Could history repeat itself?

Last updated : 03 January 2003 By Luke Thornhill
Tomorrow's match will see the first ever sell-out at Glanford Park, and the lucky 9000 fans who managed to get hold of a ticket will be able to see United's players pit their wits against a team crammed full of international talent.

And if you are in possession of a ticket the club advise you to get down to the ground early, the turnstiles open at 1.30PM and with the biggest ever crowd at Glanny Park it is sure to be a tight fit.

Despite weather plumetting below freezing Scunthorpe United have spent £2K hiring covers for the pitch which should prevent it freezing and guaranteeing them a substantial income from the day.

Andy Dawson was the only injury doubt for United, but today he ruled himself fit and should be ok to take his regular left-back slot against the Yorkshire side.

Mark Jackson will face his former club, for whom he played 23 times under George Graham before being frozen out when David O'Leary replaced him.

Scott Brough, who is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench tomorrow, also started his career with Leeds as a schoolboy before leaving at 15 to concentrate on his final year at school.

Ex-England manager Terry Venables brings his side to Glanford Park amidst major speculation that some of his top stars may be on the way out of Elland Road to ease the club's £80million debt.

The international transfer window, which applies to Premiership and continental clubs, opened on January 01st and has seena return of transfer speculation.

Leeds confirmed today that French midfielder Oliver Dacourt is in talks with Italian giants Roma, while Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer and Robbie Fowler.

The task tomorrow is a giant one for United, but the players have nothing to fear and can go out and enjoy themselves. It is fourty years since we had a top-flight club at home in the Cup, then we beat Blackpool 6-2, lets hope tomorrow we can do something similar.