Date: Tuesday, 25th August 1992.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
English Premier League.
United 5 Tottenham Hotspur 0.
United: Wallace, Cantona (3), Chapman.
Tottenham Hotspur: Nil.
Leeds United: Lukic; Newsome (Strachan),
Dorigo; Batty, Fairclough, Whyte; Cantona, Rod Wallace,
Chapman (Hodge), McAllister, Speed.
Tottenham Hotspur: Thorsvedt; Austin, Edinburgh; Howells, Cundy,
Ruddock; Sedgley, Durie, Samways, Anderton, Allen.
Referee: Mr M. Reed (Birmingham).
After scoring a hat-trick
at Wembley in the Charity Shield game, Eric Cantona had to be satisfied with just one goal in the three
games United had played in defence of their League
Champion’s crown. After a win over Wimbledon in the opening fixture at Elland Road and a 1-1 draw at Villa Park United
came a cropper against newly-promoted Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park by 4-1 and Cantona
had got the consolation goal.
It looked like the gloss
was fast disappearing from the mercurial Frenchman and the entertaining and
winning Leeds United, but only three days after the drubbing by Boro United and Cantona put on a performance
that their fans would long remember as they
totally outplayed and outclassed the not so hot Spurs.
Rod Wallace opened the
scoring after nineteen minutes and was joined on the scoresheet
nine minutes later by Cantona. The Frenchman headed
his second and Leeds’
third just five minutes later and the fans sensed blood as United totally
dominated the game to go in 3-0 in front at half-time.
They were not disappointed
as the big French International completed his hat-trick and Leeds fourth just two minutes into the
second half. Lee Chapman got a fifth after sixty-six minutes to complete the
rout and give the adoring home fans thoughts of retaining their crown. It was
not to be as they failed to win a single away game and picked up just seven
points on their travels that season and finished a disappointing seventeenth
with fifty-one points. Fortunately United were still able to boast a whopping
twelve wins and eight draws and just one loss, incredibly 1-4 against rank
bottom club Nottingham Forest, but otherwise their form at
fortress Elland Road was championship class. Cantona moved on to Manchester United in November and Leeds were left
to dream of what might have been as he steered the Reds to many trophies and
personal medals and ‘Player of the year’ Trophies and accolades.
Rod Wallace, Eric Cantona
(3) and Lee Chapman were the Leeds goal-scorers
Erik Thorstvedt was
in goal Dean Austin and Justin
Edinburgh were at full-back
Jason Cundy and Neil
Ruddock were the centre-backs Gordon Durie
was the lone striker
David Howells, Steve Sedgeley,
Vinny Samways, Darren Anderton and Paul Allen were the five-man midfield employed