Leeds United - on this day: Howard Wilkinson's Whites claim 1992 First Division title after hectic week

It's 29 years ago today since Leeds United were crowned First Division champions.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 10:39 am
Leeds United's players celebrate at full-time with supporters at Bramall Lane. Pic: Yorkshire Evening Post
Leeds United's players celebrate at full-time with supporters at Bramall Lane. Pic: Yorkshire Evening Post

The day...

April 26, 1992

The event...

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Leeds United are crowned First Division title winners for the 1991/92 season

What happened?

Leeds United travelled to Bramall Lane knowing a win in the lunchtime Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United would put them on the cusp of glory.

Manchester United had lost both their games in hand in the week prior and the Whites would move four points clear with the Red Devils playing the first of their final two games later on.

Jon Newsome and Rod Wallace both got on the scoresheet but the game in South Yorkshire was finely poised at 2-2.

Step forward Blades skipper Brian Gayle - who scored a bizarre own goal to gift Leeds the points they required 13 minutes from time to spark wild celebrations among the visiting supporters.

The victory piled the pressure on arch rivals Manchester United, with the Old Trafford outfit travelling to face Liverpool at Anfield needing to match the Whites result or hand Howard Wilkinson's men the top flight title.

Ian Rush and Mark Walters gave the hosts a 2-0 win in the evening kick-off on Merseyside as Leeds' players and supporters watched on from afar, which meant the First Division crown was heading back to West Yorkshire for the first time in 18 years.

The rest, as they say, is history.