Condition: - 8/10 – Excellent, few tiny bobbles (see photos).
Shirt Size: - Adults Large
Chest Measurement: - 42-44 Inches / 105-112 CM
Shirt Manufacturer: - Nike
Shirt Colour: - White, blue trim
Shirt Material: - Polyester
Seasons: - 2002/2003 & 2003/2004
Player: - N/A
Patches: - N/A
Official Nike Leeds United home football shirt from the 2002/2003 season.
Condition of this classic football shirt is 8/10 – Excellent. Few tiny bobbles (see photos).
Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collection of your own.
Under chairman Peter Ridsdale, Leeds had taken out large loans against the prospect of the share of the TV rights and sponsorship revenues from UEFA Champions League qualification and subsequent progress in the competition. However, Leeds narrowly failed to qualify for the Champions League in two successive seasons, and as a consequence did not receive enough income to repay the loans. The first indication that the club was in financial trouble was the sale of Rio Ferdinand to Manchester United for approximately £30 million.
Ridsdale and O'Leary publicly fell out over the sale, and O'Leary was sacked and replaced by former England manager Terry Venables. Leeds performed badly under Venables, and other players were sold to repay the loans, including Jonathan Woodgate, who Ridsdale had promised Venables would not be sold.
Tensions mounted between Ridsdale and Venables and with the team underachieving, Venables was sacked and replaced by Peter Reid. Ridsdale resigned from the Leeds board and was replaced by existing non-executive director Professor John McKenzie. At this time Leeds were in danger of relegation, but managed to avoid the drop in the penultimate game of the season.