Nostalgia: June 1971: FA declares ‘one televised match per week is enough’ and refuses to sanction screening of LUFC’s win against Juventus

Leeds, Elland Road, 3rd June 1971

Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final

Leeds United v Juventus

Billy Bremner Holds the trophy aloft.
Leeds, Elland Road, 3rd June 1971 Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final Leeds United v Juventus Billy Bremner Holds the trophy aloft.
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The Football Association decided not to screen the Fairs Cup final second leg, despite applications from Leeds United, who were playing Juventus, and from the BBC.

The thinking back in 1971 from the FA was that there was enough televised football that week. The BBC was already showing the European Cup Final and said it would screen another programme if there was a rematch at Hillsborough.

Leeds, Elland Road, 3rd June 1971

Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final

Leeds United v Juventus

Lorimer, Sprake, Charlton.

Leeds, Elland Road, 3rd June 1971 Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final Leeds United v Juventus Lorimer, Sprake, Charlton.

An FA spokesman said: “A second application will not alter that decision. We have told Leeds of our decision and that is final. Also, there will be no highlights of the match televised.”

He went on to say that the thinking at the time was that one live football match on TV per week was quire enough for the general public.

The decision was a blow for Leeds, who had reached a £10,000 agreement with the BBC. Leeds went on to win the match and are pictured here at , Elland Road on June 3. Our online article shows Jack Charlton relaxing in the dressing room, a bottle of champagne in hand and smoking a cigar. The Fairs Cup was replaced by the EUFA Cup the same year.

Leeds v Juventus Fairs Cup Final May 1971
Jack Charlton of Leeds sits back contentedly with a king cigar and a bottle of Champagne.

Leeds v Juventus Fairs Cup Final May 1971 Jack Charlton of Leeds sits back contentedly with a king cigar and a bottle of Champagne.

Stars in the dark skies at Gisburn Forest.

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