LUFC: Images of 1988/89

It may have been marked with an unremarkable 10th place finish in the league, but this was the season where the first seeds of a revival were sown…

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Summer signing and the very definition of 'unit', Noel Blake

Summer signing and the very definition of ‘unit’, Noel Blake

Another new boy, Vince Hilaire, in action during the opening day draw with Oxford United

Another new boy, Vince Hilaire, in action during the opening day draw with Oxford United

Plenty of the old guard remained, including Mervyn Day. Note the classic 'AA Bramall for Scrap' advertising hoarding...

Plenty of the old guard remained, including Mervyn Day. Note the classic ‘AA Bramall for Scrap’ advertising hoarding…

Into a first full season for David Batty...

Into a first full season for David Batty…

Gary Williams

Gary Williams

As pivotal as always at the start of the season, John Sheridan

As pivotal as always at the start of the season, John Sheridan

'Big Bird' John Pearson, perfectly illustrating how he earned his nickname...and how easy it is to create a classic Leeds kit.

‘Big Bird’ John Pearson, perfectly illustrating how he earned his nickname…and how easy it is to create a classic Leeds kit.

The dearly beloved Ian Baird...

The dearly beloved Ian Baird…

Despite names, old and new, Leeds sunk to 23rd in the league and Billy Bremner was sacked...and so began a new chapter in our history. Along came some fella from Hillsborough with talk of 10 year plans and the like.

Despite names, old and new, Leeds sunk to 23rd in the league and Billy Bremner was sacked…and so began a new chapter in our history. Along came some fella from Hillsborough with talk of 10 year plans and the like.

Sgt. Wilko's first ever LUFC programme notes.

Sgt. Wilko’s first ever LUFC programme notes.

Wilko's early transfer activity on the surface did little to excite as Mike Whitlow and Neil Parsley became early recruits fromm Witton Albion. Albeit the resemblance of the pair to a Chuckle Brother and a serial killer did excite a little...

Wilko’s early transfer activity on the surface did little to excite as Mike Whitlow and Neil Parsley became early recruits fromm Witton Albion. Albeit the resemblance of the pair to a Chuckle Brother and a serial killer did excite a little…

As history was to prove, the £30,000 combined fee for the pair was to prove a snip as Whitlow became an integral squad member

As history was to prove, the £30,000 combined fee for the pair was to prove a snip as Whitlow became an integral squad member

One constant that did remain was Glynn Snodin's devotion to promoting the 'Leeds salute' at every given opportunity.

One constant that did remain was Glynn Snodin’s devotion to promoting the ‘Leeds salute’ at every given opportunity.

...while another coming to an end was the presence of Neil Aspin in the starting XI. 1988/89 was to be his last full season at Elland Road.

…while another coming to an end was the presence of Neil Aspin in the starting XI. 1988/89 was to be his last full season at Elland Road.

The FA Cup brought a 4th round exit following a 2-0 defeat at The City Ground.

The FA Cup brought a 4th round exit following a 2-0 defeat at The City Ground.

Bobby Davison, watched by Alan Curbishley.

Bobby Davison, watched by Alan Curbishley.

Present day and future LUFC meet: #1 - Bobby Davison and Mark Aizlewood tussle with Chris Kamara...

Present day and future LUFC meet: #1 – Bobby Davison and Mark Aizlewood tussle with Chris Kamara…

Present day and future LUFC meet: #2 - Batty and Dorigo.

Present day and future LUFC meet: #2 – Batty and Dorigo.

The March transfer deadline approaches and so a statement of intent is made - into the club marches Gordon Strachan.

The March transfer deadline approaches and so a statement of intent is made – into the club marches Gordon Strachan…an absolute steal at £300,000 from Manchester United…

...and just for good measure, Chris Fairclough follows him from Tottenham for £500,000.

…and just for good measure, Chris Fairclough follows him from Tottenham for £500,000.

A rather less heralded arrival was Carl Shutt. It didn't stop him marking his debut with a hat-trick against Bournemouth though.

A rather less heralded arrival was Carl Shutt. It didn’t stop him marking his debut with a hat-trick against Bournemouth though…

...the less said about Shutty's horrendous mullet though, the better!

…the less said about Shutty’s horrendous mullet though, the better!

And finally, the soon to be departing Mark Aizlewood with an old lady...just because.

And finally, the soon to be departing Mark Aizlewood with an old lady…just because.

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10 responses to “LUFC: Images of 1988/89

  1. trip down memory lane, good article.. how nice would it be for us to make a couple signings of real influence rather than sell them !
    onwards and upwards !

  2. Quality article, looking forward to 89-90!
    As a 9 year old went to Er for the first time against Watford,
    Wilko. Oh how to even have a 12 month plan these days.what a visionary!

  3. LOVE THESE 1980’S PHOTOS! Remember most of these from my programme collection.

    My first game was Reading v Leeds in 1987 August 22nd.

  4. my first game was rangers in the European cup forget the year but it was in the south stand and will never forget it !

  5. Brings back some great memories, thanks for publishing. This was my 3rd season of actually going to games. Nobody could have guessed the glory that Leeds would go on to achieve over the next 5 seasons under Wilko, even the manager himself. Always feel sad that Billy Bremner missed out on taking Leeds back up. 86/87 was so near, yet so far. Many of that successful side were ‘Billy’s signings’ so he definitely left his mark.
    Sgt Wilko has never been given credit for what he did at Leeds. It’s about time he was honoured properly by the club. Let’s not wait until he’s dead & gone before he get’s recognised as being 2nd best Leeds manager, behind Don. 2nd Division relegation fodder to Champs of England in under 5 years…What he did will NEVER rver be repeated again. Legend

  6. Great pictures and witty descriptors – cheered me up no end – agree with Keef that Wilko’s achievements should be honoured as they almost certainly will never be repeated. On to the Terriers game in a couple of hours – faint hopes rekindled or an inevitable ghastly denouement?

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