The day Shaun Derry became an instant Leeds United hero

Tucking into beans on toast surrounded by a group of chain-smokers in a Leeds greasy spoon cafe hardly seems the ideal preparation for making your Elland Road debut.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 4:30 pm
Enjoy these photo memories from Leeds United's 2-1 win against West Ham United at Elland Road in February 2005. PIC: Getty
Enjoy these photo memories from Leeds United's 2-1 win against West Ham United at Elland Road in February 2005. PIC: Getty

But a new superstition could have been born for Shaun Derry in February 2005 after the midfielder marked his home bow with the winning goal for Leeds United against West Ham United. Derry 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. "Every footballer has their own pre-match routine and I always have pasta, chicken, beans and scrambled egg for my meal. I am staying in a hotel at the moment with my girlfriend and I rang down to reception, but they wouldn't do my pre-match meal, " he told the YEP. "So we had to walk into town and we ended up in a greasy spoon cafe near the market. 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." READ MORE: 'Deano for England' - Memories of the day Leeds United hit QPR for six

Danny Pugh organises a defensive wall during the game.
Paul Butler and Teddy Sheringham tussle for the ball.

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West Ham United's Hayden Mullins clashes with Leeds United goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.
Rob Hulse celebrates after putting Leeds in front just after the break, converting an Aaron Lennon cross.
A tackle by Shaun Derry led to a mass confrontation between the players from both teams.
Gavin Williams volleyed West Ham level after good work from Teddy Sheringham.
With just four minutes remaining Shaun Derry latched on to David Healy's header.
He then slipped the ball confidently past West Ham United goalkeeper Stephen Bywater.
Derry's late winner to keep Leeds' play-off hopes alive. They would finish in 14th place.
"The players have done us proud, not just because they won but because we got to 50 points. We needed it as we were favourites to go down. Everybody thought the club would implode financially," said manager Kevin Blackwell.
"We're kicking ourselves we haven't got three points, let alone none. But it is always tough coming here," reflected West Ham United manager Alan Pardew.
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