WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1 CITY 1
Post season friendly
10th May 1970
Western Australia Hynd(44)
City Dowd, Book, Pardoe, Booth, Heslop, Donachie, Towers, Carrodus, Owen, Young, Jeffries – sub Oakes(68)
Western Australia Nuttridge, Carruthers, Cooney, Miller, Edmonds, Mateljan, Debono, Holt, O’Callaghan, Hynd, Van Oosten
FROM THE PRESS BOX
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS 11TH MAY 1970
Tommy Booth, Manchester City’s England Under 23 international defender was taken off injured in City’s opening game of their Down-Under tour against Western Australia which ended 1-1 in Perth.
It was midway through the second half when Booth was involved in a clash of heads and needed stitches in an eyebrow wound. He was also suffering from concussion and Alan Oakes replaced him.
Oakes’s injured leg stood up well and the defence couldn’t be blamed for the Blues disappointing display. The trouble was in attack where the Blues obviously missed the combined talents of Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee.
However, City did have their chances and in the tenth minute Bobby Owen. who had a quiet match, gave his side the lead after Western Australia’s goalkeeper Owen Nuttridge had fumbled the ball.
After this lapse Nuttridge played a superb game, though an out of touch Neil Young had several chances to sew up the game for City.
Seconds before half-time Western Australia scored the equaliser when Bob Hynd deflected a centre from Alf Debono past keeper Harry Dowd/
City’s star players were youngsters Tony Towers and Derek Jeffries, while George Heslop and Booth also played solid games.
After the match City manager Joe Mercer said that they had missed Ian Bowyer who was injured in training yesterday, but offered no excuses for the result.