Former Leeds United defender Ian Harte

Former Leeds United star looks back at the Champions League night that still gives him ‘goosebumps’

Former Leeds United left-back Ian Harte has looked back on the part he played in one of the ‘best nights’ in the club’s history. 

Harte turned out more than 250 times for Leeds during the 1990s and 2000s and was a key part of the David O’Leary side that marauded their way to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2000/01 season. 

After progressing through two group stages that included the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan, Lazio and Real Madrid, the Whites found themselves up against Deportivo La Coruna in the quarter-finals, with Harte recalling the dominant Elland Road first-leg.

Ian Harte opens the scoring with a free-kick against Deportivo La Courna

Ian Harte opens the scoring with a free-kick against Deportivo La Courna (Image credit: Getty Images)

Harte opened the scoring with a trademark free-kick in the first half, with Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand sealing a 3-0 win that the Republic of Ireland international still looks back at fondly, almost 23 years on. 



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