SHERIDAN DICTATES: LEEDS UNITED NOSTALGIA

GAME BY GAME: 1977-78

SATURDAY 20th AUGUST 1977

DIVISION ONE

NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 (Burns 9', 90', Kennedy 25')

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Hankin 21', Lorimer penalty 49')

Attendance: 36,491

Newcastle United line up: Mahoney, Nattrass, Kennedy, Cassidy, McCaffrey, Bird, Barrowclough, Cannell, Burns, Gowling, T. Craig

Unused sub: Blackhall

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Reaney, Cherry, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, E. Gray, McNiven, Hankin (F. Gray), Currie, Graham

Referee: D. Richardson

Leeds come from behind twice but start the season with a defeat on Tyneside. Newcastle take a fortunate lead early on when Micky Burns manages to head home a wayward shot from Tommy Cassidy. Ray Hankin forces home an equaliser but Jimmy Armfield's side find themselves behind again when Kennedy fires an unstoppable shot past Dave Stewart. Early in the second half, Gordon McQueen's header is punched off the line by Kennedy and Peter Lorimer scores from the spot. However, the drama does not end there and Burns grabs a dramatic late winner following a corner.

WEDNESDAY 24th AUGUST 1977

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Jordan 49', McQueen 60')

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 (Cross xx', xx')

Attendance: 21,000

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Reaney, Cherry, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, E. Gray, McNiven, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Unused sub: F. Gray

West Bromwich Albion line up: Godden, Mulligan, Statham, T. Brown, Wile, Robertson, Cantello, Cunningham, Cross, Robson, Johnston

Unused sub: Trewick

Referee: B. Martin

Match report to follow.

SATURDAY 27th AUGUST 1977

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Hankin 49')

BIRMINGHAM CITY 0

Attendance: 24,551

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Reaney, Cherry, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, F. Gray, Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Unused sub: Harris

Birmingham City line up: Montgomery, Calderwood, Pendrey, Towers, Howard, Want, Jones, Francis, Bertschin, Hibbitt, Connolly (Styles xx')

Referee: G. Courtney

Match report to follow.

WEDNESDAY 31st AUGUST 1977

LEAGUE CUP 2nd ROUND

ROCHDALE 0

LEEDS UNITED 3 (Jordan xx', Cherry xx', Harris xx')

Attendance: 8,644

Rochdale line up: Poole, Oliver, O'Loughlin, Morrin (Boslem xx'), Scott, Barron, Melledew, Seddon, Mountford, Esser, Tarbuck

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Reaney, F. Gray, Madeley, McQueen, Cherry, Lorimer, Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham (Harris xx')

Referee: G. Courtney

Match report to follow. Leeds manager Jimmy Armfield missed the game through illness.

SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 1977

DIVISION ONE

COVENTRY CITY 2 (Ferguson 30', Wallace 49')

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Hankin 10', McQueen 17')

Attendance: 21,479

Coventry City line up: Blyth, Oakey, McDonald, Yorath, Holton, Coop, Graydon, Wallace, Ferguson, Powell, Hutchison

Unused sub: Beck

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Reaney (Harris 21'), Cherry, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, F. Gray, Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Referee: J. Bent

Match report to follow.

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 1977

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Hankin 52', 80')

IPSWICH TOWN 1 (Mariner 50')

Attendance: 24,280

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Cherry (Stevenson xx'), F. Gray, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, E. Gray, Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Ipswich Town line up: Cooper, Burley, Tibbott, Talbot, Hunter, Osman, Osborne, Gates, Mariner, Whymark (Turner xx'), Woods

Referee: K. McNally

Match report to follow.

SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 1977

DIVISION ONE

DERBY COUNTY 2 (Gemmill 17', Hughes 63')

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Lorimer 74', Graham, 89')

Attendance: 24,274

Derby County line up: Boulton, Langan, Nish, Daly, McFarland (Macken 47'), Todd, Powell, Gemmill, Hughes, George, Hunt

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Cherry, F. Gray, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, E. Gray, Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Unused sub: Stevenson

Referee: A. MacDonald

Match report to follow.

SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 1977

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Hankin 75')

MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Hill 68')

Attendance: 33,514

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Cherry, F. Gray, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, E. Gray (Stevenson 70'), Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Manchester United line up: Stepney, Nicholl, Albiston, Mcllroy, B. Greenhoff, Houston, McGrath, Coppell, Pearson, Macari, Hill

Unused sub: McCreery

Referee: P. Willis

Due to "technical difficulties" the TV audience are denied highlights with the Match of the Day cameras unable to broadcast from Elland Road. The visitors strike first when Gordon Hill converts Lou Macari's cross but Leeds level through Ray Hankin. Alex Stepney prevents the hosts going in front when he saves well from Arthur Graham and Tony Currie.

SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER 1977

DIVISION ONE

CHELSEA 1 (R. Wilkins 55')

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Lorimer 3', Hankin 72')

Attendance: 35,427

Chelsea line up: Phillips, Harris, G. Wilkins, Britton, Droy, Wicks, Garner, R. Wilkins, Langley, Swain, Stanley

Unused sub: Sparrow

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Cherry, F. Gray, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, E. Gray, Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Unused sub: Stevenson

Referee: D. Biddle

Tony Currie runs the show with an outstanding display as Leeds win at Stamford Bridge. Peter Lorimer volleys the opener but Chelsea level through Ray Wilkins. Ray Hankin's header gives United a deserved win.

WEDNESDAY 5th OCTOBER 1977

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 1 (McQueen 59')

ASTON VILLA 1 (Gray 32')

Attendance: 27,797

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Cherry, F. Gray, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, E. Gray, Hankin, Jordan, Currie, Graham

Unused sub: Stevenson

Aston Villa line up: Rimmer, Gidman, Smith, Phillips, McNaught, Mortimer, Deehan, Cowans, Gray, Cropley, Carrodus

Unused sub: Gregory

Referee: unknown

Villa go in at half-time, a goal up courtesy of Andy Gray, after dominating the first 45 minutes. However, it's a different story in the second half and Leeds are level when Gordon McQueen heads home Eddie Gray's cross. Arthur Graham and Joe Jordan see efforts cleared off the line whilst McQueen hits the bar. Leeds, despite the onslaught, have to settle for a point when Ray Hankin misses a guilt edged chance at the death.

MONDAY 2nd JANUARY 1978

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 0

NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 (Burns 40', 85')

Attendance: 36,643

Leeds United line up: Stewart, Cherry, F. Gray, Lorimer, McQueen, Madeley, Harris, Currie, Jordan, Flynn, Graham (E. Gray 77')

Newcastle United line up: Carr, Blackhall, Barker, Cassidy, McCaffrey, Barton (Barrowclough 50'), Hudson, Burns, Larnach, McGhee, T. Craig

Referee: D. Richardson

Micky Burns scores two against Leeds, as he did on the opening day of the season. The away side lose David Barton who is stretchered off following a challenge by Joe Jordan but the defence holds firm. The closest Leeds come is through Trevor Cherry who hits the post and Gordon McQueen sees a header cleared off the line. The goals come five minutes before the end of each half. First Tommy Cassidy lays the ball off to Burns who beats Stewart from the edge of the box and he grabs a second when McQueen's headed clearance falls to him and he finishes with a first time shot.

WEDNESDAY 8th FEBRUARY 1978

LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL, 1st LEG

LEEDS UNITED 1 (E. Gray 28)

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3 (Withe 19', 21', O'Hare 74')

Attendance: 43,222

Leeds United line up: Harvey, Reaney, F. Gray, Lorimer (Harris 30'), Parkinson, Madeley, Cherry, Hankin, Currie, E. Gray, Graham

Nottingham Forest line up: Woods, Anderson, Barrett, McGovern, Burns, O'Hare, O'Neill, Bowyer, Withe, Woodcock, Robertson

Unused sub: Clark

Referee: C. White

Leeds are left with a mountain to climb in the second leg after Forest win 3-1 at Elland Road. Peter Withe volleys home after Tony Woodcock flicks on Martin O'Neill's cross and two minutes later Woodcock provides a cross and Withe gets his second. Leeds reduce the arrears through Eddie Gray's right foot shot but ex Leeds player John O'Hare seals the win after a neat one-two with Withe.

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 1978

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Graham 26')

WEST HAM UNITED 2 (Martin 44', 53'')

Attendance: 22,953

Leeds United line up: Harvey, Reaney, F. Gray, Flynn, Hart, Madeley, Lorimer, E. Gray, Currie, Harris, Graham

Unused sub: Stevenson

West Ham United line up: Ferguson, Bonds, Brush, Martin, T. Taylor, Green, Curbishley, Holland, Hales, Brooking, Robson

Unused sub: Otulakowski

Referee: K. Walmsley

Peter Lorimer's poor record from the penalty spot continues as Leeds are beaten by the Hammers. Brian Flynn creates an opening for Arthur Graham to fire the Whites into the lead but 19 year old Alvin Martin heads an equaliser on the stroke of half time. That header is Martin's first goal for West Ham and he soon adds another in the second half. Leeds press and on 76 minutes, Billy Bonds flattens Tony Currie in the box but Lorimer fires the penalty well wide of the post.

DIVISION ONE P W D L F A PTS
Nottingham Forest 42 25 14 3 69 24 64
Liverpool 42 24 9 9 65 34 57
Everton 42 22 11 9 76 45 55
Manchester City 42 20 12 10 74 51 52
Arsenal 42 21 10 11 60 37 52
West Bromwich Albion 42 18 14 10 62 53 50
Coventry City 42 18 12 12 75 63 48
Aston Villa 42 18 10 14 57 42 46
LEEDS UNITED 42 18 10 14 63 53 46
Manchester United 42 16 10 16 67 63 42
Birmingham City 42 16 9 17 55 60 41
Derby County 42 14 13 15 54 59 41
Norwich City 42 11 18 13 52 66 40
Middlesbrough 42 12 15 15 42 54 39
Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 12 12 18 51 64 36
Chelsea 42 11 14 17 46 69 36
Bristol City 42 11 13 18 49 53 35
Ipswich Town 42 11 13 18 47 61 35
Queens Park Rangers 42 9 15 18 47 64 33
West Ham United 42 12 8 22 52 69 32
Newcastle United 42 6 10 26 42 78 22
Leicester City 42 5 12 25 26 70 22