1977–78 Leeds United A.F.C. season

During the 1977–78 English football season, Leeds United A.F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Leeds United
1977–1978 season
ChairmanManny Cussins
ManagerJimmy Armfield
StadiumElland Road
First Division9th
FA CupThird round
Football League CupSemi-final
Top goalscorerLeague: Ray Hankin (20)
All: Ray Hankin (21)
Highest home attendance45,560 vs Everton
(27 December 1977, First Division)
Lowest home attendance16,531 vs Derby County (12 April 1978, First Division)
Average home league attendance31,178
Biggest win5–0 vs Middlesbrough (18 March 1978)
Biggest defeat0–3 vs Norwich City (1 April 1978)

BackgroundEdit

Following the 1973–74 season, Revie left Leeds and Elland Road to manage the England national team. Brian Clough was appointed as Revie's successor. This was a surprise appointment, as Clough had been an outspoken critic of Revie and the team's tactics.[1] Clough's tenure as manager started badly, with defeat in the Charity Shield Match against Liverpool in which Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan were sent off for fighting. Under Clough, the team performed poorly, and after only 44 days[2] he was dismissed.

Clough was replaced by former England captain Jimmy Armfield. Armfield took Revie's ageing team to the final of the 1974–75 European Cup, in which they were defeated by Bayern Munich under controversial circumstances.[3] Assisted by coach Don Howe, Armfield rebuilt Revie's team, and though it no longer dominated English football, Leeds finished 5th in the 1975–76 season and 10th in 1976–77.

Season summaryEdit

1977-78 proved to be another decent, but unexceptional season, with the highlight being a run to the semi-finals of the Football League Cup, albeit it ended in a 7-3 aggregate loss to eventual Division One champions Nottingham Forest. Leeds's league form was for the most part better than in the previous season, keeping them in the hunt for a UEFA Cup space until the latter stages of the campaign, but a poor end saw them finish in ninth place after winning just one of their last seven games. This caused the club's board to run out of patience with manager Jimmy Armfield, who was dismissed weeks after the season ended and replaced, after an unsuccessful attempt to recruit Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy, by former Celtic manager Jock Stein.

CompetitionsEdit

Football League First DivisionEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Coventry City 42 18 12 12 75 62 +13 48
8 Aston Villa 42 18 10 14 57 42 +15 46
9 Leeds United 42 18 10 14 63 53 +10 46
10 Manchester United 42 16 10 16 67 63 +4 42
11 Birmingham City 42 16 9 17 55 60 −5 41
Source: World Football
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored

MatchesEdit

Win Draw Loss
Date Opponent Venue Result[a] Scorers Attendance
20 August 1977 Newcastle United Away 2–3 Hankin, Lorimer 36,491
24 August 1977 West Bromwich Albion Home 2–2 Jordan, McQueen 21,000
27 August 1977 Birmingham City Home 1–0 Hankin 24,551
3 September 1977 Coventry City Away 2–2 Hankin, McQueen 21,479
10 September 1977 Ipswich Town Home 2–1 Hankin (2) 24,280
17 September 1977 Derby County Away 2–2 Lorimer, Graham 24,274
24 September 1977 Manchester United Home 1–1 Hankin 33,514
1 October 1977 Chelsea Away 2–1 Lorimer, Hankin 35,427
5 October 1977 Aston Villa Home 1–1 McQueen 27,797
8 October 1977 Bristol City Away 2–3 Hankin (2) 26,215
15 October 1977 Liverpool Home 1–2 Thomas 45,500
22 October 1977 Middlesbrough Away 1–2 Harris 27,516
October 29, 1977 Leicester City Away 0–0 20,128
5 November 1977 Norwich City Home 2–2 Lorimer (2) 24,345
12 November 1977 Manchester City Away 3–2 Jordan, Graham, Hankin 42,651
19 November 1977 Nottingham Forest Home 1–0 Hankin 42,925
26 November 1977 West Ham United Away 1–0 Hankin 26,883
3 December 1977 Queens Park Rangers Home 3–0 Needham (og), Flynn, Currie 26,597
10 December 1977 Arsenal Away 1–1 McQueen 40,162
17 December 1977 Manchester City Home 2–0 McQueen, Cherry 37,380
26 December 1977 Wolverhampton Wanderers Away 1–3 Jordan 27,704
27 December 1977 Everton Home 3–1 Hankin (2), Lorimer 45,560
31 December 1977 West Bromwich Albion Away 0–2 24,249
2 January 1978 Newcastle United Home 0–2 36,643
14 January 1978 Birmingham City Away 3–2 Graham (3) 23,703
21 January 1978 Coventry City Home 2–0 Hankin, Harris 27,062
4 February 1978 Ipswich Town Away 1–0 E. Gray 24,023
25 February 1978 Chelsea Home 2–0 F. Gray, Currie 25,263
1 March 1978 Manchester United Away 1–0 Clarke 49,101
4 March 1978 Bristol City Home 0–2 24,830
11 March 1978 Liverpool Away 0–1 48,233
18 March 1978 Middlesbrough Home 5–0 Hankin, Graham (2), Clarke (2) 25,158
25 March 1978 Everton Away 0–2 45,020
27 March 1978 Wolverhampton Wanderers Home 2–1 Graham, Hankin 24,440
28 March 1978 Leicester City Home 5–1 Hankin, F. Gray, E. Gray (3) 21,145
1 April 1978 Norwich City Away 0–3 19,615
8 April 1978 West Ham United Home 1–2 Graham 22,953
12 April 1978 Derby County Home 2–0 E. Gray, Hankin 16,531
15 April 1978 Nottingham Forest Away 1–1 F. Gray 38,662
22 April 1978 Arsenal Home 1–3 Currie 33,263
26 April 1978 Aston Villa Away 1–3 Hankin 30,524
29 April 1978 Queens Park Rangers Away 0–0 23,993

Source:[4]

FA CupEdit

Win Draw Loss
Round Date Opponent Venue Result[a] Scorers Attendance
7 January 1978 Third round Manchester City Home 1–2 F. Gray 38,517

Source:[5]

Football League CupEdit

Win Draw Loss
Round Date Opponent Venue Result[a] Scorers Attendance
Second round 31 August 1977 Rochdale Away 3–0 Jordan, Cherry, Harris 8,644
Third round 26 October 1977 Colchester United Home 4–0 Jordan, Graham, Lorimer, Hankin 17,713
Fourth round 30 November 1977 Bolton Wanderers Away 3–1 Graham, Jordan, F. Gray 33,766
Fifth round 18 January 1978 Everton Home 4–1 Currie, Lorimer (2), E. Gray 35,020
Semi-final - First leg 8 February 1978 Nottingham Forest Home 1–3 E. Gray 43,222
Semi-final - Second leg 22 February 1978 Nottingham Forest Away 2–4 F. Gray, Graham 38,131

Source:[6]

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

Players having played at least one first-team match[4][5][6]
Pos. Nat. Name First Division FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK   SCO David Stewart 17 0 0 0 2 0 19 0
DF   ENG Paul Reaney 15 0 1 0 5 0 21 0
DF   ENG Trevor Cherry 41 1 1 0 6 1 48 2
FW   SCO Peter Lorimer 28 6 0 0 4 3 32 9
DF   SCO Gordon McQueen 21 5 1 0 1 0 23 5
DF   ENG Paul Madeley 38 0 1 0 6 0 45 0
MF   SCO Eddie Gray 27 5 0 0 4 2 31 7
FW   SCO David McNiven 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW   ENG Ray Hankin 33 20 1 0 6 1 40 21
MF   ENG Tony Currie 35 3 1 0 5 1 41 4
MF   SCO Arthur Graham 40 9 1 0 6 3 47 12
DF   SCO Frank Gray 41 3 1 1 6 2 48 6
FW   SCO Joe Jordan 20 3 0 0 3 3 23 6
MF   WAL Carl Harris 19 2 1 0 4 1 24 3
MF   WAL Byron Stevenson 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
MF   WAL Gwyn Thomas 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
DF   ENG Keith Parkinson 8 0 0 0 4 0 12 0
GK   SCO David Harvey 25 0 1 0 4 0 30 0
MF   WAL Brian Flynn 29 1 1 0 0 0 30 1
DF   ENG Peter Hampton 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
FW   ENG Allan Clarke 9 3 1 0 1 0 11 3
DF   ENG Neil Parker 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF   ENG Paul Hart 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Leeds United's score written first

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lappin, Tom (21 September 2004). "The manager with the Midas touch". The Scotsman. UK. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  2. ^ "When should you sack the manager? (Page 17)" (PDF). Chris Hope. jbs.cam.ac.uk. April 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Welcome To Elland Road", Les Rowley & James Brown (1999), IFG Publishing, ISBN 0-9536338-0-2
  4. ^ a b Jarred, Martin. (1986). Leeds United : a complete record 1919-1986. Macdonald, Malcolm. Derby: Breedon Books Sport. pp. 126–127. ISBN 0-907969-17-8. OCLC 14977257.
  5. ^ a b Jarred, Martin. (1986). Leeds United : a complete record 1919-1986. Macdonald, Malcolm. Derby: Breedon Books Sport. p. 155. ISBN 0-907969-17-8. OCLC 14977257.
  6. ^ a b Jarred, Martin. (1986). Leeds United : a complete record 1919-1986. Macdonald, Malcolm. Derby: Breedon Books Sport. p. 160. ISBN 0-907969-17-8. OCLC 14977257.