sport news Tony Yeboah opens up on his delight at Leeds' return to the Premier League ...

When Leeds fans flocked to Elland Road on a jubilant July night, little did they know that a legend of their Premier League past was a part of the party.

Tony Yeboah may have been sat some 5,000 miles away at his home in Ghana as West Brom lost to Huddersfield to seal his old club's top-flight return after a 16-year absence.

But such was the 54-year-old's wish to witness the celebrations in West Yorkshire, he attended virtually via a WhatsApp video call with his Leeds-based friend.

Tony Yeboah was 5,000 miles away when former club Leeds sealed a Premier League return

Tony Yeboah was 5,000 miles away when former club Leeds sealed a Premier League return

He was unable to make it to Leeds but joined in celebrations by joining virtually on WhatsApp

He was unable to make it to Leeds but joined in celebrations by joining virtually on WhatsApp

'I was live at Elland Road from over the phone,' laughs Yeboah. 'It was very beautiful, the way the people were celebrating. The place was very full.

'I was not surprised. I know the Leeds fans and they are so crazy about the club. I was also celebrating with my friends here in Ghana because they knew that were it not for coronavirus, maybe I would have had the opportunity to come to the club to celebrate.

'Unfortunately, I couldn't make it in person but I am very, very happy that Leeds are back in the Premier League. It has been a long time. I am also happy to see Leeds play against Liverpool in the first game.'

Of course, the mere mention of that fixture makes a generation of football fans think of the man who is speaking to Sportsmail from Ghana's capital of Accra. And it is all because of one moment 25 years ago, when Leeds hosted Liverpool live on Sky's first Monday Night Football of the 1995-96 season.

The mention of Liverpool vs Leeds brings back memories of Yeboah scoring against them

 The mention of Liverpool vs Leeds brings back memories of Yeboah scoring against them

Specifically, it was in the 51st minute at Elland Road, when Rod Wallace headed Tony Dorigo's long ball back towards Yeboah, who then unleashed a thunderous first-time 25-yard volley, which screeched in off the underside of David James' crossbar.

That match-winning goal has been voted the greatest in Leeds' 100-year history and has gone down in Premier League legend. Oh, and he hit it with his wrong foot.

'That goal is one I will never forget in my life,' admits Yeboah. 'From my youth, I was a Liverpool fan because of John Barnes. Watching English football on television, you saw John Barnes playing and it made black people so proud.

'Before that game, I was so determined. I was going to face Barnes, Ian Rush; players I used to adore. I had to prove to them I was also a very good player. Thank God everything turned out to be fantastic.

'I don't think David James ever thought I was going to try from that angle. I had a bit of luck with the way the ball hit the bar and went in, but it was very difficult to stop.

'I am actually a left footer, that is the foot I use to dribble with. But when it comes to shooting, I don't mind both sides. I can use my right.'

His match-winning goal in 1995/96 has been voted the greatest in Leeds' 100-year history

His match-winning goal in 1995/96 has been voted the greatest in Leeds' 100-year history

That is an understatement, as Yeboah further proved against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park five weeks later, with the stunning second goal he scored as part of his hat-trick in a 4-2 win. This time, he chested the ball down and then controlled it with his left thigh, getting in between two defenders before taking another two touches and blasting it in off the bar, again with ferocious force.

That strike secured Yeboah the Match of the Day Goal of the Month award for a second successive month, and it also pipped his winner against Liverpool as Goal of the Season. But which does he think was his best?

'I always say Liverpool because of the way the game was, the tension that was there,' says Yeboah. 'It was also a very difficult goal because it was a volley. The Wimbledon goal was fantastic but when you compare them, you can see my excitement and the importance of the Liverpool one.

'Sometimes when I scored some of my goals, I came back home and was thinking about how I managed to score that goal.

'I love to watch them back even now. When you feel bored, you can always go on YouTube and just watch them. So many quality goals, you never feel bad when you watch them.

Yeboah also admits he watches the goals he scored on YouTube and never tires of doing so

Yeboah also admits he watches the goals he scored on YouTube and never tires of doing so

'I am so proud of them. They give me a lot of memories. If I had not scored those fantastic goals, maybe you don't call me and interview me right now.'

Yeboah joined Leeds, initially on loan, from Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany in January 1995. His new manager Howard Wilkinson admitted he had not seen the striker play but had 'watched him a lot on Eurosport'. Within five months, it was Leeds who had Eurovision, as Yeboah scored 12 goals in 18 Premier League games as Wilkinson's side finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

'He was my best coach,' admits Yeboah about Wilkinson. 'He always told the players, 'Give the ball to Tony and let Tony score our f****** goals for us'.

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