Leeds United v Burnley - A History Of The Clubs
By Sid1
Saturday 30 Apr 2011 01:57:00
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Leeds United welcome Burnley to Elland Road today with both sides needing a win to maintain hopes of finishing within the play off positions. Toellandback exiles looks back at the history of the tie which dates back 87 years.

United and Burnley have met 53 times with Leeds being the victors 27 times, drawing 11 and losing 15. The Clarets have only registered one win at Elland Road in 36 years, a 2-1 victory in Leeds’ debut Championship season in 2004. In 1968/69 United under the guidance of Don Revie won the league title for the first time in the club’s history. In the two encounters between the clubs that season saw 13 goals shared. Burnley inflicted the heaviest of one of Leeds’ three defeats all season, a thumping 5-1 at Turf Moor before the return fixture saw Leeds triumph 6-1 two months later.

The following season Eddie Gray mesmerized those at Elland Road in Leeds’ 2-1 win by scoring a 35 yard chip and arguably the greatest goal scored by a Leeds player, you know the one.

Despite only having a population slightly larger than Harrogate, Burnley can boast a football club who’ve arguably overachieved. Two league titles, an F.A Cup and a European Cup quarter final make for impressive reading. 

Turf Moor’s capacity which is 22,546 has recently hosted Premier League football and seen many players who’ve represented both clubs. Most notably Robbie Blake, Ian Moore, Andy Gray, Ray Hankin, Kevin Hird and Brian Flynn have donned the colours of both Burnley and Leeds as well as Jimmy Adamson managing both clubs in the 1970’s.

Jack Charlton, Paul Reaney and Norman Hunter share the record for most appearances against the Clarets with 18 each; Peter Lorimer is Leeds’ highest goal scorer having scored 8 when facing today’s visitors.

United fans will fondly recall this season’s visit to Turf Moor. Trailing 2-0 at half time Simon Grayson’s men recorded a stunning second half comeback with goals from Max Gradel, Luciano Becchio and Jonny Howson. While United can draw upon the 3-2 win for inspiration, Burnley will surely be itching to put the record straight.

Leeds United v Burnley is live on Sky Sports. 12:45 KO. 

 



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