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Preview Leeds v Spurs, 04.11.01

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Leeds United


Premier         Pl  W  D  L  For- Ag  Pts
Home             9  3  3  3  14 - 10  12
Away             9  1  2  6   7 - 17   5
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Total (Premier) 18  4  5  9  21 - 28  17
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1)    28 14  8  6  47 - 34  37
Away (Div 1)    28  6 10 12  32 - 42  23
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Total (Div 1)   56 20 18 18  79 - 76  60
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)     4  3  1  0  10 -  4   7
Away (Div 2)     4  1  1  2   3 -  5   3
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Total (Div 2)    8  4  2  2  13 -  9  10
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Total (Premier) 18  4  5  9  21 - 28  17
Total (Div 1)   56 20 18 18  79 - 76  60
Total (Div 2)    8  4  2  2  13 -  9  10
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Grand Total     82 28 25 29 113 -113  86
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As can be seen from the foregoing statistics, Elland Road has never been one of our happy hunting grounds. We have only won once at Elland Road in the Premiership and that was on 2 May 1996 when we won 2-1. Last season we were unlucky not to take a point off Leeds as we were holding our own quite comfortably until Alan Smith scored.

Our finest win was probably on January 9th 1971 when Martin Chivers scored twice. It was featured on Match of The Day and was possibly our best League performance that season. That was during the Don Revie era and of players like Johnny Giles, Mick Jones, Allan Clarke, Jack Charlton, Peter Lorimer ............. and Gary Sprake! David Harvey was in goal that day if memory serves me correctly but Sprake was one of those goalkeepers who could play a blinder and than fluke the winner for the opposition by needlessly flapping at a shot going well wide until he diverted it into his own goal.

I thought that Revie's side of 1972-73 was probably the best side Leeds have had to date. It has to be said, though, that David Leary's present squad is vastly more entertaining than any of Revie's, who wasted time so effortlessly, disputing every decision referees made.

Until the advent of Don Revie, Leeds had never been much more than what I call a bit-part club. They'd never been championship challengers and had spent too long in the old Division 2 over the years. But Revie changed all that, although I never liked some of the strong arm stuff they became notorious for. I wonder how long Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter would survive in the modern era? Not very long, I suspect, with their habit of ruthlessly chopping down the opposition.

When Leeds declined after the departure of Revie, they spent a long period in the doldrums before Howard Wilkinson took them back to top flight football. It was Wilkinson who bought Eric Cantona to the UK and it was a major surprise when he allowed him to depart for Manchester United, as that was the catalyst for the Reds' long domination of domestic football.

O'Leary looks like taking Leeds back to the top of the pack as Manchester United are bound to suffer in the wake of Ferguson's long-heralded retirement. I hope O'Leary retains the football that has become his trademark and drops some of the things that remind me so much of the Revie era.

One game I enjoyed watching was the home game at Tottenham when we beat them 2-1 towards the end of the 1981-82 season. It was sweet because Leeds were struggling to avoid relegation and Kenny Burns scored an own goal to put us ahead. Garry Brooke scored the other as Spurs had a tiring run-in to the end of a packed season that had promised victory on four fronts but ended up with us having to settle for retaining the FA Cup.

Sunday's game will be a difficult match for us. However, Leeds had a very tough match against Troyes in the UEFA Cup on Thursday night, surviving by the skin of their teeth. Hopefully, our boys can take advantage of that to snatch some valuable points. But I think I'd settle for a draw ..... Much depends on the make-up of the defence. We have done well in recent matches and I think we should stick with the current line-up.

COME ON YOU SPURS!

Cheers, Brian

Leeds full record this season is as follows:-See the full league table here.


Leeds Utd	2 0	Southampton
Arsenal	        1 2	Leeds Utd
West Ham Utd	0 0	Leeds Utd
Leeds Utd	0 0	Bolton Wanderers
Charlton 	0 2	Leeds Utd
Leeds Utd	3 0	Derby County
Ipswich Town	1 2	Leeds Utd
Liverpool	1 1	Leeds Utd
Leeds Utd	0 0	Chelsea
Manchester Utd	1 1	Leeds Utd

As Declan mentions in his last five article, Leeds have neither lost at home, nor have they conceded a goal. This will be a tough test for Glenn Hoddle's rejuvenated Spurs side, but an attacking game is on the cards, with Leeds keen to reclaim their top position in the league. My head rarely tells me the same as my heart, and to bring anything back from this game will be a great achievement. I will be there for the 12 noon kick-off, so look out for the exclusive Spurs Odyssey report, late on Sunday!

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