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Leeds United (1) 2 - 3 (1) Ipswich Town

FA Cup 6th Round, 3rd Replay (at Filbert Street) 1974-75

Thursday, March 27, 1975

Referee: J Taylor

Manager: Unknown

Filbert Street

Attendance: 19,570

Manager: Bobby Robson

Match Number: 1507











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Match Report

Leeds United 2 Ipswich Town 3

The massive effort that eventually saw Ipswich Town through to the semi-final of the FA Cup, may have cost them the league championship..

Their manager, Bobby Robson, came close to admitting as much when Filbert Street, Leicester, finally fell silent after one of the most magnetic and memorable cup-ties seen on that ground.

Robson pointed to the injuries of key players, Beattie and Lambert, who both missed the game and to striker, Johnson, who limped off after 37 minutes with a leg injury. He said: "We hope none of them will be out or long; but this is bound to limit our championship chances."

But at least Ipswich had the prize of victory after three replays in a tie which lasted a total of seven stamina-draining hours. For Leeds, however, so often the bridesmaids, the headaches are piling up.

Manager Jimmy Armfield has an even larger injury list: six members of his first team squad are under treatment and they have the might Spanish champions, Barcelona, to face in the European Cup in just ten days' time.

Mr. Armfield said: "We are working hard, ready for Barcelona, but, until we play them, it will be impossible to judge just how much these replays have taken out of us. We shall plod on."

It was a superb right-foot shot from Woods, nine minutes from time - "the greatest goal of my career" - that finally defeated a Leeds side that had twice come from behind.

Despite the refusal of referee Jack Taylor to award a penalty in the dying minutes when Allan Hunter appeared to trip substitute Duncan McKenzie in the area, there were no complaints.

Ipswich had their share of luck on the night but the brilliance of Viljoen in particular and the staggering potential displayed by John Wark, 17, melted may hearts.

Wark - he was in the youth side two days earlier - was thrust into this, his first team debut because of injury to Beattie. Yet, from the first minute when he whipped the ball from Clarke's toe with consummate ease, one knew that this was another product from the Ipswich conveyor belt of genuine talent.

After 5 and 1/2 hours previously had only produced one goal apeice, this third replay was but five minutes old when Mills pumped over a cross from Hamilton's throw-in and Whymark pushed it in with his knee; Clarke flicked in an equaliser from Reaney's cross and, a few minutes later, the limping Johnson was replaced by Osborne.

For a time, Leeds' neat passing contained Ipswich but, five minutes into the second half, a long drive from Viljoen struck Hamilton and left Stewart stranded.

A delicately placed header from Giles over a pack of writhing players, hauled Leeds back once more, but Woods' curling shot into the right corner finally finished them off and, at last, West Ham knew who their semi-final opponents would be.

Roland Orton (Daily Telegraph)

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