Leeds United - on this day: Gary Speed plays final Whites game as Kevin Keegan produces iconic rant

It's 25 years since Gary Speed played his final Leeds United match.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 10:36 am
Former Leeds United midfielder Gary Speed in action against Newcastle in 1996. Pic: Getty

The date...

April 29. 1996

The event...

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Gary Speed plays his final Leeds United game

What happened?

Gary Speed is a Leeds United hero.

The former Whites midfielder made 312 appearances for Leeds across an eight-year period and was part of the 1992 First Division title-winning side under head coach Howard Wilkinson.

Speed had come through the ranks at Elland Road as a youth player but on this day in 1996 he played his final game for the club.

Newcastle United were the visitors to LS11 and the Magpies were in the thick of a Premier League title race with Manchester United.

Kevin Keegan - who would later produce an iconic rant in his post-match debrief with Sky Sports - saw his team claim a narrow 1-0 win.

Keith Gillespie was the man who separated the teams with his header the only strike of the match, which handed Leeds their sixth straight league defeat and summed up a disappointing campaign - with the Whites having been beaten in the League Cup final by Aston Villa months earlier.

Speed would fail to feature in the final two league games of the season against Tottenham Hotspur and Coventry City before departing to join Everton in the summer.