Moments of Magic #15 – Anthony Yeboah

Leeds United caused a massive shock in the FA Cup at the weekend, and Moments of Magic heads back to 1995 to revisit one of the club’s greatest goals.

#15 Anthony Yeboah v Liverpool & Wimbledon, 1995

Ghanaian international Tony Yeboah was a relative unknown when he joined Leeds United for £3.4 million in 1995, yet left as a cult hero just two years later.

Yeboah was responsible for two of the best goals seen in the Premiership during the 1995/96 season. Indeed, they were so good that he finished in both first and third place in Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season competition.

His strike against Liverpool is arguably more famous than his solo effort against Wimbledon, when he hit smashed a stunning right foot volley off the underside the bar and in.

The striker latched on to a knock down 25 yards out and let fly perfectly to leave David James clutching at thin air.

A month later gainst Wimbledon, he picked up a loose ball 35 yards from goal, took a touch on his knee before dumming past a defender and smashing an unstoppable half volley that again flew into the top right hand corner.

The ferocious strike was unofficially measured at 96mph and gave goalkeeper Paul Heald absolutely no chance.

Yeboah left Leeds in 1997 after a clash of personalities with George Graham and returned to Germany with Hamburg having scored 33 goals in 62 appearances in all competitions for the Elland Road club.

He also played briefly in Qatar before retiring from the game in 2002.

A twelve year international career between 1985 and 1997 yielded an impressive 29 goals in 59 games.

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Neil Sherwin
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