Hello, Lillywhites! Join us for the Season 11 finale.
Last time out Niall’s Leeds were thirty games into season eleven and sitting pretty at the top of Division 1 – nine points clear of Ipswich. We start this episode by dispatching Coventry, courtesy of our anonymous Frenchman. That’s his third league goal in twelve starts. Hopefully he will kick on from here.
We are taken to a replay in the FA Cup 4th round against ‘Boro. A 4-1 penalty win is enough to scrape through, despite a red card from Henning Berg’s regen Kvernflaten. My former player Aaron Hughes also sees red in a pleasing show of loyalty.
It’s out third game in a week, and Frenchman Trezeguet is on the scoresheet again, trying to rise from divison one zero to hero. Despite the late goal, we fall to defeat against Oldham.
Our FA Cup run goes on with a win against Hull City. Le Tissier’s regen Kevin Clarke scores the winner.
Back in the league, Everton hold out in a tight first half at Goodison Park. A second half twelve minute attacking masterclass sees us pull clear comfortably as Sparrow sees red.
Our reluctant Frenchman has finally found his feet (literally). This time courtesy of another red card and goal from the penalty spot. They all count! I can’t remember why Le Tiss junior is not on penalty duties… one for next time I load up the save!
We draw Benfica in the Cup Winners Cup Quarters. With a first leg in Portugal, it’s an opportunity to get a solid footing in the tie. Despite going behind, Bruno makes sure its a positive homecoming and we get a vital away goal to take back to Elland Road.
Trezeguet keeps his league scoring form going as Sheffield United are brushed aside, despite a late rally.
We keep the momentum going as Benfica are shut out in the return leg of our CWC Quarter Final. The German General scores from left back for the second game running.
Kevin ‘Le Tiss’ Clark scores in his final game in a Leeds shirt as the Crazy Gang are sent Wombling home.
Clarke is inconsitent – if he’s not scoring he’s getting sixes. As a result, a bid close to £5 million was tough to turn down.
Our FA Cup run is ended by league rivals Crystal Palace. After a 0-0 draw at Elland Road, we are once again taken to a replay, and once again taken to penalties. This time it was too much as our Bolivian playmaker Mercado joins Ribeiro in missing.
As deadline day approaches, I add Rio Ferdinand and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a combined £430k! Bargain hunting at it’s best. Rio (£300k) was scratching for game time at Luton whilst Ole – with contract running down – joined for £130k from rivals Ipswich.
The lads bring up their 38th league game with a routine win against Blues. Transfer listed Max Grugel got us underway, and young regen David Crichton finished the game off.
It means we have a 7 point cushion with 8 games to go.
The lads are given four days to prepare for a Cup Winners Cup semi final away to Anderlecht. I probably should have rested some at Blues – nevermind. The lads go down to ten players after only 12 minutes, courtesy of our Italian Stallion. They battle bravely, and restrict Anderlecht to a single goal.
Against playoff hopefuls Ipswich it’s our turn to battle against ten players. We can’t break the deadlock.
The lads shift up a gear against Colchester. It takes a minute from conceding to do it.
First vs Second. Forest are five points behind in the league and it’s a chance to tie up promotion. Forest take the lead and defend deep to hold it. The lads think they’ve scored a late equalizer only to be stunned with a minute remaining.
We still have a two point and one game advantage going into our final five games of the season.
Anderlecht head to Elland Road, and are well and truly on the ropes. Our anonymous Frenchman scores after a quarter of an hour, to level up the tie. We are in dreamland when Delcampe see’s red. Dreams turn to nightmares only six minutes later as Anderlecht get an away goal. It means we need to score twice more. Rebrov helps on the stroke of half time, but that would be how the game ends. Despite throwing the kitchen sink at the Belgians they hold on.
Their reward is a cup final against Malmo!
The lads suffer from a European hangover as Pompey inflict a second straight league defeat.
Forest beat Gillingham and leapfrog us into first. Don’t throw it away now! Silver lining is we can’t get caught by Palace and assure promotion. WE ARE UP!!
The lads are angry. They go 4-0 up at Kidderminster and I’m able to make three halftime subs.
5-2 winner and back at the top of the league. Three games to go.
We play our game in hand against Reading. It seems like we found our Frenchman again. Just in time, too! We get a fifty-fifth minute double scare and the lads respond thanks to right back Vagner and our Bolivian playmaker Mercado.
After forty four games we are four clear. One more win would do it, or bettering any of Forest’s results.
Rebrov reads the script as a win against Huddersfield would see us home. A Trezeguet penalty puts us clear and we see the game out.
We wrap up the season with a win against local rivals Barnsley, despite losing Henning Berg junior in the first minute.
Here’s how the final league table looks.
Youngster Phil Serrant outscores Rebrov by one goal and manages fifteen assists.
Trezeguet ended up with fifteen goals and ten assists in 38 games. Looking at his Ajax stats, its remarkable why they were not playing him!
We add two more achievements to our log – pitty we fell short in the Cup Winners Cup.
Join us next season as Leeds take on the Premier League!
*Spoiler alert – we’ve some big name signings coming our way!
Until next time.