Rod Wallace - Fans memories of a Leeds United hotshot

He was the Leeds United striker whose darting runs could slice open any defence.

Saturday, 7th November 2020, 4:30 pm
Rod Wallace celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road in April 1994. PIC: Varley Picture Agency
Rod Wallace celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road in April 1994. PIC: Varley Picture Agency

Rod Wallace knew how to find a route to goal helping Leeds United win the First Division title and a Charity Shield within two seasons of joining the club.

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Rod Wallace fires home against Tottenham Hotspur in April 1994.

His wonder goal following a mazy dribble against Tottenham Hotspur in April 1994 won him the Goal of the Season competition. For a generation of fans that strike ranks as one of the greatest solo goals ever seen at Elland Road.

His 65 goals for the Whites also included a hat-trick against Coventry City at Highfield Road on the final day of the 1992/93 season.

Your YEP has asked the Elland Road faithful to share memories of Hot Rod, a striker voted the 45th best ever Leeds United player in an official poll.

Responses included:

Gary Wood - "Rod Wallace was electrifying. The outstanding goal verses Spurs obviously takes the headlines (I was stood in the kop 8 rows up behind the goal...witnessing that as the ball was heading towards me as it struck the top corner). The absolute shock at what you had just seen. Rod is a Leeds United legend. 100 per cent."

Taff Tataat - "That goal of the season v Spurs. I was thrown out of the Working Men's Club for celebrating too loudly and spilling my pint on the snooker table - ruining the green baize."

Kenneth Martin Jackson - "My all-time favourite player."

Ian Radford - "The goal against Spurs. Absolutely brilliant."

Nick Rosefield - "Turning up five minutes after kick off at Goodison for a Rumbelows Cup tie, and we were 2-0 up already, thanks to Rod."

Niall De Búrca - "The goal against Spurs. My favourite Leeds goal."

Shay Cunningham - "That goal against Norwich when the title was already wrapped up. It would have been GOTS if the game wasn’t a dead rubber."

Robert Tuffley - "Wednesday getting hammered at home. Wallace run Roland Nielsen, Sweden international right back, to shreds. At the time he was considered the best in the division."

David Williams - "Flying volleyed goal he scored as a last minute equaliser at ER against Everton! 1-1. I was there, brilliant goal, you can imagine the atmosphere!"

Martin Carrigan - "Smashing one in at Blackburn in a 4-3 win."

Matt Carr - "Against Spurs at White Hart Lane. I’ve have never seen a human run as fast over 20 years as Rodders. Still makes me shake my head in disbelief."

Sue Millward - "Loved watching him play."

Derek Hobbs - "Rod was the man, great partnership with Chapman. Some good goals against Spurs."

James Amos - "Fastest player in the division I thought . His link up play with Hasselbaink was brilliant as well as Chappy . Brilliant solo goal dribbling round half a team to bend in a pearler."

Simon Marsh - "Remember going to Upton Park midweek. Boring game until Rod popped up with a late winner. And knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup at Highbury."

Dave Gladwin - "The last game of the title winning season against Norwich, I had £30 on Rodders to score the first goal, it was a bet to win my season ticket the following season. But it wasn't just that. It was the fact that if Man U had not lost to Liverpool the week before that goal would have been the one to win the title and it was some goal. Rod was robbed of a life defining moment but he stays in the heart for always nevertheless."

Darren Vaines - "Where do you start? One of our best!"

Gary Harvey - "Loved watching him play. Him and Chapman. A formidable pairing."

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