Leeds United F.C. History
Leeds United F.C. History : Foreword
1919-29 - The Twenties
1930-39 - The Thirties
1939-46 - The War Years
1947-49 - Post War Depression
1949-57 - The Reign of King John
1957-63 - From Charles to Revie
1961-75 - The Revie Years
1975-82 - The Downward Spiral
1982-88 - The Dark Years
1988-96 - The Wilko Years
1996-04 - The Rollercoaster Ride
2004-17 - Down Among The Deadmen
100 Greatest LUFC Players Ever
Greatest Leeds United Games
Players' Profiles
Managers' Profiles
Leeds City F.C. History
Leeds City F.C. Player and Manager Profiles
Leeds United/City Statistics
Leeds United/City Captains
Leeds United/City Friendlies and Other Games
Leeds United/City Reserves and Other Teams

Leeds United Reserve Team Players:

SurnameForename/akaDebut DateLeeds CareerPositionPOBDOBDODDetails

Lamb

Gordon

13-12-1947

1945-1948

OR/IR

Came through the Leeds Junior system with the Colts and Stormcocks, taking part in the pre-season trials with the Senior players. He later joined York City, but did not make the first team, and Farsley Celtic.

Lambert

John/Jack

15-09-1923

1922-1924

CF

Greasbrough

25-05-1902

17-12-1940

5ft 10ins tall and weighing 11st 8lb, he started with Metley Perseverance in local League in the Rotherham area. It was from that team that he joined Leeds after Rotherham County failed to get his services in the 1923 close season. He showed good goalscoring form with the Reserves and made one appearance with the first team. He was surprisingly allowed to leave and joined Doncaster Rovers on 1st January 1925. He went on to find fame and silverware with Arsenal.(Leeds United Player Details)

Lane

Michael/Mike

13-09-1983

1983-1984

Gk

Came on trial from the USA, when United had a temporary goalkeeping shortage and took over from Drew Brand after three games. He went on to become the regular Reserve goalkeeper, but after Phil Hughes had recovered from injury he became surplus to requirements and left the club after making over twenty appearances in the Reserves.

Langley

Ernest James/Jim

20-10-1952

1952-1953

LB/OL

Kilburn

07-02-1929

09-12-2007

Langley was 5ft 8 1/2ins tall and weighed 11st 3 1/2lb, when Leeds signed him from Guildford City in June 1952. He was equally adept at Outside-Left or at his more famous position of Left-Back. He arrived at Leeds when Leeds were well stocked in the full back department and Grenville Hair was just establishing himself for his long tenure of the left back role at Elland Road. An extremely popular and versatile player, it was unfortunate for him to have such opposition in his chosen role. He spent just one year at Leeds, mostly in the Reserves, but, after making his debut in August 1952, he went on to score three goals in nine League appearances before moving to Brighton in July 1953. Many had recognised his obvious potential at Leeds and it came as little surprise that he went on to became an England International. He scored fourteen goals in one hundred and sixty-six League games with the south coast team before going on to bigger things at Fulham from February 1957. There he scored thirty-one goals in three hundred and twenty-three League games and joined Queens Park Rangers in July 1965, finishing his League career with nine goals in eighty-six starts and one substitute appearance in the League.(Leeds United Player Details)

Latapy

Russell

24-01-1990

1990-1990

OR

Port of Spain, Trinidad

02-08-1968

A trialist, he took part in three consecutive games in late January/early February 1990. He came on as a sixty-third minute substitute in the first, but started the other two. However, he was substituted in both games, after eighty and seventy-five minutes respectively, and never played for the Reserve team again. He had arrived at Leeds with a good pedigree having started football at an early age, being capped by Trinidad and Tobago at Under-Ten. He progressed and by nineteen in 1987 he moved to Palo Seco and played for Trinoc United before moving to Maypen in Jamaica, where he played for Hazard United who changed their name to Portmore United, scoring ten goals in thirty-nine games. He represented his country and they only failed to reach the 1990 World Cup when narrowly beaten by USA. He moved to Europe with Academica de Coimbra in the Portugese Second Division and stayed with them for four years, scoring thirty-two goals in one hundred and twenty-seven League appearances. He was signed for Porto by Bobby Robson and in his two year spell he scored six goals in forty League games and they won the Portugese championship in both seasons which meant that he became the first Trinidad player to play in the European Cup. He then moved to Boavista for two years, and while there scored once in forty League appearances, but was not retained at the end of his contract and Hibs manager Alex McLeish moved quickly to take him to Easter Road. He was given a trial in a game with Brechin and immediately signed on 23rd October 1998 and was a leading light as Hibs took the First Division championship in the 1998-99 season and won back their place in the top flight. His good form continued as Hibernian finished sixth in the Scottish Premiership with Lapaty pulling the strings in midfield. His form was such that he was on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year, finishing joint thirty-third with Denis Bergkamp. However, the memorable season turned sour as he was left out of the last three games of the season, including the Scottish Cup Final defeat to Celtic. He had scored twenty-two goals in eighty-two League starts and two from the bench. He left the club in July 2001, but went on to play for Rangers from then until March 2003, scoring five goals in sixteen League starts and seven games from the bench and Dundee United from then until 14th June 2003, where he failed to score in seven League games, one of which was as a substitute. He then joined Falkirk on the same date, and scored twenty-four goals in one hundred and sixty-seven League appearances, twenty-nine of which were as a substitute, for the Bairns as he stayed for six years until January 2009. In 2005 he helped Trinidad and Tobago qualify for the World Cup, and even though now aged thirty-eight, he played in the group stage defeat to Paraguay in Kaiserslautern. He scored twenty-nine goals in eighty-one appearances for Trinidad and Tobago. He left Scotland in 2009 and joined Caledonia AIA in his home country and played six games, scoring twice, before retiring. This retirement lasted two years before he joined Edinburgh City in a short-lived spell at the age of 43, but he did not play in the first team. After finally retiring he went into coaching and he was assistant manager at Falkirk for two years from 2007 to 2009, before being assistant manager of his national team in 2009 and manager in the same year until 2011. He took a spell out of coaching, before becoming assistant at former club Boavista for one year from 2013 to 2014 until joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the same capacity, where they won the 2014-15 Scottish Cup alongside former team-mate John Hughes.

Latimer

23-03-1946

1946-1946

Gk

A goalkeeper who made at least one appearance for the Reserves in the 1945-46 season.

Laurent

Pierre

09-04-1997

1997-1998

OR

Tulle, Correze, France

13-12-1970

Laurent started off his professional career with Brive in the French Third Division in the 1990-91 season, scoring regularly for a winger, managing thirty-five goals in eighty-one appearances. He then signed for First Division Bastia and scored thirteen times in seventy-three appearances before George Graham brought him to Leeds United in February 1997 for £275,000 and he made two starts and two substitute appearances before the end of that season without scoring. A fleet footed winger, Laurent had been bought just before the close of the transfer window, which was unusual as he would have been available on a Bosman had Graham waited until the summer. However, he claimed he wanted to beat the competition for his signature. For his part Laurent was quite happy to join a club who had just survived in the EPL to staying with a club who were chasing a UEFA Cup place. His main assets were excellent pace and a good technique harnessed to a capacity for hard work. An exciting player it was hoped that once he had settled in at Elland Road and was more familiar with the swifter, more intense EPL game, that he would add to both Unitedís counter-attacking abilities and squad strength for a new look Leeds team in the 1997-98 season. Things didnít quite go to plan and several of Grahamís signings hardly played a game that season, and, in March 1998, he returned to Bastia for £500,000. It was a tidy profit, but he went without playing one game in that season. On his return he played another seventy-seven times for Bastia in the League, of which thirty-five were from the bench, and scored thirteen goals in four seasons. He moved to RC Strasbourg in July 2001 and scored three times in twenty-one games in the League, of which eighteen were as a substitute and he also made two substitute appearances in the UEFA Cup before retiring at the end of the 2002-03 season.(Leeds United Player Details)

Lawlor

Michael/Mick

13-01-1973

1973-1973

IF

Dublin

00-00-1950

Believed to be Mick Lawlor, son of Kit Lawlor of Doncaster Rovers. Although it seems he could have been on trial in his one game, he later went on to represent the Republic of Ireland.

Lawson

Frederick Ian Allison/Ian

18-08-1962

1962-1965

CF/IF

Ousten

24-03-1939

A product of the Burnley Junior system, he signed professional at Turf Moor in March 1956 and had scored seven goals in twenty-three League games, before being signed by Leeds on 27th February 1962, when he was twenty-two, just short of six foot and weighed eleven stone. He made his Leeds debut four days later and though he featured fairly regularly he could never establish himself as first choice striker. Although never stylish and somewhat cumbersome he did score some vital goals. He scored twenty-one goals in fifty-one games in all competitions before being transferred to Crystal Palace in June 1965 He scored six goals in fifteen starts and two games from the bench in the League, before moving to Port Vale in August 1966, where he failed to score in seven starts and one game from the bench.(Leeds United Player Details)

Lawson

Ralph Clement

08-04-1922

1922-1923

OL

Hendon

3rd Q 1900

Join Leeds from Ryhope Comrades on 12th April 1922, after making his debut while on trial. He went on to play at least two more games before the end of the season. In the 1922-23 season he played a handful of games before being released at the end of the season. He had represented his Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry team during the War and he joined Leeds at Twenty-One Years of age and was 6ft tall and weighed 10st 10lb.

Lawton

Hubert Malcolm/Malcolm

24-10-1953

1952-1957

RB

Leeds

07-11-1935

Starting with Leeds Wanderers, he signed professional on 4th November 1952 and became a regular and valued member of the Junior team. Although often thought to be on the fringe of the first-team, he never played for them in League football, but was, for several seasons, a fixture in the Reserves. With many fine right-backs on their books, Leeds were unable to give him the first team football that his play merited and, in June 1957, he moved to Bradford Park Avenue, where he made one hundred and thirteen League appearances in five seasons.

Lee

Alexander H./Alec

07-09-1938

1937-1941

Gk

Lee joined Leeds as an amateur and played in the Yorkshire League side in 1937 and progressed to the Reserves. He did not play for the first team in peacetime, but played forty-five games for them in the WW2 fixtures. An all-round sportsman he was an RAF Boxing Champion and played Rugby League for Bramley. He was a member of the R.A.F. and was stationed at Dishforth. (Leeds United Player Details)

Lee

G.

05-09-1949

1949-1949

CF

Sheffield

He did not play for the first team and only once at centre-forward for the Reserves, but played mainly for the Yorkshire League side.

Leighton

Anthony/Tony

12-03-1958

1956-1959

CF

Leeds

27-11-1939

05-04-1978

He signed for Leeds from Ashley Road Methodists in December 1956 and played with the Juniors before progressing to the Reserves. He moved to Doncaster Rovers in June 1959 and started a successful career in the lower Leagues with other Yorkshire clubs. He stayed at Doncaster, scoring forty five goals in eighty-three League games, until he left for Barnsley in May 1962. At Oakwell he scored fifty-nine goals in one hundred and seven League appearances before moving to Huddersfield Town in January 1965. He scored forty goals in in ninety League games, one of wich was as a substitute befor joining his final club, Bradford City in March 1968. There he scored twenty-three goals in eighty-four League starts and four more from the bench.

Lennon

Anthony/Tony

04-05-2000

2000-2002

IF/WH

Leeds

16-05-1982

The elder brother of Aaron Lennon, he joined United as a professional in June 2000 after being a Manchester United Youth player and progressed through the Juniors and into the Reserves but played mostly in the Under-Nineteens until he was released at the end of his contract on 30th June 2002. He had had a number of trials, namely with Oldham Athletic from 13th to 17th August 2001, Bury from 17th to 24th October 2001 and Torquay United from 25th to 31st October 2001. He joined Harrogate Town in August 2003 and stayed until September 2003, when he joined Ossett Town until June 2004. He spent the 2004-05 season at Bradford Park Avenue, before moving to Harrogate Town before the start of the 2005-06 season and then joining Guiseley in August 2006. He also played with Buxton Town before joining Halifax Town in July in 2008. He later became a UEFA ĎBí qualified coach.

Letheran

Glanville/Glan

07-03-1977

1973-1977

Gk

Briton Ferry

01-05-1956

The 6ft 2 1/2 14st 2lb keeper joined United from Llanelli as an apprentice before signing professional in May 1973. He went on to win two Welsh Under-Twenty-One and one Welsh Under-Twenty-Three cap, while making one League appearance and also coming as a substitute in a EUFA Cup match for United. He joined Scunthorpe on Loan in August 1976 and started twenty-seven League games with them. He left Leeds to join Chesterfield in December 1977 and there he started sixty-three League games before returning to Wales, when he joined Swansea City in September 1979. There he made twenty-one starts in the League, before going into Non-League. (Leeds United Player Details)

Liddell

Gary

03-03-1970

1970-1977

IF

Bannockburn

27-08-1954

00-00-2015

Became an apprentice just after his fifteenth birthday, and as an outside-right broke into the Reserves eighteen months before before he signed professional forms in September 1971. He was given his first team debut in April 1973 and went on to score one goal in four starts and two games from the bench, in all competitions. He left to join Grimsby Town in March 1977, and went on to score twenty-two goals in ninety starts in the League and fifteen games from the bench. He returned to Scotland in February 1981 and joined Hearts. He scored four goals in twenty-four League games at Tynecastle, two of which were from the bench, before returning to Yorkshire with Doncaster Rovers in March 1982. There he scored four times in twenty-five starts and twelve games from the bench in the League before injury caused him to retire at the end of the 1982-83 season.(Leeds United Player Details)

Lilley

Derek Symon/Derek

09-04-1997

1997-1999

CF

Paisley

09-02-1974

Lilley began with Everton Boys Club but never made the breakthrough and returned to join Greenock Morton after a year there in August 1991. He soon gained Scotland recognition at Youth level. He stayed at Chappielow for five seasons and was a prolific striker, scoring fifty-six times in one hundred and eighty Scottish League appearances, of which twenty-three were as substitute. He hit a splendid goalscoring seam of form in the 1996-97 season when he failed to score just once in fifteen games and in that period he hit the back of the net twenty times. It awoke the attentions of the scouts and just before the transfer deadline George Graham signed him for Leeds United in exchange for a cheque for £500,000 in March 1997. His stay was not a happy one as he failed to live up to Grahamís expectations and his only goal for the first team came in a 3-2 away win over Barnsley, on George Grahamís birthday, 29th November 1997, when he came on as a seventy-seventh minute substitute and scored five minutes later for Leeds' third and winning goal to complete a remarkable comeback after trailing 0-2. However, he was restricted to the odd start but more often than not he games were as a substitute but even more often he sat on the bench unused or was given very little time to show his capabilities. Lilley was loaned out to Hearts, in late December 1998 and had a scoring debut for them on 30th December in a 1-2 loss to Dundee at Tynecastle. He failed to improve on that and after five Scottish games ending with a 0-3 beating at Parkhead from Celtic on 6th February 1999 he returned to Elland Road. In late March 1999 he was loaned out to Division One side, Bury, making his debut at Stockport County on 3rd April 1999 in a 0-0 draw. He opened his goal account in his third game for the club a week later, when he got the only goal of the game in the twenty-ninth minute at Oxford United. It proved to be his only goal of his Gigg Lane stay and he came off after fifty-eight minutes in his final game in a 0-0 draw with Grimsby Town at Blundell Park on 17th April 1999. At Leeds he had only started four League games but had come off the bench on seventeen occasions and found the net just once. A fee of £75,000 saw him move onto Division Two side, Oxford United, on 5th August 1999, where he spent a season and a half. He made his debut on 7th August 1999 in a 2-1 win at Stoke City, and started to make regular appearances. The goals initially were hard to come by and he did not register his first until 19th February 2000 in a 2-1 home win over Chesterfield, when he got the winner in the last minute after coming on as a seventy-second minute substitute. He played sixty-three League games, including twelve from the bench, and scoring nine goals. Lilley was snapped up by Dundee Unitedís Alex Smith midway through the 2000-01 season for £100,000 in December 2000, and he scored on his debut with a thirty-second minute equalizer against Rangers at Tannadice in a 1-1 draw on 17th December 2000. United were struggling at the bottom of the table, but along with other new signings Charlie Miller and Jim Lauchlan, Lilley helped turn things around as United reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and only lost three League games in the second half of the season. Lilley finished as United's top scorer, scored the second goal in the eightieth minute in a 2-0 win at Ibrox on 31st March 2001 and scored the late winner, with just two minutes left on the clock, in the second last game of the season at McDiarmid Park as United fought back from two goals down against St Johnstone on 12th May 2001 to stay in the Premier League. Lilley wasn't as prolific over the next couple of seasons, scoring only ten more goals, but returned to McDiarmid Park to score a hat-trick in a 4-1 win on 22nd January 2002. When his contract ran out after the 2002-03 season, Lilley left for Livingston on 4th July 2003. In his two and a half seasons at Tannadice, he scored fourteen goals in seventy-seven Scottish League games including eleven from the bench. He also scored one in the Scottish Cup in eight games, which included one game as a substitute. A rejuvenated Lilley scored twelve League goals in his first season with Livingston. He signed for Boston United in May 2004 but never played a game as he returned north of the border at the behest of his wife. He rejoined Livingston in July 2004 and after spending a further season there, in which he only managed three goals and his contract was not renewed. In his two years at Livingston he scored fifteen goals in the Scottish League goals from fifty-one starts and fifteen substitute appearances. He signed once again with former club Morton on a free-transfer on 3rd June 2005. He stayed there for a season and a half and in total he clocked up over two hundred and thirty games with Morton, but in his last sojourn he scored sixteen goals times from forty-one starts and ten substitute appearances in Scottish League games, and no goals in two starts in the Play-offs. After Morton cancelled his contract, he moved on to St Johnstone on 26th January 2007, making his debut for them at home to Gretna on 27th January 2007 as a fifty-fourth minute substitute, to try and bolster the Saints attacking options. However, he found starts hard to come by and was released at the end of the season, having failed to score in any of his fourteen substitute appearances in the Scottish League. Lilley was snapped up by Alan Moore in anattempt to bolster Stirling Albionís strike-force on 1st July 2007. He made his debut in the 1-1 opening day draw against Partick Thistle on 4th August 2007, but he failed to score for the Binos after twenty-three Scottish League games of which eleven were as a substitute. He joined Forfar Athletic on 1st July 2008 and stayed for a year and scored twice in twenty-six Scottish League appearances of which three were from the bench. Lilley was one of ten players released by Loons' Manager Dick Campbell at the end of the 2008-09 season. In February 2009 he gave up his job with HBOSbank and became employed by Cadbury's as a salesman.(Leeds United Player Details)

Linighan

Andrew/Andy

12-11-1985

1984-1986

CH

Hartlepool

18-06-1962

After starting with Smith's Dock in August 1979 he joined his hometown club on 19th September 1980. He scored four goals in one hundred and ten League games before Leeds paid £20,000 for him on 15th May 1984. He went straight into the Leeds first team and was everpresent in the first season and until his first game for the Reserves as he fell out of favour with new manager Billy Bremner. He had scored three goals in sixty six starts before he moved to Oldham Athletic on 17th January 1986 for £55,000. At Boundary Park he scored six goals in the League in eighty-seven starts before being sold to Norwich City on 4th March 1988 for £300,000. He gained four England "B" caps in the 1989-90 season and Arsenal paid £1.25 million for him in July 1990. He scored five League goals in one hundred and two starts and seventeen games from the bench for the Gunners who were well served in defence. He moved to Crystal Palace in January 1997 for £110,000 and there scored five goals in one hundred and eleven League appearances, of which eight were from the bench. He left after a disagreement with the owners and joined Oxford United on 16th October 2000, but Oxford were relegated to Division Three in April 2001. He parted company them on 25th June 2001 after twelve starts and one game from the bench in the League. He immediately signed up with Ryman League's St Albans City, but in early September 2001, after making two starts and coming on twice as a substitute, he started his plumbing business. His brother David had a short trial period with Leeds in 1985(Leeds United Player Details)

Linighan

David

01-04-1985

1985-1985

CH

Hartlepool

09-01-1965

6ft 2ins Central defender, who followed his older brother Andy to Leeds in March 1985 to be his understudy for the final months of the season. He had joined his home town club straight from school, turning professional in March 1982 and he went on to score five goals in ninety-one League appearances of which seven were as a substitute. He left for Derby County in August 1986 but failed to make the Ram's first team and, in December 1986, he moved to Shrewsbury Town, where he scored once in sixty-five League starts before moving to Ipswich Town in June 1988. He was the main man in the Ipswich defence for over seven years and scored twelve goals in two hundred and seventy-seven League games, of which two were as a substitute. He joined Blackpool in November 1995 and scored five times in one hundred League games, of which three were as a substitute. In July 1998, he joined Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic on a free transfer, but only made two appearances for them, having a loan spell at Mansfield, before joining them permanently in July 1999. In 2000, Linighan moved into non-league football with Southport, Chester and then Hyde United, before retiring in 2002.

Litmanen

Jari Olavi

19-03-1991

1991-1991

OR

Lahti, Finland

20-02-1971

The Finnish Superstar, who was to grace some of the best teams in Europe made just one appeance for the Leeds Reserves while on trial in March 1991. He had started his Junior career with Reipas of Lahti over a ten year period from 1977 to 1987, before graduating to the club's first team in the latter year, and he went on to score twenty-eight goals in eighty-six League games until the end of the 1990 season. He moved to HJK Helsinki and scored sixteen goals in twenty-seven League appearances in the 1991 season. 1992 saw him at MyPa, where he scored seven goals in eighteen games. It was in the 1992 season that he joined the crack Dutch team Ajax and there he scored ninety-one goals in one hundred and fifty-nine appearances, before he moved to another top European team in Barcelona joining them in 1999. He only scored three goals in twenty-one games at the Camp Nu and left for Liverpool, on a free transfer, in January 2001. He broke his wrist, in March 2001, while playing for Finland and this sidelined him for several games as he looked to settle into the new team. Later he was to suffer ankle problems which hindered his presence in the first team, however, he scored five goals in twenty-six games before rejoining Ajax, on a free transfer, at the end of the season, in 2002. Once more he was plagued by injuries but he netted five times in twenty games before he returned to his hometown, Lahti, near the end of the 2004 season when they released him from his contract which allowed the move. He played the balance of the 2004 season, scoring three times in eleven games. He moved to Hansa Rostock in January 2005, scoring once in thirteen games but departed for Malmo FF of Sweden in July 2005. Again he spent much time sidelined and he had an operation on his ankle and though Malmo wanted to extend his contract, Litmanen did not extend it. He scored three goals from ten appearances before leaving in June 2007. He went to Fulham in January 2008 but never played a game before leaving in May 2008 and signed for Lahti once more on 8th August 2008, and he netted ten goals in forty appearances to the end of the 2010 season. 2011 season saw him with HJK Helsinki once more, after signing a one year contract on 20th April 2011 and he scored once in eighteen games before retiring at the end of season. He was used mostly as an impact substitute for ten to thirty minutes. It helped the club to win the championship once more but it was Litmanen's final season and he retired at the end of it at the age of forty. He represented Finland from 1989 to 2010, scoring thirty-two goals from his one hundred and thirty-seven appearances.

Little

Patrick/Paddy

24-04-1991

1989-1991

LB

Sunderland

He joined the club from school on 3rd July 1989. He became a regular in the Junior team and then progressed to starting one game for the Reserves and then coming on as a fifty-second minute substitute in the next game, but he was released at the end of the 1990-91 season.

Littlewood

Martin

06-01-1993

1992-1994

RH/OR

Leigh

30-11-1975

Joined Leeds straight from school anf became a trainee. He progressed through the juniors to the reserve team, but was never a regular in either and was not offered professional forms.

Livingstone

Stephen/Steve

14-09-1982

1982-1983

LB

Heckmondwike

5ft 9ins 10st 12lb at seventeen, he joined the club from school in July 1982. He attended the Matthew Murray School in Leeds and played for Leeds Schoolboys and the West Riding Schools and had trials for the England Schoolboys. He became a regular in the Junior team and then progressed to become a regular with the Reserves but did not progress further.

Lloyd

Samuel

23-02-1929

1929-1929

FB

He joined Leeds from Oldham Athletic on 4th December 1928 as a twenty-one year old, standing 5ft 11ins and weighing 11st 3lb, having previously been with Hollingworth in Oldham. It is believed that he only played one game for the Leeds Reserves.

Loadwick

Derek

25-08-1973

1972-1974

WH/IF

Middlesbrough

A utility player, 5ft 7 1/2ins and 10st 8 1/2lb, he was a regular member of the Middlesbrough and Yorkshire schoolboy teams. He became an apprentice straight from school and made his way into the Reserve team but never played for the first team.

Lomas

Albert/Bert

28-08-1948

1948-1949

Gk

Tyldesley

14-10-1924

Started his career as an amateur with Mossley Common and then Bolton Wanderers and joined Leeds from the latter on 8th September 1948 after a trial. He was described as being 21yo, 5ft 10ins and 10st 7lbs. He made his first team debut on 2nd October 1948, in his only game in that capacity. Lomas joined Mossley on 4th May 1949. He later moved to Rochdale in May 1950, where he made nine League appearances and Chesterfield in July 1951, where he made twenty-nine League appearances before joining Wigan Athletic. (Leeds United Player Details)

Longden

Eric

06-02-1929

1929-1930

IR/CH

Goldthorpe

18-05-1904

07-09-1983

After starting with Goldthorpe United he joined Doncaster Rovers in March 1926 and in almost three years he scored nine goals in thirty-two League games before joining Leeds on 7th January 1929 at the age of twenty-five, when he stood 5ft 11ins and weighed 11st. He scored seven goals in twenty-eight League games before joining Hull City on 30th October 1930. He did not stay long with the Tigers, scoring seven goals in fourteen League games before leaving for Blackpool on 5th February 1931, where he scored seven times in sixty-one League games before returning to Hull City in the 1932-33 season to add another five goals in a further seventy-four League appearances in two seasons before finishing his career with Scarborough. (Leeds United Player Details)

Longstaff

Jason

11-05-1989

1987-1989

CH/FB

Leeds

08-02-1971

He played for the Leeds City Boys at Under-eleven and subsequent levels and represented West Yorkshire Schoolboys at Under-fifteen level. He was taken on as an Apprentice by Leeds but though he progressed through the Juniors and played the occasional Reserve game he was not signed on professional forms.

Lorimer

Peter Patrick/Peter

08-09-1962

1962-1985

OR/IF

Dundee

14-12-1946

Signed on amateur forms in May 1962, when still only fifteen, Leeds beat all the top teams to his signature and he signed professional in December 1963 by which time he had progressed through the Reserves and made his first-team debut in September 1962 to make him United's youngest player ever to make the senior team. A broken leg halted his progress but after recovering he established himself early in the 1965-66 season and built his legend as the strongest shot in football and was a regular member and shared all the honours of the team until he left to join York City in September 1979. He scored eight goals in twenty-nine League games before taking off to play in foreign Leagues. He returned to Leeds from Vancouver in March 1984 and scored the goal that took him past John Charles as United's all-time record goalscorer, as he scored seventeen times in seventy-four starts and two more from the bench in his second stint at Leeds, before going to Whitby in December 1985. He finished with two hundred and thirty-eight goals in six hundred and seventy-eight starts and twenty-nine more from the bench in all competitions.(Leeds United Player Details)

Loughnane

John Brian/Brian

17-01-1953

1952-1953

OR

Manchester

18-03-1958

He joined Leeds on 15th August 1952 and made more than a dozen appearances with the Reserves, but never made the first team. He left for Shrewsbury Town in July 1953, where he scored seven goals in forty-two appearances in three years. He joined Bournemouth in July 1956 and there scored six goals in forty-three League games in two seasons.

Lovell

Jason

08-03-1989

1989-1989

CF

A strongly built 6ft striker from Wessex League club Wimborne Town, who came on eighteen minutes into the second half on his debut as he took over from John Stiles. Ten minutes later he found the back of the net, after he had shrugged off the attentions of a defender following a long clearance from Leeds keeper Neil Edwards and from the right of the penalty area he fired a shot across the West Bromwich Albion keeper Paul Bradshaw into the far corner of the net. It was to be his only appearance for Leeds Reserves. Lovell went on to be part of the team that won the F.A. Vase at Wembley in the 1991-92 season, when he was a substitute in the 5-3 victory over Guiseley.

Lowe

Richard Ernest/Richard

03-04-1935

1934-1937

CF

Cannock

13-07-1915

00-00-1986

Lowe did not make the first team at Elland Road, but found the net when with the Reserves. He left for Sheffield United on 3rd May 1937, when he was twenty-one and stood 5ft 10 1/2 ins and weighed 11st 9lbs. He only played once for the Blades first team and moved to Hull City and has scored twice in two games in the 1939-40 season before WW2 caused its cessation.

Lowndes

Nathan Peter/Nathan

03-04-1995

1994-1995

OL

Salford

02-06-1977

After joining Leeds as a Trainee direct from school, he scored eleven goals in seventeen starts and four games from the bench for the Juniors and started one game for the Reserves in 1994-95. He was allowed to leave for Watford, who paid £40,000 to take him to Vicarage Road in October 1995, even though he had not played a first team game at Elland Road. He started one and came off the bench in six League games for the Hornets in three seasons before moving to Scottish Premier team St Johnstone for £50,000 in August 1998. He scored fourteen goals in thirty starts and thirty-four as a substitute. He then joined Livingston, another Scottish Premier team on a free transfer in July 2001. He only stayed with them for one season scoring three goals in seven starts and fourteen games from the bench before moving to Plymouth Argyle on a free transfer in July 2002. He had also made two starts in the League while on loan to English First Division team Rotherham United in March 2002. He stayed at Home Park for over two years and scored ten goals in starting twenty-five and coming off the bench twenty-eight times before moving to Port Vale in November 2004. He stayed at Vale Park for almost three seasons, scoring six goals in starting thirty-eight League games and being a substitute in twenty-one more. He joined Chester City on a free transfer in July 2007 and started eight and was a substitute in four games before retiring in September 2008. He came out of retirement to play with Scone Thistle in May 2012, scoring nine goals in fourteen games.

Luke

W. Harry

06-09-1950

1949-1951

CH

Belfast

Joined Leeds from Northern Ireland club Bangor in August 1949. Played a handful of games for the Reserves but never made the first team. Is thought to have left for Bournemouth in the close season of 1951, but never played a League game there either.

Lukic

Jovan/John

05-04-1977

1977-1983 and 1990-1996

Gk

Chesterfield

11-12-1960

He started with Leeds as an apprentice, joining them straight from school in May 1977, before signing professional in December 1978, by which time he had already played for the Reserves. He went on to win many honours, but despite playing for England Youth, seven times for England Under-Twenty-Ones and also England "B", full honours evaded him. He made one hundred and Forty-Six League starts for United before moving to Arsenal in July 1983 for £125,000 and two hundred and twenty-three League games later he returned to Leeds in June 1990, for £1 million, to added two hundred and nine League starts to his Leeds tally. In July 1996 he returned to Arsenal, on a free transfer, where he made fifteen more League starts, before retiring in 2001.(Leeds United Player Details)

Lummus

Eric

15-09-1948

1948-1949

OL

From Nottinghamshire, he joined Leeds as a 20yo from Hucknall on 18th September 1948, after being demobbed.

Lumsden

James Murdoch/Jimmy

24-09-1966

1964-1970

WH

Glasgow

07-11-1947

Played for Glasgow Schoolboys and trialed for the Scottish Schoolboys, joined Leeds with close friend Eddie Gray straight from school in 1962 turning professional in November 1966. Initially an inside forward he was converted to a wing-half and soon forced his way into the reserves and made his first team debut in May 1967. However, there was such a fine array of midfield players at Leeds that his exposure to first-team football was limited to just three starts and one game from the bench. He left for Southend in July 1970 but made only twelve League starts and one game from the bench before returning to Scotland. He joined Morton, making thirty-nine starts and playing three games from the bench and scoring three times in the League in the 1971-72 and early 1972-73 season before moving to St Mirren to score once in thirteen League starts in the rest of the season. He then played for one season in Ireland with Cork Hibernian. He returned to Morton and scored twice in twenty-eight starts in the 1974-75 season. He then moved to Clydebank and scored three goals in seventy starts and six games from the bench in the next three seasons before joining Celtic at the end of the 1977-78 season. He was bought to bring young talent through the club and it was the start of a long career as coach and assistant manager. He was Eddie Gray's assistant at Leeds and was David Moyes' assistant at Preston, Everton and Manchester United until 2014.(Leeds United Player Details)

Lush

J. H.

30-04-1921

1921-1922

CH

Bournemouth

He played for the Leeds United Reserves in the final two fixtures of the 1920-21 season at Centre-Half and then alternated between Centre-Half and Left-Half for about half the games in the 1921-22 season before leaving at the end of that season on a free transfer.

Lynam

Gary

06-01-1993

1992-1994

OL

Rotherham

31-05-1976

Joined Leeds straight from school and became a trainee. He progressed through the juniors to the reserve team, but was never a regular in either and was not offered professional forms.

Lynch

Damian

11-05-1997

1996-2001

CH/RB

Dublin

31-07-1979

Joined Leeds straight from school and became a trainee. He progressed through the juniors, where he was the regular centre-half in the fine team that won the Northern Intermediate League and the F. A. Youth Cup in 1996-97, in which he scored once in twenty-six starts and one game from the bench in the League and started all eleven games in the Cup, to the reserve team, where he started the final game after having been a substitute in a previous game. Hower, after signing professional forms in 1997, he was unable to force himself into the first team and left for Nottingham Forest on 16th October 2001, after being on trial from 10th September 2001. He was also unable to gain first-team recognition there either and returned to Ireland joining Bohemians on a free transfer on 16th May 2002. He had three successful seasons at Dalymount Park. He left to join Drogheda United in 2005 and he joined St Patrick's Athletic before the 2008 season and stayed with them until he retired in December 2011. In that time he scored four goals in the League from seventy-one starts and five games from the bench and eight when he was unused as a substitute. In all games he scored six goals from one hundred and four games. He was capped by the Republic at all levels from Under-Fifteen to Twenty-One. He had also won league titles at both Bohemians and Drogheda as well as two Setanta Cups and an FAI Cup on Boyneside. He started five times for the Republic of Ireland Under-Eighteen and came from the bench twice, while he started once and was a substitute once for the Under-Twenty-Ones.

Lydon

George Michael/Micky

21-08-1954

1954-1955

OL

Sunderland

25-11-1933

An England Schoolboy International, he was taken on by his home town, in December 1950, but in an effort to secure first team football he joined Leeds in June 1954. He was an almost ever-present in the Leeds Reserve team and broke into the first team in January 1955, replacing Andy McCall and scoring on debut. It was to be his only goal and he managed only four League appearances, before returning to Reserve duty. When he failed to make the first team, being second choice to George Meek, and Jackie Overfield looming as a talented prospect, he returned north to Gateshead signing for them on 31st Ocrober 1955. There he scored twenty-four goals in one hundred and six League games in almost four seasons.(Leeds United Player Details)

Lyon

John/Jack

13-09-1920

1920-1921

IL

Prescot

03-11-1893

00-00-1985

5ft 8ins tall and weighing 11st 10lb, he started with St Helens in the Lancashire Combination League and then spent six years at Hull City until he was signed by Leeds on 29th June 1920. He spent one season at Leeds, before he joined Prescot after the end of the 1920-21 season. He later joined New Brighton. (Leeds United Player Details)