MIXED is the best word to describe the Easter fortunes of Yorkshire’s contingent 20 years ago in 1996 - with pride of place going to Bradford City and Sheffield United.
Easter time fell slightly later than this year in early April in ‘96 and it was a bountiful time for Chris Kamara’s Bantams, on the crest of a wave which ended in promotion to the second tier via the Wembley play-offs.
Neil Tolson netted in both Easter Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday wins over Burnley and Carlisle in a storming end of season run which saw Bradford win nine of their last 13 matches to finish in sixth spot.
City triumphed 3-2 at Turf Moor against struggling Burnley, courtesy of strikes from Tolson, Mark Winstanley (og) and Andy Kiwomya before Carlisle were beaten 3-1 on home soil, through goals from Tolson, Ian Ormondroyd and Mark Stallard.
Back-to-back wins in Division One arrived for the Blades, making a late push for the top six themselves.
David White netted in the 2-1 win over visiting Wolves before scoring in an identical victory by the same scoreline at Portsmouth on the Monday.
Gareth Taylor was also on target in the Bramall Lane success over Wanderers, while Dane Whitehouse converted from the spot in the triumph at Fratton Park.
In the top tier, it was a poor Easter for mid-table Leeds United, with a Brian Deane strike failing to prevent them from losing 2-1 to Arsenal, goal machine Ian Wright firing a double for the Gunners at Highbury.
The Whites were then turned over 3-1 on home soil by Forest, whose marksmen were Colin Cooper, Jason Lee and Ian Woan, with a rare David Wetherall goal in vain for the hosts.
Middlesbrough, meanwhile, had a much better time of it, taking four points to lift the gloom after a desperate New Year run pushed them towards the drop zone.
A televised Riverside outing against Sheffield Wednesday saw Boro prevail 3-1, through a Jan-Aage Fjortoft double and rare Chris Freestone strike - a Derek Whyte own goal reducing the arrears.
Boro followed up with a 1-1 draw at Spurs on Monday, a late header from Phil Whelan cancelling out Chris Armstrong’s opener - to seal top-flight football for another season for Bryan Robson’s side.
Arsenal may have taken the points against Leeds, but Wednesday weren’t in some giving mood in their second Easter fixture, with Marc Degryse’s goal giving them a sweet Hillsborough win.
In the second tier, Huddersfield Town, still with play-off designs, kicked off with a 3-1 victory over Southend, with Ronnie Jepson, Rob Edwards and Andy Booth netting before losing 2-0 at Norwich City - whose marksmen were Robert Fleck and Ade Akinbiyi.
In front of a big Oakwell gate of 13,189, Barnsley went down 1-0 at home to eventual champions Sunderland, for whom Craig Russell scored in front of a huge visiting following before the Reds played out at 2-2 draw with Wolves at Molineux.
Scorers for 11th-placed Barnsley were Adie Moses and Andy Payton.
Back in the third tier, Rotherham United, gearing up for their Autowindscreens Shield Trophy with Shrewsbury Town, had a Easter preliminary with the Shropshire outfit at Millmoor in a 2-2 draw.
Millers goals from Shaun Goater and Shaun Goodwin, Steve Anthrobus and Ian Stevens replying for Salop.
On the Monday, Rotherham had a Bank Holiday by the seaside to remember, claiming a superb 2-1 win at Blackpool, John McGlashan and Trevor Berry scoring.
Relegation-haunted Hull City had a rare positive afternoon in a grim season in a 4-2 Boothferry Park win over Wycombe - with Ian Wilkinson, Richard Peacock, Mike Quigley and Greg Abbott on the scoresheet - before drawing 0-0 at Stockport County.
Goals from Glenn Naylor, Nigel Pepper and Gary Bull gave York City a 3-1 home win over Peterborough and Bull then netted in a decent 1-1 draw at Bristol City.
In the bottom rung, Doncaster Rovers lost out in a single-goal losses at high-flying Preston - whose scorer was future Rovers player Paul Birch - at at home to another promotion-chaser in Gillingham, Dennis Bailey netting the only goal at Belle Vue.
Lowly Scarborough also had an Easter to forget, crashing 5-0 at Chester, for whom Andy Milner struck twice before losing 2-0 at home to promotion-chasing Bury, David Pugh and Lenny Johnrose scoring.