Date: Saturday, 28th April 1956.
Venue: Boothferry Park,
City 1 Leeds
City: Martin. Leeds
United: Charles (2,1pen) Brook (2)
Hull City: Fisher; Harrison, Jensen; Davidson,
Stephens, Martin, Bradbury, Clarke, Fraser.
Leeds United: Wood; Dunn, Hair; Ripley,
Charlton, Kerfoot; Meek, Charles, Brook, Nightingale,
Referee: Mr T.J. Wood (Bury)
Hull were managed by Bob Brocklebank, but were already doomed to relegation. Fate
decreed that Leeds Manager Raich Carter, in his hour
of triumph, would take his new team back to face the club he had played for and
managed in the early fifties. He had assembled a fine side in those times with
the likes of Don Revie and England International
Centre Half Cornelius (Neil) Franklin. They declined somewhat after he left and
Franklin had moved on in the first half of
the season. City still had their brilliant goalkeeper, Billy Bly, and quicksilver England legend Stan Mortensen, but neither
played in the match. Bernard Fisher deputised in goal
while they still had Viggo Jensen and Andy ‘Jock’
Davidson in defence and Tommy Martin, David Fraser
and Bill Bradbury further up the field.
Leeds needed only a draw from this, their
final game to ensure promotion. 15,000 Leeds fans made the trip to Boothferry Park, and the travelling
faithful were soon dancing with delight as John Charles scored with a left foot
thunderbolt. It had only taken the giant Welshman six minutes before he made a
superb run through the Hull defence and the brilliant
left-foot shot was a fitting climax to a piece of individual brilliance. Hull City soon hit back as David Fraser sent
across a low centre for Tommy Martin to sweep the ball home for the equaliser after 13 minutes, as United seemed to suffer from
stage-fright. It was only temporary and gradually United reclaimed the
On the hour
“wee” George Meek, who had teased the life out of Viggo
Jensen, was sent sprawling in the area. Charles hit the resulting penalty, his
twenty-ninth goal for the season, with such force that the keeper wisely dived
out of its way. United were ahead and never looked in danger again.
Brook got two more, in the seventy-eighth and eightieth minutes, after the
irrepressible Meek had created the openings, for United to run out 4-1 winners.
John Charles and Leeds
could now sample First Division opposition in the coming season, and the First
Division teams would suffer first hand the awesome power and aerial ability of
the mighty Welshman.
Two Views of Big John’s Penalty. Bernie Fisher
just manages to avoid both!
photo courtesy of Mark Ledgard)
John Charles mobbed by Leeds Fans at Boothferry Park at the final whistle.
After match celebrations: Raich
Carter pours champagne for John Charles, watched by Jack Charlton, Jimmy Dunn, Jackie Overfield,
Eric Kerfoot, Trainer
Bob Roxburgh, George Meek, Grenville
Hair and Keith Ripley.
Hull City scorer Tommy Martin
Leeds scorers were Harold Brook (2) and
John Charles (2, one a penalty) Leeds Left-Back Grenville
Royden Wood didn’t have much to do at Hull but he needed to be brave the
following season when he Georgie Meek tormented Viggo
dived at the feet of Terry Medwin at White Hart Lane.
Right-Half Keith Ripley
Hull City’s England Internationals Stan Mortensen and Neil Franklin
Bill Bradbury Brian Bulless
Andy “Jock” Davidson Billy Bly