40 years ago today, Leeds United booked their place in the European Cup final

Four decades on, things are not so good for Leeds United.

Not much is going right for Leeds United at the moment, both on and off the pitch. The top talents they have at the club is certainly a reason to be cheerful, but everything else appears bleak.

In recent weeks there has been the departures of Matt Child and Steve Thompson, the Mirco Antenucci 'can't play' debacle and the withdrawal of six injured players causing something of a conspiracy theory merry-go-round.

Add that to an owner who is banned and a chairman the fans despise and things are not rosy for Leeds at the moment.

But 40 years ago today, it was an entirely different story.

It was on this day, the 23rd April 1975, that Leeds United drew 1-1 with Barcelona at the Nou Camp, to book a place in the European Cup final.

Leeds had won the first-leg 2-1 at Elland Road and Peter Lorimer had given Leeds a 1-0 lead at the Nou Camp in the seventh minute of the second leg in Spain.

A goal from Manuel Clares pulled things level but Leeds held on to advance to the final, 3-2 on aggregate.

Of course they went on to lose an infamous final 2-0 to Bayern Munich, but the Barcelona trip remains a happy memory for many a Leeds fan.

While a repeat of such nights seems a long way off, Leeds fans can look back and dare to dream that there club will soon be back at the highest echelon of the game.

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