Sunday 26th April 1992 | Bramall Lane, Sheffield
For most Leeds United supporters, one of the most memorable Yorkshire derbies is undoubtedly the one which saw Leeds United clinch the First Division title by defeating Sheffield United 3-2 at Bramall Lane.
Kicking off at midday in front of 32,000, Howard Wilkinson’s men went into the game knowing that a win would mean that Manchester United couldn’t afford to lose in their clash against Liverpool. A loss for the Red Devils would almost certainly result in the league championship going to Elland Road for the first time since 1973/74.
An edgy opening from Leeds saw Sheffield United get the first goal of the game after 28 minutes through veteran striker Alan Cork.
As the game continued towards the break, Leeds settled into the game and eventually levelled through a bizarre goal, which pinged around the Blades penalty area, before deflecting in off Rod Wallace.
After the break, Leeds took full control and with the title in sight Jon Newsome headed home from a tight angle following a Gary McAllister free kick, which caught out Sheffield United’s injured goalkeeper, Mel Rees.
With little time to enjoy the lead, the Whites found themselves pegged back again just minutes later, as Lee Chapman deflected the ball into his own net.
With the game in the balance at 2-2, Leeds desperately needed a goal. Step up Sheffield United captain, Brian Gayle, who would be the hero for the Whites. With the clock ticking down, Cantona and Wallace raced down the ball, forcing Gayle into making a header, which bizarrely went over his goalkeeper, and into his own net.
With the score standing at 3-2, Leeds hung on for three massive points and became League champions for the first time in 18 years, after Liverpool secured a 2-0 win over Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.
FULL TIME: Sheffield United 2-3 Leeds United
Sheffield United: Rees; Pemberton, Cowan; Gannon (Bryson), Gayle, Beesley; Hodges, Rogers, Cork (Whitehouse), Deane, Bradshaw
Leeds United: Lukic; Newsome, Dorigo; Batty, Fairclough, Whyte; Strachan (Shutt), Rod Wallace, Chapman, McAllister (Cantona), Speed