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LUFC Leeds v Derby Memory Matches 1997/98

This season we will be including a new feature where we will be reminiscing about games in years gone by against Leeds next opponents.

We start by looking back at two memorable games from the 1997/98 season against Derby County, when a George Graham side that wasn`t used to entertaining turned on the style in two never to be forgotten victories.


Leeds 4-3 Derby November 8th 1997 33,572

Under the leadership of George Graham Leeds weren`t renowned for entertaining football, but on this day the faithful went home having seen tremendous team spirit, to see the side come from 3-0 down after just 33 minutes to come away with all three points in a thrilling 4-3 win with an injury time winner.

Two goals from Dean Sturridge and a penalty from Aljosa Asanovic looked like taking the points back down the M1 to Derby, as some Leeds fans were already contemplating getting home early.

By half time Leeds had reduced to deficit to 3-2 thanks to goals from Rod Wallace and superb strike by Harry Kewell.

In the second half Leeds totally dominated the game as they searched for an equaliser.

With just eight minutes remaining, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored from the spot to set up a grandstand finish.

Just as it looked like both sides were going to have to settle for a point Lee Bowyer stepped up to smash the ball home in front of the Kop and lift the roof off the famous old stand.

Derby 0-5 Leeds March 15th 1998 30,217

When the two sides met later that season at Pride Park both sides were battling it out for a European place with Derby above Leeds, just by goals scored with both sides level on points and having the same goal difference.

By the end of the afternoon Leeds had climbed above Derby after inflicted a 5-0 hammering on their hosts, goals from Gunnar Halle, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell and an own goal

Leeds finished the season in fifth place with 59 points and claimed a European place whilst Derby finished just four points behind in ninth spot.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 5 2010

Time: 9:11PM

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I hope you enjoy this new feature. If anyone can think of games they enjoyed against our next opponents then feel free to send me a PM with your recollection of the game. Forest next week so there are quite a few classics with them over the years.
dazza71
This season under George Graham was remarkable after the dross we had suffered the previous season when I think the season finished with us scoring only 28 goals. There was some quality games this season and these two were two of the finest. Some other games that I rememer fondly that season was winning 4-3 at Blackburn (it was 4-3 at half time) I was sat in the blackburn end and couldn't help but go mad after letting a 2 goal lead slip only for Wallace to score a screamer to put us 3-2 up. The week after the 4-3 come back against Derby we went to Barnsley and were 2-0 down early on and came back to win 3-2.
dazza71
Two great games, I would be happy though if we just won 1-0 this Saturday. Good idea though, great to look back at games from the past. Only 12 years ago but it seems like a lot longer.
King Billy
Always did things the hard way and still do
Tiny T
Some fans in the North stand did leave after we went 3-0 down. Dazza says we dominated the second half but we dominated the first 33 mins and get sucker punched three times with Sturridges pace on breakaways. I can remember how excited the radio Leeds commentator was when we qualified for Europe singing "united are back, united are back".
erni
I wonder what would have happenend had Graham stayed? I was never a big fan of his tactics but he knew how to win things even if it was sometimes boring. How many of the young lads that came through the system would he have given a chance to?
dazza71
 

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