Arsenal 2-0 Sturm Graz
(Arsenal win 2-1 on aggregate)
Inter Cities Fairs Cup 2nd Round, 2nd leg
November 4, 1970
- Mr Boosten
- Bob Wilson
- Pat Rice
- Bob McNab
- Eddie Kelly
- Frank McLintock
- John Roberts
- George Armstrong
- Peter Storey
- John Radford
- Ray Kennedy
- George Graham
Arsenal and Sturm Graz have met on just two occasions in competitive games, a two-legged Inter Cities Fairs Cup second round tie in 1970.
Arsenal's 1970 Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final win against Anderlecht ended a period of 17 years without a trophy for the Club.
The following season Arsenal began the defence of their trophy with a 4-2 aggregate win over Lazio in the first round, before being draw to face Austria's Sturm Graz in round two.
Arsenal had originally been drawn at home in the first leg but the considerable risk of snow in Austria by the scheduled date for the second leg brought about a request to swap. The Austrians were also guaranteed a good gate by playing at home first; a heavy defeat at Highbury would have wiped out much of the interest.
In the end it became a very interesting tie indeed. Sturm Graz got their gate, just under 20,000, and responded to their support by winning their home leg 1-0 with a second half effort from Zamut. Ray Kennedy (pictured) redressed the balance at Highbury, but the unheralded Austrians rose to the occasion, despite having to substitute their goalkeeper in the first half.
Arsenal for their part were guilty of wasteful finishing, and the match seemed bound for extra time when the 90 minutes were up.
However, the dutch referee Boosten added on five minutes for injuries and stoppages, and in the fifth minute of that time Graham's volley was handled on the line. Storey's nerve stood the test again from the penalty spot, and Arsenal were through 2-1 on aggregate. Overall it had hardly been a performance to savour.
Arsenal went on to defeat Beveren 4-0 on aggregate before going out to FC Koln on the away goals rule at the Quarter Final stage.
With thanks to 'Arsenal - The official centenary history of Arsenal Football Club' by Phil Soar and Martin Tyler.
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