By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford received his marching orders in Preston’s clash against the Yorkshire giants – and fans celebrated on Twitter
The 33-year-old forward came on as a substitute to a round of applause from Leeds fans after 66 minutes on Boxing Day in the 4-1 victory at Deepdale.
However, after just three minutes he was soon leaving the field after lashing out at star centre-back Kyle Bartley.
The striker also left the field to a round of applause from the Leeds fan base and many on social media believe it was his plan all along.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
once a legend , always a legend !
— Declan Crumley (@crumleyd26) December 26, 2016
agent Beckford your five minute mission has been successfully implemented.
— John Kelly (@ardjohn21) December 26, 2016
Still giving.his all for Leeds 🙂
— Fat Al White (@siralanwhite) December 26, 2016
— Andrew Perkis (@smileylufc) December 26, 2016
Just see Grayson and Beckford in the away locker now celebrating! #lufc
— St Luke (@ljw85uk) December 26, 2016
— Trevor Pinion (@Trevor_Pinion) December 26, 2016
Beckford, 33, was part of the Leeds team for four years between 2006 and 2010.
He ended up leaving the Yorkshire giants on a free transfer for the Premier League and Everton after starring in 147 encounters, which brought a return of 84 goals.
He has since played for the Toffees, Leicester, Huddersfield and Bolton before ending up at Preston after leaving Leeds.
However, Beckford has struggled to reach the same heights as he did while at Leeds.
His most notable contribution in a Whites shirt was his strike against fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 1-0 FA Cup victory in 2010.
In other Leeds news, first-team coach James Beattie sent a message to fans after the victory on Monday.