Date: Saturday, 7th April 1934.

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.

Competition: First Division.

Score: Leeds United 8 Leicester City 0

Scorers: Leeds United: Duggan (2) Mahon (2) Furness (2) Firth (2). Leicester City: Nil.

Attendance: 11,871.


Leeds United: Moore; G. Milburn, J. Milburn; Edwards, Hart, Copping; Mahon, Firth, Duggan, Furness, Cochrane.


Leicester Ci ty: McLaren; Jones, Wood; Smith, Sharman, Ritchie; Maw, Paterson, Gardner, Lochhead, Liddle.

Referee: Mr T.J. Bootham (Walsall).


For much of their 1933-34 First Division campaign United had to cope without injured star, right half Willis Edwards. An experienced England international, Edwards had been out of action for three months before returning to Elland Road for a mid-table clash with F.A. Cup semi-finalists Leicester City.


The presence of Edwards inspired those around him as United turned in their best performance of the season to bury luckless Leicester under a landslide of goals. Billy Furness was in top form and winger Johnny Mahon provided a string of chances as the Leeds forwards peppered Sandy McLaren in the City goal.


The Yorkshire Post reported: “Taking complete command Leeds launched almost continuous offensives to expose the mediocrity of the Leicester wing-halves and the backs’ unsteadiness. McLaren had a thankless task in goal. The shrewd scheming of Furness and the dashing wing play of Mahon were features of the Leeds attack. Leicester struggled gamely and sportingly after the interval but were outplayed to an astonishing degree”.


Goals by Mahon (2),  Furness and Irish international Harry Duggan gave Leeds a four goal lead at half-time, which they doubled with further efforts by Furness, Duggan and Joe Firth(2), to complete an unusual feat of four men scoring two goals for the same side in one match. It all added up to United’s biggest victory in their history. The record stood for many years until eclipsed by the ritual slaughter of Lyn Oslo in 1969.


Ironically United’s leading goal-scorer for the season, Arthur Hydes, did not play due to injury and missed out on the goal feast.





The dynamic Half-Back line of Edwards, Hart and Copping.  It was reunited for the game against Leicester City with devastating effect.



United’s goal-scorers with two each.       Harry Duggan, Johnny Mahon, Billy Furness and Joe Firth.


Sandy McLaren: Leicester’s Goalkeeper