Across Yorkshire’s footballing landscape, there were grim pickings midway through December 1990.
It was a time when US rapper Vanilla Ice was riding high at the top of the charts with Ice, Ice Baby while the news headlines were led by the first British hostages being released by Saddam Hussein.
Netto opened its first store in Leeds and British and French Channel Tunnel workers met up for the first time. John Major was settling in as Prime Minister after the dramatic events of the previous month which had seen Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher ousted.
As for the football, well the weekend of December 15-16 1990 was a largely non-descript one for the White Rose - unless you were a fan of Leeds United or Halifax Town - while the pain continued for Sheffield United, Hull City and Rotherham United in particular.
Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds were part way through a fine 11-match unbeaten run in Division One, which stretched between October 20 and January 2 - and they showcased their credentials to the nation in a televised 2-0 win over Everton, whose Elland Road malaise continued.
Goals were scored for the fifth-placed Whites by Gordon Strachan (pen) and Carl Shutt.
The county’s other top-flight representatives, Sheffield United, saw their misery compounded as their winless start to Division One extended at Anfield in a 2-0 loss, with Ian Rush and John Barnes scoring for the champions, who hit back from their first seasonal defeat at Highbury the previous weekend with a comfortable three points.
For rock-bottom Blades, there was cold comfort ahead of Christmas. No league wins in an epic 16 matches, a mere seven goals, only four different scorers - and one goal in nine. Down and out surely ....
Another side propping up the rest were Halifax Town, but they secured a rare and priceless win to reignite hope, just their third of the Division Four campaign.
Chesterfield were beaten 2-1 in front of 1,415 hardy souls at The Shay, thanks to goals from Steve Norris (pen) and Mark Ellis, ex-Barnsley winger Calvin Plummer replying for the Spireities.
Elsewhere in the basement, current Sheffield United head of recruitment and scouting Lee Turnbull - fresh from a hat-trick against Aldershot in his previous league game - put Billy Bremner’s Doncaster Rovers ahead in their derby at Scunthorpe United, but goal poacher Andy Flounders levelled for the Iron after the break.
Scarborough went down 2-0 at home to Danny Bergara’s rejuvenated high-fliers Stockport County, for whom Paul Williams (PR Williams and not PA Williams, with County possessing two players with the same name) netting twice.
York City lost out 2-0 at Peterborough United, whose marksmen were Paul Culpin and ex-Watford wingman Worrell Sterling.
In the second tier, another Yorkshire side in Hull City were in serious trouble towards the foot of the table and they went down 2-1 to Notts County at Meadow Lane to drop into the relegation zone in the old second division.
Peter Swan netted his ninth goal of the season for the Tigers, but it was to no avail with Dave Regis and Kevin Bartlett netting for Neil Warnock’s Magpies, who ended the season with promotion via the play-offs.
Barnsley, in the midst of a seven-match winless streak, lost 1-0 at Brighton, whose scorer was ex-Norwich winger Mark Barham, while the promotion-chasing duo West Ham and Middlesbrough played out a 0-0 draw at Upton Park.
Another side with big hopes of reaching the top flight in Sheffield Wednesday had to settle for a point after being frustrated in a 2-2 Hillsborough draw against Ipswich Town.
Goals from Simon Milton and Ian Redford put Town 2-1 ahead at the break against Ron Atkinson’s third-placed side - for whom veteran Trevor Francis scored.
Captain Nigel Pearson rescued a point for the Owls.
In Division Three, it was a rough old time of it for second-from-bottom Rotherham United, who went down 2-1 at Birmingham City - with the Millers in the midst of an eight-match run without a league win.
Paul Tait and Vince Overson netted for Blues, with Nicky Law replying for the visitors.
Gary Barnett put 11th-placed Huddersfield Town ahead at the interval at Crewe, but home player Paul Clayton ensured a share of the spoils for the Railwaymen.
Bradford City went down 1-0 at home to eventual champions Cambridge United, with big defender Phil Chapple grabbing the winner for John Beck’s U’s.