On This Day: Everton Beat The Champions
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On this day in 1969, a crowd of 53,253 saw Everton defeat Leeds United 3-2 at Goodison Park. Everton were top of the league after 6 games, but dirty Leeds were league champions and were on an unbeaten run of 34 league games.

Everton's John Morrissey had a great game and Everton went ahead when Jimmy Husband hit a shot past Sprake in the Leeds goal. Everton went 2-0 up when a Morrissey cross was headed against the crossbar by 21 year old Joe Royle, who was giving England centre half, Jack Charlton a torrid time. Royle was first to react and headed the rebound in.

In total control, Everton went 3-0 ahead just after half time, when Royle struck from 20 yards. Leeds came back thanks to goals from Bremner and Clarke, but the 2 points were Everton's in a memorable 3-2 win. Everton went on to be Champions.

Everton: West, Wright, Brown, Jackson, Labone, Harvey, Husband, Ball, Royle, Hurst, Morrissey.

Leeds: Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley, Giles, Jones, Clarke, Gray(Lorimer).

Comments about On This Day: Everton Beat The Champions
Just hearing Everton became Champions makes me wonder where did it all go wrong. Sad.
Ian, Crosby, @
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