Competition: First Division.
Referee: Mr R. Milford (
United signed off a memorable campaign with their twenty-second League success of the season and it mattered little that the victory over Norwich City was a comparatively low-key affair. The result and indeed the match itself were almost incidental to the celebrations that took place before and after the game. The sun shone for the big day and the noise was almost deafening, especially when skipper Gordon Strachan led his team onto the field and was handed the priceless one hundred and four-year-old trophy, which no one could deny they had won on merit, after a season long struggle to shake off the close pursuit of Manchester United to bring the most coveted of trophies back to Elland Road.
various presentations had taken place Gordon Strachan
took a backseat and David Batty donned the captain’s armband to lead United out
for the last time that season.
minutes into the game Rod Wallace cleverly flicked the ball past Jeremy Goss in
the centre circle and set off on a run towards goal and soon left two other
would-be tacklers in his wake before placing a low left-foot shot wide of
goalkeeper Mark Walton. The £1.6m former
John Lukic was not exactly overworked but when Robert Fleck did threaten just before half-time the United custodian showed his class to twist and turn to save the goal-bound shot one-handed. He ended the forty-two game season with twenty clean sheets, the highest number by any United keeper since he himself in his debut season as a teenager managed the same feat eleven years previous.
Eric Cantona, who started in place of Gordon Strachan, who had a back problem, showed his now usual skilful touches in attack, but best on the field went to full-back Tony Dorigo with his usual classy performance, while in midfield Gary Speed and David Batty ruled the roost. With fifteen minutes to go Gordon Strachan and Steve Hodge took to the field in place of Eric Cantona and Lee Chapman and were given a rousing reception and the game was played to its logical conclusion to bring down the curtain on an eventful and successful season.
presentation ceremony was held before kick-off with club chairman Leslie Silver
collecting Barclays’ League prize money of £100,000 before United
captain Gordon Strachan lifted the century-old
championship trophy to the sound of "are you watching
was replaced by Eric Cantona, who marked the day by
signing a three-year deal at
United's supporters erupted, including those who had failed to gain entry to Elland Road and who had positioned themselves in the small gap between the West Stand and the South Stand. The atmosphere was such that United's directors were moved to include themselves in the Mexican waves which swept round the stadium. Norwich threatened to ruin the party after half-time as United's performance dwindled but City's strikers lacked the finishing touch and the visitors slipped away quietly at full-time, leaving Leeds to a final round of celebrations.
Rod Wallace scores a fine individual goal and celebrates
David Batty in a tussle with Jeremy Goss Eric Cantona lifts the Trophy
Leeds United 1991-92: The Champions! Back Row: Mick Hannigan
(Coach), Jon Newsome, Lee Chapman, Sean Hardy (Kit Manager), Chris Fairclough, John Lukic, Mel Sterland, Carl Shutt, Eric Cantona, John
McClelland, Alan Sutton (Physio), Peter Haddock, Les
Leeds United 1991-92: The Champions!
Back Row: Mick Hannigan (Coach), Jon Newsome, Lee Chapman, Sean Hardy (Kit Manager), Chris Fairclough, John Lukic, Mel Sterland, Carl Shutt, Eric Cantona, John McClelland, Alan Sutton (Physio), Peter Haddock, Les Silver (Chairman).
Front Row: Howard Wilkinson (Manager), Rod Wallace, Tony Dorigo, Gordon Strachan, David Batty, Gary Speed, Gary McAllister, Steve Hodge, Chris Whyte.
Rod Wallace won the game Gordon Strachan led the team but David Batty captained the team John Lukic made vital saves
with a solo effort stayed on the bench.
Eric Cantona signed Lee Chapman made way for Steve Hodge Tony Dorigo was best on the field
three year contract
Gary Speed helped run Mark Walton was in goal Ian Culverhouse and Robert Ullathorne were the full-backs
Paul Blades and John Polston were in central defence Robert Fleck and Andy Johnson were the strikers
The Norwich midfield was Ruel Fox, Rob Newman, Jeremy Goss and David Phillips
Colin Woodthorpe was the substitute