Leeds United 1986-87 No.0144
A fighting performance from United brought a vast improvement in fairings for Billy Bremner's Leeds United side in the season of 1986-87. In the FA Cup and Leeds made it all the way to the Semi Final beating First Division Queens Park Rangers on the way in a thrilling 5th Round tie at Elland Road 2-1, with Ian Baird and Brendan Ormsby scoring for Leeds. United were beaten in the Semi 3-2 after extra time by Coventry City, the eventual winners of the Cup, at Hillsborough, David Rennie and Keith Edwards scoring the goals for Bremner's side. United went out in the first stage of the Football League Cup but in the League The Whites made it all the way to the Play Off Final, finishing the campaign in 4th place on 68 points. United beat Oldham Athletic over two legs in the Play Off Semi. Two goals, one in each leg from Keith Edwards sealed a place for Leeds in the final. United met Charlton Athletic in the final where Leeds lost the away leg 1-0 but returned the favour at Elland Road with a goal from Brendan Ormsby which set up a replay at Birmingham's St. Andrews ground. The game at St. Andrews went to extra time after staying goalless for 90 minutes. In the first period of extra time and John Sheridan scores a wonderful free-kick for Leeds sending the travelling faithful into raptures. The celebrations of the Leeds fans didn't last long though as Charlton scored twice in the last ten minutes of the second period, goals which ended Leeds' dream of a return to top flight football. A relatively encouraging season for Leeds United but a case of so near so far as United would have to do it all over again.
Back Row: Jack Ashurst, Ian Baird, John Pearson, Mervyn Day, David Rennie, Peter Swan, Neil Aspin.
Middle Row: Alan Sutton (Physio), Peter Gunby (Coach), Bobby McDonald, Peter Haddock, David Rennie, Ronnie Sinclair, Nigel Thompson, Brendan Ormsby, David Bentley (Assistant Manager), David Blakey (Chief Scout), Billy Bremner (Manager).
Front Row: John Stiles, Andy Ritchie, Bob Taylor, Mickey Adams, Russell Doig, John Sheridan, Keith Edwards.
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