Date: Saturday, 4th April 1998.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
English Premier League.
United 2 Barnsley 1
United: Hasselbaink, Moses (o.g.).
Leeds United: Martyn; Kelly, Wetherall,
Molenaar, Hiden; Bowyer, Halle, Ribeiro
(McPhail), Harte; Hasselbaink, Kewell. Unused Subs:
Hopkin, Jackson, Lilley, Beeney.
Eaden, Moses, Jones (Fjortoft),
Morgan; Refearn, Bullock (Marcelle),
Bosancic, Barnard; Ward, Hristov.
Referee: Mr K.W. Burge (Tonypandy).
Five days before meeting Barnsley at Elland Road in 1998, Leeds United's
squad had endured the terrifying experience of a crash-landing at Stanstead Airport. David O'Leary's players were
returning north after a 3-0 defeat to West Ham when their plane caught fire and
ended up nose-down at the end of a runway. Peter Ridsdale,
United's chairman at the time, said: "Everyone
on board could see the flames and the explosion. Everyone seemed to be
shouting: 'Fire! There's a fire!' "We knew we were coming down. The flames
were getting worse. We had just taken off, you know the plane is full of fuel
and you just hope you land before it explodes." The traumatic events left
the Elland Road squad badly shaken, but the pursuit
of European football quickly focused their attention, and by the following
weekend it was Barnsley's turn to go down in flames.
needed a huge favour from United with relegation from
the Premiership beckoning, but the gift of the day was handed to Leeds as an own goal from Adrian Moses
presented the hosts with a 2-1 victory ten minutes from time. Barnsley had travelled
to Elland Road with a dreadful record outside Oakwell, and by the end of the season their away statistics
showed three wins, one draw and a crippling tally of fifteen defeats.
The South Yorkshire club were
well on the way to losing their battle for survival by the time they arrived in
Leeds, but United's
dream of qualifying for the UEFA Cup was very much alive. David O'Leary's side
held fifth place in the Premiership, the position they would keep until the end
of the season, and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink set them
on their way against Barnsley with a twentieth-minute goal. Bruno
Ribeiro's corner was flicked to the back post where
David Wetherall was waiting to nod the ball across Barnsley's goal. His assist left Hasselbaink with the easy task of converting his
seventeenth goal of the season.
continued to flow for Leeds,
and O'Leary's side should have been in firm control before the Tykes produced
an equaliser out of nothing sixty seconds before
half-time. A defensive lapse allowed Gjorgi Hristov to beat Nigel Martyn with
a rasping shot, and O'Leary was forced to alter his plans at the break as Bruno
Ribeiro limped off injured.
dominated the second half and the winner finally came in the eightieth minute
when Moses hammered the winning goal past his own keeper under pressure from Leeds' attack. Hristov
compounded Barnsley's frustration by earning himself a
late red card, and Oakwell boss Danny Wilson
absolutely pummelled us." Overall I don't think
for one minute we deserved to get anything out of the game."
climbs high to head the first goal
Stephen McPhail challenges Nicky Eaden
Harry Kewell tangles with Nicky Eaden Gunnar Halle watches Bruno Ribeiro
Clint Marchelle Neil Redfearn
Martin Hiden shows
determination to win the ball
Leeds United: 1997-98
Back Row Bruno Ribeiro,
Richard Jobson, David Wetherall, Mark Beeney, Nigel Martyn,
Robert Molenaar, Gunnar Halle, Lee Bowyer.
Middle Row: David O’Leary (Assistant Manager),
David Swift (Physio), Pierre Laurent,
Lee Sharpe, David Hopkin, Harry Kewell,
Andy Gray, Rod Wallace,
David Williams (Coach).
Front Row: Ian Harte,
Alf-Inge Haaland, Lucas Radebe, Peter Ridsdale(Chairman),
George Graham (Manager), David
Robertson, Derek Lilley, Gary Kelly.
and an own goal from while
Georgi Hristov got one for Barnsley Ian Harte was
becoming a regular
Adrian Moses were the Leeds scorers but was later
Martin Hiden was
Bruno Ribeiro’s corner was flicked on by David
Wetherall for the first goal
in well in the United defence
David Watson shone in goal, but it was a hard
time for Scott Jones and Chris Morgan who had missed the game at Oakwell,
as had the substitutes Jan-Aage Fjortoft and Clint Marchelle