So after World Cup qualification was secured during the week, its back to the bread and butter of league football and a visit from the Blues of Birmingham City:
Heres some stats:
Did you know that we have beaten Birmingham in both League Cup semi final and the FA Cup final. In 1972 we defeated Birmingham 3-0 at Hillsbrouough thanks to goals from Mick Jones x2 and Peter Lorimer. In season 95-96 we defeated Birmingham in a two legged semi final in the league cup 5-1 on aggregate. We won 2-1 at St Andrews thanks to goals from Tony Yeboah and an own goal from Chris Whyte and then won the second leg 3-0 thanks to goals from Phil Masinga, Tony Yeboah and Brian Deane.
Amazingly our last five league games against Birmingham have seen Leeds been managed by five different managers. In season 02-03 we were managed by Terry Venables, 03-04 Peter Reid, 06-07 John Carver 11-12 Simon Grayson, 12-13 Neil Warnock, and then this season Brian McDermott. Just to add a note to that, in our FA CUP tie last season, Mick Jones took the reigns as Neil Warnock missed the game due to sickness.
There have been two red cards in this fixture since 1992. Roque Junior saw red for two yellow cards in our 2-0 defeat in September 2003, and then in September 2006, Damien Johnson saw red for an over the top tackle on Jonathan Douglas in our 3-2 win over the Blues.
Birmingham have got the best of Leeds in the last five league games, winning three and losing two. Below our the results:
Season 02-03 Leeds 2-0 Birmingham, Bakke, Viduka
Season 03-04 Leeds 0-2 Birmingham Savage (p), Forssell
Season 06-07 Leeds 3-2 Birmingham Healy 2 (1P), Tebilly OG, Warner OG, Bendtner
Season 11-12 Leeds 1-4 Birmingham McCormack, Zigic 4
Season 12-13 Leeds 0-1 Birmingham Lita
A couple of managerial stats for you, the 2-0 win in 02-03 was Terry Venables penultimate league victory as Leeds boss, His only other league win was 1-0 win over West Ham United a month later. The 3-2 win in September 2006 was John Carver first and only win as Leeds caretaker manager, following Kevin Blackwells sacking the previous week. Finally Simon Grayson saw his tenure cut short following our 4-1 defeat in January 2012. He was sacked the following day;