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1969-70 Season - Short-sweet success for the south
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1969-70 Season - Short-sweet success for the south

Posted June 6, 2015   |   3617 views   |   Sport   |   Comments (0) What will be recalled as the most compressed League and F.A. Cup season on record because of England's World Cup commitments, the 1969-70 campaign pro-vided a bitter-sweet mixture for increasing crowds and sparked off a new fervour for the game.

At the season's start. Leeds manager Don Revie whose team, the reigning League champions, looked set for another highly successful season went on record as saying that the "sofa south" were unlikely to be among the major honours.

But Chelsea took the F.A. Cup for the first time in their chequered history—by defeating Leeds in the only Final replay since 1912 and a splendidly revived Arsenal won the European Fairs Cup—their first major success for 17 years.

Another London club, Orient, deserved-ly won the Third Division championship under the guidance of promising young manager Jimmy Bloomfield, and giant-killing Watford reached the F.A. Cup semi-finals. Leeds, once threatening to capture everything in sight, won nothing. In their bid for F.A. Cup and European Cup glory they found themselves over-hauled by a skilful and consistent Everton team who won the League title for the second time under manager Harry Catterick. Leeds finished as runners-up in both League and Cup, and Chelsea, after their greatest season for years, were a worthy third.

Newly-promoted Derby lived up to expectations by ending up fourth for another spectacular feather in manager Brian Clough's cap but two famous teams, Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland, both tasted the bitterness of relegation.
So, too, did those once illustrious clubs, Aston Villa and Preston North End, this time down into the depths of the Third Division, both for the first time in their long histories.

But it was a dual Roses triumph up at the top where Huddersfield (Yorkshire) and Blackpool (Lanes) were the promoted sides—inspiring achievements for two more young managers, Ian Greaves and Les Shannon.

Luton under Alec Stock—a promotion specialist if ever there was one—accom-panied Orient into Division 2 and two Welsh clubs, Wrexham and the newly-named Swansea City, were among the four clubs promoted from the Fourth Division.

Port Vale, expelled from the League and voted back in only two seasons ago, also reached the Third Division.

Manchester United were unable to regain a place in Europe despite reaching the semi-finals of the F.A. Cup. But their aggregate home attendances (51,515) were still the highest in the country. For their rivals, Manchester City, it turned out another wonderful season. City, still guided by that gifted tandem, Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison, not only won the League Cup but finished on an even more triumphant note by taking the European Cup-Winners Cup to round off four magnificent seasons of achieve-ment at Maine Road.

The Home International championship was naturally overshadowed by the World Cup and England, Scotland and Wales figured in a triple tie.

Albert Kinsey of Wrexham was England's top League marksman with 27 goals and we saw the first £200,000 transfer - Martin Peters to Spurs in exchange for Jimmy Greaves, plus £146,000.

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