Leeds XI that virtually clinched Division One title in 1992 as Howard Wilkinson celebrates 73rd birthday

Wilkinson, Wallace and Strachan celebrate Leeds' title win

Wilkinson is the last Englishman to manage a title-winning team in the top flight having taken Leeds to the summit 24 years ago.

Howard Wilkinson remains the last English manager to lead a team to the title in the top flight having led Leeds United to the summit of the game for the third time in their history in 1992.

After a hard-fought battle with Manchester United, the Whites went into the penultimate weekend of the season knowing that if they could beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and if Liverpool could beat Alex Ferguson's men, the Division One crown would be theirs. 

And after Leeds overcame the Blades by securing a 3-2 win - with Sheffield United's Brian Gayle scoring a calamitous own goal to decide the game - the title was decided as Liverpool beat United 2-0 at Anfield.

And to celebrate Sergeant Wilko's 73rd birthday, here is a look at the team that took to the field to face Sheffield United on a day that will always be remembered very fondly amongst the Elland Road faithful:

Leeds celebrating against Sheffield UnitedLeeds celebrating against Sheffield United

John Lukic

The goalkeeper played every single league game during the season, and ended up picking up his second league title medal, having been a part of the Arsenal side that clinched the crown in 1989. He conceded just 37 goals during the entire campaign

Jon Newsome

Newsome made just 10 appearances for Leeds during their title-winning season following his move in 1991, but the defender still made an important contribution. As well as scoring in the 3-1 win over Tottenham, he also bagged Leeds' second goal in the win at Bramall Lane with a diving header at the back post. 

Chris Fairclough 

The defender's consistency was a key reason for Leeds' success as they rose from the Second Division to the summit of the top flight. He scored twice during the campaign - including in the 2-0 win over Coventry the week before the Sheffield United clash - but actually proved to be quite prolific for a defender, scoring 21 times in 189 league games.

Chris Whyte

Fairclough's defensive partner only missed one league game throughout the season. Whyte proved to be something of a journeyman before and after his spell at Elland Road, but there is no question that the three years he spent with Leeds will be remembered fondly.

Tony Dorigo

Given the stars that Leeds boasted in midfield especially, it should surely be deemed an incredible achievement that Dorigo clinched the Fans' Player of the Year award during their title-winning season. The former England international was also included in the PFA Team of the Year during the first Premier League campaign. 

Wallace and Cantona celebrate Leeds' winner against Sheffield UnitedRod Wallace and Eric Cantona celebrate Leeds' winner against Sheffield United

Gary Speed

The late Welshman was the developing superstar of Leeds' famous midfield. He scored seven times during the 1991/92 season, and ultimately went on to make over 300 appearances for the Whites before leaving for Everton in 1996.

David Batty

While Speed was a star in the making, Batty was much happier going under the radar. However, it is fair to say that he was just as valuable to United's success. He was surprisingly allowed to join Blackburn in 1993, but returned to Elland Road in 1998.

Gary McAllister

McAllister was the only outfield player who featured in every league game during their title-winning season. His five goals were obviously invaluable, but it was his delivery from set-pieces that proved particularly crucial. 

Gordon Strachan

Despite being well into the twilight of his career by the time Leeds went into the 1991/92 campaign, he still captained the side and rarely missed a game. He remained a key man for the next two seasons, but was unable to lead the team back to previous glory.

Rod Wallace

After Alan Cork's opener, it was Wallace who equalised for Leeds, not that he knew much about it. A block in the Blades area saw the ball fly across the six-yard box and hit the striker before flying into the net. The goal would prove to be his 10th on the campaign, and he would score his 11th on the final day in the 1-0 win over Norwich.

Lee Chapman

Chapman had spent the entire season putting the ball in the back of the net, but unfortunately against Sheffield United, the striker found the wrong net as his attempt to block a cross led to the home side making the score 2-2. He finished the campaign as the side's top goalscorer with 16 strikes to his name.

Leeds celebrating title win in 1992


Eric Cantona

Cantona may have secured his place in football folklore after joining Leeds' bitter rivals Manchester United, but it was at Elland Road that he first showed glimpses of what he was capable of. 

Carl Shutt

Shutt may not have been the most prolific striker in the Leeds squad, but he still holds cult-hero status amongst the United fans. His greatest moment came in a European Cup tie the following season as he scored a winning goal against Stuttgart in the Nou Camp. He scored twice during the title-winning campaign. 

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