SHERIDAN DICTATES: LEEDS UNITED NOSTALGIA

GAME BY GAME: 1981-82

SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER 1981

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 1 (E. Gray 80')

SUNDERLAND 0

Attendance: 25,220

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Cherry, F. Gray, Hird, Hart, Burns, E. Gray, Graham, Connor, Hamson, Barnes

Unused sub: Greenhoff

Sunderland line up: Siddall, Venison, Pickering, Buckley (West 46'), Clarke, Elliott, Chisholm, McCoist, Ritchie, Rowell, Cummins

Referee: G. Napthine

Leeds claim a rare win at the expense of bottom of the table Sunderland. The game sparks into life when a challenge from Kenny Burns leaves Barry Venison writhing in agony and needing lenghty treatment. Leeds win the game when Eddie Gray's shot hits Burns on the way into the net for the only goal of the game but Gray is credited with the goal.

SATURDAY 31st OCTOBER 1981

DIVISION ONE

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 (Ward xx', Robertson penalty xx')

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Butterworth xx')

Attendance: 25,272

Nottingham Forest line up: Shilton, Anderson, Gunn, McGovern, Needham, Aas, Gray, Ward, Fashanu, Proctor, Robertson

Unused sub: Walsh

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Cherry, F. Gray, Hird, Hart, Burns, E. Gray, Graham, Butterworth, Hamson, Stevenson

Unused sub: Greenhoff

Referee: Unknown

Kenny Burns returns to his former club who dominate throughout and take the lead through Peter Ward. Youngster Aidan Butterworth equalises on his full debut but the home side take the points thanks to John Robertson's second half penalty.

SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY 1982

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 0

COVENTRY CITY 0

Attendance: 16,385

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Cherry, F. Gray, Flynn, Hart, Firm, E. Gray, Graham, Parlane, Hamson, Hird

Unused sub: Greenhoff

Coventry City line up: Blyth, Thomas, Barnes, Jacobs, Hagan, Gillespie, Bodak, Bradford, Hateley, Thompson, Hunt

Unused sub: Butterworth

Referee: G. Courtney

A scrappy, dull affair ends 0-0. Leeds are missing the suspended Kenny Burns and Neil Firm is brought in to combat the aerial threat of Thompson and Hateley. The visitors are denied after half an hour when a linesman flag rules out an effort by Bodak and Lukic denies Gillespie with a great save from an overhead kick. Leeds don't threaten until the closing stages when Brian Flynn misses after being put clean through and Kevin Hird's effort is disallowed for offside.

DIVISION ONE P W D L F A PTS
Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 28 8 6 103 47 64
Preston North End 42 26 7 9 100 51 59
Tottenham Hotspur 42 21 9 12 93 77 51
West Bromwich Albion 42 18 14 10 92 70 50
Manchester City 42 22 5 15 104 100 49
Burnley 42 21 5 16 80 74 47
Blackpool 42 19 6 17 80 67 44
Luton Town 42 19 6 17 69 63 44
Manchester United 42 16 11 15 85 75 43
Nottingham Forest 42 16 10 16 69 63 42
Chelsea 42 15 12 15 83 79 42
Arsenal 42 16 7 19 73 85 39
Birmingham City 42 14 11 17 76 89 39
Aston Villa 42 16 7 19 73 86 39
Bolton Wanderers 42 14 10 18 65 87 38
Everton 42 13 11 18 65 75 37
LEEDS UNITED 42 14 9 19 51 63 37
Leicester City 42 14 5 23 91 112 33
Newcastle United 42 12 8 22 73 81 32
Portsmouth 42 12 8 22 73 88 32
Sunderland 42 10 12 20 54 97 32
Sheffield Wednesday 42 12 7 23 69 92 31