The day Leeds United's £1 million misfit played in front of 150 fans at Elland Road

We turn back the clock to January 1982 in this retro Leeds United photo.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 11:40 am
Peter Barnes cuts a lonely figure in the shadows of the empty terraces at Elland Road.
Peter Barnes cuts a lonely figure in the shadows of the empty terraces at Elland Road.

Peter Barnes cuts a lonely figure in the shadows of the empty terraces at Elland Road.

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While the first team were playing an FA Cup fourth round tie in front of 46,000 fans at White Hart Lane the £1 million man found himself once more in the reserves.

The game against Derby County reserves drew an Elland Road crowd of just 150.

Playing for the reserves during the 1981/82 season became a regular feature of Barnes's life while he waited to see what the future was to hold for him.

And what did supporters of the second team, whose sparse shouts echo around the virtually empty ground, think of having such an expensive asset on the field?

Gordon Lofts believed Barnes - who scored one goal in 31 league games during the season which saw the Whites relegated - was bought 'on the spur of the moment'

"It is surprising to see an international winger playing for the reserves. But the first team is settled with a regular squad and it would be difficult to bring him back into the side."

Barnes spent the 1982/83 season in La Liga with Real Betis, before returning to Elland Road for a run of 27 games and four goals in 1983/84. He was sold by Eddie Gray to Don Mackay's Coventry City for £50,000.