After a shambolic title defence, changes are afoot at Elland Road as new arrivals and youth players help inspire Leeds towards a top 5 finish. Off the pitch, the Kop oversees its final game as a terrace…
Following a courtship that made the Noel Hunt transfer saga look a subtle affair, Brian Deane arrives as the major summer signing, costing the Whites a princely sum of £2.9m
Also arriving at the club on a free, a certain Irish centre back…
They joined a first team squad complemented by a cluster of promising youngsters, fresh from the previous season’s Youth Cup final triumph over Manchester United.
One of whom made a big impression in pre-season…including a goal against Hibs in a 2-0 victory.
That day he formed a promising attacking partnership with new arrival, Deane…
Promising enough in fact to ensure that Leeds kicked off their campaign at Maine Road, boasting a Noel Whelan-Brian Deane frontline. The game that ended in a 1-1 draw was also significant for another league debut as Gary Kelly’s conversion from striker to right-back continued apace.
David O’Leary meanwhile had to mainly contend himself with off the field activities as injuries wrecked his season. Here he’s seen at the unveiling of the first train to be named in the club’s honour.
Frank Strandli was another one who became increasingly accustomed to sitting in the stands…when he wasn’t pursuing a potential career in catalogue modelling.
An injury ravaged Mel Sterland suffered a similar fate, albeit Jon Newsome fared rather better.
While Sterland provided Strandli with company in the stands, Bill Fotherby was on hand to discuss modelling tips.
On the pitch, the usual suspects remained immovable…
McAllister continued to blossom…
Chris Fairclough remained solid at the back and a threat up front…ask Dom Matteo.
But in David Wetherall, he had himself a new partner.
Deane was an instant hit in the stands, albeit his record in front of goal was rather less deserving of acclaim.
On the fringes of things meanwhile were a cluster of youngsters already enjoying international recognition (L to R: Rob Bowman, Kevin Sharp, Noel Whelan, Jamie Forrester, Mark Tinkler).
Aside from the rich promise he offered as an up and coming left back, Kevin Sharp also sported a striking centre parting.
Sadly, promise counted for little for most, Tinkler included.
With Christmas on the horizon, Wilko opted to strengthen his attacking ranks by bringing in David White in a deal that saw David Rocastle depart for Manchester City. It was a deal to suit all parties at the time, but did little to benefit either.
This season’s clash at Old Trafford was one of attrition, a creditable goalless draw the outcome.
Playing a starring role that day was another new arrival, John Pemberton – file in the ‘unspectacular but surprisingly solid’ category.
David White was more aptly filed under the ‘exciting but ultimately underwhelming’ classification.
Back again came Vinnie, now back Wimbledon, and not wholly on a charm offensive.
Tottenham were one of the last teams to play in front of the Kop as a terrace…
…and also found themselves on the end of Leeds’ finest Premier League goals; Rod Wallace’s solo run and finish.
Manchester United were the penultimate opponents at Elland Road that season, but such was demand for tickets for that fixture in the mid-90s that Leeds were happy to exploit the fact…
So to the Kop’s ‘last stand’ – a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Leeds were to round off an encouraging season with a 5-0 victory at Swindon, condemning their hosts to the ignominy of having conceded 100 league goals in a season.
Coming next weekend, the 1994/95 season, when a certain Ghanian and some South African centre back walked through the doors of Elland Road for the first time.
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