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    That 1974/75 season

    Posted by Oldhatter on 8/12/2023, 0:26:23

    In my opinion,this season is quite similar to that one, let's hope we do not get robbed out of staying in the division, how there was never a investigation over that Leeds v Spurs game is a complete mystery. Why the match was also played a couple days after the last round of matches is another mystery.
    I think we had only won one game by Xmas and a about half dozen draws.when we beat Brian Cloughs Derby who went on to be champions followed by a Boxing day win against Bobby Robsons Ipswich away.we had a great second half of the season winning and drawing a quite a few games. High flying Leeds only had to
    M not to lose for us to stay up.
    There was a match at Kenilworth, I am not sure if it was a reserve or local cup final, the crowd was
    Big because there was regular updates on that spurs game....was anyone else there to remind me?

      Re: That 1974/75 season

      Posted by Cheated on 8/12/2023, 9:18:36, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

      A friend of mine met Billy Bremner at one of these talk events, and he admitted Leeds got paid off. At 1 point he had to tell John Pratt to stop taking the piss as they were going to win. I guess he meant spurs showboating .

        Re: That 1974/75 season

        Posted by harrywalden on 8/12/2023, 13:13:38, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

        Bit late joining this conversation.
        But met Martin Chivers at a Wembley event three or four years ago, he remembered the game well, he scored that night.
        He never admitted it was a stich up but also he never said it wasn't, the smile on his face said it all though !.
        Really nice guy and great company even if he was a party to that highly dubious result.
        A week or so later I was working and staying overnight in Norwich when Leeds met Bayern Munich in the European Cup Final, only person in the hotel bar screaming fervently for Bayern and celebrating madly when they scored.

          Re: That 1974/75 season

          Posted by Trainspotter on 8/12/2023, 17:24:23, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

          Saw martin chives playing Sunday league, big guy and still had a tremendous long throw.

        Re: That 1974/75 season

        Posted by Cotteridge Hatter on 8/12/2023, 9:10:06, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

        The key thing was Paul Futcher, he came into the first team at Christmas, I think he was only 18 at the time, turned our season around. Still the best player I've seen in a Luton shirt.

          Re: That 1974/75 season

          Posted by RADSB on 8/12/2023, 9:29:16, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

          Yes both Futchers made a difference. Paul was so cool at the back for such a young man. Ron scored the winner at Ipswich on Boxing Day on his full league debut then a hatrick v Wolves a few days later. Another factor was Buckley who came in for Bobby Thompson v Liverpool just before Xmas.

          Re: That 1974/75 season

          Posted by KS on 8/12/2023, 8:57:34, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

          The questionable things you've described were just the way things were done in those days.

          It wasn't right but they weren't much bothered about having a level playing field.

          How times have changed..........

            Re: That 1974/75 season

            Posted by Andy Cappuccino on 8/12/2023, 8:41:25, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

            Hope so we did very well in the second half of the season

              Re: That 1974/75 season

              Posted by Terry in the Office on 8/12/2023, 8:20:59, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

              Dave Mackay was Derby manager that season. The second half of that season was a real rollercoaster with some excellent performances in it.

                Re: That 1974/75 season

                Posted by Hatter66 on 8/12/2023, 7:30:19, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

                We beat wolves 3.2 over that Xmas. Ron futcher scored a hatrick. At Ipswich Ron got booked when it was actually Paul who committed the foul. Refs have definitely not improved....lol...

                  Re: That 1974/75 season

                  Posted by Winged Hatter on 8/12/2023, 6:20:45, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

                  If the Damned United is correct, Clough had left Derby and also left Leeds who we beat earlier in that season.

                  I was 2, so can't remember I am afraid.

                    Re: That 1974/75 season

                    Posted by The Outsider on 8/12/2023, 7:23:16, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

                    He was at Leeds that season although the film shows that we beat them but it was actually a draw. Also, it shows that he was sacked after that game but he was still there for a league cup game against Huddersfield later that week.

                    Re: That 1974/75 season

                    Posted by Homer on 8/12/2023, 1:56:08, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"


                    Leeds were due to play the European Cup final later that week. Riots ensued in Paris as Leeds lost 2-0

                      Re: That 1974/75 season

                      Posted by Give it to Weller on 8/12/2023, 1:03:41, in reply to "That 1974/75 season"

                      All I remember was that I was at that reserve game and I was gutted and felt that the Leeds result was a stitch up.
                      For younger Hatters the reason that you had to go to the reserve game was because there wasn't any other coverage.....can you imagine no mobile phones, no internet, no TV coverage, no Sky you actually had to be there if you wanted to know what was going on.

                        Re: That 1974/75 season

                        Posted by Balarmory on 8/12/2023, 8:36:03, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

                        You’d get results on BBC radio 2 either 5 minutes before, or after 10pm news. No Ceefax in 1975.

                          Re: That 1974/75 season

                          Posted by Eblockhomeandaway on 8/12/2023, 5:37:10, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

                          Some of us went to watch the Spurs v Leeds game, if you'd seen live it was an obvious fix.

                            Re: That 1974/75 season

                            Posted by Caught Jester on 8/12/2023, 7:30:48, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

                            A friend of mine went. He says the same.

                              Re: That 1974/75 season

                              Posted by Trainspotter on 8/12/2023, 10:16:56, in reply to "Re: That 1974/75 season"

                              Remember us turning Everton over, who looked like they might win the league that season up till then. Outplayed 40mins we scored 2 before half time .. they never recovered.
                              It was rearranged after first game postponed.
                              Programme was original with 2 page cover.

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