List of Leeds United F.C. seasons

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The statue of Billy Bremner, who played for Leeds United between 1959 and 1976 and captained them to cup success in 1968 and 1972.

This is a list of seasons played by Leeds United Association Football Club in English and European football. It covers the period from the club's inaugural season in 1919, following the demise of Leeds City earlier that year, to the end of the last completed season. It details the club's achievements in all major competitions, together with the top scorers and the average attendances for each season. Details of the abandoned 1939–40 season and unofficial Second World War leagues are not included.

Leeds United were founded in October 1919, taking the place in the Midland League vacated by Leeds City Reserves, and were elected to The Football League for the 1920–21 season.[1] They won the Second Division title four years later to gain promotion to the top tier of English football, but had to wait almost 50 years before winning any major silverware, with success in the 1968 Football League Cup Final accompanied by success in Europe in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The following season brought league success when Leeds won the First Division championship. Their success continued into the 1970s with victory in the 1971 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final, the 1972 FA Cup Final, another league title in the 1973–74 season and runners-up in the 1975 European Cup Final. Leeds won the Second Division title in the 1989–90 season and were promoted back to the First Division. A third league title in the 1991–92 season, a second FA Charity Shield in the 1992 FA Charity Shield and a semi-final appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 2001, preceded a period of turbulence which culminated in relegation to League One in the 2006–07 season. They dropped out of the top two tiers of English football for the first time in their history in a season that saw them deducted ten points for going into administration.[2] In 2010 Leeds United were promoted back into the Championship.

Leeds United have won the League Championship three times, three Second Division titles, the FA Cup once, the League Cup once, the Charity Shield twice and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice. All these honours were won under the management of either Arthur Fairclough, Don Revie or Howard Wilkinson.[3] The club have also been runners-up five times in the League Championship, three times in the FA Cup, once each in the League Cup, the Charity Shield, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup and the European Cup, and lost the play-off to keep the Inter-City Fairs Cup trophy.[4]

Seasons

Season League FA Cup[5] League
Cup
[6]
Europe / Other Top goalscorer(s)[7][8] Avg.
Att.[9]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1919–20 ML 34 11 9 14 56 56 31 12th DNE Not known[10] Not known[10]
1920–21 Div 2 42 14 10 18 40 45 38 14th PR[11] Robert Thompson 12 14,967
1921–22 Div 2 42 16 13 13 48 38 45 8th R1 Tommy Howarth 13 13,645
1922–23 Div 2 42 18 11 13 43 36 47 7th R2 Percy Whipp 16 13,420
1923–24 Div 2 42 21 12 9 61 35 54 1st R3 Jack Swann 18 16,313
1924–25 Div 1 42 11 12 19 46 59 34 18th R1 Jack Swann 11 23,001
1925–26 Div 1 42 14 8 20 64 76 36 19th R3 Tom Jennings 26 21,382
1926–27 Div 1 42 11 8 23 69 88 30 21st R4 Tom Jennings 37 22,073
1927–28 Div 2 42 25 7 10 98 49 57 2nd R3 Tom Jennings
John White
21 21,835
1928–29 Div 1 42 16 9 17 71 84 41 13th R4 Charlie Keetley 22 22,427
1929–30 Div 1 42 20 6 16 79 63 46 5th R4 Russell Wainscoat 18 20,910
1930–31 Div 1 42 12 7 23 68 81 31 21st R5 Charlie Keetley 23 15,755
1931–32 Div 2 42 22 10 10 78 54 54 2nd R3 Charlie Keetley 23 14,079
1932–33 Div 1 42 15 14 13 59 62 44 8th R5 Arthur Hydes 20 17,473
1933–34 Div 1 42 17 8 17 75 66 42 9th R3 Arthur Hydes 16 16,052
1934–35 Div 1 42 13 12 17 75 92 38 18th R4 Arthur Hydes 25 16,344
1935–36 Div 1 42 15 11 16 66 64 41 11th R5 George Brown 20 20,341
1936–37 Div 1 42 15 4 23 60 80 34 19th R3 Arthur Hydes 11 18,230
1937–38 Div 1 42 14 15 13 64 69 43 9th R4 Gordon Hodgson 26 21,979
1938–39 Div 1 42 16 9 17 59 67 41 13th R4 Gordon Hodgson 21 19,444
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
1945–46 n/a[12] R3 George Ainsley[13] 2 18,000
1946–47 Div 1 42 6 6 30 45 90 18 22nd R3 George Ainsley 12 26,040
1947–48 Div 2 42 14 8 20 62 72 36 18th R3 Albert Wakefield 21 28,521
1948–49 Div 2 42 12 13 17 55 63 37 15th R3 Len Browning 14 29,402
1949–50 Div 2 42 17 13 12 54 45 47 5th R6 Frank Dudley 16 32,124
1950–51 Div 2 42 20 8 14 63 55 48 5th R4 Len Browning 20 27,127
1951–52 Div 2 42 18 11 13 59 57 47 6th R5 Ray Iggleden 20 26,585
1952–53 Div 2 42 14 15 13 71 63 43 10th R3 John Charles 27 20,432
1953–54 Div 2 42 15 13 14 89 81 43 10th R3 John Charles 43[14] 22,709
1954–55 Div 2 42 23 7 12 70 53 53 4th R3 Harold Brook 16 21,695
1955–56 Div 2 42 23 6 13 80 60 52 2nd R3 John Charles 29 25,152
1956–57 Div 1 42 15 14 13 72 63 44 8th R3 John Charles 39[15] 32,721
1957–58 Div 1 42 14 9 19 51 63 37 17th R3 Hugh Baird 20 25,168
1958–59 Div 1 42 15 9 18 57 74 39 15th R3 Alan Shackleton 17 25,334
1959–60 Div 1 42 12 10 20 65 92 34 21st R3 John McCole 23 21,877
1960–61 Div 2 42 14 10 18 75 83 38 14th R3 R4 John McCole 23 13,423
1961–62 Div 2 42 12 12 18 50 61 36 19th R3 R4 Billy Bremner
Jack Charlton
12 13,340
1962–63 Div 2 42 19 10 13 79 53 48 5th R5 R3 Jim Storrie 27 20,376
1963–64 Div 2 42 24 15 3 71 34 63 1st R4 R4 Albert Johanneson
Ian Lawson
15 28,723
1964–65 Div 1 42 26 9 7 83 52 61 2nd RU R3 Jim Storrie 19 36,413
1965–66 Div 1 42 23 9 10 79 38 55 2nd R4 R3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup SF Peter Lorimer 19 34,601
1966–67 Div 1 42 22 11 9 62 42 55 4th SF R4 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup RU Johnny Giles 18 35,914
1967–68 Div 1 42 22 9 11 71 41 53 4th SF W Inter-Cities Fairs Cup W Peter Lorimer 30 35,027
1968–69 Div 1 42 27 13 2 66 26 67 1st R3 R4 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup QF Mick Jones 17 34,424
1969–70 Div 1 42 21 15 6 84 49 57 2nd RU R3 FA Charity Shield W Allan Clarke
Mick Jones
26 35,324
European Cup SF
1970–71 Div 1 42 27 10 5 72 30 64 2nd R5 R2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup W Allan Clarke 23 37,218
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup trophy play-off RU
1971–72 Div 1 42 24 9 9 73 31 57 2nd W R3 UEFA Cup R1 Peter Lorimer 29 35,023
1972–73 Div 1 42 21 11 10 71 45 53 3rd RU R4 Cup Winners' Cup RU Allan Clarke 26 33,993
1973–74 Div 1 42 24 14 4 66 31 62 1st R5 R2 UEFA Cup R3 Mick Jones 17 37,026
1974–75 Div 1 42 16 13 13 57 49 45 9th R6 R4 FA Charity Shield RU Allan Clarke 22 34,496
European Cup RU
1975–76 Div 1 42 21 9 12 65 46 51 5th R4 R3 Duncan McKenzie 17 30,804
1976–77 Div 1 42 15 12 15 48 51 42 10th SF R2 Joe Jordan 12 31,176
1977–78 Div 1 42 18 10 14 63 53 46 9th R3 SF Ray Hankin 21 29,808
1978–79 Div 1 42 18 14 10 70 52 50 5th R4 SF John Hawley 17 27,964
1979–80 Div 1 42 13 14 15 46 50 40 11th R3 R2 UEFA Cup R2 Kevin Hird 8 22,813
1980–81 Div 1 42 17 10 15 39 47 44 9th R3 R2 Carl Harris 10 21,105
1981–82 Div 1 42 10 12 20 39 61 42[16] 20th R4 R2 Arthur Graham
Frank Worthington
9 21,889
1982–83 Div 2 42 13 21 8 51 46 60 8th R4 R3 Aiden Butterworth 13 17,025
1983–84 Div 2 42 16 12 14 55 56 60 10th R3 R3 Tommy Wright 11 15,173
1984–85 Div 2 42 19 12 11 66 43 69 7th R3 R3 Tommy Wright 15 15,504
1985–86 Div 2 42 15 8 19 56 72 53 14th R3 R3 Full Members Cup Grp Ian Baird 12 12,715
1986–87 Div 2 42 19 11 12 58 44 68 4th[17] SF R2 Full Members Cup R1 Ian Baird 19 18,362
1987–88 Div 2 44 19 12 13 61 51 69 7th R3 R3 Full Members Cup R2 John Sheridan 14 19,493
1988–89 Div 2 46 17 16 13 59 50 67 10th R4 R3 Full Members Cup R2 Bobby Davison 17 20,505
1989–90 Div 2 46 24 13 9 79 52 85 1st R3 R2 Full Members Cup R4 Gordon Strachan 18 26,865
1990–91 Div 1 38 19 7 12 65 47 64 4th R4 SF Full Members Cup NF Lee Chapman 31 25,779
1991–92 Div 1 42 22 16 4 74 37 82 1st R3 R5 Full Members Cup R2 Lee Chapman 20 27,668
1992–93[18] Prem 42 12 15 15 57 62 51 17th R4 R3 FA Charity Shield W Lee Chapman 17 27,585
Champions League R2
1993–94 Prem 42 18 16 8 65 39 70 5th R4 R2 Rod Wallace 17 33,327
1994–95 Prem 42 20 13 9 59 38 73 5th R5 R2 Tony Yeboah 13 30,959
1995–96 Prem 38 12 7 19 40 57 43 13th R6 RU UEFA Cup R2 Tony Yeboah 19 30,273
1996–97 Prem 38 11 13 14 28 38 46 11th R5 R3 Rod Wallace 8 30,348
1997–98 Prem 38 17 8 13 57 46 59 5th R6 R4 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 22 32,303
1998–99 Prem 38 18 13 7 62 34 67 4th R5 R4 UEFA Cup R2 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 20[19] 36,028
1999–2000 Prem 38 21 6 11 58 43 69 3rd R5 R4 UEFA Cup SF Michael Bridges 21 37,579
2000–01 Prem 38 20 8 10 64 43 68 4th R4 R3 Champions League SF Mark Viduka 22 37,866
2001–02 Prem 38 18 12 8 53 37 66 5th R3 R4 UEFA Cup R4 Mark Viduka 16 39,460
2002–03 Prem 38 14 5 19 58 57 47 15th R6 R3 UEFA Cup R3 Mark Viduka 22 37,768
2003–04 Prem 38 8 9 21 40 79 33 19th R3 R3 Mark Viduka 12 36,119
2004–05 Champ[20] 46 14 18 14 49 52 60 14th R3 R3 David Healy
Brian Deane
7 28,814
2005–06 Champ 46 21 15 10 57 38 78 5th[21] R3 R3 David Healy
Rob Hulse
14 22,294
2006–07 Champ 46 13 7 26 46 72 36[22] 24th R3 R3 David Healy 10 20,184
2007–08 Lge 1 46 27 10 9 72 38 76[23] 5th[24] R1 R2 Football League Trophy NQF Jermaine Beckford 20 26,040
2008–09 Lge 1 46 26 6 14 77 49 84 4th[25] R2 R4 Football League Trophy R2 Jermaine Beckford 34 22,849
2009–10 Lge 1 46 25 11 10 77 44 86 2nd R4 R3 Football League Trophy NF Jermaine Beckford 31 23,116
2010–11 Champ 46 19 15 12 81 70 72 7th R3 R2 Luciano Becchio 20 26,739
2011–12 Champ 46 17 10 19 65 68 61 14th R3 R3 Ross McCormack 19 23,369
2012–13 Champ 46 17 10 19 57 66 61 13th R5 R5 Luciano Becchio 19 21,572
2013–14 Champ 46 16 9 21 59 67 57 15th R3 R3 Ross McCormack 29 25,088
2014–15 Champ 46 15 11 20 50 61 56 15th R3 R2 Mirco Antenucci 10 24,276
2015–16 Champ 46 14 17 15 50 58 59 13th R5 R1 Chris Wood 13 21,667
2016–17 Champ 46 22 9 15 61 47 75 7th R4 QF Chris Wood 30 27,699

Key

Champions Runners-up

3rd place

Play-offs Promoted Relegated

Division shown in bold to indicate a change in division.
Top scorers shown in bold are players who were also top scorers in their division that season.

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ "Review of 1920–21 Back in the big time". The Mighty Mighty Whites. The definitive history of Leeds United. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Relegated Leeds in administration". BBC Sport. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Leeds United Managers". WAFLL (a Leeds United fansite). Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Honours". Official website. Leeds United F.C. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Leeds United". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  6. ^ The League Cup was founded in 1961.
  7. ^ "English League leading goalscorers 1889–2007". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  8. ^ Goals in all competitions (Football League or Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, European and other Football Association (FA) and Football League domestic cup competitions) are counted.
  9. ^ Attendance in all competitions (Football League or Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, European and other FA and Football League domestic cup competitions) at games classed as home fixtures are counted towards the average. Averages derived from season pages found at "Leeds United Results". leeds-fans.org.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  10. ^ a b There is no record of the scorers or attendance figures for the 1919–20 season.
  11. ^ Leeds won their extra preliminary and preliminary round ties but withdrew before their first round qualifying tie.
    "Leeds United". Footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  12. ^ The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46, but the Football League did not resume until the following season.
  13. ^ FA Cup goals only.
  14. ^ 42 league goals.
  15. ^ 38 league goals.
  16. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win.
  17. ^ Lost in the first ever play-off final to Charlton Athletic 2–1 in a replay after each team had won their home leg 1–0.
  18. ^ The 22 top English clubs break away from the Football League to form the FA Premier League as the new top tier of the English football pyramid.
  19. ^ 18 league goals.
  20. ^ The three divisions in the Football League are renamed. Division One becomes The Championship, Division Two becomes League One and Division Three becomes League Two.
  21. ^ Lost in the play-off final to Watford 3–0 at the Millennium Stadium.
  22. ^ Deducted 10 points for entering administration.
  23. ^ Deducted 15 points for exiting administration without going via a company voluntary agreement.
  24. ^ Lost the play-off final to Doncaster Rovers 1–0 at the new Wembley Stadium. Also lowest League finish.
  25. ^ Lost the play-off semi-final to Millwall 2–1 on aggregate.

External links

  • "Leeds United". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  • "League history". Leeds United Mad. Footymad.net. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  • "Season by Season Review from 1905". The Mighty Mighty Whites. The definitive history of Leeds United. Retrieved 14 January 2008.  (Covers periods from 1919 to 1968 and 1999 to 2007.)
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