Competition: Second Division.
The paths of Leeds United and Oxford United had not crossed all that many times but arguably the most significant of the few games between the two clubs, from United’s point of view, was in the 1989-90 season. Howard Wilkinson’s men were at the top of the Second Division but their progress had slowed down when they went to the Manor Ground in March 1990 having only taken three points from their previous four matches.
Mervyn Day had also saved brilliantly from David Penney and acrobatically tipped a back-header from his own defender Chris Fairclough over the bar. However, Day was beaten in the forty-fourth minute when Paul Simpson took a pass from Mark Stein to deepen the gloom of an Elland Road side that had hardly lived up to their billing of the season’s best bet for promotion. There appeared no way back for United but John Hendrie, coming on as substitute changed the situation dramatically by providing much needed ammunition for the front men. “I was told to hug the touchline and did just that and I was delighted with the way things turned out,” Hendrie said.
It was Mel Sterland, however, who provided the first telling cross from the right, which Lee Chapman controlled at the far post before hammering the ball past Paul Kee in the fifty-eighth minute. Fifteen minutes later Hendrie gave Imre Varadi the opening to make it 2-2 and United were in front two minutes after that when Hendrie’s overhead kick gave Chris Fairclough the chance to head in.
in goal number four after Gary Speed had set up the chance and United had the
opportunity to make it 5-2 in the last minute when Hendrie,
charging into the
Back Row: Phillip Heath, Neil Slatter, Peter Hucker, Ceri Evans, Paul Kee, Jimmy Phillips,
Alan Judge, Colin Greenall, Garry Smart.
Middle Row: Matthew McDonnell, Robbie Mustoe, Richard Hill, John Clinkard (Physio),
Michael Ford, David Fogg (Coach), John Durnin, David Moss (Coach), Paul Simpson,
Maurice Evans (General Manager), Lee Nogan, Joey Beauchamp, Mark Hewitson.
Front Row: Gary Shelton, David Penney, Martin Foyle, Steve Foster, Brian Horton (Manager,
Mickey Lewis, David Bardsley, Peter Rhoades-Brown, Les Phillips.
Back Row: Chris Fairclough, John McClelland, John Pearson, Mervyn Day, Noel Blake,
Peter Haddock, Alan Williams.
Middle Row: Alan Sutton (Physio), Vinnie Jones, Ian Baird, Jim Beglin, Neil Edwards,
Bobby Davison, Mel Sterland, Mike Whitlow, Mick Hennigan (Coach).
Front Row: Glynn Snodin, Gordon Strachan, John Hendrie, Howard Wilkinson (Manager),
David Batty, Carl Shutt, Mickey Thomas.
Lee Chapman (2), Imre
Varadi and Chris Fairclough
John Durnin and Paul
Simpson scored for
Steve Foster and Mike Ford played central defender Jimmy Phillips was at Full Back Philip Heath was substitute
Robbie Mustoe, Mickey Lewis and David Penney were in midfield Mark Stein was a striker
Gordon Strachan should have Peter Haddock let Mark Stein in John Hendrie was fouled for the penalty Mervyn Day made
taken the penalty good saves.
Gary Speed set up the fourth goal