The last time City won the Shield, the Blues enjoyed an unintentional helping hand from Jim Cumbes, as Mike Summerbee never tires of reminding Old Trafford cricket's top man.
Summerbee said: "Jim pulled me down and Francis rarely used to miss from the spot. Every time I see Jim I have a joke with him that that's the nearest he ever got to me.
"Great big hands he had, and as I was going round him one of them came out - and that was it!"
He recalled: "Malcolm had a go at me at half-time, telling me that I was finished. That was the way he used psychology.
It was Malcolm's way of making me up my game
"Afterwards he told me I wouldn't be playing in the first game, so I trained with the B team. Then he called me in and said, 'I'll give you one more chance'.
"I’d got a little carried away with how I’d played the season before and he was testing me. I played against Sheffield Wednesday on the Saturday, we beat 'em 4-1, and I think I made three."
Colin Bell scored for City. Summerbee added: "Leeds were a very good side. They weren’t a dirty side, just a very professional one that played hard. We usually did well against them."
City's last appearance a year later against Burnley brought a 1-0 defeat: "We lost thanks to a free-kick they had, they made it look as if it had gone wrong but it would still end up in your net.
"When I went to Burnley later I got involved with it, it was a con-trick free kick meant to fool the defenders. They were a very good side back then when it came to set pieces.”