Leeds United’s Most Iconic Pieces of Commentary #7

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The commentary provides a description to memorable moments, and we’ll be counting down Leeds United’s top 7 moments – as told by broadcasters.

Everybody will have their own iconic moment that’s etched into their memory, whether it’s Tony Yeboah’s volley or Jermaine Beckford’s at Old Trafford, and they’re accompanied by some equally apt lines of commentary.

We’ll be counting down the top 7 pieces of commentary throughout the years, in a new series over the next few weeks!

Starting at number 7…

“Good run that by the young Ben Parker… Robinson takes over… Becchio well placed!”

Cue Luciano Becchio sliding on his belly, as Elland Road descends into pandemonium. Pure joy at its absolute finest. The context of that situation is key, too.

A year earlier, Leeds’ play-off dreams ended with an abject display at Wembley, and in early December of that season, Gary McAllister was sacked following a run of defeats that left the side outside of the top 6.

The campaign was revived thanks to the introduction of both Simon Grayson and Richard Naylor in defence, tightening up a shaky backline.

A final day victory against Northampton Town set up a two-legged tie with ‘Family Club of the Year’, Millwall.

Unfortunately, the first leg was played at the Den, and the inevitable defeat followed – though at 1-0 the tie was finely poised.

37,000 fans attended Leeds’ most crucial home game in years, with the prospect of another season in the third tier looming large.

The atmosphere was as good as it has ever been at Elland Road, with the significance of the occasion seemingly only ramping up the volume inside the ground.

Luciano Becchio’s own journey to that moment had taken him from Córdoba in Argentina to the Spanish 3rd Division via Mallorca B and Barcelona B.

A prolonged trial period at Leeds in the summer of 2008 saw the Argentine impress with his tireless work rate and impressive heading ability.

Against Millwall, Leeds had all the early pressure.

That pressure finally told when, surprisingly, a fairly soft penalty was given for a push on Jermaine Beckford.

Beckford himself stepped up to take the penalty, only to fire it straight at David Forde.

There’s probably an alternative universe where he scored that penalty and everything is so very different now.

But that only made the atmosphere more intense, with the crowd baying Leeds forward every time they were on the ball – and with Millwall deeply entrenched in their own half.

Ben Parker heard the call as he rampaged forward.

His direct running put the Millwall midfield on the back foot as he exchanged passes with Andy Robinson.

In an instant, Becchio made his run in front of the Millwall defence and Parker instinctively whipped the ball into the centre of the six-yard box.

“BECCHIO WELL PLACED!”

The commentary goes on to describe how “The roof has literally just come off Elland Road.” It was the relief, hope and passion of 36,000 Leeds fans all exploding at once. And one Argentine striker.

For one beautiful moment, Luciano Becchio made us believe.

Despite all of the disappointment and pain, all of the playoff defeats and two seasons in the Third Division, we were just enjoying this moment.