GARY KELLY ERA KEY LEEDS MATCHES
League Cup final; March 24, 1996Kelly's first and only major final to date ended in defeat after Howard Wilkinson's side were outclassed by Brian Little's Villa. Kelly was named in a back-four alongside Lucas Radebe, Carlton Palmer and David Wetherall at Wembley, but the defensive line was pierced three times by a talented Villa side who finished fourth in the Premiership an
League Cup final; March 24, 1996
Kelly's first and only major final to date ended in defeat after Howard Wilkinson's side were outclassed by Brian Little's Villa.
Kelly was named in a back-four alongside Lucas Radebe, Carlton Palmer and David Wetherall at Wembley, but the defensive line was pierced three times by a talented Villa side who finished fourth in the Premiership and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup during the same season. Savo Milosevic opened the scoring in the first half, and efforts from Ian Taylor and Dwight Yorke wrapped up a convincing win.
Galatasaray 2 Leeds Utd 0
UEFA Cup semi-final first-leg; April 6, 2000
Leeds’ clash with Galatasaray has become synonymous with the dark side of football. The death of two Leeds fans – Kevin Speight and Christopher Lofthouse – during pre-match trouble in Istanbul overshadowed a two-legged tie which had become irrelevant in football terms by the time Galatasaray travelled to Elland Road a fortnight later.
Kelly completed the entirety of a haunting fixture in Istanbul which, for the record, ended in a 2-0 victory for the Turks. Leeds were eliminated after a 2-2 draw in Yorkshire.
Leeds United 3 Deportivo 0
Champions League quarter-final first-leg; April 4, 2001
Almost a year to the day after the ill-fated trip to Istanbul, Leeds reached their pinnacle under David O'Leary by demolishing Deportivo La Coruna at Elland Road.
Kelly had featured throughout the group stages but was dropped to the bench ahead of Leeds’ quarter-final first-leg, looking on as Ian Harte, Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand devoured the Spaniards. Leeds progressed despite a 2-0 defeat away from home, when Kelly was missing from the squad, but Leeds’ challenge ended in the semi-finals against Valencia.
Bolton 4 Leeds United 1
Premiership, May 2, 2004
Leeds were in the last chance saloon of relegation by the time they travelled to the Reebok Stadium. United needed to avoid defeat to have any realistic chance of remaining in the Premiership, and their prospects improved when Mark Viduka converted a first-half penalty.
But the striker was sent off six minutes after breaking the deadlock, and Bolton fought back with four second-half goals, including an own goal from Kelly's full-back partner and nephew, Drogheda’s Ian Harte. The result left United six points from safety with two games remaining, and Charlton completed the formality of mathematical certainty when they drew 3-3 with Leeds at Elland Road six days later.