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Leeds United 1972-73 No.0111

Leeds United 1972-73 No.0111

Submitted: 03/13/11 (Edited 03/13/11)
Description: The league campaign for 1972-73 saw Leeds finish in a worthy third spot on 53 points. Leeds United showed their strength more in the cup competitions. Again though it was bad luck and bad refereeing decisions that cost Leeds what would have been another memorable season. In the European Cup Winners Cup Final several unbelievable decisions cost Leeds United dearly. The ref' awarded the Leeds opponents AC Milan a doubtful free kick in the first five minutes from which they scored, this goal proving to be the decisive goal. Leeds were denied two definite penalty claims by the Greek referee Christos Michas. Machos was suspended by UEFA directly after the game for his appalling performance. Anyone watching the game including the Greek crowd had Leeds United down as the real winners. Despite the suspension of Michas Leeds were never allowed to replay this game, or justifiably play for the cup under the control of a honest referee. In the FA Cup and Leeds reached their fourth final in less than ten years, playing second division Sunderland. No one realistically gave Sunderland a chance but an incredible goalkeeping display from Sunderland keeper Jim Montgomery and an Ian Porterfield goal saw the cup go North East.

Back Row: Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray, Mick Bates, Allan Clarke, Norman Hunter, Gordon McQueen, Roy Ellam, Paul Reaney, Frank Gray.
Front Row: Terry Yorath, Gary Sprake, Trevor Cherry, Joe Jordan, Johnny Giles, David Harvey, Paul Madeley, Billy Bremner, Mick Jones.
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