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    I watched the first leg - 2-2 at Elland Rd including a belter from Steve Williams - on Sportsnight as a nipper, but have never seen it since. Any time I search Youtube or the like it is never there, which, for a big game that was on tv (highlights at least) seems surprising. Anyone know where to find it?

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    That was one helluva evening, cold and snowy fantastic comeback and unabated anger from the Leeds lads at the end all the way back to the cars and coaches down the road! I hung onto the tail of a police horse!

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    Oh yeah I remember watching on Spirtsnight and not knowing the score. My over riding memory of that, apart from being two down and coming back, was Phil Boyer getting sent off, possibly the only time in his career ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatlesaint View Post
    Oh yeah I remember watching on Spirtsnight and not knowing the score. My over riding memory of that, apart from being two down and coming back, was Phil Boyer getting sent off, possibly the only time in his career ?
    and Lawrie Mac standing on the touchline conducting the Saints fans to sing.......................and a pitch sprinkler randomly going off?

    Worst was the second leg having to listen on Solent in the days before full match commentary

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanimal View Post
    That was one helluva evening, cold and snowy fantastic comeback and unabated anger from the Leeds lads at the end all the way back to the cars and coaches down the road! I hung onto the tail of a police horse!
    Standing in the open corner of Elland Road in the snow, fecking nightmare drive up there in my Cortina with three mates from Bracknell. Journey back must have been as bad but only remember a pub stop about 10 miles outside Leeds (Castleford?). Helluva night, pity we had to play Forest in the Final. What a ****hole Leeds was, probably still is). Not the most welcoming of supporters.

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    ended up with a thick li[p after the game after being attacked by Leeds fans, didn't spoil a great night and we stopped in Hudderfield at mates house after game and celebrated win there

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    Yes it is a shame the footage seems to have gone missing. My memory is of standing outside the ground trying without success to give a spare ticket away. Also got my Renault 4 stuck in the snow in the carpark - pushed out by Leeds fans who didn't know what team I supported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenilworthy View Post
    Yes it is a shame the footage seems to have gone missing. My memory is of standing outside the ground trying without success to give a spare ticket away. Also got my Renault 4 stuck in the snow in the carpark - pushed out by Leeds fans who didn't know what team I supported.
    We had similar experience when starter motor jammed Leeds fans gave us a push in silence from us. Soon as got going out cane scarves etc.
    One entrance out of ground bloke in front got punched I got out in melee.
    Severely outnumbered great comeback only thing Terry Curran did when he was at Saints in the second game


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    Remember the second leg was nearly postponed because of the weather, so we all got let in late. Great fun queueing outside the West stand terrace turnstiles in Archers Road as Leeds fan charged up and down the road.
    Terry Curran got the early goal and we just about hung on

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwsaint View Post
    Remember the second leg was nearly postponed because of the weather, so we all got let in late. Great fun queueing outside the West stand terrace turnstiles in Archers Road as Leeds fan charged up and down the road.
    Terry Curran got the early goal and we just about hung on
    The only goal he scored for Saints and it was like time stood still before he hit the thing. Was a long long night.

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    Was at the second leg, Leeds had the entire Archers. A great night under the lights, I was with my dad in the East Debentures.

    Pitch invasion afterwards, celebrating and Saints fans taunting Leeds who were caged in by steel fences a decade before Hillsborough which eventually got rid of all that.

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    Remember just about every Saints fan inside the Dell swinging their scarves above their heads singing "Que Sera" when it was becoming a reality that we really were going back to Wembley for the third time in less than 3 years. This was when Wembley had this magical aura about it, unlike today when every Tom, D1ck and Harry gets to play at the ultra-modern soulless place, further killing it's magic and sense of being the Holy Grail for football supporters when they chuck FA Cup semi-finals there and even league games with Spurs.

    The snow continued all the way up to the 1979 League Cup Final too on March 17.

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    The return leg at the Dell was one of the most nail biting home games I experienced following Saints

    Great atmosphere

    Terry Curran was not one of the better players to turn out in a Saints shirt but did the business on the night.

    Remember him being sent off (same season?) at QPR

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyinthesky View Post
    The return leg at the Dell was one of the most nail biting home games I experienced following Saints

    Great atmosphere

    Terry Curran was not one of the better players to turn out in a Saints shirt but did the business on the night.

    Remember him being sent off (same season?) at QPR
    Sadly didn't get to watch it - got jumped by about 60 Leeds thugs in Milton Road and there were 4 of us. Got a right going over, passed out and woke up in hospital hours later. Apparently an elderly Leeds couple stepped in when I was getting my head licked when out cold on the street or could have been a lot worse. For years afterwards I would pass out for no apparent reason - doc's never found anything despite lots of investigation.

    Needless to say no one "saw anything" and no arrests. Did try to find the couple (to thank them) but failed. Glad to say all is well now, and certainly don't miss those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    Sadly didn't get to watch it - got jumped by about 60 Leeds thugs in Milton Road and there were 4 of us. Got a right going over, passed out and woke up in hospital hours later. Apparently an elderly Leeds couple stepped in when I was getting my head licked when out cold on the street or could have been a lot worse. For years afterwards I would pass out for no apparent reason - doc's never found anything despite lots of investigation.

    Needless to say no one "saw anything" and no arrests. Did try to find the couple (to thank them) but failed. Glad to say all is well now, and certainly don't miss those days.
    Doh - maybe brain is still fecked! Meant kicked in

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    I lived in Leeds for a while and was one of a handful of Saints supporters who were at Elland Rd in the early seventies during the Revie era.

    We pulled back to 1-1 after an impressive Joe Kirkup OG then Bill Bremner barged into our keeper, Jerry Gurr, after he had gathered a cross.

    Gurr tapped Bremner on the head with the ball.

    The Ref wasnt looking but Bremner went down holding his head

    The crowd roared and the Ref turned round to see Bremner on the ground holding his head and gave a penalty.

    I shouted out in disgust and realised that I was alone amongst thousands of Leeds fans

    Fortunately those around me were rather surprised at the soft penalty decision and probably had a degree of sympathy for a lone, and hard done, solitary Saints fan on their particular piece of terracing

    Overall though Leeds fans are not the nicest

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatlesaint View Post
    The only goal he scored for Saints and it was like time stood still before he hit the thing. Was a long long night.
    Hit it? From my recollection it bounced off his knee from about a yard out. Although it's a long time ago, memory can play tricks on us oldies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wurzel View Post
    Hit it? From my recollection it bounced off his knee from about a yard out. Although it's a long time ago, memory can play tricks on us oldies.
    As you can see never post as canít be arsed but that night was mental .

    Under East and had good view of ball hitting his knee and going in.

    Had run ins with Leeds before during and after especially after as we had parked next to Leeds coaches in Hill Lane . Carnage .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wurzel View Post
    Hit it? From my recollection it bounced off his knee from about a yard out. Although it's a long time ago, memory can play tricks on us oldies.
    It was up the Archers Road end and I was a nipper in the Family Centre so it was the wrong end and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen the goal since that night

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