In a new feature to run over the coming months, Fear and Loathing chronicles the last 25 years of White watching through the some of the most iconic images from each given season. First up, the glory and the heartbreak of 1986/87…
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The new boys: Jack Ashurst, John Buckley, Peter Haddock, Ronnie Sinclair, Russell Doig and Keith Edwards with Billy Bremner
John Buckley: Memorable for his hair, alone.
Ian Snodin: Beloved for more than just his hair (and ‘tache)
Neil Aspin: Omnipresent legend of mid-80s LUFC
Keith Edwards: Division 2 goalscoring machine…until he joined Leeds
Peter Haddocok: Lower league defensive Rolls Royce
Mark Aizlewood: back in the day when he was merely dilsiked for being a bit rubbish
John Sheridan: in stark contrast to Aizlewood, the most beloved of all 80s icons.
Expert penalty taker…
Shez was also without equal when taking free-kicks; here seen turning to celebrate THAT goal against Derby.
A familiar sight that season – 15 goals in all that campaign.
Another familiar sight – perennial Player of the Month award winner
Celebrating with the other great terrace hero of the time, Ian Baird.
Baird in a rare shot that doesn’t feature him flung horizontal across the turf…
The final ‘crown jewel’, Ian Snodin (sold in the new year to Everton for £840,000) looks on as Andy Ritchie strikes for goal.
By moving on, Snodin missed the famous FA Cup run of 1987 that started with a 2-1 win against Telford. The game was moved to The Hawthorns at the behest of West Midlands Police.
QPR visit in round 5 and over 32,000 pack out Elland Road…only rooftop space is left.
Ian Baird throws himself at John Pearson’s nod back… 1-0!
Pandemonium as Brendan Ormsby powers home from a corner to win it in the dying stages.
Micky Adams and John Stiles: Goalscoring heroes in the 2-0 quarter-final triumph over Wigan Athletic at Springfield Park.
On to Hillsborough for a semi-final clash with Coventry City.
Having frittered away an early lead, Keith Edwards pops up to square it at 2-2 with 7 minutes remaining. Extra time heartbreak was to beckon.
More notable players from that season… Micky Adams.
‘Big Bird’ John Pearson
And one more of ‘Skull’ himself, Neil Aspin.
Final mention has to go to Shez again: imperious throughout the season, and yet even another sublime free-kick in extra time of the play-off final replay wasn’t enough for Leeds – they still managed to squander that lead. Damn you, Peter Shirtliff…
But even with the season ending with desperate disappointment, a look to the youth team provided grounds of optimism – Batty, Speed and (some way further down the line) Grayson were all to make their mark.
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