5. Considering that he’s played for 20 different clubs, it’s perhaps no surprise that the new Leeds manager Neil Redfearn had a spell at tonight’s opponents.
It wasn’t a successful move for either party, with Redfearn struggling to settle in London and Charlton losing a lot of money on the deal, having signed for £1m from Barnsley in 1998, only to be sold to Bradford at the end of the season for £250,000.
The moral: Never leave Yorkshire
4. Charlton are something of a bogey team for Leeds, who have won only one of their last seven meetings between the sides. Leeds’ last victory since 2003 came last season, when they won 4-2 at the Valley.
3. Leeds biggest win over Charlton was a 6-1 drubbing at the Valley back in 2002-03, with Mark Viduka scoring a hat-trick and Alan Smith creating five of the goals. Charlton have also beat Leeds by the same margin, with a 5-0 win in 1947, but strangely we couldn’t find a YouTube clip for that one.
2. Charlton triumphed over Leeds in the final of the very first Football League play-offs in 1986/87. Back then, a goofy system was in place where the 19th team from the old Division One (Charlton), would go out against the sides that finished third, fourth and fifth in Division Two.
Leeds and Charlton triumphed over their semi-final opponents to reach the final. As the powers-that-be had not yet spotted the potential to play these games at Wembley and make loads of money, it was played over two legs.
The two games were not enough to separate the sides, with both recording 1-0 home wins, so a replay took place at the glamorous home of Birmingham City, St Andrew’s. Some 18,000 saw a cracker of a game in which Leeds took the lead in extra-time, only to be defeated 2-1, as Peter Shirtliff bagged a late, late brace.
1. A good omen for Leeds fans is the fact that they have won 12 of the 24 games between the sides at Elland Road, with seven draws and only five losses. However, Charlton won this fixture 1-0 last season and last lost at Elland Road in 2000.