BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 CITY 4
FA Cup 5th Round
24th February 1969
City Lee 2, Coleman 2
City Dowd, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Bell, Lee, Young, Coleman
Blackburn Blacklaw, Newton, Calloway, Mulvaney, Coddington, Sharples, Metcalfe, Darling, Fryatt, Martin, Connelly
TONY COLEMAN AND FRANCIS LEE SCORE CITY’S 2ND AND 3RD GOALS
The game which should originally have been played on 7th February 1969, but it suffered a whole spate of postponements through the weather and also a flu epidemic which swept through the Rovers’ squad as effectively as we were to do when the game finally took place on Monday 24th February.
With the post-war track record weighted heavily in Blackburn’s favour, and also considering that City had only played one game since 18th January, and that was abandoned before half-time, the home fans in the 42,315 crowd had every reason for optimism.
But this was to be Citys Cup year, remember? We had already dismissed Luton and Newcastle, and Ewood held no fears for the Blues.
On the night there was clearly a whole division in class between the teams, and City were unstoppable. The teams cautiously probed each other for the first 13 minutes of the game. Jim Fryatt caused a few problems for us with his ability to get up to high balls, while Lee and Surnrnerbee looked threatening in patches.
Then came the first blow to Rovers hopes. Colin Bell, whose passing on the night was sheer magic, split the Rovers defence and Lee left them looking for an oflside flag that never came. Keith Newton tried to close the distance but when Franny had an opportunity like that there was generally only one outcome. He raced over 40 yards, showed the ball to ‘keeper Adam Blacklaw, and planted it firmly home.
Half-time came with City in the driving seat, but Manager Eddie Quigley clearly gave his players new heart for the resumption, Fryatt equalising with a header after only three minutes. But their celebrations were quelled 10 minutes later when City winger Tony Coleman latched on to a square pass from Bell and hit home a screamer, with his ‘wrong” right foot. City then kept up the pressure. Neil Young evaded a series of wild challenges to feed Lee, whose run ended with another unstoppable shot past Blacklaw. Then Coleman completed the scoring a little later to give us a 4-1 win and a home tie against Spurs the following Saturday.
FROM AN ARTICLE BY JOHN MADDOCKS PUBLISHED IN THE CITY PROGRAMME 5TH SEPTEMBER 1987
TONY COLEMAN MAKES IT 4-1