LUFC: Images of 1992/93

Following the glory of the 1991/92 season came the ignominy of the title ‘defence’; the departure of a certain Frenchman to a certain club, defeat in the ‘Battle of Britain’ and negotiating an entire league campaign without an away win…

Welcome to the worst after show party in our history!

The guilty cast line-up, so full of hope over what lies ahead...

The guilty cast line-up, so full of hope over what lies ahead…

It's been said before, but we could've done far worse with this as a starting XI...

It’s been said before, but we could’ve done far worse with this as a starting XI…

...just don't ask Roberto Mancini - victim of Batty's 'competitive edge' at the pre-season Makita Tournament.

…just don’t ask Roberto Mancini – victim of Batty’s ‘competitive edge’ at the pre-season Makita Tournament.

The prospects at the time seemed good with David Rocastle added to our title winning midfield quartet of Strachan, McAllister, Batty and Speed.

The prospects at the time seemed good with David Rocastle added to our title winning midfield quartet of Strachan, McAllister, Batty and Speed.

It certainly started well enough; a thrilling 4-3 Charity Shield victory...

It certainly started well enough; a thrilling 4-3 Charity Shield victory…

...where a Cantona hat-trick suggested his rich potential may have found a happy home.

…where a Cantona hat-trick suggested his rich potential may have found a happy home.

It lay the path for Leeds to collect another (and still our most recent) trophy.

It lay the path for Leeds to collect another (and still our most recent) trophy.

In the league, nothing seemed amiss either as Lee Chapman scored an opening day double to see off Wimbledon at Elland Road.

In the league, nothing seemed amiss either as Lee Chapman scored an opening day double to see off Wimbledon at Elland Road.

By the time Leeds made their bow in the Champions League, league form was on the slide - a run of only one win in seven games preceded the tie.  A disastrous night culminated in a 3-0 thumping and Leeds' European dreams already looked dead...

By the time Leeds made their bow in the Champions League, league form was on the slide – a run of only one win in seven games preceded the tie. A disastrous night in which David Rocastle was given his full debut at right back, culminated in a 3-0 thumping and Leeds’ European dreams already looked dead…

...the humbling in Stuttgart dictated the approach at Elland Road - 'Go for broke'!  After Gary Speed gave Leeds the lead in a barnstorming opening, the Germans levelled against the run of play, but within 4 minutes, Gary McAllister stroked home a penalty to put the Whites 2-1 up on 38 minutes...

…the humbling in Stuttgart dictated the approach at Elland Road – ‘Go for broke’!
After Gary Speed gave Leeds the lead in a barnstorming opening, the Germans levelled against the run of play, but within 4 minutes, Gary McAllister stroked home a penalty to put the Whites 2-1 up on 38 minutes…

...when Cantona bundled in a third just past the hour mark the Germans looked like crumbling. On 80 minutes, Chapman levelled the scores on aggregate but Stuttgart held out for any an away goals victory.

…when Cantona bundled in a third just past the hour mark the Germans looked like crumbling. On 80 minutes, Chapman levelled the scores on aggregate but Stuttgart held out for any an away goals victory.

That was...until the next day when the Germans were found to have fielded one foreign player too many. Rather than expel Stuttgart as had been expected, UEFA deemed a play-off should be held for a spot in the second round...in the Nou Camp!

That was…until the next day when the Germans were found to have fielded one foreign player too many. Rather than expel Stuttgart as had been expected, UEFA deemed a play-off should be held for a spot in the second round…in the Nou Camp!

Cometh the hour, cometh Carl Shutt; his finest moment arriving in the 77th in front of a paltry crowd of 7,400, only a minute after replacing Eric Cantona.

Cometh the hour, cometh Carl Shutt; his finest moment arriving in the 77th in front of a paltry crowd of 7,400, only a minute after replacing Eric Cantona.

Soaking up the post-match adulation.

Soaking up the post-match adulation.

The game set up a much hyped 'Battle of Britain' with Rangers. True to our season it started brilliantly as McAllister silenced Ibrox with a goal inside 60 seconds. Sadly John Lukic then infamously punched a corner into his goal as Leeds lost 2-1. A fired up Leeds were knocked out of their stride as a 'once in a lifetime' 30 yard volley from Mark Hateley within minutes of the kick-off effectively killed the tie.

The game set up a much hyped ‘Battle of Britain’ with Rangers. True to our season it started brilliantly as McAllister silenced Ibrox with a goal inside 60 seconds. Sadly John Lukic then infamously punched a corner into his goal as Leeds lost 2-1. Come the second leg, a fired up Leeds were knocked out of their stride as a ‘once in a lifetime’ 30 yard volley from Mark Hateley within 4 minutes of the kick-off effectively killed the tie.

Chris Whyte gets involved in what proved to be a fruitless bombardment.

Chris Whyte gets involved in what proved to be a fruitless bombardment.

Things went from bad to worse; Cantona's late consolation that night was to be his last and 22 days later he was being paraded in front of the press at Old Trafford. In Leeds' first home game following his departure, we were walloped 4-1by bottom of the table Nottingham Forest...

Things went from bad to worse; Cantona’s late consolation that night was to be his last and 22 days later he was being paraded in front of the press at Old Trafford. In Leeds’ first home game following his departure, we were walloped 4-1 by bottom of the table Nottingham Forest…

At least we had some off the field distractions as the East Stand rose behind the Lowfields terrace...

At least we had some off the field distractions as the East Stand rose behind the Lowfields terrace…

The artist's impression promised slightly more than was ultimately on offer in the concourse...

The artist’s impression promised slightly more than was ultimately on offer in the concourse…

Though at least the bit facing the pitch pretty much met with expectations.

Though at least the bit facing the pitch pretty much met with expectations.

With Cantona gone, fans had to find solace with other faces, some new, some old...

With Cantona gone, fans had to find solace with other faces, some new, some old…

After all, we still had THAT midfield pair...

After all, we still had THAT midfield pair…

A blossoming Jon Newsome...

A blossoming Jon Newsome…

An emerging David Wetherall...

An emerging David Wetherall…

The forever classy, Tony Dorigo...

The forever classy, Tony Dorigo…

A returning Scott Sellars...

A returning Scott Sellars…

And ummmm, David Kerslake!

And ummmm, David Kerslake!

In January we also welcomed the man, heralded by Howard Wilkinson as the "next David Hirst"... Fat Frank Strandli duly fanned the flames of hype with a debut goal against Middlesbrough before sliding back into obscurity.

In January we also welcomed the man, heralded by Howard Wilkinson as the “next David Hirst”… Fat Frank Strandli duly fanned the flames of hype with a debut goal against Middlesbrough before sliding back into obscurity.

At least we still had our captain; Gordon's hat-trick inspired the 5-2 demolition of Blackburn on 10th April - our final victory of the season and enough to keep us up! Small mercies...

At least we still had our captain; Gordon’s hat-trick inspired the 5-2 demolition of Blackburn on 10th April – our final victory of the season and enough to keep us up! Small mercies…

Next up: happier times are to be had in 1993/94…

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