JIMMY TARBUCK had divided loyalties as he watched Town wallop Portsmouth 4-0 to maintain their charge for promotion to the top flight.
For the Scouse comedian, pictured, was close friends with Pompey coach Bobby Campbell, the former Liverpool player who had been his best man.
But he had also developed a liking for Town while appearing in cabaret at Wakefield, with a golf-course meeting with Ian Greaves bringing an invitation to train at Leeds Road.
Tarbuck prided himself on keeping fit, but admitted to finding the sessions tough, saying: “The physio says I’m overweight, but at this rate, I won’t be for long!”
The television star took his place among a 12,654 Leeds Road crowd, with the Yorkshire cameras also present for an historic recording.
For the clash, screened the following afternoon, was the first in the region to be in full colour, Town wearing their famous blue and white stripes and Pompey, managed by George Smith, an all-red change strip.
Viewers saw Town chalk up a third successive win after trips to Norwich City (won 2-1) and Preston North End (3-1).
They remained a point clear of Blackburn Rovers, who were 1-0 winners at Carlisle United, but QPR lost ground as they slumped 2-0 at Bristol City.
Greaves’ side went in front just 11 minutes in with a sizzling strike by left-back Geoff Hutt, who shot home from 25 yards after a neat one-two with Frank Worthington.
Wingers Bobby Hoy and Colin Dobson led the South coast side a merry dance, and each figured on the scoresheet.
Hoy’s goal, his sixth of the season, came after 36 minutes, with the youth product starting and finishing from close range a move which also involved Jimmy Lawson and Jimmy McGill.
Dobson struck his seventh of the campaign after 63 minutes, pouncing after Worthington won an aerial challenge, while Trevor Cherry made it four with a well-struck shot two minutes later.
Hoy and Dobson had both been on target in Norfolk seven days earlier.
Hoy struck from close range 16 minutes in while Dobson doubled the lead six minutes later, latching onto Lawson’s clever back-heel to stroke the ball past Carrow Road keeper Kevin Keelan.
Tommy Bryceland pulled one back for the Canaries midway through the second half, but Town held out to frustrate home fans in a 13,646 crowd.
From there it was on to Deepdale the following Monday evening, when Harry Catterick, boss of First Division leaders Everton, was full of praise for the job Greaves was doing.
Town made light of a muddy surface, stunning the hosts with three goals in eight first-half minutes.
Worthington struck with sizzling shots after 34 and 40 minutes, taking his season’s goal haul to eight in the process, then Lawson netted his third with a piledriver of his own.
After Town had withstood a late home onslaught, during which Willie Irvine scored, Catterick commented: “It was First Division football that Town played out there.”