Wednesday 17th September 1969 | Elland Road, Leeds
If you want to make a major impact in your first European Cup game then there is no better way to do it than by knocking ten goals past your opponents without reply, as United did against SK Lyn Oslo on September 17 1969.
As Football League champions, Don Revie’s side, with four seasons of Fairs Cup experience to draw on, were confidently expected to dispose of the Norwegian champions, with relative ease.
Although Lyn Oslo had reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup-Winners Cup the previous season, they were a team of amateurs made up of teachers, office workers and students.
Norwegian football was then some way behind what it is today. There was no professional football in Norway then. Lyn Oslo’s quest was more one of a damage limitation exercise rather than anything else. Yet even that hope was dashed within minutes.
Revie, never one to make the boldest of predictions for his side, had said that he wanted at least a three-goal lead to take into the second leg. His players gave him that after just NINE minutes.
Mike O’Grady scored after 35 seconds, with what was believed to have been the quickest goal in the history of the European Cup, Mick Jones, pictured , added a second three minutes later and then scored again in the ninth minute.
United were five goals up at the break, Allan Clarke netting after 19 minutes and Johnny Giles in the 34th minute. Clarke scored again two minutes into the second half, Giles after 51 minutes and Jones got his hat-trick just after the hour mark to put United 8-0 in front.
Then Billy Bremner completed the rout by scoring in the 65th and 88th minutes to make it 10-0, which was United’s record total in any game and equalled the best ever score by a British club in Europe, Manchester United, Ipswich Town and Benfica also having scored ten goals.
An easy night’s work by any standards and the game prompted one football correspondent to write: “A crowd of 25,979 saw a memorable freak of a match.”
*United completed the two-leg tie with a 6-0 win out in Oslo, the goals coming from Terry Hibbitt (2), Rod Belfitt (2), Jones and Peter Lorimer.
Leeds United: Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley, Clarke, Jones, Giles (Bates), O’Grady.
SK Lyn Oslo: S Olsen, Rodvang, Ostvold, Mirisbak, Kolle, Gulden, Boerrehaug, Christopherson, Berg, O Olsen (Hovden), Austnes.