LUFC: Images of 1995/96

A season that started with fireworks and ended with waterworks, screamed its arrival with Yeboah and bowed out with Brolin. Revisiting 1995/96…

 

The man who defined the season more than any other took no time in announcing his presence. Tony Yeboah bagging both goals on an opening day win at Upton Park.

The man who defined the season more than any other took no time in announcing his presence. Tony Yeboah bagging both goals on an opening day win at Upton Park.

 

Two days later, on Sky Sports' first 'Monday Night Football' of the season, our Tony was to ensure those who missed his opening day feat were not going to let his name pass them by a second time...

Two days later, on Sky Sports’ first ‘Monday Night Football’ of the season, our Tony was to ensure those who missed his opening day feat were not going to let his name pass them by a second time…

 

Gary Speed was one of the few players who managed to get a look-in over the opening weeks. His goal against Villa handed Leeds a third straight win.

Gary Speed was one of the few players who managed to get a look-in over the opening weeks. His goal against Villa handed Leeds a third straight win.

 

With Leeds' winning start coming to a faltering end, Yeboah's focus shifted to the European stage and a UEFA Cup tie against AS Monaco. Few fancied United, but Tony had his own ideas... not once over...

With Leeds’ winning start coming to a faltering end, Yeboah’s focus shifted to the European stage and a UEFA Cup tie against AS Monaco. Few fancied United, but Tony had his own ideas… not once over…

 

...nor twice...

…nor twice…

 

...but thrice, as he scored one of the most impressive hat tricks witnessed in the club's history. Sadly an 8-3 aggregate defeat against PSV in the next round prematurely dimmed the European spotlight on him.

…but thrice, as he scored one of the most impressive hat tricks witnessed in the club’s history. Sadly an 8-3 aggregate defeat against PSV in the next round prematurely dimmed the European spotlight on him.

 

Not to be one who's afraid to outdo himself, 11 days after Monaco he was to score another hat trick at Selhurst Park, and his most special goal of the lot...and that's REALLY saying something!

Not to be one who’s afraid to outdo himself, 11 days after Monaco he was to score another hat trick at Selhurst Park, and his most special goal of the lot…and that’s REALLY saying something!

 

A week later, Yeboah was to run from the halfway line to convert yet another 'Goal of the Month' contender, but after that, rediscovered his inner mortal, and with that, Leeds' season started its slide into utter ordinariness. In the process, the unsung squad members started to get noticed a little more. Exhibit A. - Richard Jobson

A week later, Yeboah was to run from the halfway line to convert yet another ‘Goal of the Month’ contender, but after that, rediscovered his inner mortal, and with that, Leeds’ season started its slide into utter ordinariness. In the process, the unsung squad members started to get noticed a little more. Exhibit A. – Richard Jobson

 

Exhibit B - The vastly under-appreciated John Pemberton.

Exhibit B – The vastly under-appreciated John Pemberton.

 

...and Exhibit C - The arguably over-appreciated Brain Deane.

…and Exhibit C – The arguably over-appreciated Brain Deane.

 

Ironically, Deane scored in that 4th Round Coca-Cup win against Blackburn, but his exploits were rather overshadowed but the debut of the club's exciting £4.5m arrival from Parma...

Ironically, Deane scored in that 4th Round Coca-Cup win against Blackburn, but his exploits were rather overshadowed by the debut of the club’s exciting £4.5m arrival from Parma…

 

Brolin had actually made his Leeds bow at St. James' Park on the previous Saturday, making a late, 82nd minute appearance. It was an even bigger day for Mark Ford who made his League debut that same afternoon.

Brolin had actually made his Leeds bow at St. James’ Park on the previous Saturday, making a late, 82nd minute appearance. It was an even bigger day for Mark Ford who made his League debut that same afternoon.

 

But let's just go back to Deano for a moment before we deal with the whole 'Brolin' issue...and on to one of his finest moments, scoring the opening goal in the festive 3-1 rout of Manchester United. The finest Christmas Eve in any Leeds fan's memory!

But let’s just go back to Deano for a moment before we deal with the whole ‘Brolin’ issue…and on to one of his finest moments, scoring the opening goal in the festive 3-1 rout of Manchester United. The finest Christmas Eve in any Leeds fan’s memory!

 

Anyway, back to the 'Brolin issue' as me must. But the thing is, for a while, things looked quite promising. An excellent showing in the return game against West Ham brought not one...

Anyway, back to the ‘Brolin issue’ as me must. But the thing is, for a while, things looked quite promising. An excellent showing in the return game against West Ham brought not one…

 

...but 2 (TWO - count 'em) goals...

…but 2 (TWO – count ’em) goals…

 

...and a 'Man of the Match' award. No, seriously!

…and a ‘Man of the Match’ award. No, seriously!

 

Spot the Leeds United legend... (Clue: He's wearing the WHITE shirt)

Spot the Leeds United legend..(Clue: He’s wearing the WHITE shirt)

 

And let's face it. It'd be wrong to sign off from 'Super Tom' without acknowledging his 'classic' pose.

And let’s face it. It’d be wrong to sign off from ‘Super Tom’ without acknowledging his ‘classic’ pose.

 

More now of the unsung heroes. Philomen Masinga was to have a big day in February, scoring in the 3-0 defeat of Brimingham City that ensured a fairly low-key Coca-Cup run would culminate with a Wembley appearance...

More now of the unsung heroes. Philomen Masinga was to have a big day in February, scoring in the 3-0 defeat of Brimingham City that ensured a fairly low-key Coca-Cup run would culminate with a Wembley appearance…

 

Most of the spadework had already done with a 2-1 first leg victory, partly (though let's not over-estimate this) down to  the efforts of Paul Beesley...

Most of the spadework had already done with a 2-1 first leg victory, partly (though let’s not over-estimate this) down to the efforts of Paul Beesley…

 

...and maybe more so down to Yeboah's crucial second, courtesy of a bicycle kick as while ex-LUFC rock, Chris Whyte stood in close proximity.

…and maybe more so down to Yeboah’s crucial second, courtesy of a bicycle kick as while ex-LUFC rock, Chris Whyte stood in close proximity.

 

As the final approached, so a new young talent was emerging from the Academy production line. (He's Eddie's nephew, you know).

As the final approached, so a new young talent was emerging from the Academy production line. (He’s Eddie’s nephew, you know).

 

As it was, Andy Gray was the only shining light in an otherwise horrendous performance. Leeds were a shambles, Wilkinson was booed and from that point onwards, the end for our manager was nigh.

As it was, Andy Gray was the only shining light in an otherwise horrendous performance. Leeds were a shambles, Wilkinson was booed and from that point onwards, the end for our manager was nigh.

 

But as one idol's star faded, so another future idol's stock began to rise. The following Saturday, Leeds played Middlesborough at Elland Road, and when after the interval, John Lukic was unable to resume due to a bang on the head, The Chief was called up to take his place and kept a clean sheet. Alas, his efforts were in vain as Leeds failed to overturn the 1-0 half-time deficit.

But as one idol’s star faded, so another future idol’s stock began to rise. The following Saturday, Leeds played Middlesborough at Elland Road, and when after the interval, John Lukic was unable to resume due to a bang on the head, The Chief was called up to take his place and kept a clean sheet. Alas, his efforts were in vain as Leeds failed to overturn the 1-0 half-time deficit.

 

Just 18 days later, Lucas was to famously don the goalkeeper's jersey again. Mark Beeney's 16th minute sending off at Old Trafford handed him almost 75 minutes in the firing line. Only very late in the day did Roy Keane finally break his astounding resistance.  Lucas and Leeds' rearguard action was to provoke Alex Ferguson to question whether the team had been cheating Wilkinson by not putting the same effort against other sides, before publicly pondering whether the team would be quite so spirited in their next game against Newcastle. I think we all remember how badly that ended up for Kevin Keegan.

Just 18 days later, Lucas was to famously don the goalkeeper’s jersey again. Mark Beeney’s 16th minute sending off at Old Trafford handed him almost 75 minutes in the firing line. Only very late in the day did Roy Keane finally break his astounding resistance. Lucas and Leeds’ rearguard action was to provoke Alex Ferguson to question whether the team had been cheating Wilkinson by not putting the same effort against other sides, before publicly pondering whether the team would be quite so spirited in their next game against Newcastle.
I think we all remember how badly that ended up for Kevin Keegan.

 

If the 1995/96 season provided the first glimpses of a big future for Lucas, there were also encouraging noises emanating from youth level. There were a few notable faces amongst the Northern Intermediate League Cup winning side.

If the 1995/96 season provided the first glimpses of a big future for Lucas, there were also encouraging noises emanating from youth level. There were a few notable faces amongst the Northern Intermediate League Cup winning side.

 

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