Midfielder Shaun Derry made an immediate impression after marking his home bow with the winning goal against West Ham United in February 2005. He was the first to admit goalscoring - at the time averaging just one per season in his career - was not his forte, but that could all change after he stumbled upon a new pre-match superstition. "We had to walk into town and we ended up in a greasy spoon cafe near the market," recalled Derry in an interview. "I was sitting there and said to my girlfriend 'You do realise that if I score today, we will have to come here every Saturday?' I had beans on toast and about seven Lambert & Butlers due to it being so smoky in there. I had to shower when I got back to the hotel, but it did the trick." He scored three goals from 71 league appearances for the Whites during his three years with the club. READ MORE: The day Shaun Derry became an instant Leeds United hero LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook
Shaun Derry - Photo memories of a combative cult hero
He's the player who became a cult hero among the Elland Road faithful thanks to a string passionate performances.
By Andrew Hutchinson
Published 25th Sep 2021, 11:30 GMT
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