Floating bone

Too good a life

Written by: Rob Conlon
Artwork by: Eamonn Dalton
A photo of Brian Deane looking ace as he celebrates scoring for Leeds in 1994

Finishing 5th in 1993/94 might have been a considerable improvement on the 17th-place title defence of the previous season, but the uncertainty of Leeds’ post-champions direction under Howard Wilkinson continued to hang like a grey cloud while everyone was yearning for some summer sunshine. Eric Cantona was winning leagues with the team Leeds had beaten to the title two years earlier. David Batty was playing for runners-up Blackburn, after being inexplicably sold just two months into the season. Leeds still managed to climb to 2nd by Christmas after losing three of their opening five, but come the end of the campaign Gordon Strachan was telling reporters, “For the ability we have got at this club, 5th place is not good enough. We have got to improve on that next year.”

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