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Kings of Anglia Issue 10 Magazine Offer

The remarkable FA Cup war of attrition between Ipswich Town and Leeds in 1975

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 February 2017

Sir Bobby Robson congratulating his players on beating Leeds in the FA Cup in 1975

Sir Bobby Robson congratulating his players on beating Leeds in the FA Cup in 1975

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The clashes between Ipswich Town and Leeds in the 1975 FA Cup quarter-final saw the teams go head-to-head four times, which seems incredible in these days of penalty shoot-outs.

A day that wasn't favourable for Leeds keeper David Stewart, after conceding three goalsA day that wasn't favourable for Leeds keeper David Stewart, after conceding three goals

Ipswich Town hosted the first match, on March 8, but failed to make the home advantage count with the game ending 0-0.

Trevor Whymark taking a shot that would be an important goal in Ipswich Town's FA Cup title run in 1975Trevor Whymark taking a shot that would be an important goal in Ipswich Town's FA Cup title run in 1975

In the replay at Leeds’ Elland Road, three days later, Town were denied a win after a 90th minute goal from Duncan McKenzie, as the score finished 1-1.

Trevor Whymark after netting a goal at Filbert Street, LeicesterTrevor Whymark after netting a goal at Filbert Street, Leicester

The teams clashed again on neutral ground at Filbert Street in Leicester on March 25, in a game ending 0-0.

Sir Bobby Robson celebrating with his team as they secure a place in the FA Cup semi finals in 1975Sir Bobby Robson celebrating with his team as they secure a place in the FA Cup semi finals in 1975

Two days later, the teams met for the fourth time in the same round, again at Filbert Street, and Town finally secured the win they needed to go through to the FA Cup semi-finals, with Bryan Hamilton, Trevor Whymark and Clive Woods all putting one past the Leeds keeper. It was a nervy finish, however, with a final score of 3-2 to Town, who lost 2-1 to West Ham in the last four.

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