Video of the Day: Leeds United vs Queens Park Rangers, December 1973

by | Apr 5, 2016

Two teams with little left to play for this season meet this evening in the Football League Championship when Leeds United take on Queens Park Rangers, and for this morning’s video we’re going back a little over forty years for a match from a season that turned out to be quite a remarkable one for Leeds, at least. Starting the season with seven successive wins, a Leeds United team that had in the past frequently seemed to stumble when in sight of the league title embarked on a twenty-nine match unbeaten run that broke all existing First Division records.

By the start of December 1973, a cold winter was descending on Yorkshire, and Leeds United entertained Queens Park Rangers on the first day of the month on a pitch that would likely not be considered playable these days. The visitors had finished the previous seasons in second place in the Second Division behind Burnley, promoted with some degree of comfort, and had started their first season back in the top flight since 1969 in an encouraging manner, going into this match in seventh place in the table.

Leeds United’s record going into this match, however, was something to behold. They’d won twelve and drawn five of their seventeen matches, scoring thirty-two goals and conceding just eight in the process, and would go on to win the league title by five points from Liverpool, losing just four league matches all season – three of which, oddly, came in the space of two weeks during the second half of March 1974. That summer, however, Don Revie left Elland Road for the England job and Leeds United would never quite be the same again. Commentary for this match comes from Keith Macklin.

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