Huddersfield v Manchester City 1971/72

Huddersfield away 1971 to 72 prog


League Division

30th October 1971

attendance 20,153

City Carter(71)
Huddersfield Smith(27)

Ref Norman Burtenshaw

City Corrigan, Book, Donachie, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Bell, Davies, Lee, Mellor – used sub Carter
Huddersfield were the underdogs at Leeds Road as they were missing their star midfielder, Nicholson and leading scorer, Lawson, and for the first half an hour they were put under immense pressure by a City side with Bell and Summerbee pulling the strings in attack.
However totally against the run of play David Smith put Huddersfield 1-0 up when he finished off a free-kick from Cherry in the 27th minute.
City still plugged away trying to find an equaliser, however some controversial decisions from referee, Norman Burtenshaw didn’t help their cause, he turned down a blatant penalty shout when he decided Trevor Cherry hadn’t handled the ball, the Huddersfield captain confirming after the game he definitely did handle the ball. And then when Colin Bell forced the ball over the line after the the ball rebounded off the woodwork, Mr Burtenshaw ruled that both Lee and Davies were offside, whilst clearly not interfering with play.
It took a 66th minute substitution to make the difference for City, 18 year old Steve Carter replaced a disappointing Ian Mellor and within five minutes the youngster had equalised, it was at least what The Blues deserved in a game where they dominated almost for the full 90 minutes.

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