1995-1996 – “Gary Speed’s Coca Cola Cup Final” shirt – Number 11


The Shirt

Manufacturer: Asics

Sponsor: Thistle Hotels

Season worn: 1995/1996

Competitions: Coca Cola Cup

Player shirt features: 1996 Coca Cola Cup Final embroidery, player size Premier League patches, large stitched numbers.

An ultra rare Leeds shirt, prepared and issued to Gary Speed for the 1996 Coca Cola Cup Final. It features the special cup final embroidery and is squad signed. Gary threw his long sleeved shirt into the crowd at full time, so the short sleeved version was signed after the game.

1996 Coca Cola Cup Final

Date: Saturday, 24th March 1996.

Venue: Wembley Stadium.

Score: Aston Villa 3 Leeds United 0

Scorers: Aston Villa: Milosevic, Taylor, Yorke. Leeds United: Nil.

The Player

Name: Gary Speed, MBE (1969-2011)

Leeds career: 1989 – 1996

Games: 248

Goals: 39

Honours: Division 1 title winner 1991/1992, Charity Shield winner 1992/1993

Signed from: Youth

Left for: Everton (£3,500,000)

Gary was one of Leeds’ favourite sons. He won the title with Leeds and was an integral part of one of Leeds’ strongest midfields playing along side David Batty, Gordan Strachan and Gary McAllister.

Tragically, Gary passed away on Sunday 27th November 2011. Football lost one of its greatest professionals and a true gentlemen.

Speed is number 28 in the 100 Greatest Leeds Players list.