WEST BROMWICH ALBION 4 CITY 2
League Cup 3rd Round
5th October 1966
Ref K Walker
City Dowd, Book, Cheetham, Horne, Heslop, Oakes, Summerbee, Crossan, Paedoe, Bell, Young – sub Murray(25)
West Brom Potter, Crawford, Collard, Williams, Campbell, Fraser, Stephens, Lovett, Astle, Hope, Clark – used sub Kryzwicki
Two goals in the last nine minutes gave Albion victory in a match packed with drama at The Hawthorns. Strong tackling restricted both sets of forwards to shooting from long range in the first twenty minutes, but there was enough accurate efforts on target to keep both ‘keepers busy. Jeff Astle was the most troublesome for Albion and Harry Dowd did well to pull off two good saves from his powerful low shots.
Roy Cheetham was injured in the 25th minute after a heavy tackle by Graham Williams and he had to be substituted by Jimmy Murray. Ten minutes later Albion’s Doug Fraser limped off, but while Dick Krzywicki was waiting on the touchline to replace him as substitute City opened the scoring. Neil Young gained possession on the left and hammered in a long range shot which flew high over Ray Potter’s outstretched arms into the net.
Kryzwicki lost little time in putting Albion on equal terms two mintues later. He nipped in to pick up a faulty back pass by George Heslop to give Dowd no chance.
Albion took the lead for the first time in the 63rd minute when Astle rose superbly to nod home Bobby Hope’s corner. But two minutes later City were level again. Graham Lovett carelessly played the ball to Young, who pierced the Albion defence with a pass to Murray. The City substitute had his shot charged down and Mike Summerbee, following up, hammered the ball home.
The game seemed to be heading for a replay until Clive Clark restored Albion’s lead with a well directed header from Hope’s free-kick nine minutes from time. Two minutes later Ken Stephens prodded home Albion’s fourth.
FROM AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE CITY PROGRAMME 3RD DECEMBER 1980