2007-2008 - "Minus Fifteen" home shirt - Beckford 9

Minus Fifteen

The Shirt

This shirt was only worn during the 2007/2008 season. A season which saw Leeds start the season on -15 points and still reach Wembley in the Play Off Final.

The shirt was manufactured by Admiral and featured a new sponsor in Leeds based financial brokers Redkite. The players shirts also had a secondary shirt sponsor, OHS, under the number on the back. The shirt has the OHS patch and is in a muddy, unlaundered state from the game it was worn in.

The Season

The 2007/2008 season was Leeds' first in the third tier of English football. Dennis Wise and his ex Chelsea team mate Gus Poyet were brought in as Leeds manager and assistant respectively. Leeds started the season with a 15 point deduction imposed by the Football League for exiting administration without a valid CVA - a punishment which was to act as the perfect motivator for all involved with the club.

In the close season Leeds made a glut of free signings while bringing in goalkeeper Casper Ankergren for an undisclosed fee. Striker Jermaine Beckford was given a fulltime role in the Leeds side after being put out on loan in the previous season.

Leeds made a perfect start to the season striking off the minus 15 points with 7 straight wins. Leeds remained undefeated until early November before losing away to Carlisle United. The Carlisle game was the club's first following the departure of Assistant Manager Gus Poyet, who left the club to rejoin Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur. Leeds never looked the same after Poyet's departure and in the January Dennis Wise left the club to join Mike Ashley at Newcastle as Director or Football - a bizarre move which made little sense to anybody in football.

Chairman Ken Bates made a popular appointment by bringing in fans favourite Gary McAllister as Wise's replacement. On the pitch, Leeds went from strength to strength. Beckford scored 20 goals as Leeds made it into the Playoffs - a remarkable accomplishment considering the 15 point deduction and the change of management.

In the Playoffs, Leeds beat Carlisle over 2 legs to make it to the Final at the new Wembley. The final saw Leeds face a Doncaster side that had impressed over the season with an attractive style of play. Leeds naturally sold their full allocation of tickets while Doncaster struggled. On the pitch Leeds were sadly outplayed on the day and lost the game 1 nil.

The Player

The shirt was worn by Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford. Beckford joined Leeds from non-league Wealdstone in March 2006 for £5,000 having scored 35 goals in 40 games that season. Following his move, Beckford made his debut against Crystal Palace before going out on loan to Carlisle United for a month then later Scunthorpe United - helping them gain promotion from League One.

The striker started his Leeds career properly in the 2007/2008 season - scoring 20 goals and winning the League One Player of the Season award. Beckford was prolific throughout his Leeds career scoring 72 goals in 126 games before joining Premier League side Everton when his contract expired in the summer of 2009. He will be mostly remembered for his contribution to the 2009/2010 campaign where he scored the goal which knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup on January 3rd 2010 and the goal which sealed Leeds' promotion back to the Championship on the last day of the season.

Beckford wore this shirt in the 3-1 away win at Bournemouth on the 6th November 2007. During the match he had a goal ruled out for offside and provided the assist for Seb Carole who scored Leeds' second and one of the goals of the season. The shirt came directly from the away dressing room after the game.

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