Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund: They've done it before - how Real monster put paid to 'little' Derby County
Archie Gemmill recalls the dramatic night in 1975 Real overhauled a 4-1 first-leg deficit
Tuesday 30 April 2013
European club football was very different back in 1975 when English champions Derby County found themselves in Borussia Dortmund's position with a 4-1 first-leg lead to defend against Real Madrid in the European Cup.
Derby had shocked the Spanish champions at the cramped Baseball Ground, Charlie George hitting a hat-trick as a team containing the German duo of Paul Breitner and Günter Netzer, and the current Spain coach Vicente del Bosque were humbled.
For the second leg 120,000 Real supporters packed the Bernabeu to see if Dave Mackay's side could hold on to their advantage. Archie Gemmill was in Derby's midfield that night and recalls how they were eight minutes from going through to the quarter-finals before a Real penalty made the score 4-1 and took the tie to extra time.
"It was unbelievable for the mighty Madrid to come to a little town like Derby and go back with a 4-1 beating," says Gemmill (below). "Our preparation [for the second leg] was not quite as professional as it would be today.
"We arrived two days before the game and we had time to do some sightseeing. It would be more professional now. There would be no walking around the city for hours; you would be resting up in the hotel getting a massage."
Derby conceded after just three minutes but made it to half-time just 1-0 down. "Our keeper, Colin Boulton, made some good saves and we thought we had weathered the storm but they got two more after the break. I just remember the noise. We used to get about 33,000 into the old Baseball Ground and it was a cauldron but this was that multiplied by three."
George scored an away goal for Derby just past the hour to put them back in front on aggregate but in the 82nd minute Real forced extra time with a controversial penalty. "It was a blatant dive" says Gemmill. "There was no contact. But they could say that the decisions went our way in the first leg with one of the two penalties we were awarded.
"At the start of extra time we looked across at them and they looked stronger. The fifth goal came and we still had chances but it wasn't to be. There was no shirt swapping. In that situation you are so gutted that you just want to get into the dressing room and start feeling sorry for yourself."
Gemmill believes the away goal means Dortmund could share Derby's fate tonight. How would the Rams and Nottingham Forest (with whom he won the European Cup in 1979) fare in today's Champions League? "We had some very gifted players and a togetherness – we would more than hold our own."
Latest in Sport
MK Dons 4 Manchester United 0: Emmanuel Frimpong and Edin Dzeko lead the jokes as the internet reacts to humiliating defeat
Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
Manchester United transfer news: Daley Blind will only move for 'top price'
Arsenal vs Besiktas match report: Alexis Sanchez scores only goal as Gunners survive night of nerves to qualify for Champions League
Arsenal vs Besiktas player ratings: Alexis Sanchez? Jack Wilshere? Mesut Ozil? Who was the star man at the Emirates Stadium?
- 1 Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
- 2 Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
- 3 Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
- 4 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 5 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi