Michael Bridges in focus - 21 goals in a Leeds United season to savour

He was the striker signed to replace Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Sunday, 29th November 2020, 6:00 am
Enjoy these photo memories of Michael Bridges in action for Leeds United. PIC: John Giles/PA
Enjoy these photo memories of Michael Bridges in action for Leeds United. PIC: John Giles/PA

Michael Bridges was brought in by manager David O'leary for a then record £5 million fee from Sunderland after his predecessor had moved to Athletico Madrid. And his first season proved one to remember as he scored 21 goals in all competitions including a hat-trick in his second game against Southampton. His goals helped the Whites finish third in the Premiership, qualify for the Champions League and reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Yet injury blighted his time at Elland Road. He was seriously injured in the goalless draw in a Champions League match with Beşiktaş and would only make 10 more appearances in the following four seasons of his Leeds United career. READ MORE: 16 of the most iconic Leeds United photos of all time

Michael Bridges celebrates scoring one of his three goals against Southampton at The Dell with David Batty in August 1999.
September 1999 and Michael Bridges plays on with a head wound against Partizan Belgarde in the UEFA Cup first round, first leg clash in Heerenveen.

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Michael Bridges celebrates scoring against Newcastle United at Elland Road in September 1999. The Whites won 3-2.
Michael Bridges scores his second goal against Everton at Goodison Park in September 1999. The finished 4-4.
Michael Bridges celebrates his late winner against Southampton in the Premiership at Eland Road in November 1999.
Michael Bridges celebrates scoring against Leicester City at Elland Road on Boxing Day. The Whites won 2-1.
Michael Bridges shoots at goal as Derby County's Danny Higginbotham looks on during the FA Carling Premiership match at Pride Park in September 2000.
Michael Bridges scores past Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen at the Stadium of Light in January 2000. Leeds won 2-1 to stay top of the Premiership.
Michael Bridges celebrates scoring against Coventry City at Elland Road in March 2000. The Whites won 3-0.
Michael Bridges celebrates scoring against Bradford City at Valley Parade in March 2000. His brace helped the Whites secure the points in a 2-1 win.
Michael Bridges in action against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in March 2000. He scored in a 3-0 win.
Michael Bridges shoots and scores as Leeds United drew 1-1 with Everton at Elland Road in May 2000.
Michael Bridges holds off Barcelona's Phillip Cocu during the Champions League clash at the Nou Camp in September 2000.
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