2006-2007 - "Bet 24" home shirt - Healy 9

Bet 24 Leeds shirt David Healy

The Shirt

This shirt was only worn during the 2006/2007 season, a season which saw Leeds relegated into the 3rd tier of English football for the first time in their history.

The shirt is manufactured by Admiral and the main shirt sponsor was online betting company Bet24. Midway through the season Empire Direct were added as a secondary sponsor to the back of the player shirts and shorts.

Much like in previous seasons the same specification shirts were worn by the players as were available in the club shops. The major difference between this shirt and a replica is the Empire Direct logo on the back, which were only ever applied to the player shirts. The shirt also has mud stains on the sleeves from match use.

The Season

The 2006/2007 season was a terrible one for Leeds as the club were relegated to the 3rd tier of English football for the first time in their history.

The season started badly with Leeds conceding late goals in several matches and losing points. In September 2006 manager Kevin Blackwell had his contract terminated and John Carver was appointed as caretaker. After a month without a permanent manager, Dennis Wise was installed as manager with his ex-Chelsea teammate Gus Poyet as his assistant.

Leeds languished in the relegation places for much of the season and Wise was unable to turn things around. With relegation pretty much a certainty, Leeds entered a Company Voluntary Arrangement (administration) and were deducted 10 points - which sealed Leeds' fate.

The Player

This shirt was worn by Northern Ireland international David Healy. Healy joined Leeds from Preston North End in October 2004 for a fee of £650,000 and was joint top scorer in his first two seasons at the club and outright top scorer in his third.

As Leeds struggled during the 2006/07 season Healy was breaking records on the International scene, scoring 13 goals in Northern Island's European Championship qualifying group.

Having already scored his countries winner against England in 2005, their first against their neighbours since 1972, he went on to score a hat-trick against future World Champions Spain as Northern Island recorded a historic 3-2 win in Belfast. He then became the first player to score back to back hat-tricks for his country scoring 3 more against Lichtenstein in their next game.

Healy scored his final goal of the qualifiers against Denmark which made him the highest-ever goalscorer in a UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign, and also the first Northern Ireland football player to break a football record. The previous record, of twelve goals in ten games, had been set by Davor Suker of Croatia in 1996. Healy was presented with a special award by Uefa president Michel Platini in recognition of his record.

Healy left Leeds following the club's relegation joining Fulham for a reported £1.5 million.

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