Although one of the most well known names in English football, the history of Leeds United goes back only just over 100 years with the club having been formed in 1919 following the disbandment of Leeds City. They were elected to Division Two in 1920 and were promoted to the top flight for the first time four years later.
That led to the first meeting with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in October 1924, one which the hosts won 3-1 thanks to a brace from George James and another goal from Joe Carter.
After a 3-0 win for Albion on Leeds’ next visit, the Whites then won four successive matches at the Hawthorns until the Baggies recorded their record win in the fixture in October 1934. Albion legend, W. G. Richardson scored four that day with Wally Boyes and Joe Carter (again) also finding the net. The visitors tried to make a game of it with three of their own, but the Baggies ran out 6-3 winners.
United recorded their best win at the Hawthorns a little more recently. Ron Atkinson was in his second spell in charge of the Throstles while club legend Billy Bremner was at the helm at Leeds when the clubs met in the Black Country for a Division Two fixture in January 1988. Big Ron had taken over from Ron Saunders a few months earlier but the Baggies were still hovering just above the relegation zone while Leeds were threatening the play-off places. The visitors took control with two first half goals through John Sheridan and Gary Williams and extended their lead after the break with further goals from John Pearson and Bobby Davison. Substitute, Martin Dickinson added a late consolation for the hosts to make the final score 4-1.
One notable event from that match was that it was an Albion legend’s Hawthorns debut – no, not goalkeeper, Peter Hucker, who made the first of his seven appearances for the Baggies that day and nor am I referring to Brian Talbot who was also playing his first match for Albion. It was actually the first appearance at the Hawthorns for a certain Bob Taylor – just over four years before his Albion debut, the man who would become “Super Bob” replaced David Rennie for Leeds United to get his first taste of that hallowed turf at the age of just 20.
Leeds United had the “honour” of being the opponents for the first ever Premier League game at the Hawthorns – it is also their last win in West Bromwich. Harry Kewell, Lee Bowyer and Mark Viduka put the visitors 3-0 up on that day in August 2002 before Lee Marshall scored the first Premier League goal for the Baggies, his only memorable contribution in his short time at the Hawthorns. Albion skipper that day, Derek McInnes, is pictured above playing in that match.
Leeds were relegated as Albion were promoted in 2004 and, other than the 2006/07 season in the Championship with the Baggies recorded a 7-4 aggregate league double over the West Yorkshire side, the clubs didn’t share a division again until the Baggies were relegated from the Premier League in 2018.
All competitions; most recent game on the right
1 Jan 2020 – League Championship
West Brom 1 (Ajayi)
Leeds United 1 (Ajayi (o.g.))
10 Nov 2018 – League Championship
West Brom 4 (Robson-Kanu, Phillips, Barnes, Gayle)
Leeds United 1 (Hernández)
Albion’s Record against Leeds United
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