Leicester v Manchester City FA Cup 4th Round Replay 1967/68


FA Cup 4th Round Replay

19th February 1968

Attendance 39,107

City Lee(6 pen), Summerbee(24), Bell(88)
Leicester Fern(44), Large(48 & 63), Nish(57)

Ref G McCabe

City Mulhearn, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Heslop, Oakes, Lee, Bell, Summerbee, Young, Coleman – sub Connor(unused)

Leicester Shilton, Rodrigues, Bell, Roberts, Cross, Sjoberg, Fern, Nish, Large, Stringfellow, Gibson




The battling braves of Leicester, led by lionhearted Frank Large, wrested this fourth round cup replay out of the grasp of polished Manchester City in the last minute of the first half and never let go.
In a period of 18 minutes they scored four times to make nonsense of Manchester’s quite decisive first half dominance.
It was the most remarkable turn-round I have seen this season and the man who did most to achieve it was Large, the 27 year old centre forward who had been plodding his way round the Third Division circuit for nine years before Leicester snapped him up for £18,000 this season.
If ever there was a proof that the most vital man on a soccer field today is the courageous striker up front, this was it. Leicester got the best bargain of all. Many clubs pay £100,000 for such a performer.
A crowd of 39,102 saw Leicester become the third successive Midland club to be drawn against Tommy Docherty’s Rotherham, who have already conquered Wolves and Aston Villa.
On the strength of this fighting display, Leicester should have little trouble at Millmoor. They are just the strong type of side who can put Docherty’s striving youngsters in their place.
Leicester’s uncompromising centre half, John Sjoberg, presented Manchester with the lead on a plate in the sixth minute.
Winger Francis Lee beat him neatly and the big centre half immediately brought down winger, the clearest of penalties, which Lee himself duly converted.
Though the Manchester attackers regularly fell into Leicester’s offside trap, they were a constant menace with Colin Bell and Lee continually teeing the ball up for Mike Summerbee.
Leicester for their part, preferred the bludgeon method of attack and Large was constantly challenging goalkeeper Ken Mulhearn to high balls lobbed into the middle.
But their best scoring effort came from skipper Bobby Roberts who volleyed powerfully from 25 yards only to see the ball land firmly in the hands of Mulhearn.
Manchester went two ahead in 24 minutes. Colin Bell sent Summerbee away. Goalkeeper Peter Shilton came obliquely out to challenge. The centre forward evaded Shilton’s clutching hands took the ball to the by-line and drove delicately from a narrow angle into the net.
Leicester came more into the game. Mike Summerbee missed an easy chance and full back Willie Bell had an expert close-range header held by the Manchester goalkeeper.
World Cup referee George McCabe took Graham Cross’s name in the 38th minute, the second time he had been booked in the tie.
This started a series of ill-tempered fouls, which Mr McCabe seemed to do little to stop.
Leicester’s dramatic comeback started in the last minute of the half. A high ball into the Manchester goalmouth went to Large’s head. He nodded it back to Roy Fern who volleyed in from near the edge of the box.
Three minutes from the restart Leicester drew level. Fern had a shot charged down from Gibson’s corner and Large nipped in to push the ball past Mulhearn.
Leicester got their third in a period of 12 minutes to go ahead. David Nish was the 57th minute scorer with Stringfellow’s aid.
The game had turned round completely. Leicester, raging up the field like tigers threatened the Manchester goal again and again.
First Stringfellow was brought down by Book and Robert’s free kick from the edge of the area was beaten out by Mulhearn for a corner.
A few minutes later he pushed a header from Large round the post and from Fern’s resulting corner kick Large this time made no mistake with his head to put Leicester 4-2 up in 63 minutes.
In the 88th minute Manchester scored their third through Colin Bell and Shilton was required to make a daring save in the last minute.

7 thoughts on “Leicester v Manchester City FA Cup 4th Round Replay 1967/68

  1. I was 11 at the time and I remember the atmosphere as I was on the fence on the side of the kop and the popular side. They went in to a easy 2 goal lead and then we smashed them, well I have a memory of Frank Large almost destroying Heslop and Doyle an amazing turn around and only Colin Bells almost last kick of the game gave them respectability. Does anyone else remember Frank Large 110% effort well on that night it worked. My all time favourite without doubt, I ripped my jumper on the fence but luckily I did not kill myself

  2. I remember the game well, I usually stood in the Kop but that night had to settle for the Popular side which was close but below pitch level which meant the players were really close. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. As you say they easily went into a two goal lead in the first 15 minutes. That’s how it stayed until close to half time when Rod Fern scored.
    Second half I agree, we took them apart and whatever you might have thought about Les Large, he was inspired that night. I can still see Colin Bell breaking from halfway to score late on. I also remember running onto the pitch at the end, the only time I have done that and patted Rod Fern on the back, I also felt that it was such a momentous night that I wanted something to remember it by so I acquired s corner flag! Great night, great memories.

  3. I was 10 years old at the time and remember being at this match under the floodlights at Filbert Street. I was behind the goal at the Kop end and because of the large crowd ended up with other children on the cinder track next to the pitch. All I can remember was the cracking atmosphere and the result.

    My first Leicester City away game in the FA Cup was a third round tie on 28 January 1967. Manchester City won that match 2-1 so for me it made up for that disappointment.

  4. I was 13 at the time and remember it was probably the best game I had seen at Filbert Street (I had been going for a few years by then) for so many things: the atmosphere was electric, the comeback, Frank Large and I was treated to a Wing stand seat by my Dad. Fond memories.

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