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Formed after the demise of Leeds City in 1919, Leeds United first met Swindon three years later, after being drawn together in the First Round of the FA Cup. Two goals from Harold Fleming were enough for the Town to progress in front of 16,000 fans at the County Ground. The teams didn't meet in the League for over forty more years, after the Town won promotion to Division Two for the first time - and though both matches that season were drawn, it was almost thirty years more before the Town would record their next victory against United, winning 3-2 on their way to an ill-fated promotion.

When the Town finally made it to the top flight in 1993/94, Leeds were one of the sides that inflicted the most pain - after a 3-0 defeat at Elland Road in November, the sides met again on the last day of the season in the return fixture. With the Town already relegated, United rubbed salt into the wound, winning by five goals to nil - the final goal from Chris Fairclough in the last minute being the 100th goal that Swindon had conceded in the league that season.

By the time the sides met again some nine years later, Leeds were going through severe financial difficulties and struggling in the Premiership, Swindon were pushing for promotion in the third tier. In an incredible Carling Cup match, the Town, backed by 3,000 noisy fans, took a two goal lead through a superb Andy Gurney free-kick and a well-worked Sam Parkin goal, before Irish international full-back Ian Harte reduced the arrears. With just three minutes remaining, Town keeper Bart Griemink was harshly sent-off, and though sub keeper Rhys Evans replaced midfielder Sammy Igoe, he was powerless to prevent an injury-time equaliser - bizarrely coming from the head of England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who had gone up front in a final attempt to salvage the game. It was expected that ten man Swindon would capitulate in extra time, but they held on to take the game to penalties, only for the hero from earlier, Andy Gurney, to miss the crucial spot kick and hand Leeds victory. Bizarrely, almost a year to the day later, the sides met again at the same venue in the same stage of the same competition - this time an early Michael Ricketts goal gave Leeds another undeserved victory.

After weeks of speculation in October 2006, Town manager Dennis Wise left to join Leeds after just three months in charge at the County Ground. Leaving the Town in a strong place in League One, and joining Leeds rooted to the bottom of the Championship - he was unable to prevent United's relegation as Swindon were promoted - the two sides meeting in the third tier in 2007/08, thirteen years after their last league encounter in the top flight.

 
 

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Elland Road, Leeds

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Swindon's record versus Leeds United in the selected competitions:

COMPETITION P W D L Pens
Won
Pens
Lost
F A SR%
All competitions 22 4 5 13 0 1 21 41 28.4%
League (inc. playoffs) 16 3 4 9 0 0 16 29 31.3%
FA Cup 4 1 0 3 0 0 3 9 25.0%
League Cup 2 0 1 1 0 1 2 3 12.5%

Biggest victory in the selected competitions:

DATE COMP OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS ATT. LINKS
3 APR 2010 LGE Leeds United (Away) 3 - 0 Paynter 2, Austin 27,881 Media  Match Centre
26 JAN 2010 LGE Leeds United (Home) 3 - 0 Austin, Paynter 2 (1 pen) 14,508 Media  Match Centre

Biggest defeat in the selected competitions:

DATE COMP OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS ATT. LINKS
7 MAY 1994 LGE Leeds United (Home) 0 - 5 - 17,228 Media  Match Centre

Highest attendance in the selected competitions:

DATE COMP OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS ATT. LINKS
23 JAN 1971 FAC Leeds United (Away) 0 - 4 - 36,985 Media  Forum Match Centre

Lowest attendance in the selected competitions:

DATE COMP OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS ATT. LINKS
30 APR 1988 LGE Leeds United (Home) 1 - 2 Quinn 8,299 Match Centre

 

Player records for STFC vs. Leeds United in the selected competitions:

MOST APPEARANCES TOP GOALSCORERS SUCCESS % (minimum five apps)
PLAYER APPS  
Colin CALDERWOOD 7  
Fraser DIGBY 7  
Jon GITTENS 6  
David HOCKADAY 6  
Billy PAYNTER 6  
PLAYER GOALS  
Billy PAYNTER 4  
Bill ATKINS 2  
Charlie AUSTIN 2  
Bobby BARNES 2  
Harold FLEMING 2  
PLAYER SR%  
Jon-Paul MCGOVERN 40.0%  
Jon GITTENS 33.3%  
Billy PAYNTER 33.3%  
Colin CALDERWOOD 28.6%  
Fraser DIGBY 28.6%  
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Player records for Leeds United vs. STFC in the selected competitions: (no data available for opposition in non-league competitions)

MOST APPEARANCES TOP GOALSCORERS SUCCESS % (minimum five apps)
PLAYER APPS  
David BATTY 7  
Mervyn DAY 7  
Jermaine BECKFORD 6  
Jonny HOWSON 5 (+1)  
Ian BAIRD 5  
PLAYER GOALS  
Jermaine BECKFORD 5  
Ian BAIRD 3  
Allan CLARKE 3  
Brian DEANE 3  
Mick JONES 3  
PLAYER SR%  
Ian BAIRD 80.0%  
David RENNIE 80.0%  
Mervyn DAY 71.4%  
David BATTY 67.9%  
Jermaine BECKFORD 66.7%  
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Links with STFC - men who have served both clubs:


 
 

DATE PLAYER   CLUB / TRANSFER DETAIL
MAY 1934 Alan FOWLER IN Leeds United
MAY 1935 Bob SHANKS IN Leeds United
1935 Stan WILCOCKSON IN Leeds United
JUL 1946 Bill STEPHENS IN Leeds United
AUG 1946 Alf STEPHENS IN Leeds United
JUL 1963 Tom HALLETT IN Leeds United
JUN 1971 Paul PETERSON IN Leeds United
11 MAR 1993 David KERSLAKE OUT Leeds United
500,000
4 SEP 2003 James MILNER IN Leeds United
(loan)
3 OCT 2003 James MILNER OUT Leeds United
(loan return)
28 SEP 2004 Jamie MCMASTER IN Leeds United
(loan)
24 OCT 2004 Jamie MCMASTER OUT Leeds United
(loan return)
24 OCT 2006 Gustavo POYET OUT (resigned)
Leeds United
24 OCT 2006 Dennis WISE OUT (resigned)
Leeds United
19 JUL 2007 Curtis WESTON OUT (released)
Leeds United
2 JUN 2009 David LUCAS IN Leeds United
(unattached)
10 JUL 2009 Jonathan DOUGLAS IN Leeds United
(unattached)
26 NOV 2009 Alan SHEEHAN IN Leeds United
(loan)
1 JUN 2010 Alan SHEEHAN OUT Leeds United
(loan return)
2 JUN 2010 Billy PAYNTER OUT Leeds United
(Bosman free transfer)
31 AUG 2010 Alan SHEEHAN IN Leeds United
Free transfer
24 FEB 2011 Mike GRELLA IN Leeds United
(loan)
9 APR 2011 Mike GRELLA OUT Leeds United
(loan return)
2 SEP 2015 Nicky AJOSE IN Leeds United
(unattached)

 

All match details from the selected competitions::

DATE COMP OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS ATT. LINKS
3 APR 2010 LGE Leeds United (Away) 3 - 0 Paynter 2, Austin 27,881 Media  Match Centre
26 JAN 2010 LGE Leeds United (Home) 3 - 0 Austin, Paynter 2 (1 pen) 14,508 Media  Match Centre
14 MAR 2009 LGE Leeds United (Away) 0 - 1 - 21,765 Media  Match Centre
13 SEP 2008 LGE Leeds United (Home) 1 - 3 Cox 13,001 Media  Match Centre
1 MAR 2008 LGE Leeds United (Home) 0 - 1 - 13,270 Media  Match Centre
17 NOV 2007 LGE Leeds United (Away) 1 - 2 Peacock 27,990 Media  Match Centre
21 SEP 2004 LC Leeds United (Away) 0 - 1 - 18,476 Media  Match Centre
24 SEP 2003 LC Leeds United (Away) 2 - 2 AET Gurney, Parkin 29,211 Media  Match Centre
    Score at 90 minutes: 2-2. Leeds United win 4-3 on penalties.
7 MAY 1994 LGE Leeds United (Home) 0 - 5 - 17,228 Media  Match Centre
27 NOV 1993 LGE Leeds United (Away) 0 - 3 - 32,630 Media  Match Centre
4 FEB 1990 LGE Leeds United (Home) 3 - 2 McLoughlin, Foley, MacLaren 16,208 Media  Match Centre
23 SEP 1989 LGE Leeds United (Away) 0 - 4 - 21,694 Media  Match Centre
25 FEB 1989 LGE Leeds United (Away) 0 - 0 - 22,651 Match Centre
16 OCT 1988 LGE Leeds United (Home) 0 - 0 - 9,234 Media  Match Centre
30 APR 1988 LGE Leeds United (Home) 1 - 2 Quinn 8,299 Match Centre
21 NOV 1987 LGE Leeds United (Away) 2 - 4 Barnes 2 15,457 Media  Match Centre
3 FEB 1987 FAC Leeds United (Home) 1 - 2 Bamber 14,031 Media  Match Centre
23 JAN 1971 FAC Leeds United (Away) 0 - 4 - 36,985 Media  Forum Match Centre
21 FEB 1970 FAC Leeds United (Home) 0 - 2 - 27,500 Media  Forum Match Centre
18 JAN 1964 LGE Leeds United (Home) 2 - 2 Atkins 2 19,015 Forum Match Centre
14 SEP 1963 LGE Leeds United (Away) 0 - 0 - 33,301 Forum Match Centre
7 JAN 1922 FAC Leeds United (Home) 2 - 1 Fleming 2 16,000 Match Centre

Minor competitions and friendly matches in the database:

DATE COMP OPPONENTS RESULT SCORERS ATT. LINKS
29 JUL 2014 FRN Leeds United (Home) 1 - 2 Smith 3,769 Match Centre
31 JUL 1985 FRN Leeds United (Home) 1 - 3 Moss 2,730 Match Centre