The battle of Goodison at 50: 1964, Everton and Leeds lose their manners and tempers
For the first time in a league match a referee walked off the pitch because of violent play Too much money in the game blamed for worsening behaviour, said football authoritiesA spine-chilling encounter was how Jack Archer, a reporter for The People, describe Evertons match against Leeds in 1964 - a game that saw a player sent off in the fourth minute following a chest-high tackle, two players felled after a clash of heads and fans warned for spitting at players.Such was the hostility the referee, in a first for an English league game, marched both teams off the pitch so the players and fans could cool down. When the enforced ten-minute break ended, a tannoy announcement warned that further crowd trouble could see the game abandoned. Cont...
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