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Leeds United 2 Manchester United 2, Elland Road, English Football League First Division, October 17, 1970. Manchester United came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw against First Division leaders Leeds United thanks to a goal each by John Fitzpatrick and evergreen veteran Bobby Charlton.
The Charlton brothers, Bobby and Jack, both netted for their respective teams as old rivals Leeds United and Manchester United played out a 2-2 draw at Elland Road. The Peacocks, who were without centre forward Mick Jones due to a stomach problem, stormed into an early lead when local born defender Paul Madeley nodded a corner-kick back for Jack Charlton to score with a smashing header after a mere nine minutes of action. The West Yorkshire club doubled the advantage through Rod Belfitt who found the net following a mistake by versatile midfielder John Fitzpatrick two minutes into the second period, only for the latter to reduce the arrears for Manchester United when he headed past home goalkeeper Gary Sprake from a flag-kick by Bobby Charlton on the hour mark, and with the contest approaching its final phase the provider finished off an attack by powering the ball home to level the score for the visiting side. A loyal stalwart if there ever was one, Bobby Charlton would continue to put in excellent performances for Manchester United in the seasons to come, but time eventually started to take its toll on his legs and he left Old Trafford at the end of the 1972–73 campaign, having contributed an impressive 249 senior goals in 758 first team appearances for the club. After finally hanging up his football boots, he was appointed manager at Second Division outfit Preston North End at the beginning of the 1973-74 season, but he resigned only two years later after a dispute with the Deepdale Board of Directors over the transfer of sought-after central defender John Bird to Newcastle United.
In other First Division matches, Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw against Southampton at Maine Road, Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Newcastle United 3-2 at Molineux, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 at Upton Park, Liverpool overcame Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, Derby County succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Baseball Ground, Ipswich Town beat Stoke City 2-0 at Portman Road, Nottingham Forest fell 2-0 against Coventry City at Highfield Road, Crystal Palace hammered West Bromwich Albion by a 3-0 score at Selhurst Park, newly promoted clubs Blackpool and Huddersfield Town battled out a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road, while Arsenal outclassed reigning champions Everton 4-0 before crowd of 50,000 people at Highbury where Ray Kennedy registered a brace for The Gunners. The 2-2 draw between Leeds United and Manchester United at Elland Road meant that Don Revie´s men were now topping the table with 19 points from 12 games, while Wilf McGuinness´s side found themselves in 17th position with 10 points from the same amount of matches played. Leeds United Team: Gary Sprake, Paul Madeley, Paul Reaney, Terry Cooper, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Billy Bremner, Mick Bates, Rod Belfitt, Peter Lorimer, Allan Clarke. Substitute: Terry Hibbitt. Manchester United Team: Jimmy Rimmer, Tony Dunne, Paul Edwards, Francis Burns, Ian Ure, Nobby Stiles, John Aston Junior, John Fitzpatrick, Bobby Charlton, Brian Kidd, George Best. Substitute: Carlo Sartori.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United managed a 1-1 draw against Leeds United in a First Division fixture at Elland Road on the 12th of January 1966. David Herd equalised for Matt Busby´s United on the hour mark after ex-Airdrieonians forward Jim Storrie had given Leeds the lead in the 25th minute of the encounter.
Manchester United Ten Previous Matches
Manchester United 1 West Ham United 1
Manchester United 2 Everton 0
Liverpool 1 Manchester United 1
Aldershot 1 Manchester United 3
Ipswich Town 4 Manchester United 0
Manchester United 1 Blackpool 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Manchester United 2
Manchester United 1 Portsmouth 0
Manchester United 0 Crystal Palace 1
Manager: Wilf McGuinness