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LUFC They've met before - Leeds v Oxford

Vital Leeds United looks back the at the history between Leeds United and Oxford United over the years ahead of the League Cup tie at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

The two clubs have only ever met at Elland Road on six occasions with the first coming in a League Cup clash in 1983/84.

Leeds have the edge at Elland Road, although overall, home and away they cannot be separated.

At Elland Road, Leeds have won three, Oxford one and two have been drawn in six previous meetings.

The two clubs met on five occasions at Oxford`s old Manor Ground, with Oxford winning three, Leeds one and one draw.

They have met on five previous occasions in cup competitions. Leeds have won just one, two have been drawn and there have been two defeats.

There have always been plenty of goals between the sides with 44 goals in their 11 meetings, with both clubs scoring 22 each.

The first meeting in 83/84 was when Oxford were a team on the up under Jim Smith in the Third Division, whilst Leeds were still struggling to come to life in their second season in the Second Division under Eddie Gray.

The third round clash at Elland Road in November saw the sides draw 1-1 with George McCluskey on target for Leeds.

In the days of replays in the competition, Oxford won the replay 4-1 at the Manor Ground two weeks later with Leeds consolation goal coming from Kenny Burns. Oxford showed their win over Leeds was no fluke when they dumped out Manchester United in the next round at the third attempt. Oxford finally went out in the next round to eventual finalists Everton after taking the Merseyside club to a replay.

Oxford finished the season as Third Division champions and the following season they met in the Football League for the first time.

In the first meeting at the Manor, Leeds went in to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Tommy Wright and Peter Lorimer. It was all downhill after that as John Aldridge hit a hat trick for the home side and Lorimer was sent off as Oxford came back to win 5-2.

By the time the two clubs met at Elland Road in April, Oxford had already confirmed back-to-back promotions and they were odds on favourites to win the Second Division title (which they did). Leeds gained revenge for the defeat earlier in the season with Ian Baird scoring the only goal of the game for Leeds.

The next time they met was on the opening day of the 1988/89 season at Elland Road in a Second Division clash.

Oxford were starting life in the second tier of English football for the first time since their promotion in 1985. The game finished 1-1 with Glynn Snodin scoring for Leeds who were now being managed by Billy Bremner.

By the time the two sides met at the Manor in January, Howard Wilkinson had replaced Bremner as manager of Leeds.

Leeds form had shown signs of improvement since the arrival of Wilkinson and they came into the game unbeaten in six games. Oxford came into the game with just one win in their five previous games and they were struggling near the bottom of the division. Once again though, Oxford made it three wins from three against Leeds at the Manor. Noel Blake and Vince Hilaire were on target for Leeds in a 3-2 defeat in a game that also saw Oxford miss a penalty.

When they met again the following season in 1989/90, Leeds boss Howard Wilkinson had assembled a side who were favourites for promotion from the Second Division. Leeds had lost just one of their first seven league games and they continued their good form with a 2-1 win at Elland Road. Goals from Bobby Davison and a superb free kick from Mel Sterland, securing the points for Leeds.

The sides met in one of the most extraordinary games of the season at the Manor in March. Oxford raced into a two-goal lead at half time against Leeds, who had been leading the division since before Christmas. Four goals in seventeen minutes in the second half from Lee Chapman (2), Chris Fairclough and Imre Varadi turned the game in Leeds favour. Chapman even missed a penalty in the closing moments as he looked to complete his hat trick.

The win is Leeds only success at Oxford. The two sides were drawn together in the FA Cup in the 1993/94 season.

The first game at the Manor finished in a 2-2 draw. Alex Dyer and Matt Elliott had fired the home side into a two-goal lead before Gary Speed gave Leeds hope before the interval. David Wetherall equalised for Leeds in the second half to send the game to a replay at Elland Road.

In the replay at Elland Road, the game came to life in the second half with Oxford once again racing into a two-goal lead thanks to goals from John Byrne and Chris Allen. With time almost up, many Leeds fans were heading for the exits but two goals in a minute by Gordon Strachan and David White sent the game into extra time.

You would have thought the fight back by Leeds would have deflated Oxford, who were struggling at the wrong end of the Second Division. Oxford claimed a famous win at Elland Road when Jim Magilton chipped Mark Beeney in the Leeds goal. To rub salt into the wounds for Leeds, Magilton left Oxford to sign for Southampton just two days later.

The last meeting between the two clubs came in an FA Cup Third round tie in 1999. Premier League Leeds had no problem seeing off their second tier opponents on this occasion. Two goals from Harry Kewell and one each for Lucas Radebe and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink earned Leeds a 4-0 win.

Full history
1983/84 Leeds 1-1 Oxford League Cup
1983/84 Oxford 4-1 Leeds League Cup replay
1984/85 Oxford 5-2 Leeds
1984/85 Leeds 1-0 Oxford
1988/89 Leeds 1-1 Oxford
1988/89 Oxford 3-2 Leeds
1989/90 Leeds 2-1 Oxford
1989/90 Oxford 2-4 Leeds
1993/94 Oxford 2-2 Leeds FA Cup
1993/94 Leeds 2-3 Oxford *aet FA Cup replay
1997/98 Leeds 4-0 Oxford FA Cup

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Date:Monday August 27 2012

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