It’s fairly safe to assume that the reactions today to three penalties in one match would be less magnanimous than fifty years ago. Terry Anderson scored his first goal for Arsenal in this match, making it an afternoon to remember for him whilst Terry Neill would have one to forget in conceding two penalties. One was dubious judging by these snippets, with Billy Hodgson of Sheffield United labelled a “spectacular “faller”” in the report.
Arsenal were in good form going into this match. Since dropping to seventeenth following a 0 – 3 reverse at Nottingham Forest, they had lost just three of the following sixteen League matches to rise to seventh place, a place they would eventually occupy come the season’s end.