Thursday, 28 April 2011

Cup Final Countdown: 16 Days To Go

Tomorrow is the 41st anniversary of the 1970 FA Cup Final Replay between Chelsea and Leeds United at Old Trafford.

It's gone down in football folklore as one of the most brutal finals in history - Don Revie's hard-as-nails Leeds trying to give a collective wedgie to Dave Sexton's King's Road vajazzlers.

The Wembley final was moved to April 11 to allow World Cup-holding England to do some altitude training ahead of the doomed Mexico campaign. It finished 2-2.

In the black & white replay, Mick Jones put Leeds in front before a sensational flying header from Peter Osgood's sideburns made it 1-1. Dave Webb went on to win it for Chelsea in extra time.

BBC TV News wordsmith Geoff Byrne was there in full colour. This is his moving 40-second story of loose change and a loose 1970s attitude to school attendance.

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