Chelsea 2-2 Leeds United (1969-70 FA Cup Final)

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1970 FA Cup Final
1970 FA Cup Final programme.gif
0Scoreline Chelsea 2-2 Leeds United
0Date 11 April 1970
0Competition FA Cup
0Referee Eric Jennings
0Stadium Wembley Stadium
0Attendance 100,000

The first 1970 FA Cup Final took place on 11 April 1970 at Wembley Stadium and ended 2-2, forcing a replay. It was the first Wembley final not to be decided on the day and marked a clash of footballing contrasts. Chelsea, the flamboyant southerners, faced Leeds United, the uncompromising, but talented, northerners. Both sides were challenging for their first ever FA Cup win and entered the final as two of the best teams of the era, having finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the First Division that season.


Match review

The match at Wembley took place on the 11 April, around a month earlier than was typical for FA Cup finals, due to the FA's wish for the England team, who were world champions and were defending their trophy in Mexico, to have time to acclimatise to the Mexican climate. The game was hampered by a poor pitch, the Horse of the Year show having taken place there a week previously. In a game where Leeds were generally seen to have had the best of the play, with winger Eddie Gray in particular giving David Webb a torrid time, the Yorkshiremen took the lead after 20 minutes when Jack Charlton's downward header from a corner didn't bounce, meaning Eddie McCreadie mis-timed his clearance and the ball rolled over the line. Towards the end of the first half, Chelsea's Peter Houseman drove a low shot from 20 yards, which goalkeeper Gary Sprake fumbled, and it, too, rolled over the line for the equaliser. Leeds appeared to have secured the game six minutes from full-time when an Allan Clarke header hit the post and Mick Jones reacted first to put the ball into the net, but just two minutes later Ian Hutchinson headed in the equaliser from John Hollins' cross to take the match to a replay. This would be the first FA Cup final replay since 1912.

Match details

11 April 1970
Chelsea 2 - 2 Leeds United Venue: Wembley
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Eric Jennings
Houseman Goal 41'
Hutchinson Goal 86'
Charlton Goal 20'
Jones Goal 84'
GK 1 Peter Bonetti
RB 2 David Webb
LB 3 Eddie McCreadie
CM 4 John Hollins
CB 5 John Dempsey
CB 6 Ron Harris (c) Sub off.png 90'
RM 7 Tommy Baldwin
CM 8 Peter Houseman
CF 9 Peter Osgood
CF 10Ian Hutchinson
LM 11Charlie Cooke
DF 12Marvin Hinton Sub on.png 90'
Dave Sexton
GK 1 Gary Sprake
RB 2 Paul Madeley
LB 3 Terry Cooper
CM 4 Billy Bremner (c)
CB 5 Jack Charlton
CB 6 Norman Hunter
RM 7 Peter Lorimer
CF 8 Allan Clarke
CF 9 Mick Jones
CM 10Johnny Giles
LM 11Eddie Gray
MF 12Mick Bates
Don Revie

Road to the Final

Season Day D M Year Comp Opposition Venue Result Score Additional information
1969-70Sat3Jan19703rd RoundBirmingham CityHomeWon3-0
1969-70Sat24Jan19704th RoundBurnleyHomeDrew2-2
1969-70Tue27Jan19704th Round ReplayBurnleyAwayWon3-1
1969-70Sat7Feb19705th RoundCrystal PalaceAwayWon4-1
1969-70Sat21Feb19706th RoundQueens Park RangersAwayWon4-2
1969-70Sat14Mar1970Semi FinalWatfordNeutral*Won5-1*White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur)


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