are they now?
(Boersma) v Leeds United 1 (Cherry)
won 6-5 on penalties)
10 August. Venue: Wembly.
reported in Total Sport, June 2000, no.61, pp 96-7. Words
Aaron Richardson and Alex Murphy.
United: Harvey, Reaney, Cherry, Bremner, McQueen, Hunter,
Lorimer, Clarke (McKenzie), Jordan, Giles, Gray.
Clemence, Smith, Lindsay, Thompson, Cormack, Hughes,
Keegan, Hall, Heighway, Boersma, Callaghan.
the sneaky stamping of toes, to the outrageous tackles
from behind that give FIFA nightmares, charity was in
short supply in 1974. In a thoroughly enjoyable,
ill-tempered affair Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan became
the first British players ever to be dismissed at Wembley
and took their clothes off for good measure.
unashamed display of violence came to a head when Bremner
and Keegan were dismissed after the hour for trading
punches in true playground style. In the climate of tough
1970s football, both players felt they had been harshly
treated and for no good reason took off their shirts,
flinging them on to the Wembley track.One spectator
refused to enjoy the fun. He tried to have the red-headed
Bremner and feather cut-flaunting Keegan charged with a
breach of the peace, but a magistrate refused to issue a
FA were less lenient, fining both players 500 pounds and
banning them until September meaning they would miss a
staggering 11 matches. It was the first Charity Shield
ever to be shown on television, and the chairman of the
disciplinary committee, Vernon Stokes. admitted that the
punishment might not have been quite so severe if the
match had not been played at Wembley and shown to the
the players too busy kicking each other to notice, the
match petered out to a 1-1 stalemate Phil Boersma had
opened the scoring for Liverpool in the 20th minute, but
Trevor Cherry headed home Leeds equaliser in the 70th.
The goals were just a distracting sideshow to the
game went to penalties and, with the scores balanced
precariously at 5-5 in sudden death, Leeds bizarrely
chose their keeper David Harvey to go next. Harvey duly
obliged by thumping the ball over the bar Ian Callaghan
smashed home the winner for Liverpool, but the match will
be remembered only for the ridiculous sight of Keegan and
Bremner's bare-chested outrage.
match available commercially ? E-mail me
McKenzie (Nottingham Forest) wear short or long
sleeves in this match? Clarkes69 must know... See Winter