Leeds United's 1988/89 season - The start of the Sgt Wilko revolution

He arrived with the club periously close to the Second Division relegation trapdoor.

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Enjoy these photos memories from Leeds United's 1988/89 season.
Enjoy these photos memories from Leeds United's 1988/89 season.

Howard Wilkinson was appointed with Leeds United languishing in 23rd position having won just two of their first nine games in the 1988/89 season under Billy Bremner who had signed Noel Blake on a free from Pompey and winger Vince Hilare. Sgt Wilko further boosted the squad by signing Andy Williams from Rotherham United for £170,000, Mike Whitlow and Neil Parsley were picked up for £30,000 from Witton Albion, and Carl Shutt was bought from Bristol City with striker Bob Taylor going in the opposite direction. The campaign would prove to be one of survival and stability with the Whites finishing in 10th position as Sgt Wilko looked to the future and a push for promotion. Enjoy these rarely-seen photos charting a season of change and transition with a handful of games and goals to remember. READ MORE: Leeds United's 1987/88 season - How a sleeping giant failed to awaken

Vince Hilare holds off a challenge during his league debut on the opening game of the season against Oxford United at Elland Road in August 1988. The game finished 1-1.
Bobby Davison puts Leeds United ahead against Barnsley at Elland Road in September 1988.

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Bobby Davison challenges for the ball with Chelsea goalkeeper Roger Freestone during the league clash at Elland Road in September 1988. The Whites lost 2-0.
Vince Hilaire neatly chips Peterborough United goalkeeper Joe Neenan during Howard Wilkinson's first game in charge - a League Cup second round, second leg tie at Elland Road in October 1988. The Whites won 3-1.
Vince Hilaire scores after just 11 minutes against Leicester City at Elland Road in October 1988. The game finished 1-1.
A right knees up as West Bromwich Albion's Chris Whyte tangles with Ian Baird during the league clash at Elland Road in November 1988. The Whites won 2-1 with Bairdy bagging one of the goals.
Bobby Davison fires past Stoke City goalkeeper Peter Fox at Elland Road in November 1988. He scored a brace as the Whites won 4-0.
Mike Whitlow fires towards goal despite the attentions of Shrewsbury Town's Phil Preist during the league clash at Elland Road in December 1988. The Whites lost 3-2.
Tempers fray during Leeds United's New Year's Eve clash with Plymouth Argyle at Elland Road. The Whites won 2-0.
The great goal quiz at Elland Road in January 1989. Ian Baird and John Pearson attempt to get the final touch but the ball was over the line and the goal was credited to Vince Hilaire. Leeds beat Birmingham City 1-0.
Vince Hilaire pounces to win a challenge with Oxford United defender Colin Greenall and fire past Alan Judge for Leeds United's second goal at the Manor Ground in January 1989. Vince's effort was in vain as Oxford went on to win 3-2.
The ball bobbles just as Peter Swan connects during the FA Cup fourth round clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in January 1989. Leeds lost 2-0.
Vince Hilare tries an acrobatic shot against Sunderland at Elland Road in February 1989 as former Whites defender Frank Gray charges in. The Whites won 2-0.
Noel Blake pounces on a half clearance to slam home the first of three Leeds United equalisers against Bradford City at Elland Road in March 1989. The game finished 3-3.
Leeds United's debut boy Dylan Kerr, who came on as a substitute at Elland Road, battles with a Brighton defender during the league clash at Elland Road in April 1989. The Whites won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Andy Williams.
Bobby Davison goes down under a challenge from Barnsley's Carl Tiler during the league clash at Oakwell in March 1989. John Sheridan converted from the penalty spot. The game finished 2-2.
Ipswich Town goalkeeper has no chance as Noel Blake forces in Leeds United's second goal at Elland Road in March 1989. The game finished 4-2 to the Tractor Boys.
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