Leeds United - on this day: Luke Ayling's volley lights up Elland Road for the final time against Huddersfield Town

It's a year to the day since Elland Road last welcomed Leeds United fans through its doors.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 6:00 am
Leeds United defender Luke Ayling scores against Huddersfield Town. Pic: Getty

The day...

March 7, 2020

The event

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Leeds United topple Huddersfield Town 2-0 with fans in attendance for the final time amid the coronavirus pandemic

What happened?

There had been warnings ahead of the match but Luke Ayling's volley in the third minute made social distancing a difficult task.

The Whites welcomed Huddersfield Town to Elland Road for a Yorkshire derby with Marcelo Bielsa's men in the thick of a Championship promotion race to the Premier League.

Ayling's volley from a Jack Harrison cross - which crashed off the underside of the bar - lit up the game just minutes after the first whistle in LS11.

Patrick Bamford then broke an eight-game run without a goal in the second half as he scrambled the ball home after Ben White tested Jonas Lossl from a free-kick.

With the victory United moved seven points clear of third-placed Fulham and were hitting some of their best form of the campaign.

"We defended well, we didn't receive real chances, just the one in the first half. In attack, we could have scored maybe one more goal," Bielsa reflected post-match.

"I am happy for (Patrick Bamford), centre-forwards need to score. Today he scored a typical goal for a centre-forward."

It would also be the final time Leeds supporters were allowed into Elland Road with the game going ahead amid the backdrop of the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

The football season was suspended in the days afterwards and the Whites were made to wait three months before securing their place in the top flight behind closed doors.

For Leeds fans the wait continues 12 months on to see Bielsa's men kick a ball in anger in the Premier League in person.