Competition: Second Division.
Referee: G.J. Naphine (Loughborough).
Leeds Unitedís first ever league
Gray made one change to the starting line-up, when he
brought in nineteen-year-old Neil Aspin for Martin
Dickinson, and his faith was repaid. The previous season Unitedís
juniors had won the Northern Intermediate League Cup and five of that squad
were in the twelve for this game and another six were destined to go on to have
a Football League career. Gray banked heavily on youth and his young side were
certainly to prove much too strong for Dave Bassettís
Scott Sellars had two spells at
The Dons, who had given United a fright when they were a Southern League side and in front of a 46,000 crowd battled to a goalless draw in an FA Cup fourth round tie against Don Revieís United side in January 1975, were making their first League visit to Elland Road. However, there was no such satisfaction for them on this occasion as United put on a vintage display for a crowd of a little under 11,000, but those who stayed away missed a treat. There was a sterling display of attacking football from young Tommy Wright, a delightfully creative performance from Scott Sellars and Andy Ritchieís send three goal feat of the season were highlights of another goal-ladened afternoon.
Steve Ketteridge gave Wimbledon the encouragement of a fifth minute lead with a twenty-five yard shot, but Wright equalised ten minutes later with a low drive that was too good for Dave Beasant. United hit the lead after thirty-two minutes, as Ritchie controlled a fine pass from Gary Hamson to score. Wright made the opening for Ritchie to score on the hour and the striker completed his hat-trick after seventy-six minutes.
The fourth goal, however, had been a classic, and particularly satisfying for Scott Sellars, who robbed Alan Cork, while sitting on the ground, but got up to his feet to chip a beautifully flighted effort into the goal. Wimbledonís second goal, scored by Cork late on, was little more than a consolation and the game was memorable for Bradford-born Roger Eli, later to have a long career with Burnley, who came on for the last ten minutes to make his League debut for United.
(Action photos below Courtesy Mark Ledgard)
Andy Ritchie unleashes a volley to score one of his hat-trick of goals
Andy Ritchie scorers another goal from his hat-trick†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Andy Ritchie gets congratulated
Tommy Wright awaits a corner
Wright, Andy Ritchie (3) and Scott Sellars scored for
Steve Ketteridge and
Alan Cork got the goals for
Neil Aspin came in
for Martin Dickinson†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
†††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††the first goal††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Dave Beasant