Date: Saturday, 1st October 1938.

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.

Competition: First Division.

Score: Leeds United 8 Leicester City 2

Scorers: Leeds United: Hodgson (5), Cochrane, J. Milburn, Hargreaves. Leicester City: Baines, Bowers.

Attendance: 15,001.

Teams:

Leeds United: Twomey; Milburn, Gadsby; Makinson, Holley, Browne; Cochrane, Thomson, Hodgson, Powell, Hargreaves.

Leicester City: McLaren; Frame, Reeday; Smith, Sharman, Grosvenor; Griffiths, Coutts, Bowers, Moralee, Baines.

Referee: E Pinkston (Warrington).

 

In a desperate bid to prop up Unitedís flagging attack Manager Billy Hampson dropped regular wingers Arthur Buckley and Sammy Armes and drafted in two younger players, David Cochrane and John Hargreaves. The move paid instant dividends as the newcomers scored a goal apiece and produced a string of chances for big South African centre-forward Gordon Hodgson to blast his way into the record books with five goals. The best-ever haul by a player in the United shirt.

 

Hodgson, a prolific scorer at Liverpool, was signed by United in March 1937 from Aston Villa and maintained his goal-getting form at Elland Road, excelling in the League game with Leicester.

 

United were helped on their way by a freak accident to Cityís goalkeeper Sandy McLaren. The man who had had eight goals struck past him at Elland Road four years earlier. After half-an-hour the luckless keeper turned quickly, caught his studs in the ground and tore the tendons in an instep. He was replaced by centre-half Fred Sharman who was beaten within a minute of pulling on the green jersey. Full-back William Frame took over but fared no better as the burly Hodgson set his eyes on goal.

 

United held a three goal half-time lead and continued to attack relentlessly despite an injury to half-back Jim Makinson, who hobbled off only when the game was safely won.

 

Hodgson, Cochrane and Hargreaves were joined on the score-sheet by full-back Jack Milburn, who scored from the penalty-spot. Cityís consolation goals came from Stan Baines and Jack Bowers, but they were to gain revenue for their hiding by winning 2-0 at Filbert Street the following February.

 

Players:

 

The Goalscorers:

 

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Gordon Hodgson: Scored Five†††††† ††David Cochrane, young Irish International††††††† Jack Hargreaves scored a goal in his first game

Goals, an LUFC Record that††††††††† ††Right Winger, later to become one of††††††††††††††† of the season.††††††

stands to this date.††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††LUFCís best players in a career sadly cut

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††short by the Second World War which

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††curtailed his LUFC and Irish appearances.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††He was only 18 at the time the match took

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††place.

 

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Unitedís Penalty King, Jack Milburn

scored from the spot.

 

The Goalkeeper:

 

Sandy McLaren: Was on the end of eight goals

in another visit to Elland Road in April of 1934.

His injury, early in the match saved him the

backache this time.