1989-1990 - "Division 2 Champions" home shirt - Number 2

Leeds United Division 2 Champions 1989 1990 Shirt

The Shirt

This shirt was worn during one of Leeds’ most exciting seasons they won the old Second Division on goal difference, sending the club back into the top flight of English football following an eight-year absence. The shirt is made by umbro and was the first to feature the iconic Top Man sponsor.

The material is polyester and has a shiny chequered texture to it. The Leeds badge and the umbro logo are machine stitched and the sponsor and number are a thick heat pressed blue felt.

The shirt has all of the features that differentiate it from a replica. On the replica shirts the umbro logo and the Leeds badge are felt embossed. The shirt has long sleeves, which were only available to the players. The felt numbers were also only available on player shirts.

The Season

The 1989/90 season was one of the most memorable in Leeds’ history. Manager Howard Wilkinson bolstered the side by bringing in the likes of Gordan Strachan, Vinnie Jones, Mel Sterland, Chris Fairclough and Lee Chapman. With these signings, plus the emergence of young stars such as David Batty and Gary Speed, Leeds had a side that looked capable of winning promotion.

In December Leeds went to the top of the table after a 2-0 win at Middlesborough, with goals from Shutt and Fairclough and that's where Leeds stayed for the rest of the season. The title was sealed on the final day of the season with a one nil away victory at Bournemouth, a game which is also remembered for an almighty riot which caused over a million pounds worth of damage to the seaside town.

The Player

The shirt was worn in 2 home games by utility player Chris Kamara in February 1990; Hull City on the 10th and West Brom on the 24th where he scored his only goal for the club.

Kamara joined Leeds from Stoke City for £150,000. He only played 17 games for the club before leaving for Luton in 1991. Although his Leeds career was brief he is fondly remembered for his efforts in the race for promotion.

Kamara is number 91 in the 100 Greatest Leeds Players list.

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