Meet Leeds United legends Tony Dorigo and Mel Sterland at Leeds bar event

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The chance to meet two Leeds United legends and win a signed shirt and a £100 bar tab is being offered at a Leeds bar next month.

Shooters Bar on the Headrow is inviting Leeds United fans to a Meet The Legends event on May 10.

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The evening will feature a Q&A with Tony Dorigo and Mel Sterland - two players who sealed their place in the Leeds United Hall of Fame during the team’s golden era of the 1991-1992 League Championship.

The evening is a perfect opportunity to review the season with the veteran players, as well as put forward some probing questions about their time at Leeds when the team brought the cup home as reigning champions.

From Dorigo’s sensational free kick against Sheffield Wednesday, to Sterland’s fancy footwork that earned him the nickname ‘Zico’; there’s no denying this duos contribution towards the success of LUFC.

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Fans will not only have the chance to put their questions to the two Leeds legends, but also take advantage of a photo opportunity and have shirts and photos signed before and after the main event.

Entrance will be free; however, food and drink packages allowing fans to book a seat and enjoy a burger and beer are available from just £5.

The event will be hosted by celebrated MC Paul Booth, whose dulcet tones have been heard on BBC Sport, Sky Sports, ITV Sport, and on many international channels covering major football, boxing and darts events.

Meet the Legends is the second player event since Shooters joined forces with Leeds United at the start of the season, which kicked off in spectacular style for LUFC. Last Octobers event saw players Pierre-Michel Ladogga and Kemar Roofe signing autographs, posing for pictures and answering questions from LUFC’s faithful fans.

About the players

Australian born defender Tony Dorigo’s impressive career began when he wrote to 14 of the best British clubs requesting a trial as a wide-eyed, footy mad teenager. He got lucky when Aston Villa accepted his offer, and the youngster was snapped up after a 4-day trial.

After enjoying great success for Villa (which include the Player of the Year honour), he continued to shine at Chelsea, where the team finally found a player skilled enough to fill the left-back position which had been their Achilles heel for over a decade.

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His move to LUFC in 1991 came at a crucial time for the team, who were on the cusp of a remarkable comeback.

His 6-year stint at Leeds saw the defender score 5 goals over 171 appearances, win the Fans Player of the Year award, and form a lasting friendship with David Batty. Since retiring in 2001, Dorigo has gone on to forge a career as a pundit, appearing on ITV, Radio Aire and Eurosport amongst others.

Mel Sterland has enjoyed an equally impressive football career, which saw the dynamic right back dazzle at Sheffield Wednesday between 1978-1989. After a brief 4-month stint at Rangers, he joined Leeds United in 1989, where like Dorigo, he got a chance to show off his skills during the team’s most exciting era.

Nicknamed ‘Zico’ after the nippy Brazilian player, Leeds fans will always remember Sterland as a brilliant crosser, which was demonstrated throughout the 91-92 League Championship when he set up several match-winning goals for striker Lee Chapman.

Sterland retired in 1994 after an ankle injury, however he shared his many anecdotes in a raw and uncensored autobiography ‘Boozing, Betting & Brawling: A Footballer’s Life’ which was published in 2008.