LEEDS UNITED FANS, 1975 EUROPEAN CUP FINAL, PARIS - WELL OFFSIDE PHOTOGRAPHY
Leeds had finished 9th, and Bayern 10th, in their respective domestic leagues. Both, though, had excelled in Europe. What took place in the Parc des Princes, on 28th May 1975, though, was not a fine display of footballing excellence, but utter chaos. Two minutes into the game, Terry Yorath puts a tackle in on Björn Andersson which is… well, it’s awful. Andersson is stretchered off, injuries covered by a blanket for what we’re assuming was the crowd’s benefit. Peter Lorimer puts Leeds ahead in the first half, only for it to be disallowed after Beckenbauer appeals to the referee. Minutes later, Bayern score on the counterattack, and it’s kicking off. The match continues in this way, variations on a theme of dodgy decisions; Leeds are denied a blatantly obvious penalty for a foul by Beckenbauer, and Bayern go on to win 2–0, the killing blow coming from the great Gerd Müller. Leeds feel cheated. Riots follow, and the club is banned from European competitions for four years (reduced to two on appeal due to Leeds’s failure to qualify for Europe in the following seasons). The disorder was so excessive that UEFA considered binning off the European Cup entirely. That’s all academic though, look at your man here—a Leeds United balaclava and quite simply the most 1975 rig-out we have ever seen. You can keep your European Cup, Leeds have got balaclava man.
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