Competition: Second Division.
Referee: Mr K.W.
Matches involving Leeds United and Oldham Athletic, and with
cup-ties and play-off matches included there have been quite a number of them
over the years, have usually been close and keenly fought affairs. However,
there was an exception to the rule in September 1984 when
He could not celebrate his for hundred and seventieth League outing for United by putting his name on the scoresheet but he played a part in two of his side’s goals. His right wing chip enabled eighteen-year-old Tommy Wright to open the scoring in the third minute and though it took United until the hour mark to increase their lead it was from Lorimer’s through pass that Andy Ritchie hit a firm shot past Andy Goram.
Ten minutes later Ritchie’s determination, after taking up a short pass from John Sheridan, enabled him to swerve a fine shot in from near the penalty spot and after Sheridan had headed home from eight yards in the seventy-third minute, Ritchie completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot seven minutes from the end.
United’s joy, and Oldham’s misery, was complete in the eighty-sixth minute when the twenty-year-old Mark Gavin, making his first full appearance of the season and preferred to £930,000 winger Peter Barnes, crossed from the right for central defender Andy Linighan to race through and crash a powerful header into the net.
Alternate Report from YEP (Courtesy Mark Ledgard)
On days when the great Leeds United got among the goals, it
was one of the sights of the match to see Jack Charlton racing upfield to join in the goal-scoring spree. In this game
Ironically the last time
The game had lost it’s way and was heading nowhere when Lorimer stepped in again in the fifty-ninth minute to set off a run of five goals in twenty-seven minutes, who also hit six in the Cup games against Hartlepool United in January 1979 and Stromsgodset (Norway) in October 1973, could then do no wrong, completely repairing the dent in their season caused by defeats in their previous three League games.
Goal No.1 came in the fourth minute. A right wing chip from Lorimer and Wright turned it into the net to score his seventh goal of the season.
Goal No.2 arrived in the fifty-ninth minute. A through ball from Lorimer was firmly hit home from fourteen yards by Andy Ritchie.
Goal No.3 came after sixty-nine minutes. A short pass from John Sheridan, which Ritchie fought well for, to beat his man and swerve in a fine shot from near the penalty spot.
Goal No.4 came in the seventy-third minute. Tony Henry’s headed back-pass brought a great save from Andy Goram, only for Mark Gavin to knock the loose ball to John Sheridan, who hit home an eight-yard shot for his first goal since breaking his leg the previous October.
Goal No.5 came in the eighty-third minute. Andy Ritchie completed his hat-trick with a penalty.
Goal No. 6 arrived after eighty-six minutes. Mark Gavin finished off an inventive display with the left-wing cross which enabled Andy Linighan to head powerfully into the net from sixteen yards.
After that, Oldham’s best moment came with a twenty-five-yard drive from Derrick Parker, but David Harvey, even in the ninetieth minute, was in no mood to hand over a consolation prize, leaping high to turn the ball to safety with a save which nudged Leeds into fourth place in the table on goal difference and left Oldham goalless for the sixth successive time at Elland Road.
(Action photos below Courtesy Mark Ledgard)
Tommy Wright celebrates opening the scoring, then congratulates Any Ritchie on his hat-trick Mark Gavin leaves Roger Palmer trailing
and Andy Linighan Mark Gavin was preferred to Peter Barnes on the left-wing
There was a cheer for Peter Lorimer Andy Goram did not have a happy day Martin Buchan was sweeper
when he came on.
Tony Henry’s headed back-pass put Goram in trouble Roger Palmer conceded the penalty