What better way to celebrate Halloween than to look at some of the worst Leeds United performances in recent memory. Here’s five Leeds United games that will give you nightmares. *Cue scary music*
1. Leeds United 0 Blackpool 5, November 2011
Regarded as one of the worst goalkeeping performances of all time in the club’s history, this game sent chills down the spines of Leeds United fans thanks to the 45-minute performance of one man.
Deputising for the injured Andy Lonergan, Paul Rachubka stepped in between the sticks for the visit of Blackpool back in 2011, only to be hauled off at half-time following a comedy of errors that saw the Seasiders 3-0 up within side half an hour.
In hindsight, Leeds United fans may have seen this coming following Rachubka’s calamitous error that handed Coventry City a 93rd-minute equaliser back in October of the same season, but the severity of his performance that night against Blackpool was enough to make the nightmares on Elm Street seem more like Big Bird and Elmo than Freddie Krueger and his path of terror.
Subbed for Alex Cairns at the time, Rachubka’s career at Leeds was short-lived, but this nightmare will haunt for years to come.
2. Leeds United 4 Preston North End 6, September 2010
The most shocking fact about this one is that Leeds United were 4-1 up inside 39-minutes despite falling behind to an early Jon Parkin goal (you will not forget that name in a hurry!).
Rumours are that, if you say Jon Parkin three times in the mirror, he will appear doing this celebration (below) to scare you into remembering the fact Leeds United conceded six goals at home to Preston and he scored three of them.
With Leeds aiming for a place in the top six and Preston at the wrong end of the table, this game has to be up there as one of the most incredible games of football, but for all the wrong reasons if your loyalty lies in West Yorkshire.
This one won’t be forgotten in a hurry…
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3. Leeds United 3 Nottingham Forest 7, March 2012
It’s quite remarkable to think that the 6-4 defeat to Preston could ever be topped, but that’s exactly what happened back in 2012 when Nottingham Forest came to town.
It was a game that added to the curse of Tuesdays for Leeds, where United’s record in midweek games went from bad to worse after a heavy 7-3 defeat caused nightmares for Neil Warnock as he missed out on his first home victory as Elland Road boss.
Leeds actually took the lead in the game thanks to Robert Snodgrass and then clawed the game back to 3-3 with goals from Luciano Becchio and Michael Brown, but it was the impressive Gareth McCleary who gave the Leeds crowd an almighty fright with a four-goal haul that left fans hiding under their pie and bovril as the full-time whistle blew.
4. Leeds United 1 Watford 6, November 2012
Beware of 666. The 6-1 defeat to Watford back in 2012 left Leeds United without a win in six league games with the last victory happening on 6 October 2012!
And it was if the devil himself had imposed himself on this forgetful game for Leeds. Vydra and Deeney ran riot to cause nightmares for Neil Warnock, whilst matters were worsened with the sending off for Jason Pearce and the unfortunate leg break for Rodolph Austin.
Another frightening fact for Leeds fans was that the GFH takeover was “imminent” following this game, signalling yet another bleak spell ahead for the club.
5. Leeds United 1 Cardiff City 4, February 2018
You don’t have to travel too far in your mind to remember this final nightmare for Leeds United. With the side in free-fall, Neil Warnock came back to Elland Road to inflict his own misery on the club he’d previously managed.
Racing into a 1-0 lead, Cardiff exposed United’s defensive frailties and had the home crowd gasping in disbelief as they took full control of a one-sided affair.
In a season of almost spooky injuries and suspensions, Gaetano Berardi was red-carded right on the break to make it four reds in five games for Leeds, as promotion hopes faded quickly.
Not even an own goal from former fan-favourite Sol Bamba could salvage game from being a horror show as the ghost of Warnock past came back to seek revenge.