Leeds United nostalgia: Bremner at his brilliant best as Chelsea are put to sword

Leeds United's players surround referee Kenneth Dagnall during the Whites' memorable 7-0 thrashing of Chelsea at Elland Road on October 7, 1967.
Leeds United's players surround referee Kenneth Dagnall during the Whites' memorable 7-0 thrashing of Chelsea at Elland Road on October 7, 1967.
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THE SIGHT of a Chelsea side on the floor is the sort of development that will always make pleasant viewing for Leeds United followers.

Jose Mourinho and his browbeaten Blues charges are currently doing it tough, just as they did 48 years ago when they totally dismantled by Don Revie’s free-flowing Leeds at Elland Road.

The date was October 7, 1967 with the Whites thumping the Stamford Bridge outfit 7-0 in a remorseless Division One showing which was lapped up by most of the 40,460 punters – United’s biggest crowd of that 1967-68 season to date.

Chelsea headed north in meltdown with manager Tommy Docherty quitting for ‘personal reasons’ the day before the game, within hours of being suspended by the FA over incidents on the London club’s tour of Bermuda.

Ron Suart, who had joined Chelsea as assistant manager after many years at Blackpool took charge of the still shaken Blues players.

Leeds scented blood and subsequently devoured a stunned Chelsea side, while gaining a spot of revenge following a controversial FA Cup semi-final defeat in the spring.

At the heart of it all was the incomparable Billy Bremner, making his last appearance for United before starting a 28-day ban for being sent-off against Fulham.

The game was vintage Bremner, with United’s talisman producing a masterful performance against the Londoners – crowned by the coup de grace when he fired home a majestic bicycle kick.

His performance drew considerable praise from the press box, with Eric Stanger of the Yorkshire Post writing, “Bremner teased and tormented them with his astonishing dexterity of foot and his remarkable sense of balance so that he could turn and twist on the proverbial sixpence.”

Bremner’s late goal, United’s seventh, earned a place in the record books as it was the goal which made it the first time in the Football League in which seven different players had scored for one side.

Chelsea’s side included recent signing Geoff Butler, 20, brought in for £60,000 from Middlesbrough, with the defender having the sort of afternoon he’d wish to forget, with his team-mates also toiling terribly.

The tone was set by United, for whom Jimmy Greenhoff and Gary Sprake, on just five minutes when Bremner supplied Paul Reaney, whose centre found Albert Johanneson, with the recalled winger netting with a rare header.

Peter Lorimer laid on United’s second on a plate for Greenhoff in the 11th minute and three minutes later, the game was effectively over as a contest when Jack Charlton headed home from close range following fitful keeping from Peter Bonetti following an inswinging corner from Eddie Gray.

It was now a question of how many goals Leeds would rack up and they showed no mercy on Chelsea.

United added to their tally seven minutes before the interval when a sublime passing move was ended by Lorimer, who fired home an angled strike.

Four-nil at the break, United added a fifth on the hour mark when Gray fired past Bonetti following good work by Greenhoff.

Ten minutes from the end, an afternoon began to take on nightmarish proportions for Chelsea when Marvin Hinton headed into his own net following a Lorimer corner.

The icing on the cake was then provided by Bremner following his magical overhead kick.