Adam Baines – 25 Years at LARS Communications

21 December 2021

Adam Baines at the top of the Heaton Park Tower in Manchester

It’s been a time of celebration recently as Team Leader, Adam Baines, has reached his 25-year milestone at LARS Communications.

Rewind to 1996, when the fresh-faced Adam enjoyed his first day at LARS. And while much has changed at the company since then, one thing remains unchallenged – Adam’s support for Leeds United.

Adam arrived at LARS as a trainee rigger in 1996, quickly establishing himself at the company. Adam has since become a vastly experienced, multi-skilled and versatile member of the LARS team, highly respected by not only his work colleagues, but also by our customers, who are always encouraged when they know that Adam is working on ‘their job’.

In his time at LARS the company has gone from strength to strength, now employing over 30 people and boasting a multi-million pound turnover and enviable customer list.

Leeds United

Although Leeds United are currently enjoying life in the Premier League, the past 25 years has been anything but plain sailing.

Since Howard Wilkinson’s departure in September 1996, the Yorkshire club has been through over twenty managers, many of whom lasted less than 25 games, let alone 25 years!

The team has also spent time in the lower leagues, winning promotion from League One to the Championship in 2009/10 and, a decade later, returning to the Premier League having won the Championship title under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.

1996

The 1995/96 season wasn’t a great one for Leeds United, finishing 13th after their 38 games in the Premier League. The honours belonged to their fierce rivals, Manchester United, who not only won the league title, but also the FA Cup.

It was also the year of Euro ’96, when football came home. However, in a repeat of Italia ‘90, England’s hopes of becoming European champions for the first time were ended with a penalty shootout defeat to Germany. Germany went on to win the tournament with a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic at Wembley.

Later that summer, Alan Shearer became the most expensive footballer in the world, moving from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United for a fee of £15,000,000.

And finally, it was also a big year for music. In February, Take That, the most successful British band of the 1990’s, announced that they were splitting up. But it was also the year that arguably the best known girl group of all time released their debut single, as Wannabe by the Spice Girls raced to the UK Number One spot for seven weeks.

 

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