It was still raining heavily when Leeds United left for the stadium, but the rain stopped soon after they arrived. By the time they took the field the sun was making brief appearances. The field had drained nicely; rain is a way of life in Manchester and the soccer pitch was built with that in mind.
The Leeds team did not look much like Jack Nicklaus or, for that matter, Leeds, in the first half. Manchester United, fighting doggedly to avoid being relegated to the second division, played a strong, gambling game and David Harvey, Leeds' magnificent goalie, had to make two diving saves to avoid scores.
"We are an attacking team," Revie had said before the game. "We will not be a dull team. I think the game needs attack and that's what we shall do, no matter the circumstances."
Twice in the second half Leeds attacked with all the nimble flair of which it is capable. A Manchester winger stumbled deep in Leeds territory and Paul Madeley, one of Leeds' world-class players, nobbled onto the ball immediately. He passed, two more Leeds players switched the ball back and forth between them and Madeley, who had run some 80 yards at full speed without the ball, took the penultimate pass behind the Manchester defense. He flicked the ball deftly into the path of Forward Mick Jones, who had come up the middle, and Jones slammed it into the goal.
Near the end of the game, a similar move freed Forward Joe Jordan in front of the Manchester goal. He gave the goalie two fakes, then squibbed the ball gently past him into the net as casually as a Tuesday morning soccer player enjoying five-a-side in Hyde Park, and Leeds had won 2-0 for No. 29.
Maybe even the cabbie, the roogby man, will be seduced by this club. It can be exciting.