A look back: How did Leeds United get on in their previous five opening day fixtures?

Leeds United have experienced a mixed bag when it comes to opening day fixtures over the last few years.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 21st June 2018, 1:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 11:10 am
David Hockaday, Luke Murphy and Matt Grimes
David Hockaday, Luke Murphy and Matt Grimes

The Whites have won two, lost two and drawn one of the previous five, conceding nine and netting six.

With this season's fixture list released this morning, and the news Marcelo Bielsa's boys would be starting their campaign at home to relegated Stoke, we thought we'd have a look back through the archives at the previous five opening days.

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David Hockaday, Luke Murphy and Matt Grimes

A 3-0 horror show at QPR in 2016 is possibly the most memorable first day of recent years, although many Leeds fans will wish they had no memory of it all.

Here's our look back through the years:

2017 - 2018:

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bolton Wanderers 2 Leeds United 3

Optimism at the beginning of last season was high.

A new head coach in Thomas Christiansen, a raft of debuts and no shortage of controversy made this ding-doing battle at the Macron Stadium one to remember.

Kalvin Phillips gave the Whites an early lead before the now departed Chris Wood doubled their advantage after half an hour.

Former Sheffield Wednesday frontman Gary Madine halved the deficit late in the first half but there was still time for Phillips to bag his second of the game and restore Leeds' two goal advantage.

Adam Le Fondre made it a tense ending for Christansen's troops with a penalty conversion with just over 20 minutes remaining, but Leeds held out to ensure the campaign got off to a winning start.

2016 - 2017:

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Queens Park Rangers 3 Leeds United 0

As far as first days go, it doesn't get much worse than this one.

There were five league debuts at Loftus Road for Leeds United as boss Garry Monk through his new signings straight into the action.

However, they didn't quite have the desired effect as Leeds fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Kemar Roofe and Ronaldo Vieira all made their Leeds bows but goals from Nedum Onuoha, a Tjaronn Chery penalty and Sebastian Polter's stoppage time strike condemned Monk's side to a hefty opening day drubbing.

2015 - 2016:

Satrurday, August 8, 2015

Leeds United 1 Burnley 1

Leeds United began the season with a hectic 1-1 draw with Burnley at Elland Road.

Boss Uwe Rosler must have thought the campaign was off to a winning start when substitute Mirco Antenucci struck a stunner with less than 10 minutes left on the clock, but Sam Vokes - a former Whites loanee - headed home an equaliser for the visitors with just minutes remaining.

The Whites team that day included academy graduates such as Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor, the latter going on to sign for Burnley later in his career.

2014 - 2015:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Millwall 2 Leeds United 0

Head coach David Hockaday took his troops down to the Big Smoke for the opening day of the 14/15 season, and came back empty handed.

Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri - making his competitive debut - couldn't prevent Millwall running out 2-0 victors thanks to an early Mark Beevers goal and a late Shaun Williams penalty.

The boss threw on Matt Smith and Lewis Cook in the latter stages of the game with the Whites trailing 1-0 in an attempt to restore parity, but Cook could only contribute by giving away the spot kick that Williams tucked away to double the home side's advantage, and seal the three points.

2013 - 2014:

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Leeds United 2 Brighton 1

Debutant Luke Murphy was the opening day hero as Leeds overcame Brighton to snatch a deserved 2-1 win.

The £1 million signing from Crewe struck deep into stoppage time, much to the delight of boss Brian McDermott and the 33,000 fans watching on at Elland Road.

Ross McCormack had cancelled out Leonardo Ulloa's strike earlier in the afternoon and it looked as though the spoils were going to be shared, but Murphy had the last word, firing into the roof of the net to earn all three points and get the season off to a joyous start.