Leeds United AFC: Once(ish!) Part 1…

In the first of an occasional series, this is a quick look back at opponents whom Leeds United AFC  have only ever crossed swords with “Once (ish)” in our history. “Once (ish)” is the title of this series, because there is a slight cheat & even the not so keen eyed will notice that not only are One off cup games included, but also 2 legged cup ties & replays! First up are current Bundesliga high flyers Hannover 96…

Who Are they:

“Hannoverscher Sportverein von 1896″ play at the AWD-Arena, which was built in 1954. It has a current capacity of 49,000 & hosted to a few games in the 2006 World Cup. The club also held matches during the 1974 World Cup as well as the 1988 European Championships. Hannover’s most notable achivement in recent history was to win the German Cup in 1992 & they are currently on course for a crack at the Champions League for the first time…

When Did We Meet:

Season 1968/1969 Inter City Fairs Cup Round 3

1st Leg:

18th December 1968 -Elland Road:  Leeds United AFC 5 ~ 1 Hannover 96

2nd Leg:

4th February 1969- AWD – Arena: Hannover 96 1 ~ 2  Leeds United AFC

Don Revie set out in 1968/1969 with the main aim of winning the League Title. The Whites rose to the challenge & became Champions of England in real style, losing only 2 league games all season. However, along the way to glory, the Whites cup form was to suffer. We went out of the League Cup in the 4th round, before exiting the FA Cup in round 3. The Whites faired little better in Europe as we looked to retain the Inter City Fairs Cup. By beating Ferencvaros in the 2 legged 1968 final, Revie’s Leeds had become the first British club to win the Fairs cup. However, attempting to retain the trophy was no easy task…

After edging past Standard Liege over 2 legs, next up was a tough tie with Napoli. The game was level at 2-2 over the 2 legs & extra time didn’t decide the tie. In times where there was no replay’s or penatly shoot out’s, the Whites eventually progressed to round 3 by the simple toss of a coin. It was at that point that Leeds United AFC would take on Hannover 96 for the first & only time in our history up to press. The Whites were at home in the 1st leg & Elland Road proved to be a fortress. The German side were simply ripped apart as the Whites romped to a 5-1 victory. Goals from Hunter, Lorimer (2), O’Grady & Charlton set the Whites on course for the next round…

Hans-Josef Hellingrath scored a late consolation goal for Hannover, however, it only served to flatter the visitors & the one sided scoreline could have been much worse. The huge win made the 2nd leg academic, but even so, it proved to be a much closer game. The Whites went into the match without the injured pair of Giles & Madley, but it didn’t unduly affect matters & we raced into a  2-0 lead thanks to goals from Belfitt & Jones. At 7 (SEVEN)-1 (ONE) on aggregate, the hosts were playing for pride & after Cooper saw Red for a tackle on Wottka, Heynckes pulled a goal back for the Germans to make the scoreline on the night a tad more respectable…

After the game, Revie would brand Hannover as “Brutal”, quite ironic given our tag of “Dirty Leeds”. The final aggregate scoreline of Leeds United AFC 7 (SIEBEN) Hannover 96 2 (ZWEI) was as comprehensive as could have been hoped for. Sadly, the European goal feast would dry up & the Whites would go out in the fourth round to Ujpest Dozsa, in what would prove to be our last defeat of the season in any competition as we romped to the title by 6 points. However, whilst it would prove to be the last time our paths would cross with Hannover 96, it would not be the last time Leeds United AFC would be involved in the battle for the Inter City Fairs Cup…

Leeds United AFC…“For Ralf & Stefanie”… Keep Fighting…

Over at Mighty Leeds, you can read more about the Whites 1968/1969 title winning season, whilst more on the above games can be found over at OZ WhiteLUFC

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Posted March 30, 2011 by keepfighting in leeds united, Uncategorized

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