Lorimer, Allan
Clarke, Johnny Giles, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake,
Billy Bremner and Mick Jones in the
bath at Burnden Park.
Leeds United 1969-70: With Football League Trophy
Back Row: Don Revie
(Manager), Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter, Rod Belfitt, Eddie Gray.
Middle Row: Mike O’Grady, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake, David Harvey, Mick Jones, Paul Madeley.
Front Row: Allan Clarke, Terry Cooper, Terry Hibbitt, Billy Bremner, Johnny
Giles, Mick Bates.
Manchester United 1968-69: With European Cup
Back Row: Bill Foulkes,
John Aston, Jimmy Rimmer, Alex Stepney,
Alan Gowling, David Herd.
Middle Row: David Sadler, Seamus Dunne, Shay
Brennan, Pat Crerand, George Best, Francis
Burns, Jack Crompton
Front Row: Jim Ryan, Nobby
Stiles, Denis Law, Matt Busby (Manager), Bobby Charlton,
Brian Kidd, John Fitzpatrick.