Whites’ glory days celebrated

A ticket from Leeds Uniteds Premiership clash with Manchester United on April 25, 1999, is among the items on display.
A ticket from Leeds Uniteds Premiership clash with Manchester United on April 25, 1999, is among the items on display.
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It was one of the most exciting periods in Leeds United’s recent history - sparking a title and Champions League charge fans still reminisce about today.

Now visitors to Abbey House Museum can relive some of the club’s 90s’ glory days at an exhibition dedicated to growing up in Leeds.

The museum’s Decades of Youth exhibition features objects and memories spanning more than 70 years - all collected from local people.

A ticket from Leeds United’s premiership clash with Manchester United on April 25, 1999, is among the items on display. The match finished 1-1, with cult fan favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scoring for the Whites.

The club went on to finish the season fourth under new boss David O’Leary, their highest finish since winning the title seven years earlier, which also saw them qualify for the following season’s UEFA Cup.

Also on display is a Leeds United programme from their match against the Red Devils on April 27, 1994, and a jigsaw featuring a picture of the 1979-80 squad. Autographs of several players from the 1966 team are on loan from Maureen Kershaw, who also shares her experience of meeting players at the old Mecca Ballroom through an interactive, digital display.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “As anyone who has grown up in Leeds knows, it’s an amazing place to be young and what’s clear from this exhibition is that some of the experiences people have had in the city as young people have lasted a lifetime.”

Decades of Youth has been co-curated by young curators from Abbey House Museum’s Vintage Youth Club.

The exhibition includes local residents’ accounts of being young in Leeds in the 1950s, 60s, 80s and 90s.

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