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Copy from Football Unlimited of 10/05/2004.
Twenty minutes after the final whistle had blown on a tragic Premiership campaign, the party was still going on. It was an Alan Smith party, the venue was the pitch, and it was attended by thousands of raucous Leeds fans determined to evade security, wave their arms about and say farewell to their loved one.
In scenes reminiscent of an ayatollah's funeral, the biggest crowd of the season descended on to the pitch. What was first a couple of ecstatic invaders became a dozen, became a hundred, became half the Don Revie stand. They all headed straight for Smith, to lay their hands on his peroxide spikes and join a throng that slowly shuffled him around the ground as he bade farewell to those fans still preferring the view from their seats.
You could imagine Smith's agent wincing at these scenes. After all, there is a busy summer to come for the England striker, most likely resulting in a lucrative transfer, quite possibly to the Spanish league. The last thing his representatives want is an achilles tendon ruptured in an embrace with a topless man.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 09/05/2004.
Leeds may be going down, but their fans seem happy enough, as well they might after this six-goal carnival that included a farewell goal by local hero Alan Smith and a collector's item from Charlton's Matthew Holland.
The injured Mark Viduka will not play again for Leeds this season and has almost certainly made his last appearance for the club. The crowd came along to bid farewell also to Alan Smith and Paul Robinson - both are likely candidates to be sold at the end of the season. Add the names of James Milner and the Arsenal loan player Jermaine Pennant and the extent of Leeds' rebuilding requirements next season can be gauged.
Smith was made Leeds captain for this emotional occasion and gave Dean Kiely some early action with a stinging shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area.