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Leeds United

Premier League
Game 37: Saturday 8 May 2004

Leeds United 3 - 3 Charlton Athletic
(Half-time: 2 - 1)
Crowd: 38986
Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
Charlton Athletic
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team Charlton Athletic
Paul Robinson   Dean Kiely
Subbed - 73 minutes Gary Kelly   Chris Powell Subbed - 60 minutes
Subbed - 82 minutes Frazer Richardson   Paul Konchesky
Ian Harte   Jonathan Fortune
Michael Duberry   Hermann Hreidarsson
Dominic Matteo   Luke Young
Goal - 29 minutes Matthew Kilgallon   Graham Stuart Subbed - 60 minutes
James Milner   Matt Holland Goal - 10 minutes
Goal - 41 minutes Jermaine Pennant   Jason Euell Penalty - 76 minutes Goal - 79 minutes
Stephen McPhail   Jonatan Johannson
Penalty - 69 minutes Alan Smith   Paolo Di Canio Subbed - 60 minutes
Scott Carson   Sergio Leite
Sub - 82 minutes Lucas Radebe   Radostin Kishishev Sub - 60 minutes
Nick Barmby   Chris Perry Sub - 60 minutes
Sub - 73 minutes Jason Wilcox   Mark Fish
Jamie Winter   Shaun Bartlett Sub - 60 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Leeds relegated
The Guardian Milner adds new zest to Smith's leaving party
The Independent Smith bids farewell amid hope
The Observer Leeds bow out in goal glut Leeds sign off with six-goal thriller
The Sporting Life Leeds 3 - 3 Charlton
The Sunday Times Leeds homage to local hero
The Electronic Telegraph Euell spoils Leeds' farewell party
The Times Striking contrast fools Leeds fans
Yorkshire Evening Post Fan-tastic send off for King Al
Yorkshire Post Late blunders take edge from Smith's farewell

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Milner adds new zest to Smith's leaving party - Paul MacInnes

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.

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Leeds bow out in goal glut - John Wiltord

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.

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