Bell Misses Derby Semi-Final Triumph As City Go Through



Ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend we had a rummage around to find something suitable and stumbled upon this lovely photo of Colin Bell looking out at Old Trafford after being ruled out of this 1969 derby with (I’m going to stick my neck out here) an arm injury.

This was a League Cup semi-final second leg, the first leg having finished 2-1 to City at Maine Road. Over 63,000 witnessed a humdinger of a derby with City emerging victorious thanks to a late equaliser on the night from Mike Summerbee in a 2-2 draw.

City led 3-2 on aggregate going into the second half. Then George Best picked the ball up 35 yards from goal, wriggled his way through the City defence and hit a shot which Joe Corrigan grasped at, then let drop. Denis Law couldn’t miss the follow up and he struck the ball into the net to bring the aggregate scores level.

That was still the case when City were awarded an indirect free kick just outside the United box.  As they lined up the defensive wall, the referee still had his arm pointing skywards, but that didn’t stop Franny Lee from striking the ball at goal. Luckily for City Alex Stepney tried to save it – he could have stood and let the ball fly into the net and it wouldn’t have counted, but instead he did his best to stop the shot  – and Mike Summerbee pounced to place the rebound past him and see City through to the final.


League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg

(City win 4-3 on aggregate)

17th December 1969

Att: 63,418

 Bowyer(17), Summerbee(82)
United: Edwards(23), Law(59)

Ref: Jim Finney

United: Stepney, Edwards, Dunne, Stiles, Ure, Sadler, Morgan, Crerand, Charlton, Law, Best – sub Kidd

City:  Corrigan, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Connor, Lee, Young, Bowyer – sub Owen


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