23 December ~ Bobby Charlton and Denis Law were Manchester United’s scorers in their 2-2 draw at Leicester that kept them a point clear of neighbours Manchester City, who were having their best League season since their only title win to date in 1936-37. Two of City’s goals in their win over Stoke were scored by Francis Lee, whose arrival from Bolton in October was crucial to City’s success this year. One of the other scorers was winger Tony Coleman who had a quick rise and fall after joining City from Doncaster in March 1967.
United went top in mid- November and stayed there for four months until a defeat at Coventry on March 13 dropped them below City. Leeds also had a brief spell at the top but the run-in was contested by the two Manchester clubs. City, who were ahead on goal average on the final day, clinched the championship with a 4-3 win at Newcastle while United were losing 2-1 at home to Sunderland.
George Best who got United’s goal here, was the division's joint top scorer on 28 goals, alongside Ron Davies of Southampton.
Four days later United reached the European Cup final after coming back from two goals down away to Real Madrid to draw 3-3 and so win 4-3 on aggregate. A fortnight after that they beat Benfica 4-1 in the final at Wembley.
In their first season at the top level, Coventry City were bottom for two months from late November. A run of three straight wins in February lifted them away from trouble but they only stayed up thanks to a draw at Southampton on the final day. Today’s opponents Sheffield United went down instead, a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea keeping them one point behind Coventry. The other relegation place went to Fulham who finished five points adrift at the bottom. It would be 33 years before they returned to the top level.
West Brom lost their two League games with Everton on an 8-3 aggregate but still beat them 1-0 in the FA Cup final thanks to Geoff Astle’s extra-time goal.
Eight of the players in the Leeds v Wolves match went on to play in a European Cup final – seven for the home side against Bayern Munich in 1975 and Wolves’ Scottish goalkeeper Evan Williams who played for Celtic in their 2-1 defeat to Feyenoord in 1970.