Leeds United - on this day: Kalvin Phillips makes Whites debut in Wolves thriller

It's six years since Kalvin Phillips made his first appearance for Leeds United's senior side.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:13 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:14 am
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. Pic: Simon Hulme

The day...

April 6, 2015

The event...

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Leeds United academy product Kalvin Phillips is handed his first team debut by Neil Redfearn in a 4-3 defeat at Wolves

What happened?

It had been an up and down season of Championship football for Leeds United - who were in the safety of midtable.

Off-field goings on from turbulent owner Massimo Cellino had dominated and Elland Road had seen both David Hockaday and Darko Milanic come and go from the Whites hot seat.

Academy coach Neil Redfearn was in the midst of his second tenure as interim boss and had opted to start blooding some of the club's youth.

Next in line from the famed Thorp Arch academy was a 19-year-old Kalvin Phillips, who was handed his full debut in a thriller against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Phillips lined up at Molineux alongside fellow graduates Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram for the Championship clash.

Leeds took the lead through Taylor before a double from Nouha Dicko turned the game around before half-time.

Benik Afobe put the hosts further in front three minutes into the second half but a Danny Batth own goal gave United hope.

Alex Mowatt levelled with a stunning goal from outside the box which sparked wild celebrations but it was Wolves who had the final say as Dave Edwards headed home with two minutes to go.

Phillips went on to make his home debut against Cardiff City in the following days and capped a good performance with a goal in LS11.

The rest, as they say, is history for 'The Yorkshire Pirlo'.