Posh v Leeds Utd FA Cup 4th Rd – 26 Jan 1974
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 1 v Leeds Utd 4
Referee: R. Matthewson
Leeds were top of the old Division One and unbeaten when coming to London Road to face a Posh side favourites for promotion from Division Four.
It was said that Don Revie’s side were cynical, dirty and generally unsporting, however they could also play a bit!
They were the biggest draw in the land and created a buzz around the city which didn’t die down even when the club hiked up the ticket prices in the main stand from 65p to £1.
Posh believed they had an opportunity to cause a bigger upset than when they beat Arsenal nine years earlier. It was a belief that increased when news of Leeds’ injury list filtered through.
There was no Jack Charlton, no John Giles, no Allan Clarke and no Mick Jones. England international Terry Cooper was tipped to play his first game since breaking a leg almost two years previously.
On the other hand Posh were at full strength, physically and mentally fine tuned after spending the night before at the plush George Hotel in Stamford.
Unfortunately they were in for a rude awakening. Leeds scored four times in a 19-minute spell in the first-half to put the tie to bed.
They were helped by some good fortune as free-kick specialist Peter Lorimer’s 15th minute set-piece was deflected into the net.
Two headers from Joe Jordan and a tap in from Terry Yorath completed a tortuous first half for Posh fans, although as Leeds eased off, Posh improved enough to grab a consolation goal midway through the second-half when John Cozens headed home Tommy Robson’s cross.
“Posh died with dignity,” insisted the headline in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and Posh Manager Noel Cantwell concurred.
Cantwell said: “I was a bit disappointed because we had no luck in the early stages, but I was proud of the way we kept going. We now need to make sure of promotion.”
And they did by claiming the Division Four title just after Leeds were crowned champions of the First Division.
Off the pitch Leeds fans did nothing to enhance their club’s reputation. A coffee stand in the Moys End of London Road was taken to pieces and deposited at the side of the pitch, and that was not just because the tea was undrinkable in those days!
The game was also keeper Mick Drewery’s last first team game for the Posh. Although Mick remained with the Posh until 1976, a back injury forced him into retirement.
Posh: Mick Drewery, Keith Bradley, Jeff Lee, Dave Llewelyn, Chris Turner, Mick Jones, Keith Bradley, Bert Murray, John Cozens, Jim Hall (Jack Carmichael), Freddie Hill and Tommy Robson.
Leeds United: David Harvey, Paul Reaney, Terry Cooper, Billy Bremner, Roy Ellam, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Terry Yorath, Joe Jordan, Trevor Cherry and Paul Madeley. Unused Sub: Frank Gray
The Posh – John Cozens 63 mins.
Leeds Utd – Peter Lorimer 15 mins, Joe Jordan (2) 24 & 30mins and Terry Yorath 33 mins.