League Division 1
18th August 1971
scorers Lee(2 inc 1 pen), Davies, Booth
Ref H New
City Corrigan, Book, Connor, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Young, Heslop, Davies, Lee, Mellor – unused sub Carrodus
Palace Jackson, Payne, Wall, Kember, McCormick, Blyth, Wharton, Tambling, Scott, Queen, Taylor – used sub Hoadley
For the meeting with the Londoners, the Blues were without an injured Mike Summerbee, so Neil Young came into the side.
During the frst half the home side were simply magnifcent, even without Summerbee and Colin Bell. It took only ten minutes to establish a lead with Lee’s penalty, one of many he would score that season when referees launched a blitz on skulduggery, some of it real, some imagined.
John McCormick was the offender on this occasion and nobody disputed the legality of the award. Joe Corrigan was tested by Gerry Queen and Terry Wharton before Lee added to his tally after 25 minutes. Goalkeeper John Jackson failed to intercept Young’s comer and the striker scored with a rare header.
Another Young comer brought a third goal, this time Tommy Booth doing the honours with a header despite being surrounded by three defenders.
After the break, City took their foot off the accelerator, maybe because they felt they had done enough. Palace began to take control of the midfeld, and fortunately for City, Corrigan was in excellent form.
George Heslop, too, was a tower of strength in the centre of the Blues defence, reminding the older generation of fans of Dave Ewing, who coincidentally was at this time on the Palace coaching staff.
promising displays from Davies despite close attention from McCormick and Ian Mellor out on the left.
The closest the London side came to scoring was on the hour when Queen latched on to a weak back-pass from Tony Book and steered the ball past Corrigan. He could scarcely believe it when up popped Booth to clear off the line.
Towards the end of the game, David Payne was booked for a foul on Lee and then Davies forced the ball past Jackson to open his City account.
FROM AN ARTICLE ‘THAT WAS THE WEEK’ PUBLISHED IN THE CITY PROGRAMME 19TH AUGUST 1998