FULHAM 2 CITY 4
League Division 1
21st October 1967
City Summerbee(49), Young(53), Coleman(?), Lee(86)
Fulham Earle(?), Conway(84)
Ref P Bye
City Mulhearn, Book, Connor, Doyle, Heslop, Oakes, Lee, Bell, Summerbee, Young, Coleman – sub Cheetham(unused)
Fulham Seymour, Mealand, Dempsey, Ryan, Callaghan, Conway, Brown, Earle, Clarke, Haynes, Barrett – sub Pearson
A fantastic attacking display by City saw all two points moving to Manchester. According to George Harley in The Daily Mirror it was all about Malcolm Allison’s tactics. ‘Their Forwards were forwards, their half backs, half backs, their full backs, full backs. In other words they played the 2-3-5 formation so sadly out of fashion.
Fulham in contrast, played a rather vague version of 4-2-4….. The general effect was that City always seemed to have an extra man in attack and defence.’
Francis Lee, The Blues’ new signing was involved in City’s first goal and scored the fourth.
It was however goal-less at half time, but just 4 minutes in to the second half Lee passed to Colin Bell who crossed for Summerbee to head home. Then in then in the 53rd minute the Fulham custodian,Seymour, dropped a cross from Tony Coleman, for Neil Young to pounce and put City 2-0 up.
Fulham rallied when Earle scored from a corner, however Coleman restored City’s two goal lead shortly after.
With just six minutes to play Jim Conway seemed to have given Fulham a hope of a point as he scored Fulham’s second, however in the 86th minute Francis Lee scored his first goal for City to earn two points for The Blues.