1995-1996 - "Tony Yeboah" home shirt - Yeboah 21

Tony Yeboah home shirt - Yeboah 21

The Shirt

The high collared Thistle Hotels home shirt was worn during the 1995/96 season as Tony Yeboah scored two of the greatest goals in Premier League history and Leeds reached the final of the Carling Cup.

The shirt is made of polyester and features the classic “l.u.f.c.” badge as well as the 80s / early 90s white rose badge. Leeds were only allowed one club badge on their shirts in the UEFA Cup so chose to remove the white rose; they also had to reduce the size of the Thistle Hotels sponsor because it exceeded the maximum size for European competitions.

Oddly, the player’s names and numbers were very different shades of blue on these shirts, with the number being a much lighter, shiny material. The sleeve patches are machine pressed felt as opposed to the stitched versions used in previous seasons.

The player specification name and numbers were not available on the replica shirts, neither were the larger sleeve patches. Yeboah tended to wear long sleeved shirts for matches, so this is likely to have been kept in the kit bag throughout the season.

The Season

1995/96 will be mostly remembered for Tony Yeboah's goals, reaching the Coca Cola Cup Final at Wembley and a stunning away victory in Monaco in the UEFA Cup.

The squad was largely unchanged for the 1995/96 season until Christmas when Leeds signed Swedish World Cup star Tomas Brolin from Parma for a club record £3.5m. Brolin went on to be named 2nd in the Times' "50 Worst Players To Grace The Premier League" in 2007.

On the field Leeds struggled in the league and finished a disappointing 14th. More success came in the cups where Leeds reached the 5th round of the FA Cup and the final of the Carling Cup where we sadly lost to a much stronger Villa side.

Leeds briefly shon in Europe thanks to a sensational Tony Yeboah hattrick beating Monaco 3 nil in France. Leeds were subsequently knocked out in the 2nd round by PSV Eindhoven.

The Player

Tony Yeboah joined Leeds, initially on a loan deal, from German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the second half of the 1994/95 season. He became an instant hit with the Leeds fans scoring 13 goals in 19 games.

Yeboah is mostly remembered for the wonder goals he scored wearing this shirt during the 1995/96 season.

The first came at Elland Road when Liverpool visited on the 21st August 1995. Tony Dorigo clipped a ball towards the Liverpool area, Wallace flicked a header towards Yeboah on the edge of the area who unleashed a devastating volley which flew past keeper David James onto the underside of the crossbar and into the net. The game was live on Sky and the goal is still regarded as one of the greatest ever in the Premier League.

The second goal came a few weeks later when Leeds visited Wimbledon at Selhurst Park on the 23rd September. Yeboah controlled a clearance on his chest around 35 yards from goal, he then took the ball onto his left knee, left foot, right knee, past a player before thumping a ferocious right foot strike from outside the area past the Wimbledon keeper into the net via the underside of the bar again.

Yeboah went on to score 19 goals in what was a disappointing season for the club.

Yeboah’s Leeds career came to a controversial end following a public fall out with new manager George Graham. Having been substituted at White Heart Lane Yeboah removed his shirt and launched it at Graham, he never featured for the club again and returned to Germany with Hamburger SV.

Yeboah is number 22 in the 100 Greatest Leeds Players list.

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