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Harry Kewell (1995-2003)

A product of the Australian Institute of Sports, Harry was a member of LUFC's superb 1996-97 FA Youth Cup-winning team and debuted at left back in early 1996. With power, pace, courage and and a great footballing brain, his enormous potential was recognised by his fellow professionals when he was voted young player of the year and third overall in 1999-2000, when his worth was rated at 20m. While Kewell's performances in his first three years brought a drooling collection of admirers, his Achilles injury caused him to miss the initial part of 2000-01, but his return coincided with United's charge to the ECL semi-final. His form dipped the following season but, switched to striker by Venables, he scored several classic goals, including a superb header against Man U. The Australian International made 227 starts, with a further 15 from the bench and scored 63 goals.

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19

Mark Viduka (2000-2004)

Australian born and of Croatian parentage, he signed for Croatia Zagreb from Melbourne Knights in 1995 where his three year stay yielded 40 goals in 84 games. He signed with Glasgow Celtic for 3.5m and took the Scottish league by storm, scoring 27 goals and winning Scottish Player of the Year. He was signed by United in 2000 for 6m to add the power to an otherwise lightweight forward line. A memorable four goals at home to Liverpool gained him instant approval from the Leeds fans and he finished with an impressive 22 goals in that first season. 2001-02 yielded a further 16 and he was constantly linked with AS Roma. Fortunately for United he was there to help stave off relegation with 22 goals in all in 2002-03. After his most unproductive season in 2003-04 he left for Middlesborough for 4.5m. He made 162 starts, and 4 from the bench and scored 72 times.

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18

Tony Dorigo (1991-1997)

Born Melbourne in 1965. Tony joined Aston Villa in 1982 and won 11 England under 21 caps before a 475,000 move to Chelsea in 1987. In his four years at Stamford Bridge he gained 6 of his 15 full caps and a Second Division championship medal and also scored the winner when Chelsea lifted the 1990 Zenith Cup at Wembley. He was signed by Howard Wilkinson for 1.3m in 1991 to solve the problem left back position and became United's best player in that position since Terry Cooper. His cultured play, positional sense and lightening speed saw him send a stream of crosses, many converted by Lee Chapman. He was no slouch in the goalscoring stakes scoring in the 4-3 Charity Shield win over Liverpool and was also dangerous with free kicks anywhere within scoring range. Made 204 starts and another 4 off the bench with 6 goals.

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17

Mick Jones (1967-1975)

3 England Caps were scant reward for all the effort Mick Jones put in a game, particularly for LUFC! His partnership with Allan Clarke was a deadly formation yet was never tried at International level. The pair's contrasting styles, Jones' aggressive non-stop strong running and Clarke's delicate skills, proved an outstanding attacking combination. He joined Leeds in 1967 becoming their first 100,000 player. Winner of two championship medals, an FA Cup medal (who could ever forget his raw courage to make the trek to receive it) and two Inter Cities Fairs Winners Medals. After 308 games and 111 goals he finally succumbed to his injuries and retired in 1975.

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16

Terry Cooper (1961-1975)

Joined Leeds in 1961 as left winger, but Revie was unable to place him in the first team on a regular basis until 1967, when "T.C." replaced Bell at left back. Initially dependant on Hunter for defensive cover, he developed in ability and confidence in the following seasons, resulting in 20 full caps for England. T.C.'s old skills as a winger led him on many a foray down the left, to pass unerringly to the Leeds forwards - but it was he who scored the goal which won Leeds the League Cup in 1968. A broken leg at Stoke in 1972 subdued him somewhat and in 1974, after 240 games for Leeds, he moved on to Middlesboro', then spells at both Bristol clubs and Doncaster.

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15

Paul Reaney (1961-1978)

"Speedy" Reaney was one of the first fullbacks to assume an "overlapping wing technique". His pinpoint crossing to the Leeds attack one minute was matched by his ability to pop up and clear off the Leeds goal line the next. One of the few defenders in the world capable of containing the genius that was George Best at his peak, his career was hampered when his leg was broken in a game against W.Ham, in 1970. After recovery, he played a further 8 years for Leeds before moving to Bradford City and then to Australia, where he was voted Player of the Year in 1980. One can't help but speculate that, but for that broken leg, he would have earned more than his paltry 3 England caps.

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14

David Batty (1987-1993, 1998-2004)

Born Leeds in 1968. After signing professional in 1985 Batty was only 18 when making his debut and impressing with his tackling and speed as he was picked for England under 21's. He picked up England "B" honours as part of the Second Division Champion team in 1989-90. A superb ball-winner and passer he gained 14 of his 42 full England caps with Leeds before a surprise 2.75m transfer to Blackburn Rovers in 1993. He was their Player of the Year and added a further Championship medal  to the one already won at Leeds in 1992. He joined Newcastle United for 3.75m in 1996 where he narrowly missed out on three. He returned home for 4.4m in 1998 for a 6 year stint at the club.

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13

Lucas Radebe (1994-2005)

The versatile South African played in midfield, all along the back four and even in goal in a matter of weeks for United. Signed by Kaiser Chiefs in 1990 he soon gained his first cap before arriving at Leeds for 250,000 in 1994. The "Chief" as he is affectionately known is an absolute icon in his homeland. He led the South Africans to their first ever World Cup finals in 1998 and is an inspirational figure for aspiring footballers in that country. Due to injury, he missed the 2001/2002 season but made 26 appearances in a generally disappointing season for his club in the 2002/03 season. A stalwart clubman he took a cut in pay to remain at Leeds, but unfortunately was injured early in the 2004-05 season at Wolves. Capped 70 times he played 235 starts and 26 subs scoring 3 goals.

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12

Paul Madeley (1962-1980)

The original "Super Sub" and the most versatile player ever to wear the Leeds shirt...and arguably in the whole history of the Football League. In his 724 first team appearances, spread over an incredible 17 year span at Leeds, he scored 34 goals, playing in every position except goal - perhaps hindering his international selection, as he never had a regular first team position at Leeds. Nevertheless, he still earned 24 full England caps. Paul retired from football in 1980 and worked firstly for a sport shop, before opening a decorating supplies shop in Horsforth.

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11

Gary McAllister (1990-1996)

Born Motherwell in 1964, Gary McAllister proved to be the most consistent Leeds player in his six seasons at Elland Road, and was as articulate off the field as on it. After winning the Second Division championship, Howard Wilkinson sought to add skill to United's muscular approach and beat off a challenge from Brian Clough to land the rising Leicester City star for 1m. McAllister dovetailed perfectly with Strachan, Batty and Speed to form an all-star international midfield, who were magnificent, as Leeds won the 1991-92 title. Captain of Leeds and Scotland, he won most of his 50+ caps while at Leeds where he played 293 games, scoring 45 times. He left for Coventry for 3m in 1996 and also played for Liverpool before returning to Coventry as player/manager.

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10

Nigel Martyn (1996-2003)

Martyn became the country's first 1 million goalkeeper when joining Crystal Palace from Bristol Rovers in 1989, having made over 100 appearances for the West Country club. Leeds paid 2.25 million for him in the summer of 1996, then a record for a goalkeeper. He had a superb first season for the Whites as part of George Graham's Leeds revolution. His form continued to be a model of consistency and he was an ever-present between 1999 and 2002. He helped United to third place in the Premiership, a place in the Champions League and the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Replaced by Paul Robinson as first team keeper in 2002, he joined Everton in 2003 for a nominal fee. Played 273 games and was Leeds Player of the Year in 1997.

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9

Jack Charlton (1952-1973)

"The Giraffe" of Revie's Leeds team and one of the most talented and respected centre halves in footballing history. Big Jack spent his entire footballing career at Leeds, making an astounding 733 appearances over 21 years and scoring 96 goals. His height was used to great advantage at Leeds corner kicks and his surprisingly agile defensive ability kept out even the greatest strikers of his day. He earned the first of his 35 England caps at the age of 30 and was an important part of the 1966 World Cup winning team. Jack retired from playing in 1973 and had mixed fortunes as a manager at several clubs, but his best known managerial success was with The Republic of Ireland.

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8

Allan Clarke (1969-1978)

Christened "Sniffer" by the Leeds fan for his uncanny ability to look for and score goals out of nothing, he arrived at Leeds from Leicester, costing a record 165,000. He more than repaid Leeds by scoring 151 goals in 364 appearances for the Whites, including the goals that won Leeds the 1972 F.A. Cup and the Fairs Cup. In fact only Lorimer and Charles have scored more than "Sniffer" for Leeds. His attacking partnership with Jones and Lorimer is legendary and he was capped 19 times for England. Sold to Barnsley in 1978 he saw out his last footballing seasons as their player/manager, before returning in 1980 to unsuccessfully take the manager's job, at Leeds, seeing them relegated.

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7

Johnny Giles (1963-1975)

Revie's midfield general and penalty expert, his sometimes telepathic footballing double act with King Billy was a joy to watch. He was signed from Manchester United in 1963, and under the Don's guidance, became one of the truly great midfield players of that era. In 12 seasons wearing the No.10 shirt at Leeds, he scored 115 goals in 525 matches. In his career as a player, he won 59 caps and scored 5 times for Ireland. After leaving Leeds, he coached in the USA and Canada and later coached W.B.A. and Shamrock Rovers, before managing Ireland in the late 70's.

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6

Norman Hunter (1961-1976)

A hard but skilful left half, nicknamed "Bites Yer Legs", he daunted opposition players at home and across Europe, with his bone crunching tackling. Despite playing second fiddle to the favoured Bobby Moore, he was still capped 28 times for England. In his 15 years at Leeds, he made 724 appearances, scoring 21 goals before moving on to Bristol City in 1976 and later, to Barnsley. He ended his professional football career managing Rotherham and later coaching at Leeds and is now match commentator for Radio Leeds.

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5

Gordon Strachan (1989-1995)

Scottish International Strachan joined LUFC from Man U for 300,000 in 1989. He enjoyed a successful career on both sides of the border. Scottish player of the year in 1979-80, he joined Man U for 500,000 in 1984, where he acquired a Cup-winners medal before joining Leeds. A prominent member of Scotland's 1982 and 1986 World Cup campaigns, he was the inspirational skipper of United's Second Division Championship team. Anyone who doubted his ability to cope with a return to the top flight were woefully wide of the mark as he was named Footballer of the Year in 1991 and led Leeds to the Championship the following year and was awarded an OBE in 1993. Retiring with 50 Scottish Caps he played 234 games and scored 45 goals.

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4

John Charles (1947-1957, 1962)

The 'Gentle Giant' is regarded as being the greatest Leeds player outside the Revie era. Signed at 16 within 3 months he had made his league debut. As a centre half no one could beat him in the air and as a centre forward he was lethal. Voted the greatest ever foreign player to play for Juventus, winning 3 Italian league medals with the club, holds the scoring record in a season for Leeds United with 42 league goals in 1953-54 and the youngest ever Welsh international when he got his first of his 38 cap at only 18. He made 327 league and cup appearances for Leeds scoring 157 goals.

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3

Eddie Gray (1965-1984)

In the late 60's and early 70's, he punished the best defenders in Europe, scoring 68 goals in his 19 years as a Leeds player.. none of them better than his brace against Burnley at Elland Road, his amazing dribble around 7 defenders before scoring, was met with a full 30 second silence - the Leeds fans were struck dumb by the majesty of what they'd just seen! The players were on their way back to the centre circle, when Elland Road erupted! Just one of numerous occasions that this gifted left winger had the Leeds fans in euphoria.

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2

Peter Lorimer (1962-1978, 1984-1985)

Leeds' youngest ever first team debutant just short of his 16th birthday, his powerful shots on goal earned him the nicknames "Lash" and "Hotshot" from the fans, especially after a newspaper recorded one of his shots at 90MPH! His shooting aside, he was a superb right winger and his crosses to the Leeds forwards were deadly accurate. However he will be remembered for his blistering shooting skills in his two periods with Leeds, which resulted in 238 goals in a total of 676 games. Capped 21 times for Scotland Peter also played in Canada, South Africa and Israel, before finally hanging up his scorched boots in the mid 80's... Currently spokesman for the LUAFC Board he also runs a pub in Leeds.

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1

Billy Bremner (1959-1976)

 

Those fortunate enough to have seen "King Billy" play will have their own special memories of this fiery, redheaded dynamo...for those born too late, one can only say that no player at Leeds has ever played with so much pride and passion for the club. He came off the field after every game, totally bruised from his efforts because he never gave up trying. Made his Leeds 1st team debut in 1960 and went on to become captain for most of the "Glory Years". An excellent defender and passer of the ball, he always knew where every one of his team mates were, at any point of the match and played the ball right to their feet. No slouch in front of goal either, he scored 90 times in his 16 years at Leeds. Scotland recognised his skills in 1965 and made him captain in 1968 and he played 54 times for them. Football League Player of the Year in 1970, he was idolised by the Leeds fans and given grudging respect by everyone in football. After 586 punishing games for Leeds, he moved to Hull in 1976 for a paltry 275,000. Returned to Leeds as manager in 1985, but was sacked 3 years later for not gaining promotion. A heart attack on Dec 7th 1997, sadly robbed the football world of one of its true legends...honoured by a commemorative statue outside the Elland Road ground, which has become a shrine for Leeds fans worldwide.

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