1970

Jeff Astle

Retro Football: Referee Causes Uproar By Allowing ‘Offside’ Jeff Astle Goal And Costing Leeds The First Division Title, 1971 (Video)

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Almost exactly 46 years ago this very day, a refereeing decision sparkeduproar at Elland Road when a controversial offside call (or lack thereof) effectively served to derail Leeds' title tilt.

Desperatelychasingthe win to stay in contention with Arsenal at the top of the table going into the last few games of the 1970/71 season, Leeds found themselves2-1 down against West Bromwhen Jeff Astle scored on the break despite the linesman flagging wildly from the touchline.