2010-2011 - "Marie Curie" home shirt - Bromby 26

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The Shirt

This shirt was worn for the Marie Curie Football Week during the 2010/2011 season. The season heralded Leeds' return to the 2nd tier of English football following their promotion from League One.

During the second week of March 2011 all 72 football league clubs showed their support to the cancer charity Marie Curie by wearing one off special shirts. These shirts were then donated to Marie Curie to help them raise funds for cancer care. Leeds wore their Marie Curie shirt against Ipswich Town at Elland Road on the 12th March.

The shirt is manufactured by macron and is a thick polyester material. A popular design with the Leeds fans, it is predominantly white and features a watermark Leeds badge on the back. On the sleeves are npower Championship patches - this was the first season they were used following npower's sponsorship deal with the Football League.

This shirt features the Marie Curie logo on the front and comes with a letter of authenticity from the charity signed by their Community Fundraising Officer, Claire Priestwood.

The Season

The 2010/2011 season saw Leeds make a noisy return to the Championship, narrowly missing out on a place in the play offs. An entertaining season saw Leeds fire their way into the play off places for the majority of the season, only to miss out by 3 points on the last day.

Following their promotion in the previous season Leeds shuffled their squad, releasing some fringe players and bringing in some new faces including Kasper Schmeichel, Paul Connolly and Swindon Town striker Billy Paynter. Jermaine Beckford, Leeds' leading scorer in previous seasons, decided not to renew his contract and left on a free to join Everton.

With the departure of Beckford and the lack of a quality replacement, the source of goals in the Championship was a concern. It soon became apparent that goalscoring was not going to be a problem for Leeds - they were the second top scorers in the division scoring 81 goals, with 4 players hitting double figures in the scoring charts (the first time this had happened since 1990/1991).

After exceeding all expectations Leeds sadly hit a run of bad form at the end of the season and they dropped out of the playoff places with a few games to go. The season did end on a high though, beating League Champions QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road to take the shine off their promotion party.

The Player

The shirt was worn by Leeds defender Leigh Bromby against Ipswich Town at Elland Road on 12th March 2011. Bromby, a life long Leeds fan, joined his hometown club from Sheffield United in 2009 for an undisclosed fee. Bromby is a centre back but was also used as a right back during the 2010/2011 season.

The game ended in a rare nil nil draw for Leeds with Bromby completing the 90 minutes at the back.

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