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Leeds United 1988-89 No.0149
Leeds United 1988-89 No.0149
A bad start to the season of 1988-89 saw the end of Billy Bremner as manager of Leeds United. After six League games with only one win United's Chairman Leslie Silver decided to call it a day on the Leeds legend and looked to the First Division for his replacement. Howard Wilkinson who at the time was having a successful go at it with Sheffield Wednesday caught Silver's attentions and he persuaded the manager to join Leeds. This probably proved one of two things, either Silver had the gift of the gab or Leeds United were still a very big pull. Wilkinson went down a Division to manage The Whites and started about the business of getting Leeds back to where they belonged. Into the season and Wilkinson didn't start any fires at Elland Road an exit in the Football League Cup at the hands of Luton Town at the 3rd Round stage, losing 2-0 at Elland Road was followed by an exit from the FA Cup at the 4th Round stage when United lost 2-0 at the City ground to Nottingham Forest. Leeds also lost again to Millwall in the Simod Cup 2-0 at the Den. In the League and steady form delivered a 10th position to the side.

Back Row: Andy Williams, John Pearson, Neil Aspin, Mervyn Day, Mark Aizlewood, Peter Swan, Brendan Ormsby.
Middle Row: Alan Sutton (Physio), John Sheridan, Noel Blake, Peter Haddock, David Rennie, Ronnie Sinclair, Gary Williams, Bob Taylor, Bobby Davison, Mick Hennigan (Coach).
Front Row: Micky Adams, Vince Hilaire, David Batty, Howard Wilkinson (Manager), Glynn Snodin, Ian Baird, John Stiles.
Submitted: 03/20/11
Leeds United 1987-88 No.0147
Leeds United 1987-88 No.0147
High hopes for the season of 1987-88 for Leeds United after the achievements of Bremner's side the previous season which saw United reach the Semi Final of the FA Cup and the Play Off Final of the Second Division. The bookies had The Whites down as firm favourites for the title and confidence was high among the support. A bad start to the season which saw Leeds win only twice in their first nine games soon brought the camp at Elland Road back down to earth and by mid season after Leeds had only won six of the opening 20 League games everyone concerned was beginning to fear the worst. In the Domestic Cups and United failed to venture through the early stages. The Football League Cup saw Leeds reach the second stage only to be beaten by Oldham Athletic 4-2 in the replay at Boundary Park, the first game at Elland Road ended in a 2-2 draw. In the FA Cup and United failed to get past the 3rd Round after being beat 2-1 at Elland Road by Aston Villa and in the Simod Cup United lost out to Millwall at the Den 2-0. Following the Simod Cup loss Leeds put together a five match winning run in the League which brought the pre-season belief back to some but unfortunately it wasn't to be as up and down form plagued the rest of the season and any hope of that promotion had gone. United eventually finished the season in a disappointing 7th position, out of the automatic promotion position's and six points behind a Play Off position. One of the highlights of the season did see the emergence of the Leeds born youngster David Batty coming through the ranks, where he made seven League appearances for The Whites and scored a rare goal, a beauty too coming in a 2-1 win against Manchester City at Maine Road.

Back Row: Jack Ashurst, David Rennie, John Pearson, Mervyn Day, Neil Aspin, Peter Swan, Peter Haddock.
Middle Row: David Bentley (Assistant Manager), Nigel Thompson, Bobby McDonald, John Buckley, John Sheridan, Ronnie Sinclair, Brendan Ormsby, Bob Taylor, Gary Williams, Davis Blakey (Chief Scout), Billy Bremner (Manager).
Front Row: Alan Sutton (Physio), John Stiles, Glynn Snodin, Micky Adams, Mark Aizlewood, David Batty, Russell Doig, Keith Edwards, Peter Gunby (Coach).
Submitted: 03/19/11 (Edited 03/19/11)
Leeds United 1986-87 No.0144
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.
Submitted: 03/18/11 (Edited 03/18/11)
Leeds United 1985-86 No.0142
Leeds United 1985-86 No.0142
To the dismay of the Leeds fans and indeed to players and certain members of the board at Elland Road Eddie Gray was sacked just three months into the season 1985-86. Leeds had had a poor start winning just once in their opening six games with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Stoke City being one of the lowlights. Gray did manage to turn it round, the next eight games and United progressed with only one defeat, this run included a first stage win in the Football League Cup against Walsall where Leeds won 3-0, this win came in the second leg away at Walsall after a 0-0 draw at Elland Road. The Leeds board had lost faith though and despite the turnaround they sacked Eddie Gray and his assistant Jimmy Lumsden. Angry demonstrations by fans followed the dismissal of Eddie Gray. Certain board members didn't agree with it, one even resigned and some fans called for the head of Chairman Leslie Silver. Silver soon found the answer to pacify the fans and get them back on side, with the appointment of Billy Bremner as manager. The Leeds United hero was the third Revie old boy in succession to be appointed, he had been managing at Doncaster Rover's before the approach from Leeds. Bremner bought midfieder Ian Snodin that season, who he knew from Doncaster but significant departures included Sellars and Irwin. The promising side Gray had buit was being dismantled and sold for far less than it was worth. Bremner failed to turn the season round for The Whites, United went out at the 3rd round stage in the FA Cup 1-0 against Peterborough United, in the Football League Cup United were beaten by Aston Villa 3-0 at Elland Road and in the League with hit and miss patches of form Leeds finished a lowly 14th.

Back Row: Peter Swan, Ian Baird, Andy Linighan, Neil Aspin, Stephen O’Shaughnessy, Roger Eli, Andy Ritchie, Martin Dickinson.
Middle Row: Geoff Ladley (Physio), David Bentley (Assistant Manager), Nigel Thompson, Gary Hamson, Mervyn Day, Trevor Swinburne, Dennis Irwin, David Blakey (Chief Scout), Billy Bremner (Manager), Peter Gunby (Coach).
Front Row: Peter Lorimer, John Sheridan, George McCluskey, Scott Sellars, Ian Snodin, Lyndon Simmonds, Terry Phelan, John Stiles.

Leeds finished in 14th position in the league and early exits again in the cup proved a bumpy arrival for Bremner.
Submitted: 03/18/11 (Edited 03/18/11)

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