Leeds 1 Manchester Utd 2

Steve Coppell

Leeds Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, El­land Road, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 11, 1975. New­ly pro­moted Man­chester Uni­ted edged out old rivals Leeds Uni­ted 2-1 in front of a crowd of over 40,000 people at El­land Road. North­ern Ire­land mid­fielder Sam­my Mc­Ilroy sco­red either si­de of the break be­fore Al­lan Clarke hit a late con­sol­a­tion goal for Leeds wi­th five min­utes left of the tie.

In their pre­vi­ous Fir­st Di­vi­sion ga­me, Man­chester Uni­ted had be­en held to a goal­less draw by Lei­cester City at Old Traf­ford, whi­le Leeds Uni­ted had de­feated Queens Park Ran­gers by 2-1 at El­land Road cour­tesy of goals from Eng­land at­tack­er Al­lan Clarke and Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al Pe­ter Lor­imer. On the last oc­ca­sion that the two sides had met in the Fir­st Di­vi­sion at El­land Road, Leeds Uni­ted and Man­chester Uni­ted had played out a hard fou­ght goal­less draw on the 22nd of Septem­ber 1973. In this mat­ch, The Reds went in front when a rather dis­mal clear­ance from Welsh mid­fielder Terry Yorath fell to Sam­my Mc­Ilroy who power­ed the ball pa­st Leeds cus­todi­an Da­vid Stew­art and in­to the net on the ha­lf hour ma­rk. Shortly af­ter­wards, Man­chester Uni­ted came clo­se to a sec­ond goal as speedy flank for­ward Ste­ve Cop­pell ex­ecuted a low dan­ger­ous shot, but his ef­fort was well saved by Stew­art. Leeds push­ed hard for an equal­iser be­fore the break, but The Whi­tes failed to cap­it­al­ise on their op­por­tun­it­ies. Ten min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf of the fix­ture, how­ever, Tom­my Docherty´s te­am doubled their lead thanks to Mc­Ilroy who blas­ted a long dis­tance rock­et that fou­nd its way in­to the net via the hand of Da­vid Stew­art. The West York­shire play­ers were waste­ful in front of goal as the score­board clock ticked its way down, but they fi­nally fou­nd the net when Clarke sco­red from clo­se ran­ge fol­low­ing 85 min­utes of fierce ac­tion. But even tho­ugh Man­chester Uni­ted came un­der severe pres­sure dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges of the en­counter, the vis­it­ors kept Jim­my Armfield´s Leeds troops at bay for the re­mainder of the con­test. Leeds Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid Stew­art, Paul Reaney, Frank Gray, Billy Brem­ner, Paul Made­ley, Nor­man Hun­ter, Tre­vor Cherry, Al­lan Clarke, Duncan McK­en­zie, Terry Yorath, Ed­die Gray. Sub­sti­tute: Carl Har­ris. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Jim­my Nich­oll, Bri­an Green­hoff, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Tom­my Jack­son, Ger­ry Da­ly, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Lou Ma­cari, Stu­art Pear­son. Sub­sti­tute: To­ny Grimshaw.

 

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Af­ter notch­ing up 38 Foot­ball Lea­gue ap­pear­ances for Tran­mere Rov­ers, Ste­ve Cop­pell was trans­ferred to Man­chester Uni­ted for a fee of £60,000 mid­way thro­ugh the 1974-75 campaign.

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