Competition: First Division.
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Referee: Mr K. Redfern
It's not often that a Leeds
United defeat is featured as one of the most memorable matches, although the
game in question, against
United and Liverpool were meeting at Elland Road for the first time in nine years and what a humdinger the contest, played in front of a crowd of 31,640 turned out to be. Nine goals, some stunning football and a staggering second half fight-back that featured a remarkable hat-trick from Lee Chapman, stamped this as the game that had everything. Except, that is, in United's case, there were no League points. Add to that the great spirit in which the game was played, outstanding ability, great vision, awareness, intelligence, bravery, arrogance and, yes, embarrassment were all in evidence in one of the most extraordinary matches I have seen.
United, in their first
season back in the top flight, were more than holding their own. In fact they
were in the top four at the time of this game. But Howard Wilkinson's men found
themselves four goals down at half-time against a
Liverpool went ahead after
eleven minutes through Ray Houghton after the irrepressible John Barnes set him
up at the far post, Jan Molby made it 2-0 with a
sixteenth minute penalty when United keeper John Lukic
had brought down Rush, and David Speedie added to
Liverpool's score in the twenty-fifth minute. When Barnes scored
United's admirable fighting qualities showed through on the resumption, with Chapman spearheading a revival. He struck in the sixty-eighth minute after Mike Hooper had been unable to hold a Gary McAllister shot and when Carl Shutt turned to fire in a low shot following Gary Speed's long throw-in to make it 4-2, hopes rose among United fans. Thirteen minutes were left but the match looked to be dead a minute later when Barnes scored from a back-heel from Rush. At 5-2 that really was it? Wasn't it? We'll, not quite.
But further goals for Chapman
in the eighty-first and eighty-eighth minutes, both headers, gave
Barnesí eleventh minute chip into the box picked out Ray Houghton, who finished clinically. Six minutes later Ian Rush was brought down by John Lukic and Jan Molby slotted home the ensuing penalty. United could not get hold of the ball and fell further behind when David Speedie forced home Barnesí twenty-fifth minute cross at the far post; and that man Barnes played in Rush to make it 4-0 after just twenty-seven minutes.
The team spirit and determination which had been the key part in the Second Division championship success still remained and United produced a brave, if unrewarded, second half fight-back, which brought the crowd to fever pitch. Central striker Lee Chapman was the focal point of the United attack and his prowess in the air gave
Within a minute
There was no questioning
Special contribution : From Lee (MAMF on the forums) :
Leeds 4 Liverpool 5 1991
We were played off the park in the first half and went into the break 0-4 down to some well worked and skillful football by a fantastic Liverpool side containing the likes of Rush and Barnes.
Even though we were getting a trouncing we did not feel let down by the
The same team that came out for the second half played a totally different game, in the first half the Leeds players were overawed but not for the second.
We shoved it up the ĎPool playing a good up and at them football game. We managed to claw back two goals but John Barnes was played in by Ian Rush to break our hearts and thoughts of any comeback at 2-5.
But nearly comeback we did, Lee Chapman grabbed a hat-trick and Carl Shutt got one as we battled back to 4-5 and also Lee Chapman went up for a ball with the Liverpool keeper Mike Hooper to head the ball into the net, the referee blew for a foul but having seen the goal on video numerous times it was clear to see that "Chappy" did not touch the keeper.
Lee Hession, Morley,
(Continued from above)
David Speedie nets
Gordon Strachan crosses for Lee Chapman to score Unitedís fourth goal
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Chris Whyte challenges Mike Hooper and John Barnes for a high ball
Gary McAllister tries to close down Peter Beardsley
Back Row: Chris OíDonnell, Chris Kamara, Vinnie Jones, John Pearson, Lee Chapman,
John McClelland, Peter Haddock, Andy Williams.
Middle Row: Alan Sutton (Physio), Gary McAllister, Simon Grayson, Dylan Kerr, John Lukic,
Mervyn Day, Chris Whyte, Mike Whitlow, Mel Sterland, Mick Hennigan (Coach).
Front Row: Bobby Davison, Chris Fairclough, Gary Speed, Glynn Snodin,
Howard Wilkinson (Manager), Gordon Strachan, Jim Beglin, Imre Varadi, David Batty.
Back Row: Ray Houghton, Alex Watson, Mike Hooper, Gary Gillespie, Bruce Grobbelaar,
Ian Rush, Glenn Hysen.
Middle Row: Ron Moran (Coach), Ronnie Rosenthal, Steve Staunton, Gary Ablett, Jan Molby,
Barry Venison, David Burrows, Roy Evans (Coach).
Front Row: John Barnes, Steve Nicol, Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish (Manager) Ronnie Whelan,
Steve McMahon, Peter Beardsley.
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Lee Chapman got a hat-trick and Carl Shutt scored the†††††††††
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and Jan Molby the†††††† †††††David Speedie got
second goal from the spot††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††last two goals
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Peter Beardsley and Ian Rush were not on the scoresheet††††††††† ††††††Steve Harkness and Ronnie Rosenthal were