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’69-’70 European Draw – When Cardiff City was rated above Man City / ’69-’70 European Draw – When Cardiff City was rated above Man City

’69-’70 European Draw – When Cardiff City was rated above Man City

By on 15 September 2017

European club football began in earnest again this week with the Champions League and the Europa League now past the qualifiers and into the group stage proper. As we like to compare the new with the old at SoccerAttic, we take you back to Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, September 1969. Leslie Vernon, CBFM’s resident expert on Europe presented us with what he considered very strong draws for the First Rounds of the European Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup and made his predictions on each fixture. And a pretty good job he made of it too!

Cardiff City players

Cardiff City with John Toshack were seeded ahead of Man City

There were many of the all too familiar names, Madrid, Munich etc., some who were very much of that era, such as the St Etiennes and Red Star Belgrades, and others such as  Apoel FC who have made a bit of a comeback in recent times.

But Cardiff were the side that attracted Vernon’s attention. We’re not sure if this was the first time clubs were seeded in European competition but his amazement at Cardiff City of Division Two being seeded ahead of Manchester City and others of their ilk is very amusing. Again we’ve tried to find out more about the logic behind this but can shed no light on it other than the Bluebirds had reached the semi finals in 1967-68 and had played a number of PR generating friendlies in Europe in the seasons before.

Either way, it’s interesting stuff for football historians as usual. The article is reproduced here and we’ve assembled the results and the draw for both competitions at the end of the article. To read it in its original context, tap or click on the page and zoom in.

Manchester City 1970

Man City would have the last laugh by winning the competition.


by Leslie Vernon

The draws for the important European Cup competitions become more exciting every year. The fact that a small piece of paper taken out of a hat decides whether a team will travel to Albania, Spain, France or Norway has some sort of irresistible fascination for me. It is like Russian roulette, only less dangerous!

This year, I welcome the first round draws of the major competitions even more, because the fields look particularly strong.

UEFA met in Geneva and in their infinite wisdom (?) decided to seed ten teams (A.C. Milan, Real, Benfica, Celtic, Standard Liege, Feyenoord, CSKA, Spartak Trnava, Fiorentina and Bayern Munich) in the European Cup and five (Slovan Bratislava, Dukla, MTK, Rangers and Cardiff) in the Cup Winners’ Cup.

I cannot understand the reasoning behind this strange decision, but it is flattering for Wales, to know that Second Division Cardiff are one of the elite, while Manchester City, Gornik, Dynamo Zagreb, etc., take their chances with other “nonentities”.

Even these illogical arrangements could not prevent some very intriguing pairings in both competitions. In the Champions’ Cup, the CSKA Sofia v. Ferencvaros tie should be the most keenly fought. The Bulgarian title winners have Europe’s top scorer, Peter Jekov, on their books, and several other good players, such as mid-field dynamo, Yakimov.

The Hungarians hope that Florian Albert will recover from injury in time to lead their attack, and their tough defence includes Novak, Szucs and Pancsics.

Bayern Munich grabbed the double in West Germany, and are clear favourites against St. Etienne. But Gerd Muller will find it difficult to get past the seasoned international Bousquier. And Beckenbauer will be hard pressed by the Keita-Revelli spearhead.

My long-range forecast for the trophy: A.C. Milan, start with easy opponents. Heger, of Beggen, scored thirty league goals last season, but will find the Italian defence a different proposition. The tie will be played on September 10 and 24 to give A.C. time for the Inter-Continental Cup matches against Estudiantes.

Fiorentina, the other Italian contenders, have a brilliant left-wing in De Sisti and the Brazilian Amarildo. They should get over their first hurdle, but are too inexperienced for a real challenge.

Celtic, however, have plenty of know-how, and their fabulous home performances last season (St. Etienne 4-0, Red Star Belgrade 5-1)  augurs well for a successful campaign.

Lyn Oslo did the double and are the best club side Norway has produced since the war. Leeds are odds-on favourites against them, but Don Revie’s boys should take note that Lyn got into the last eight of the Cup Winners’ Cup last season.

Red Star Belgrade finished the season in a blaze of glory, outpacing the rest with a string of consecutive victories. Their presence should guarantee a good gate at Linfield, and I cannot see the Irishmen progressing.

Waterford’s opponents, Galataseray, completed their season with these statistics: P. 30, W. 19, D. 8, L. 3, Goals for 49, Goals against 14. Obviously a team with a very solid defence, but Turkish players are notoriously inconsistent, so Waterford have a fair chance.

Manchester City get a tough start with Atletico Bilbao. Ronnie Allen in the manager’s chair, Iribar one of Europe’s best ‘keepers, internationals Ufarte and Rojo in the forward line – a potent mixture to test the “Mercer-Allison” combination. My tip: City, by one goal!

The name Glasgow Rangers still has a glamorous sound to it, but the team, I am afraid, are not so hot. But Colin Stein is improving, Jim Baxter will be out to prove himself, and Steaua finished only fourth in Rumania.

Cardiff should justify their position as a seeded team by beating the Norwegian Amateurs Mjoendalen.

The “away-goals-count-double” rule will operate up to the semi-finals this season. This means that if the teams finish level on aggregate after two matches, the team which scored the most away goals are the winners.

If they are still level, there will be a toss of a coin. If the teams finish level on aggregate after two semi-final matches, a third game will be played in a neutral country. Here are the draws with my forecast in black type.

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European Cup 1969-70 First Round Draw and Results

Team Aggregate Team 1st Leg 2nd Leg
 Hibernians 2-6 Spartak Trnava 2-2 0-4
Galatasaray 5-2 Waterford Utd 2-0 3-2
 UTA Arad1 1-10 Legia Warsaw 1-2 0-8
 Bayern Munich 2-3 Saint Etienne 2-0 0-3
Vorwärts Berlin 3-1 Panathinaikos 2-0 1-1
 Red Star Belgrade 12-2 Linfield 8-0 4-2
AC Milan 8-0 Avenir Beggen 5-0 3-0
 KR 2-16 Feyenoord 2-12 0-4
 Standard Liège 4-1 17 Nëntori Tirana 2-2 0-4
 Olympiakos Nicosia 1-14 Real Madrid 0-8 1-6
 Leeds Utd 16-0 Lyn Oslo 10-0 6-0
CSKA Sofia 3-5 Ferencváros 2-1 1-4
 Basel 0-2 Celtic 0-0 0-2
 Benfica 2-6 Kjøbenhavns 2-0 3-2
 Austria Wien 2-5 Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 1-3
 Fiorentina 3-1 Öster 1-0 2-1

Bonus footage from Leeds Utd’s tie with Lyn Oslo

European Cup Winners Cup 1969-70 First Round Draw and Results

Team Aggregate Team 1st Leg 2nd Leg
 Dukla Prague 1-2 Marseille 1-0 0-2
Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 TJ Slov Bratislava 3-0 0-0
 IFK Norrköping 5-2 Sliema Wanderers 5-1 0-1
 Shamrock Rovers 2-4 FC Schalke 04 2-1 0-3
1. FC Magdeburg 2-1 MTK Hungária 1-0 1-1
 Académica 1-0 KuPs 0-0 1-0
K. Lierse SK 11-1 Apoel FC 10-1 1-0
 Athletic Bilbao 3-6 Manchester City 3-3 0-3
 Ards 1-3 Roma 0-0 1-3
 SK Rapid Wien 3-6 PSV Eindhoven 1-2 2-4
 Göztepe 6-2 US Luxembourg 3-0 3-2
Mjøndalen IF 2-12 Cardiff City 1-7 1-5
 IBV 0-8 Levski Spartak 0-4 0-4
 BK Frem 2-2(a) FC St Gallen 2-1 0-1
 Olympiacos 2-7 Górnik Zabrze 2-2 0-5
Rangers 2-0 Steaua Bucuresti 2-0 0-2

Leslie Vernon’s predictions are shown in bold and he makes a pretty good go of it. In the European Cup he gets two wrong with CSKA Sofia and Panathinaikos going out. In the Cup Winners Cup, just one with Magdeburg going through at the expense of MTK.


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