Leeds United: FIVE memorable Easter treats for the Whites

GET IN:  David Healy scores Leeds' equaliser past Luke McCormick and Paul Connolly back in April 2007.
GET IN: David Healy scores Leeds' equaliser past Luke McCormick and Paul Connolly back in April 2007.
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REMEMBER when Easter was about watching your team stride out to engage in holiday football in front of bumper crowds?

Well sadly this year - some seasoned Leeds United cynics might say thankfully - there’s nothing of the sort for the Whites with the Easter shutters up across the top two divisions.

Richard Naylor, turns and celebrates after his header passes keeper Alex McCarthy, giving Leeds the lead back in April 2010.

Richard Naylor, turns and celebrates after his header passes keeper Alex McCarthy, giving Leeds the lead back in April 2010.

Instead, it’s copious amounts of chocolate, hot cross buns or maybe something a little stronger this Easter time all the way...Or something like that.

But here’s a little present for those seeking a footballing fix this Easter. This century may have largely been wretched for Leeds United, but there’s been some sweet Easter moments if you dig around deep enough.

The following bunch of fives are not exactly legendary, but we think you will agree that some of the moments below weren’t half bad.

In no particular order.

2001: Liverpool 1 Leeds United 2

Good Friday, Friday the 13th of April...Fear not. Leeds took a giant stride towards a potential Champions League slot via the Premiership the following season with a massive victory against Liverpool at Anfield.

David O’Leary’s side - endeavouring to cover their bases while still being in the hunt to lift Europe’s big prize - moved up to third spot, with first half goals from Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer putting them on their way.

Stevie G may have pulled one back, but it was Leeds’s day and the celebrations in the Anfield Road end at the final whistle weren’t half bad.

2004: Blackburn Rovers 1 Leeds United 2

Easter Saturday, April 10, 2004...Where were you when..

A massive win for Leeds in their survival quest with Stephen Caldwell’s first goal for the club putting United en route to a simply huge three points - pulling beleaguered hosts Blackburn Rovers firmly into the dogfight in the process.

Caldwell headed home Gary Kelly’s cross in the first period and Mark Viduka added a killer second deep in the second half before Craig Short made it a nervy end by heading it Paul Gallagher’s free-kick.

But Leeds prevailed and the celebrations arrived with gusto in the Darwen End. The ailing patient was not yet out for the count..Easter resurrection and all that....

It did prove a milestone moment. Sadly not for reasons we’d care to dwell with time proving it to be a bittersweet success - United’s last win in the top flight..

2003: Leeds United 2 Fulham 0

Two goals from talisman striker Mark Viduka took his impressive tally to six goals in ten games to secure a vital Super Tuesday home win which went a long way towards securing United’s top-flight status. For that 2002-03 season at least.

The win saw Peter Reid’s side leap-frog Fulham and Bolton into 15th place - six points clear of the drop zone, with Viduka scoring early goals in both halves, with the relief palpable at ER.

2010: Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 2

United fans setting off to deepest Somerset at the crack of dawn on Easter Monday 2010 did so with a bit of trepidation after a desperate four-match losing streak which included an Easter Saturday loss to - er, Billy Paynter inspired Swindon, who routed Leeds 3-0 on home soil.

But captain fantastic and Leeds lad Richard Naylor got the show back on the road with two first-half goals at silly o’clock. Despite Dean Bowditch pulling one back, Leeds were not to be moved. One for the diehards this...

2007: Leeds United 2 Plymouth Argyle 1

Lubo, Lubo...Michalik that is, with the Slovakian defender being the unlikely goal hero, netting a dramatic late winner in a priceless 2-1 survival win over Plymouth.

Leeds were pitched in a desperate - and ultimately unsuccessful - battle against the drop with that win temporarily lifting them out of the bottom three, although they did it the hard way.

Peter Halmosi gave Ian Holloway’s Argyle the lead in the first half when he raced on to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s ball and slipped his shot past Casper Ankergren.

Relief was at hand when David Healy levelled just before the break, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area.

And the stage was set for Michalik to score the winner when he headed in Alan Thompson’s free-kick.

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