1970 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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1970 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Event 1969–70 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date 29 April 1970
Venue Prater Stadium, Vienna
Referee Paul Schiller (Austria)
Attendance 7,968

The 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match between Manchester City of England and Górnik Zabrze of Poland on 29 April 1970 at Prater Stadium in Vienna, Austria. It was the final match of the 1969–70 European Cup Winners' Cup and the tenth European Cup Winners' Cup final. Both sides made their first appearance in a European final. Manchester City won the match 2–1 thanks to goals by Neil Young and Francis Lee. The victory was City's first European trophy.

Route to the final

England Manchester City Poland Górnik Zabrze
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Replay
Spain Athletic Bilbao 6–3 3–3 (A) 3–0 (H) First round Greece Olympiacos 7–2 2–2 (A) 5–0 (H)
Belgium Lierse 8–0 3–0 (A) 5–0 (H) Second round Scotland Rangers 6–2 3–1 (H) 3–1 (A)
Portugal Académica 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (aet) (H) Quarter-finals Bulgaria Levski-Spartak 4–4 (a) 2–3 (A) 2–1 (H)
Germany Schalke 04 5–2 0–1 (A) 5–1 (H) Semi-finals Italy Roma 3–3 (c) 1–1 (A) 2–2 (aet) (H) 1–1 (aet)

Manchester City

Manchester City and Górnik Zabrze qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup by winning their respective national cups in the 1968–69 season. Manchester City defeated Leicester City in the 1969 FA Cup Final, Górnik Zabrze defeated Legia Warsaw 2–0 in the 1969 Polish Cup Final. It was only Manchester City's second European campaign. Their maiden entry into European competition, an appearance in the 1967–68 European Cup, saw the club exit in the opening round.

Manchester City played the away leg first in every round. Their first tie was against Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, who were themselves managed by an Englishman, Ronnie Allen.[1] In the first leg, City recovered from a two-goal deficit to secure a 3–3 draw.[1] The home leg was a routine 3–0 win. Post-match reports alleged that a scuffle had taken place at half-time between Mike Doyle and José Ramón Betzuen, The referee spoke to both managers, but did not take any further action.[2]

Górnik Zabrze

The 1969–70 cup run was Górnik's seventh European campaign. The club had participated in the European Cup six times in the previous decade. It was their first appearance in the Cup Winners' Cup. The club had qualified for the competition on one previous occasion, but withdrew without playing a match.



Manchester City were without winger Mike Summerbee with a leg injury that had troubled him since the League Cup Final the previous month.[3] George Heslop came into the team as a result, though Summerbee was fit enough to be named as a substitute.[4] Heslop was given the task of man-marking Włodzimierz Lubański, who The Guardian identified as "an outstanding individual... ...whom Malcolm Allison considers to be in the same class as Eusébio."[5]

Manchester City started strongly, particularly Francis Lee; The Guardian correspondent wrote "Lee, indefatigable and nigh irresistible continually embarrassed the Górnik defence in the early stages".[6] Lee had the first chance of the match, a close range shot which was saved by Kostka.[6] Manchester City took the lead in the 12th minute. Lee cut in from the left wing, escaping a tackle from Alfred Olek, and struck a fierce shot.[7] Goalkeeper Hubert Kostka parried the ball, only for it to land at the feet of Neil Young for a simple finish.[8] Shortly after City defender Mike Doyle sustained an ankle injury after colliding with Stefan Florenski.[8] Manchester City played on with ten men for a period as Doyle received treatment from trainer Dave Ewing, but the defender was unable to continue. Substitute Ian Bowyer replaced him.[9] The change prompted an alteration in formation, in which Colin Bell switched to a deeper position.[6] Shortly before half-time, Young won the ball after loose play from Florenski, which put him clear on goal.[7] As Young moved into the penalty area Kostka rushed out of his goal and upended him, leaving the referee no option but to give a penalty. Lee struck the spot-kick with power into the centre of the goal. Kostka's legs made contact with the ball, but the force of the shot carried it into the net to make it 2–0.[8][10] Górnik got a goal back midway through the second half, but there were no more goals and the match finished 2–1.


29 April 1970
19:30 CEST
Manchester City England 2–1 Poland Górnik Zabrze
Young Goal 12'
Lee Goal 43' (pen.)
Report Oślizło Goal 68'
Prater Stadium, Vienna
Attendance: 7,968
Referee: Paul Schiller (Austria)
Górnik Zabrze
GK 1 England Joe Corrigan
RB 2 England Tony Book (c)
CB 5 England Tommy Booth
CB 7 England George Heslop
LB 3 England Glyn Pardoe
RM 4 England Mike Doyle Substituted off 23'
CM 11 England Tony Towers
LM 6 England Alan Oakes
RW 8 England Colin Bell
CF 9 England Francis Lee
LW 10 England Neil Young
MF 12 England Ian Bowyer Substituted in 23'
England Joe Mercer
GK 1 Poland Hubert Kostka
CB 3 Poland Stanisław Oślizło (c)
RB 5 Poland Stefan Florenski Substituted off 85'
CB 4 Poland Jerzy Gorgoń
RM 8 Poland Alfred Olek
LB 2 Poland Henryk Latocha
CM 6 Poland Zygfryd Szołtysik
LM 7 Poland Erwin Wilczek Substituted off 75'
LW 11 Poland Władysław Szaryński
RW 9 Poland Jan Banaś
CF 10 Poland Włodzimierz Lubański
DF 13 Poland Alojzy Deja Substituted in 85'
MF 16 Poland Hubert Skowronek Substituted in 75'
Poland Michał Matyas

Assistant referees:
Austria Franz Wöhrer (Austria)
Austria Erich Linemayr (Austria)


Winning manager Joe Mercer said "the heavy rain in the second half ruined the game" and that he was "quite happy with the performance of our team, although the technical level was rather low in the second half". Górnik manager Michał Matyas blamed his side's poor start, saying the "first goal came too early for us and we never recovered from this shock."[11]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gardner, The Manchester City Football Book No. 2, p. 14.
  2. Penney, Manchester City: The Mercer-Allison Years, p. 112
  3. James, Manchester City – The Complete Record, p. 130.
  4. Penney, Manchester City: The Mercer-Allison Years, p. 134
  5. Paul Fitzpatrick (29 April 1970). "Summerbee unfit for duty". The Guardian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Paul Fitzpatrick (30 April 1970). "Lee Inspired by Vienna". The Guardian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gardner, The Manchester City Football Book No. 2, p. 20.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ward, The Manchester City Story, p. 66.
  9. James, Manchester City – The Complete Record, p. 133.
  10. James, The Big Book of City, p. 41
  11. Paul Fitzpatrick (30 April 1970). "Mercer "happy"". The Guardian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Gardner, Peter (1970). The Manchester City Football Book No. 2. London: Stanley Paul. ISBN 0-09-103280-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • James, Gary (2006). Manchester City - The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 1-85983-512-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • James, Gary (2009). The Big Book of City. Halifax: James Ward. ISBN 978-0-9558127-2-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Penney, Ian (2008). Manchester City: The Mercer-Allison Years. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 978-1-85983-608-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Ward, Andrew (1984). The Manchester City Story. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 0-907969-05-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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