Competition: Second Division.
Referee: R.Gifford (Mid-Glamorgan).
days to remember and days to forget for all football supporters, and few Leeds
United fans will ever lose the memory of
It's a date
that is etched into the history books for all manner of reasons, not least
because the ninety degree heat of the Bank Holiday weekend made for the highest
temperature ever recorded in the fifth month of the year.
It was also
the date that Millwall's only stay in the top-fight
came to an end while, at the other end of the country, Middlesbrough
were only spared relegation to the third tier of the English game after beating
close rivals Newcastle 4-1 at Ayresome Park. In the
west country, the pair of Bristols were rejoicing
after they both won promotion to the Second Division and, elsewhere, Liverpool
were celebrating their fifth trophy in as many seasons under the guidance of
Kenny Dalglish. But all those historical facts matter
little if you are a Leeds United supporter. For, the weekend of May 5th, is
remembered as the day that Leeds United re-joined the footballing
The trip to
the south coast was the culmination of a season that had seen
were a point ahead of closest rivals Middlesbrough,
who were entertaining promotion outsiders Newcastle, and their own Second
Division status was at stake, but all the hype centred
around Leeds and whether they could end their exile. What followed was a
nervous, edgy game.
shortly before , it happened. Chris Kamara
whipped over a cross and Lee Chapman headed beyond the reach of
It had been a long haul and very taxing on the players and thirty-four-year-old captain Gordon Strachan, who had played all forty-six League games, was glad when it was all over and promotion had been achieved. He Commented. “Having so many games to get through takes a heavy toll both mentally and physically. I have picked up twelve or thirteen medals in my career but I can honestly say that none have been harder to win than this Division Two medal.”
Lee Chapman heads the winner
Back Row: Alan Sutton (Physio), Mervyn Day, Peter Haddock, Bobby Davison, Andy Williams,
Chris Fairclough, Mike Whitlow, Jim Beglin, John McClelland, Carl Shutt, John Pearson,
Mel Sterland, Chris Kamara, Vinnie Jones, Lee Chapman.
Front Row: John Hendrie, Dylan Kerr, Imre Varadi, Howard Wilkinson (Manager, Glynn Snodin,
Gordon Strachan, Gary Speed, David Batty.
Chris Kamara put in the cross, Lee Chapman got in the header and Gerry Peyton could not stop the winning goal for Leeds
Goalkeeper: Mervyn Day Full Backs: Mel Sterland and Jim Beglin
Central Defence: Chris Fairclough and Peter Haddock Midfield: Gordon Strachan,
Vinnie Jones, Chris Kamara and Gary Speed
Strikers: Bobby Davison and Lee Chapman Substitutes: Carl Shutt and David Batty