BAYERN MUNICH 2 LEEDS UNITED 0 – 1975 European Cup Final, Parc des Princes, Paris 28th May 1975

There is little doubt that the Leeds United side from 1965-1975 was one of the greatest the world has ever seen. Not as captivating as the Brazilian side of 1970 and not as successful as the Liverpool side of the 70’s and 80’s but for a ten-year period were as dominant a force as there

SCOTLAND 2 ENGLAND 0 1974 Home International Championship – Hampden Park 18th May 1974

The annual climax to the domestic season was an occasion which would see the handing over of the baton to Scotland as the dominant British force in the international game. Although England still led the Home International Championship, a win for the Scots would give them the title and send them off as Britain’s sole

ENGLAND 0 ITALY 1 International Friendly Wembley Stadium 14th November 1973

Despite the failure to qualify for the World Cup, Sir Alf Ramsey was still in charge for the visit of Italy for this friendly. The writing was on the wall though and another failure saw the final nail, if not hammered into the coffin, at least tapped in to position. Sir Alf seemed to believe

ENGLAND 1 POLAND 1 World Cup Qualifier Wembley Stadium 17th October 1973

It’s a game that defines an era, the start of England’s decline as a world footballing power. Just six and a half years after winning the tournament, England failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since they had deigned FIFA the honour of actually competing for the trophy in 1950. In

ENGLAND 7 AUSTRIA 0 Friendly International Wembley Stadium 26th September 1973

England warmed up for their impending make or break World Cup qualifier with an exhibition performance against Austria in a match which would be the final victory for England’s World Cup winning manager. With England needing goals against Poland, Ramsey cast aside the defensive midfielder which had been a feature of recent line-ups and fielded

AC MILAN 1 LEEDS UNITED 0 1973 European Cup Winners Cup Final Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Salonika 16th May 1973

(This piece was originally posted on ClarkeOneNil) It’s hard to imagine a side entering a European Final in such low spirits, but as Leeds United entered the field of play at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Salonika for their Cup Winners Cup Final against AC Milan, the clouds hanging over the side were as heavy as those

SCOTLAND 0 ENGLAND 5 – Scottish FA Centenary Match – Hampden Park, Glasgow – 14th February 1973

England were invited by the Scottish FA to play a friendly game to mark the centenary of the governing body in Scotland. The match also marked the first game in charge for new manager Willie Ormond, but neither he nor the Scottish FA could have envisaged such a disastrous night for their international side. On