Over the past few weeks Linfieldfc.com has launched a new ‘Monday morning memory lane’ feature in which we focus on two separate photos and the interesting story behind the photos.
Increasingly, over the coming weeks there will be a European theme to this feature and in the second in today’s two part series, we feature an image of a match ticket and a front cover of the match programme from a memorable European Cup game against PSV Eindhoven, the then Dutch champions.
This feature today is dedicated in honour of and by way of tribute to Ken Barclay, the Linfield keeper in this game and who sadly passed away on April 10 this year.
European Champions Cup
September 17, 1975
Linfield 1 PSV Eindhoven 2
The Dutch giants, several of whom had featured in the World Cup final a year earlier, took a second minute lead through van de Kerkhof and the Swedish international Ralf Edstroem headed in a second in the 14th minute, after his first effort had been cleared off the line by Alan Fraser.
In a downpour in front of 10 000 supporters, Paul Malone pulled a goal back after 35 minutes (see iconic image of his goal from a subsequent issue of ‘Look at Linfield’ below) and in the second half, a strike from player manager Billy Campbell stuck the angle of crossbar and upright but unfortunately, didn’t go into the net.
The team line up was Barclay, Fraser, McVeigh, Magee, Porter, Bowyer, Bell (Patterson 60 mins), M. Malone, P. Malone, Rafferty and Campbell.
For the return in Holland 2 weeks later, Peter Rafferty was unavailable due to injury and the Dutch side showed their class, winning 8-0 on the night.