This Albion legend gave Leeds the thumbs down - but will history repeat itself?

·1-min read
Michael Robinson gives Leeds the thumbs down
Michael Robinson gives Leeds the thumbs down

Will any Albion player be brave enough to do a Michael Robinson IF Albion go ahead at Elland Road.

Forty years ago, the clubs met in circumstances uncannily similar to those of today.

Albion were safe in mid-table heading for what remains their best-ever finishing position in the top flight.

Leeds were playing their final home game knowing they really needed a win to keep alive hopes of staying up.

It was described as arguably their most critical match for 20 years although fewer than 20,000 turned out.

Robinson scored early and then performed a thumbs-down gesture to either home fans or the Leeds dugout, seemingly to indicate they were going to be relegated.

Leeds fought back to win 2-1 with late goals from Gary Hamson and Kevin Hird.

So will the Leeds fans want an action replay 40 years on?

Yes, in that Hamson’s long-range rocket and Hird’s drive after a low cross by Eddie Gray secured the win which had home fans bellowing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

But No in that Leeds still went down after then losing a four-pointer at West Brom when a draw would have secured safety.

Albion meanwhile are looking to improve on the 13th spot in which they finished that campaign having earlier looked set for something even better.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting