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Chelsea v Leeds United - 1972, Stamford Bridge, London | by Paul-M-Wright
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Chelsea v Leeds United - 1972, Stamford Bridge, London

This is a newspaper clipping that I pasted into my Crystal Palace scrapbook, although it’s about Chelsea! I think at the time I was amazed that 12,000 people had been locked out of a football match, not able to get into the ground.


In those days there wasn’t really any advanced ticket sales for most matches, so people just used to turn-up at the ground and pay cash at the turnstiles. This meant that for big matches supporters often had to arrive at the ground two hours before the kick-off to ensure they got in. I even had to turn-up that early at Selhurst Park for some of Palace's big matches against Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal etc.


This newspaper clipping is about the Chelsea v Leeds United match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 12th August 1972. The attendance was an amazing 51,102 with an additional 12,000 people locked-out. Chelsea won the match 4-0, their goal scorers were: Peter Osgood, Charlie Cooke and two from Chris Garland.


This article is from The Sun newspaper written by journalist Peter Batt who died in 2011.

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Taken in August 1972