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Leeds United 1989-90 No.0152

Leeds United 1989-90 No.0152

Submitted: 03/21/11 (Edited 03/21/11)
Description: Howard Wilkinson's first full season in charge of The Whites for the season 1989-90 and the manager added to the previous season signing's of Gorgon Strachan and Chris Fairclough with players like Mel Sterland, Vinnie Jones, Chris Kamara and Lee Chapman. Leeds fans were quick to take note and believed that Wikinson meant business. Leeds finished their Domestic Cup campaigns again at the early stages. In the Football League Cup and Leeds were knocked at the first stage by Oldham Athletic over two legs. In the FA Cup and United didn't fair any better as Ipswich Town beat Leeds in the 3rd Round at Elland Road 1-0 and in the Zenith Data System Cup Wilkinson's side made the 4th Round only to be beaten by Aston Villa at Villa Park 1-0. It was in the League though where Leeds showed their force. In December 1989 Leeds went to the top of the table after a 2-0 win at Middlesborough, with goals from Shutt and Fairclough and that's where Leeds stayed for the rest of the season. 12 players made their debut in that season, which notes the often overlooked genius of Wilkinson. In his first full season, after Leeds had spent the seven previous seasons in the Second Division, he did the deed. Leeds United were promoted as Second Division Champions.

Back Row: Chris Fairclough, John McClelland, John Pearson, Mervyn Day, Noel Blake, Peter Haddock, Andy Williams.
Middle Row: Alan Sutton (Physio), Vinnie Jones, IanBaird, Jim Beglin, Neil Edwards, Bobby Davison, Mel Sterland, Mike Whitlow, Mick Hennigan (Coach).
Front Row: Glynn Snodin, Gordon Strachan, John Hendrie, Howard Wilkinson (Manager), David Batty, Carl Shutt, Mickey Thomas.
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