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Leeds' Competitive Penalty Shoot-out Record

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Leeds have been involved in 16 competitive penalty shoot-outs and have won 8 of them in total. The club's first competitive penalty shoot-out took place against Hibernian in the UEFA Cup in November 1973.


Peter Lorimer took the club's first penalty in a shoot-out and Billy Bremner scored the first winning penalty for the Whites. A year later Leeds were beaten by Liverpool 6-5 at Wembley in the FA Charity Shield following a 1-1 draw, when goalkeeper David Harvey became the first Leeds player to miss a penalty in a shoot-out for the club.


Leeds have taken the first penalty in 10 of the 16 penalty shoot-outs the club have been involved in and have won 5 of them. Leeds have won 3 of the club's 6 penalty shoot-outs when we have taken the second penalty. Six of the club's 8 shoot-out victories have come away from Elland Road (Norwich City in 2016 and Swindon Town in 2003 the two exceptions).   


Leeds' latest penalty shoot-out was a 8-9 defeat following a 1-1 draw with Salford City at Moor Lane in the League Cup in August 2023. The shortest penalty shoot-out involving Leeds came against CS Maritimo in the UEFA Cup at the Estadio dos Barreiros where just 7 spot kicks were taken as Leeds won 4-1 win on penalties.


The longest penalty shoot-outs involving Leeds were against Hull City in the League Cup in September 2020 after a 1-1 draw when we were beaten 8-9, and a 1-1 draw with Salford City in August 2023 when we also lost 8-9 in the shoot-out. Both of which saw a total of 20 spot kicks taken with Leeds failing to convert two penalties in both scenarios.

Leeds have been involved in 10 penalty shoot-outs in the League Cup, more than any other competition in the club's history and all ten have occured since 1999. Leeds have won both of our penalty shoot-outs in European competitions, beating Hibernian and CS Maritimo in the UEFA Cup away from Elland Road.


In total, Leeds have taken 93 penalties in shoot-outs and scored 73 of them (78.5%). The club have scored all their penalties in a single shoot-out on four separate occasions. Leeds have won just 2 of the club's 5 competitive penalty shoot-outs at Elland Road.


Fourteen different goalkeepers have taken part in penalty shootouts for Leeds. Nigel Martyn and Kiko Casilla are the only Leeds goalkeepers to have been involved in two or more shoot-outs. Mervyn Day became the first Leeds goalkeeper to save a penalty in a shoot-out when he managed it twice against Stoke City in December 1989.

Paul Robinson became the first Leeds goalkeeper to save a penalty at Elland Road with a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Swindon Town in the League Cup third round tie in September 2003. He had also scored a dramatic injury-time headed equaliser from a corner to take the tie into extra-time.


Marco Silvestri holds the club record for most saves in a single penalty shoot-out when he made three saves against Norwich City in October 2016. To date, 10 penalty saves have been made by Leeds United goalkeepers in shootouts. Mervyn Day and Kiko Casilla remain the only Leeds goalkeepers to have scored in a penalty shoot-out for the club.

Kalvin Phillips holds the club record for scoring the most penalties in shoot-outs for Leeds by having converted 3 of his four attempts. Eight Leeds players have scored 2 or more penalties in shootouts in total. Peter Lorimer was the first (2/2), followed by Ian Harte (2/3), Chris Wood (2/3), Pablo Hernandez (2/2), Barry Douglas (2/2), Kalvin Phillips (3/4), Rodrigo (2/2) and Pascal Struik (2/2).

17-year-old Glan Letheren became a penalty shoot-out hero on his senior debut for the club. With first choice goalkeeper David Harvey injured, Gary Sprake recently sold for £100,000 to Birmingham City (the highest ever fee paid for a goalkeeper in 1973), new signing David Stewart remained ineligible due to UEFA regulations, so understudy John Shaw started the UEFA Cup tie against Hibernian in October 1973 and youth team goalkeeper Letheren was named on the bench by Don Revie. Shaw broke two fingers during the first half and teenager Letheren came on at half-time aged just 17 years, 190 days and kept a clean sheet as Leeds went on to win the club's first ever shoot-out 5-4 with Billy Bremner scoring the winning spot kick. 

Jamie Shackleton became the first Leeds player to miss two attempts in penalty shoot-outs for the club, missing Leeds' 10th penalty in both instances against Hull City in September 2020 and Salford City in August 2023.



When Leeds faced Salford City in the League Cup on August 29th 2023, Karl Darlow saved Ossama Ashley's penalty which was Salford City's 10th attempt, but he was adjudged be off his line. The penalty was ordered to be retaken and Darlow was booked by referee Oliver Langford. Ossama Ashley then scored the retake which won the shootout for Salford City.

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