Leeds United's most important April victories from their history

Leeds team photo, Barcelona v Leeds 2000

The Whites have claimed some massive achievements in their time as a professional football club.

Don RevieDon Revie

To say that Leeds United are a big club is somewhat of an understatement, with the Whites possessing a trophy cabinet and a fanbase worthy of the Premier League.

Times have been tough for Leeds in recent years, but under Garry Monk, the Whites are currently sitting in fourth place in the Championship as we head into April. With that in mind, here are Leeds' finest ever wins in the month of April.

4/4/01 - Leeds United 3-0 Deportivo La Coruna (Champions League)

It really wasn't that long ago that Leeds last had a team capable of challenging for the top four, and this quarter-final first leg win over Deportivo was enough to take them to the semi-finals of the prestigious competition. Ian Harte kicked off proceedings with a superb free-kick, before Alan Smith nodded in a Harry Kewell cross. Rio Ferdinand then got the decisive third goal from a Kewell corner, which proved crucial as Leeds lost 2-0 in Spain, but went through to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds UnitedA general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

9/4/75 - Leeds United 2-1 FC Barcelona (European Cup)

The two clubs are worlds apart now, with Barcelona arguably the best team in Europe, while Leeds are currently the fourth best team in the Championship, but there was a time where Leeds got the better of the Catalan giants. This first leg semi-final at Elland Road went a long way to securing Leeds' place in the final, and the Whites got off to a great start when Billy Bremner scored after nine minutes. Juan Manuel Asensi equalised for the visitors, but an Allan Clarke goal 12 minutes from time gave Leeds a vital win. Leeds drew 1-1 in Barcelona, taking them to the final 3-2 on aggregate.

20/4/74 - Leeds United 3-2 Ipswich Town (First Division)

Despite having a comfortable nine point lead on the 9th of February - in the days of two points for a win - Leeds imploded, and heading into this match, they were four points clear of second placed Liverpool, though the Reds had two games in hand. Peter Lorimer opened the scoring with a vicious effort from outside the box, before Bremner made it 2-0. However, Ipswich drew level in the second half, but Clarke was on hand to make it 3-2. It was just as well, as Liverpool slipped up by drawing with Everton and then losing to Arsenal, meaning this win effectively won Leeds the title, in Don Revie's last season with the club.

Wallace and Cantona celebrate Leeds' winner against Sheffield UnitedWallace and Cantona celebrate Leeds' winner against Sheffield United

26/4/92 - Sheffield United 2-3 Leeds United (First Division)

In the season before the inaugural Premier League, Leeds would become champions of England for a third time - and in dramatic fashion. With two games to go, Leeds lead the way with 76 points, but Manchester United were just behind them on 75. Intending to spoil their Yorkshire rivals' chances of the title, Sheffield United took the lead through Alan Cork, before a fortuitous goal put Leeds level, after the ball bounced off Rod Wallace to go in. Jon Newsome put Leeds ahead, but Lee Chapman put the ball in his own net to make it 2-2. However, a calamitous own goal from Brian Gayle gave Leeds the win, and as Manchester United lost 2-0 to Liverpool mere hours after, Leeds were champions.

30/4/69 - Leeds United 1-0 Nottingham Forest (First Division)

By this point, Leeds were already champions, but victory over Nottingham Forest would have given them the highest points tally ever recorded in First Division history. A Johnny Giles strike made sure of that, and as such, Leeds won the league with 27 wins, just two defeats and unbeaten at home - and only conceding nine goals at home in the process. They would finish the season on 67 points over 42 games (two points for a win, maximum tally of 84) and go down as one of the all time best ever English sides.

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