Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler has revealed that Leeds United’s victory in a 4-3 thriller against Liverpool in 2000 is his favourite memory at Elland Road.
Leeds are top of the Championship and looking well set to secure a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
One of the key things that is likely to change should Marcelo Bielsa’s men secure a place in the top flight this term is the coverage of their games, particularly on Sky Sports.
Tyler, the broadcaster’s lead football commentator, has been discussing in detail the home grounds of the Championship’s top five sides and turned his attention to Elland Road yesterday.
On the Sky Sports website, he revealed that Leeds’ 4-3 victory against Liverpool in 2000 is his favourite memory at the Whites’ stadium.
Leeds came back from 2-0 behind that day to grab the win, with striker Mark Viduka scoring all four goals for the hosts – though his winner did look a little offside.
Tyler noted: “The fireworks came a day early at Elland Road on November 4th 2000, except if you were watching Leeds United versus Liverpool from Australia with the clocks being several hours ahead.
“The mother of Leeds’ Socceroo striker Mark Viduka certainly was. Mark told me so before the lunchtime kick-off and on the final whistle blew kisses in her direction into the Sky Sports cameras which were beaming the pictures Down Under.
“In between, the £6m signing from Celtic the previous July almost single-handedly destroyed a very in-form Liverpool, scoring all four goals in a thrilling 4-3 victory for David O’Leary’s team. It was a wonderful rollercoaster of a contest.”
He added: “It was definitely V for victory for Leeds United on that never to be forgotten day at Elland Road.”
Leeds have a seven-point gap over the play-offs with just nine games left of the season but have seen their promotion push put on hold by the current delay.
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You can’t disagree with Tyler here, the 4-3 win over Liverpool was a fantastic game and is a fitting favourite memory.
It was full of twists and turns and had everything you’d look for in a top-flight game, particularly if you’re a fan of the Whites.
Leeds supporters will be hoping they see some more dramatic victories in the Premier League next season, though for the moment it seems as if they will have to continue to be patient to learn their fate.