Saturday, February 1, 2014

Backpass - Issue 33 - Orient v Chelsea 1972

If you are a fan of retro football, then I can strongly recommend the excellent magazine - Backpass. Some excellent articles and features hit the spot.

One suggestion I could make would for it to come with a DVD showing some footage referred to in the magazine, but not only would this add to production costs - and the price of the mag - but there would be some rights issues.

Fortunately we have youtube and the kind people who donate to it, and it is using this which gives me the first of my links.

In Issue 33 (Christmas/New Year 2013-14) there is a feature 'Great TV Goals of the 1970s' and refers to the FA Cup 5th round match 1972 between the glamorous Chelsea side away to the less glamorous Orient over to the other side of London. Match Of The Day was there, doubtless hoping for an upset, and got one with second division Orient coming from two down to win 3-2. Orient's first by Phil Hoadley being the great TV goal referred to.

Here are some highlights from that game, unfortunately in black and white and not great quality. Note the very 70s muddy pitch. This was the lead game on Match Of The Day followed by other cup ties Cardiff 0-2 Leeds and Man Utd 0-0 Middlesbrough.

In the next round of the cup, the quarter finals, Orient again drew a big London side at home, but this time lost to Arsenal 1-0.

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