On This Day: Leeds United have gone from Carlisle United to Manchester City triumphs in eleven years

LEEDS United have just beaten the country's champions-elect Manchester City - but 11 years ago today the Whites were celebrating victory at Carlisle United.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 4:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 4:08 pm

Leeds were in their third consecutive season down in League One and United's stay in the third tier was finally about to come to an end.

Simon Grayson's side headed for Carlisle's Brunton Park having ended a run of four-straight league defeats with back-to-back wins at Yeovil Town and at home to Southend United.

In what proved United's fifth last game in League One, Luciano Becchio then struck a brace at Carlisle to seal a 3-1 victory that put Leeds back into the automatic promotion spots at Millwall's expense.

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CRUCIAL DOUBLE: For Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio, right, on April 13, 2010 in a 3-1 victory at Carlisle United in League One. Picture by Varleys.

Grayson dropped Jermaine Beckford to the bench for the Tuesday night fixture in Cumbria but Becchio fired Leeds ahead in the 13th minute only for Richard Keogh to level for the hosts two minutes before the break.

But Max Gradel put the visitors back in front two minutes after restart and Becchio then bagged what proved the final goal of the game four minutes later.

A 3-2 defeat at Gillingham followed before a 4-1 win at home to MK Dons but then another defeat at Charlton Athletic via a 1-0 scoreline.

But Beckford then returned to the starting line-up for the season finale at home to Bristol Rovers in which his strike after a Jonny Howson equaliser sealed a 2-1 victory, even with ten men.

The triumph allowed the Whites to finally wave farewell to League One by going up automatically in second place and the first step of Leeds United 'coming back' was complete.

No more Carlisle.

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Thank you Laura Collins