Competition: Second Division.
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Leeds United’s start to life was quite remarkable, as they joined the Midland League nearly three months into the 1919-20 season and despite finishing twelfth place they were invited to join the Second Division of the Football League the following season.
As a League club they had an inauspicious start, finishing
fourteenth, eighth and seventh in their first three seasons. The 1923-24 season
was little different, as they won just one of their first six games.
After those first six games United then went on a run that
saw them win nine and draw two of their next eleven and though they slipped in
December with three successive defeats, twenty-one year old Scot Bill Menzies
came into the side at left-back to steady the defence. There were remarkably
few changes in the side that season and, with the exception of Sam Powell,
every one of the side that faced
Wednesday were to finish the season in eighth place although
they too were on the up and, with the recent capture of Hull City defender
Ernie Blenkinsopp, they had a future England international in their ranks.
Another well known personality in the Wednesday side was their diminutive
keeper John Davison, reputed to have been the shortest goalkeeper ever to play
The goal-less draw had, in fact, been the fifth meeting between the two sides in the Football League and left United still searching for their first victory Wednesday, but they would not have long to wait to break that run. Fairclough’s men went into this game with only one win in eight games behind them and if they were to continue their push for promotion they could not afford to settle for anything less than victory.
It was hard work but in the end a lone goal from Jack Swan was enough to settle it and that victory proved a crucial turning point in a season which was to see Leeds United carry off their first ever football league title when they finished Second Division champions three points ahead of Bury and Derby County.
Jack Swan had enjoyed a successful start to his League
career with neighbouring
Back Row: Harry Sherwin, Arthur Fairclough (Manager), Bert Duffield, Dick Murrell (Trainer),
Billy Down, John Armand, Bill Menzies, Bill Norman (Assistant Manager).
Front Row: Walter Coates, Percy Whipp, Joe Richmond, Jim Baker, Jack Swan, Joe Harris, Ernie Hart.
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Teddy Davison Ernie Blenkinsop Jack Swan
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Wednesday Leeds United