SHERIDAN DICTATES: LEEDS UNITED NOSTALGIA

GAME BY GAME: 1990-91

SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 1990

DIVISION ONE

EVERTON 2 (Nevin 68', Ebbrell 77')

LEEDS UNITED 3 (Fairclough 8', Speed 34', Varadi 56')

Attendance: 34,412

Everton line up: Southall, McDonald, Hinchcliffe, Keown, Watson, Milligan, Nevin, McCall (Sheedy 61'), Sharp, Newell, Ebbrell

Unused sub: Ratcliffe

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Sterland, Snodin, Batty, Fairclough, Whyte, Strachan, Varadi (Kamara 81'), Chapman, McAllister, Speed (Haddock)

Referee: K. Barrett

Leeds United make a glorious return to the top flight with a 3-2 win at Goodison Park. Chris Fairclough heads the opener and boyhood Everton fan, Gary Speed doubles the lead just after Neil McDonald smashes a penalty wide of John Lukic's upright. Ex-Toffees striker Imre Varadi smahes home a third from a yard out before the hosts stage a fightback. Goals from Pat Nevin and John Ebbrell make it a anxious wait for the final whistle but Leeds hold on for the points.

SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 1990

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Chapman 8', Strachan penalty 72')

ARSENAL 2 (Limpar 40', 49')

Attendance: 30,085

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Sterland, Haddock, Batty, Fairclough, Whyte, Strachan, Pearson, Chapman, McAllister, Snodin (Speed 68')

Unused sub: Kamara

Arsenal line up: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn (Hillier 70'), Jonsson, Bould, Adams, Rocastle, Davis, Smith, Merson (Groves 78'), Limpar

Referee: J. Lloyd

The Whites take an ealy lead but rely on a Gordon Strachan penalty to earn a point against Arsenal. After just eight minutes, a cross from Gary McAllister deflects off Steve Bould and is heading for the net but the predatory Lee Chapman makes sure. Either side of half-time, Anders Limpar scores for the Gunners but when Siggi Jonsson holds back McAllister, Strachan makes no mistake with the spot kick.

SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER 1990

DIVISION ONE

SUNDERLAND 0

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Sterland 78')

Attendance: 23,773

Sunderland line up: Norman, Kay (sent off 52'), Hardyman, Bracewell, Bennett, Ball, Pascoe (Hawke 84'), Owers, Ord, Gabbiadini, Armstrong

Unused sub: Cornforth

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Sterland, Haddock (Snodin 54'), Batty, Fairclough, Whyte, Strachan, Shutt, Chapman, McAllister, Speed

Unused sub: Pearson

Referee: B. Hill

Peter Haddock has to leave the field following a challenge by John Kay which results in Kay receiving his marching orders early in the second half. Marco Gabbiadini hits the bar for the home side in the first half but Leeds make the numerical advantage pay and Mel Sterland powers home a late winner.

TUESDAY 1st JANUARY 1991

DIVISION ONE

LIVERPOOL 3 (Barnes 7', Rosenthal 33', Rush 89')

LEEDS UNITED 0

Attendance: 36,975

Liverpool line up: Grobbelaar, Hysen, Burrows, Nicol, Staunton, Gillespie, Rosenthal, Houghton, Rush, Barnes, McMahon

Unused subs: Molby, Ablett

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Sterland, Snodin (Whitlow 78'), Batty, Fairclough, Whyte, Strachan, Shutt (Pearson 78'), Chapman, McAllister, Speed

Referee: P. Tyldesley

The new year gets off to worst possible start with a defeat at Anfield. Leeds start well and Gary McAllister's header forces a fine save from Bruce Grobbelaar. However, once John Barnes puts the hosts ahead from a David Burrows cross, they go on to dominate. It's 2-0 when Ronny Rosenthal's shot from 20 yards comes back off the post, hits John Lukic and bounces over the line. Ian Rush wraps things up with a low shot from 15 yards.

TUESDAY 2nd APRIL 1991

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 5 (Chapman 6', 85', Shutt 22', Speed 36', 59')

SUNDERLAND 0

Attendance: 28,132

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Sterland, Whitlow, Batty, McClelland, Whyte, Strachan, Shutt, Chapman, McAllister, Speed

Unused subs: Williams, Varadi

Sunderland line up: Norman, Owers, Hardyman, Bennett, Ord, Kay, Bracewell, Armstrong (Atkinson 66'), Rush, Brady, Smith (Mooney 46')

Referee: R. Pawley

Leeds turn on the style to push Sunderland closer to the drop. Fantastic work by Mike Whitlow creates an early goal for Lee Chapman and Carl Shutt soon doubles the advantage. Tony Norman is beaten again after 35 minutes by a Gary Speed header and the Welshman adds a fourth in the second half. Lee Chapman grabs his second after a sloppy back pass by Rush with Leeds goalkeeper John Lukic a virtual spectator all night.

SATURDAY 4th MAY 1991

DIVISION ONE

LEEDS UNITED 5 (Price own goal 23', Chapman 38', 87', Whyte 72', Shutt 78')

ASTON VILLA 2 (Nielsen 27', Mountfield 55')

Attendance: 29,188

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Sterland, Snodin, Batty, Fairclough, Whyte, Williams (Davison 68'), Shutt, Chapman, McAllister, Speed

Unused sub: Kerr

Aston Villa line up: Spink, Price, Gage, McGrath, Mountfield, Nielsen, Daley (Yorke 61'), Platt, Cascarino, Cowans, Penrice

Unused sub: Unknown

Referee: R. Lewis

Gordon Strachan is missing through suspension but Leeds hammer Villa at Elland Road. The hosts take the lead when David Platt loses possession and Chris Price turns Gary McAllister's cross into his own net. Four minutes later, Villa are level when Kent Nielsen scores after good work by Tony Cascarino but Lee Chapman scores his first of the afternoon to put Leeds back in front. A close range header from Derek Mountfield restores parity and then the home side take control with three goals in 15 minutes. Chris Whyte turns on an Andy Williams pass to make it 3-2, Carl Shutt taps in a fourth and Chapman rounds things off from a Glynn Snodin free kick.

SATURDAY 11th MAY 1991

DIVISION ONE

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 4 (Parker 4', 70', Clough 8', 86')

LEEDS UNITED 3 (Chapman 20', 75', Shutt 77')

Attendance: 25,067

Nottingham Forest line up: Crossley, Laws, Pearce (Jemson), Walker, Chettle, Hodge, Crosby, Parker, Clough, Glover, Woan

Unused sub: Gemmill

Leeds United line up: Lukic, Sterland, Snodin, Batty, Fairclough, Whyte, Strachan (Williams), Shutt, Chapman, McAllister, Speed

Unused sub: Davison

Referee: N. Midgley

Leeds finish the season in fourth place following a 3-4 defeat at the City Ground. Garry Parker puts the hosts in front early on and the lead is doubled by Nigel Clough. Ex-Forest striker, Lee Chapman pulls a goal back but Parker restores the two goal lead with his second. Chapman scores again and Carl Shutt equalises after an error by Mark Crossley but Clough scores the winner with four minutes to go. There's still time for Clough to complete his hat-trick but John Lukic saves his penalty in the closing stages.

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