Thursday 21 August 2014
We reflect on Tony Yeboah's brief but brilliant Leeds United career
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Tony Yeboah scored one of the greatest goals in Barclays Premier League history to give Leeds United victory against Liverpool in their first home match of the 1995/96 season.
A deep ball from the left by Tony Dorigo was headed back by Rod Wallace to the Ghana forward, who was 25 yards from goal. Yeboah caught the ball perfectly on the volley and it crashed in off the crossbar, leaving Liverpool goalkeeper David James helpless.
"I was a very big Liverpool fan so when I played against them I was so excited," Yeboah said, recalling the match. "That particular game I will never forget it and the goal I scored - I can watch it every day."
After the match, Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson said: "It was a great goal – a fantastic strike out of the top drawer."
The goal was one of many spectacular strikes scored by Yeboah in his brief but successful stay at Elland Road. A month after his strike against Liverpool, he stunned Wimbledon with another strike of immense quality. He chested down a pass, controlled the ball on a knee and jinked past a defender before unleashing a thunderous half-volley that found the top corner from 20 yards.
The goal, which was the second of a hat-trick on the day for Yeboah, won BBC Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season award.
Injuries dogged the latter part of Yeboah's career at Leeds and he was sold to German club Hamburg in September 1997, with a proud record of 24 goals for the club in 47 Barclays Premier League appearances.