SHERIDAN DICTATES: LEEDS UNITED NOSTALGIA

GAME BY GAME: 1996-97

MONDAY 26th AUGUST 1996

PREMIER LEAGUE

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Sharpe 58')

WIMBLEDON 0

Attendance: 25,860

Leeds United line up: Martyn, Jobson, Wetherall, Harte, Couzens (Kelly 62'), Palmer, Bowyer, Tinkler (Radebe 89'), Sharpe, Rush, Hateley

Unused subs: Beeney, Kewell, Wallace

Wimbledon line up: Sullivan, McAllister, Cunningham, Perry, Thatcher, Ardley, Jones (Blackwell 76'), Earle, Gayle, Clarke (Goodman 76'), Ekoku

Unused subs: Heald, Jupp, Kimble

Referee: M. Reed

Lee Sharpe's first Leeds goal, after a pass from Ian Rush, is enough for all three points in terrible conditions. Chances are few and far between but Nigel Martyn saves well from Marcus Gayle. Sharpe misses a golden chance two minutes before his winner.

TUESDAY 14th JANUARY 1997

FA CUP 3rd ROUND

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 (Dyer penalty 6', Veart 69')

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Deane 3' Andersen own goal 8')

Attendance: 21,052

Crystal Palace line up: Day, Muscat, Edworthy, Andersen, Gordon, Hopkin, Roberts, Veart, Shipperley, Dyer, Ndah (McKenzie 73')

Unused subs: Unknown, Unknown

Leeds United line up: Martyn, Kelly, Beesley, Wetherall, Dorigo (Sharpe, 12'), Radebe, Jackson, Bowyer, Wallace, Rush, Deane

Unused subs: Beeney, Harte

Referee: R. Dilkes

A night of FA Cup drama at Selhurst Park sees Leeds earn a replay thanks to a late Nigel Martyn penalty save. The game burts into life when Brian Deane scores from close range but Bruce Dyer levels from the spot after Paul Beesley handles. Leif Andersen then puts through his own net to give Leeds a 2-1 lead before Kevin Muscat's cross is headed home by Carl Veart with 20 minutes to go and then with one minute left, Palace are awarded a second penalty but Martyn keeps out Dyer's effort.

WEDNESDAY 16th APRIL 1997

PREMIER LEAGUE

WIMBLEDON 2 (Holdsworth 19', Castledine 74')

LEEDS UNITED 0

Attendance: 15,718

Wimbledon line up: Sullivan, McAllister, Cunningham, Perry, Kimble, Jones (Castledine 50'), Fear, Ardley, Leonhardsen, Gayle, Holdsworth

Unused subs: Heald, Reeves, Euell, Goodman

Leeds United line up: Martyn, Halle, Wetherall (Kelly 77'), Molenaar, Dorigo, Radebe, Sharpe (Lilley 85'), Bowyer, Wallace, Rush, Deane (Laurent 85')

Unused subs: Beeney, Harte

Referee: P. Alcock

Substiute Stewart Casteldine comes off the bench to seal three points for the Dons who take the lead when David Wetherall fails to see the ball out and Dean Holdsworth turns and fires past a helpless Nigel Martyn. Lee Sharpe misses a golden chance when clean through before Castledine's goal.

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