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
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Leeds United/City Friendlies and Other Games
Leeds United/City Reserves and Other Teams

Leeds United Reserve Team Players:

SurnameForename/akaDebut DateLeeds CareerPositionPOBDOBDODDetails





Not much is known, other than he played as a trialist at Inside-Left in his debut game, which also proved to be his final one.






A former England Schoolboy International who was a member of the Everton side that won the Youth Cup in 1983-84. He was released by Everton a year later and played in one Central League game while on trial at Leeds in which he was unsuccessful.








He started with Blairhall Colliery before joining his hometown team, where he scored twenty-six goals in Ninety-three Scottish League games. He was signed by Leeds on 14th March 1957, making his League debut two days later. Like many players of the day he had to serve his National Service but, that apart, and the odd injury, he maintained his first team spot. He went on to score six goals in forty-four League games before leaving for Southampton in July 1959. He had operated more in a midfield role with Leeds, but the Saints played him in a more attacking role and he became a prolific goalscorer, netting one hundred and fifty-four goals in two hundred and forty-four League games in his seven seasons at the Dell. He regularly featured in the leading goalscorers charts. He left the Dell for Leyton Orient in March 1966, but did not stay long, scoring three goals in seventeen League games. He moved to Aldershot in December 1966 and scored eight goals in forty-one League games, of which three were as a substitute.(Leeds United Player Details)






After playing with Cork Athletic, he came to Leeds on trial in October 1953 and played several Reserve and "A" team games before leaving at the end of the season.







He featured regularly for the Juniors in 1991-2, when he also scored often. 1992-93 was not good for him as he made only one appearance for the Reserves and one for the Juniors before not being taken on as a professional.






Not much is known, other than he played once at Outside-Left in his debut game, which also proved to be his final one.


Eugene F. J.






He joined Leeds on 22nd August 1920 from Blackpool for £250, having missed most of the 1919-20 season, due to illness. On 5th October 1920 the Directors reported him to the Football League and suspended him over his neglect of training. While still signed for Leeds, he spent the most of 1921-22 playing on loan with Ashton National, where he netted over thirty goals. At the end of the season he left for Halifax Town. (Leeds United Player Details)








Started with Ipswich Town as a trainee in 1984 he signed professional in June 1985. He made his debut in a Full-Members Cup game in September 1986 and in the League the same season and went on to make ten League starts and four more games from the bench. He was loaned to Northampton Town in January 1988 and there he started one League game. Howard Wilkinson signed him as defensive cover in July 1989, but injuries restricted his appearances which were nearly all for the reserves, apart from a second half substitute appearance of just sixteen minutes for the first team. He left for Exeter City in August 1991, but made only two League starts before returning to his native North-East with Non-League Gateshead the following season. (Leeds United Player Details)








The nephew of Frank and Hugh O'Donnell, formerly of Blackpool, Preston North End fame, he started with Wellesley Juniors before joining Blackburn Rovers in May 1952 and later having trials with Oldham Athletic as an amateur in October 1953. He was 5ft 10ins and 11st 4lbs when Leeds signed him as a twenty-one-year-old from Stalybridge Celtic on 7th January 1957. He played a handful of Reserve games before leaving at the end of that season.


Jonathan David/Jonathan






Attended St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Grammar School and played in midfield for the Leeds City Boys and Yorkshire Schoolboys in the 1968-69 season. Had trials for the England Schoolboys when he represented the North Schoolboys against the North-East and went on to play with the successful Pudsey Juniors, a Leeds United feeder club, at the Under-sixteen level. He turned professional in March 1971. He progressed to Reserve team level but never played for the first team. He joined Cambridge United in July 1973. He scored eight goals in seventy-nine League games and also played once for Colchester United in August 1975, while on loan with them, before moving to Hartlepool United in July 1976. There he scored once in thirty League starts and one game from the bench. His final League club was Scunthorpe United, who he joined in July 1977 and scored once in sixty League starts in the next two seasons.








The 6ft 3ins goalkeeper started his career with Shelbourne in 1989, making his debut on the opening day of the 1990-91 season. After West Bromwich Albion had been ready to sign him, a late change of plans by Shelbourne saw him arrive at Leeds United at the age of twenty before the start of the 1990-91 season. He was low in the pecking order for the Leeds goalkeeping jersey, with John Lukic undisputed number one and Mervyn Day his undisputed deputy and, for a while, Neil Edwards was also ahead of him. He persevered and made eight appearances for the Leeds Reserves in the 1990-91 season and five appearances in the 1991-92 season. He had remained the Irish Under-Twenty-One keeper and finished with four caps before he turned twenty-one in 1991. With Lukic and Day seemingly immovable, O'Dowd returned across the Irish Sea to play on loan with Kilkenny City and made two appearances for them, and he left Leeds without having made the first team and he remained philosophical about his time there but realised that he just wasn't good enough for that level. He joined St Patrick's Athletic and started one hundred and thirty-eight games in the following three years. He moved to Derry City in July 1995 and made ninety-six appearances in his three years there and the club won the League of Ireland Championship in 1996-97. This meant that he sampled European Cup football the following season. He was sent off against PFC Lokomotiv Sofia in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He next joined Shamrock Rovers and spent six seasons there, from July 1998 until December 2003. He started one hundred and twenty-three League games in that time and countless European and local cup games. His next move was to Drogheda United, in January 2004, where he spent two seasons, but started just nine games before moving to Malahide United and then returning to Shelbourne for one season in 2007-08, and playing twenty-five League games, before retiring. He finally made the Leeds United "first team" when he represented United in the 2009 Yorkshire Masters six-a-side competition in Sheffield. Neil Aspin, Dylan Kerr, Godwin Douglas, Ray Wallace, Rod Wallace, John Pearson and Clyde Wijnhard joining him in the squad. The following season the squad included O'Dowd, Noel Whelan, Kevin Sharp and Mark Tinkler and four more from the previous year but they were eliminated when drawn in the same group as the two Manchester clubs, City and United. But in 2011 Leeds won and the eight-man squad for the six-a-side game was O'Dowd, Darren Huckerby, Paul Butler, Jamie Forrester, Andy Couzens, Noel Whelan, Kevin Sharp and Clyde Wijnhard. They progressed to the National final where they lost to Glasgow Rangers. After retiring he worked for a pharmaceutical company.









He had a trial with Nantwich Victoria, before joining Witton Albion, the had one game with Port Vale in 1929-30 season before joining Southampton, where he scored twice in seven League games in the 1931-32 season. He joined Leeds on 24th August 1932 and scored twice in eight League appearances at Elland Road, where the competition was keen and he had to be satisfied with playing mainly for the Reserves. He left Leeds in May 1933 and joined Burnley where he scored eight goals in thirteen League games before moving to Bury for the start of the 1934-35 season. He scored four goals in fifteen League games and then found a new club each season as he played four times with Millwall in 1935-36, scored nine goals in twenty-eight games with Carlisle United in 1936-37 and twice for Accrington Stanley in twenty-three League games in 1937-38. He joined Tunbridge Wells Rangers in 1938-39 and finished his career there.(Leeds United Player Details)








Although Leeds born and bred, he slipped through the Leeds recruiting network and joined Huddersfield Town straight from school. He went on to gain England Under-Twenty-three recognition and scored twice on his England debut. It cost Leeds £30,000 to bring him home, after he had scored twenty-six goals in one hundred and sixty League starts at Leeds Road. It was money well-spent as despite injury problems he was consistently one of the best Leeds players particularly in their championship winning season. Signed on 13th October 1965, he made his League debut three days later and went on to score seventeen goals in one hundred and twenty starts and one game from the bench in all competions and was recalled to the England team, but injuries restricted both his Leeds and international honours. He left Leeds for Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1969, after Revie changed the Leeds style of play to accomodate the arrival of Allan Clarke. There he again suffered from injuries and scored five goals in thirty-three League games, of which five were from the bench. After being loaned to Birmingham City in February 1972, where he started two and came off the bench once in League games, he left Molineux for Rotherham United in November 1972, where he finished his career with two goals from twenty-four League starts. (Leeds United Player Details)








A Northern Ireland Youth International, he joined Leeds straight from school at the age of sixteen as a trainee professional. He progressed through the Leeds Juniors and played spasmodically for the Reserves. In March 1994 he was selected in midfield for the Northern Ireland Under-Twenty-One team against Romania, playing the full ninety minutes of a 0-0 draw. He was released by Leeds in the summer of 1994. Nothing is known of his subsequent career but apparently he signed for East Stirlingshire in the Scottish Third Division in January 2009 and played one game for them on 9th May 2009.








Started with Sunderland Juniors before signing professional forms in October 1963. There he met Brian Clough who was to be his Manager for most of his career. He scored fourteen goals in fifty-one League starts at Roker Park before being signed by Clough for Derby County in August 1967. He went on to gain three Scottish Under-Twenty-three caps and then thirteen full caps. He scored sixty-five goals in two hundred and forty-seven League starts and one game from the bench at the Baseball Ground. Clough took him to Leeds in August 1974 but he only managed one goal in six League games at Elland Road before Clough rescued him by signing him for Nottingham Forest in February 1975. He went on to score fourteen goals with Forest in one hundred and one League games of which seven were from the bench before his League career ended in 1981. (Leeds United Player Details)






Owerri, Nigeria


Was a trialist who played one game for the Leeds Reserves, but curiously in the very next game he played for Notts County against the Leeds Reserves and scored. In 1984, a 21-year-old Okorie had enrolled at Visakhapatnam University in India, where he was expected to begin studying architecture. However, it was in his first year as a student that his footballing skills became apparent and he played for Visakhapatnam’s student team. A year later, whilst playing for a Visakhapatnam XI, he was spotted by scouts from Mohammedan Sporting Calcutta in 1985. After two seasons with Mohammedan SC, the physically-commanding Okorie transferred to East Bengal in a move that would seal his status as one of the most menacing players to have played in the Indian leagues. Okorie was top scorer in the Indian top-flight in 1987, 1989 and 1990 and after a 500,000 rupees switch to Mohun Bagan, the Nigerian continued terrorising defences – topping the league’s goalscoring charts twice more, in 1991 and 1992. Nine years after moving to India as a 21-year-old, Okorie came over to England to try to make a name for himself in the country. He started his English career with Peterborough United, but was snapped up by Grimsby Town in September 1993 and made five substitute appearances for them. He stayed with them until March 1994 when he joined Torquay United and scored six goals in thirty-two starts and four games from the bench in the 1994-95 season. He then spent two seasons in Norway before Okorie returned to Mohun Bagan in India, where despite being in his mid-30s by now, he topped the Indian goalscoring charts for the sixth and seventh times in his career, in 1998 and 1999, before retiring two years later.


David Anthony/David




Stoke Newington


Although O’Leary was born in London he moved to live in Dublin at the age of three. He went to school in Dublin at St Kevin’s, Glasnevin and captained the Irish Schools side. He played for Shelbourne Juniors and had unsuccessful trials with Manchester United before joining Arsenal as an apprentice in June 1973. He soon progressed through the ranks at Highbury, playing in the reserves at the age of sixteen. He made his debut for Arsenal in a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor against Burnley on 16th August 1975. For the next ten years he was almost ever-present in the Arsenal side, playing more than forty matches a season, except for 1980-81, when he was injured and only played twenty-seven. During that fine spell he was elected into the annual PFA Team of the Year for the First Division, three times in four seasons from 1978-79 to 1981-82, the exception being 1980-81, when he had the injury problems. He was made Arsenal's captain in 1982 but was replaced by Graham Rix eighteen months later. The arrival of George Graham in 1986 bought renewed vigour from O'Leary and he steadily regained his status as one of the League’s most reliable defenders. But the Littlewoods Cup triumph of 1987 proved to be the last season in which O’Leary would command a regular berth. An ankle injury sidelined him for much of the following campaign and his involvement in the title-winning surge in 1989 was sporadic. However, in 1989 he became Arsenal’s record appearance holder, surpassing George Armstrong’s record of six hundred and twenty-one first team games. Although his final six seasons had seen him start to miss more games as injuries took their toll but he still remained one of the best defenders in Europe, deceptively quick, supreme in the air and a wonderful distributor of the ball. While at Highbury, he had scored eleven goals in five hundred and fifty-eight League games of which thirty-five were as a substitute, in the League Cup he had scored twice in seventy games, of which two were from the bench, in the F.A. Cup he netted once in seventy games, of which one was as a substitute, he played twenty-one games in European competitions and three games in Charity Shields making a total of fourteen goals in six hundred and eighty-one starts and forty one games from the bench, an Arsenal record of seven hundred and twenty-two appearances. He was at the heart of many of Arsenal’s victorious teams, winning League Championship medals in 1988-89 and 1990-91, FA Cup winners’ medals in 1979 and 1993 and League Cup winners’ medals in 1987 and 1993. He also won runners-up medals in the F.A. Cup in 1978 and 1980 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1980. He made his Republic of Ireland debut against England in a 1-1 draw at Wembley in September 1976 as an eighteen-year-old and clearly made an impression on Irish Manager John Giles as O’Leary was a regular in all Giles' teams. His successor Eoin Hand also kept O’Leary in the side alongside centre half partner Mark Lawrenson. He made forty-six appearances between 1976 and 1986. In 1986 Jack Charlton took over as Manager of the Irish team and O'Leary's time as an automatic choice came to an end. O’Leary did go to the 1990 World Cup in Italy but was down the pecking order, with Kevin Moran and Mick McCarthy being first choice. He claimed a place in Irish sporting folklore when he scored the winning penalty against Romania in a second round penalty shoot out, which took the Republic into the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. He continued to represent his country until 1993, being involved in the 1994 World Cup Qualifying campaign. He was made captain for his sixty-eighth and final appearance on 17th February 1993 in a 2-1 win over Wales in Dublin. He remained with Arsenal until he was given a free-transfer and joined Leeds in July 1993 aged thirty-five. Looking for experience to assist young central defenders David Wetherall and Jon Newsome, Leeds boss Howard Wilkinson opted for the Arsenal Legend on a three year contract. His class was obvious on his Leeds debut, but it was not long before his ageing limbs ran into injury problems and he was forced to give up the game in 1995 with Achilles tendon trouble after just ten League starts at Elland Road. When the former Arsenal manager George Graham was put in charge at Leeds, in September 1996, O'Leary was installed as his assistant. He remained in this position for two years until Graham moved to Tottenham Hotspur. After Graham left for Tottenham, the Leeds board offered Martin O’Neill the manager's position, but the deal fell through and O'Leary was instead promoted to the hot seat. At the end of 1998-99 Leeds finished fourth in the EPL and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Their 1999-2000 campaign ended in the semi-final with defeat to the Turkish side Galatasaray. On the domestic front, Leeds finished third in the Premiership and qualified for the Champions League. It was their first campaign at that level since the 1992-1993 season. Leeds reached the Semi-Finals of the Champions League in 2000-2001, where they lost to eventual runners-up Valencia. Their Premiership form also dipped slightly and David O'Leary's men had to settle for a UEFA Cup place. Although there was little indication of this at the time, this was a serious failure for the club because Chairman Peter Ridsdale had borrowed £60 million against future gate receipts, budgeting for prolonged Champions League involvement. 2001-02 began well for Leeds. They frequently topped the table during the first half of the season and were Premiership leaders on 1st January 2002. However, loss of form in the second half of the season saw them slump into sixth place, the last automatic UEFA Cup place. The season was thrown into turmoil by the involvement of four players, including first-teamers Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer, in an incident in Leeds City centre that ended in the assault and injury of an Asian student. O'Leary to some extent alienated the fans, and more importantly Ridsdale, by writing a book, “Leeds United On Trial”, that some saw as cashing in on the troubles the club had suffered. By June 2002, O'Leary had spent almost £100 million on new players in less than four years for no reward in terms of trophies, but O'Leary had never finished outside the top six as a Manager. Ridsdale sacked O'Leary as Leeds Manager in the summer of 2002, replacing him with Terry Venables. O'Leary's departure signalled a downhill spiral for the club which would see three more managers (Venables, Peter Reid and Eddie Gray) come and go before the club was finally relegated from the Premiership in 2004 with £80 million debt. Even so his dismissal came as a surprise and was the first indication of the growing crisis at Leeds United. O'Leary, meanwhile, was linked with various other vacant Managers' jobs throughout the 2002-03 season. He was hot favourite to become manager of Sunderland when Peter Reid was sacked in October and again when Howard Wilkinson was sacked in March. But O'Leary remained out of work until June 2003 when he was appointed manager of Aston Villa. O'Leary remained at Villa and managed to get an already good squad to perform successfully so that by the final weeks of the season they were pushing hard for at least a UEFA Cup place and possibly even a Champions League place. But in the end their early season form had caught up with them and they had to settle for sixth place, one place too low for European qualification. During the 2004-05 season, Aston Villa hovered just below the European qualification places, ending the season in tenth spot. Despite a bright start to the season, they lacked the consistency that was attributed to his first season in charge. O'Leary occasionally made complaints towards aspects of his position which earned him the nickname "Dreary O'Leary" to some fans. He became increasingly under-fire from fans and media alike for a lack of tactical awareness, man management skills and enthusiasm for the success of the club. A series of poor results saw Villa hovering dangerously above the relegation zone going into December, with just seventeen points from seventeen games. However an improved winter period saw them move slightly up the league. This brief period of positive results was short-lived, and in the end, Villa finished sixteenth, just two places above the relegation zone. On 19th July 2006, O'Leary's contract as Villa Manager was terminated by mutual consent. Despite many managerial positions becoming available, O'Leary did not return to football management until 4th July 2010 when he took on the role with Al-Ahli of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and had his former Leeds Assistant, Roy Aitken once more with him, on a three year contract. It did not last long, as he was relived of his duties after a heavy defeat by Al Jazira on 2nd April 2010 and only winning six of fifteen games, after initially starting well. He and his assistant were both sacked twenty days later. He had to go to FIFA but ultimately, in May 2013, he was compensated for his over two years remaining on his contract and received £3.34million. In the interim he was unemployed and subsequently he did not return to coaching or managing but was an occasional TV pundit for Al Jazeera and BT Sport's. (Leeds United Player Details)








Joined Leeds straight from school as a Trainee and played in the highly successful 1992-93 Youth Cup winning Juniors, although he did not play in the finals. He did not progress beyond an occasional Reserve game and was not signed on professional forms.


James Joseph/Sean






Played for the Northern Ireland Schoolboys before joining Leeds straight from school as an apprentice before signing professional forms in May 1969. He soon graduated to the Reserves and played in many positions, both in attack and defence. Eventually he settled down in the Left-Back position and that was where he made his first team debut in October 1973 as a substitute. He never did start a game for the first team, but added two more games from the bench in all competitions. He left United in July 1974 to join Chesterfield and there he became a club stalwart, scoring six goals in four hundred and forty-two League appearances, of which five were as a substitute, in his more than ten year stay. (Leeds United Player Details)






A trialist from the Manchester area he joined the club on 8th November 1947 and left at the end of the 1947-48 season. Not much is known, other than he played once, possibly as a goalkeeper.






Ardalstangen, Norway


Capped once by his native Norway in 2001, he was a 6ft 2ins striker that came for a trial with Leeds while still not twenty. He started with Sogndal in 1997 and scored thirty-four goals in one hundred and forty-four games before moving to Hamarkameratene in 2005 and scored fourteen goals in eighty-five games before returning to Sogndal to score five times in eighteen games in 2010. While valued at £2million when at Leeds, his progress was hampered by a broken leg in 2001, and with his contract due to expire, Sunderland took him on trial in 2003 hoping he could be bought for a knockdown fee, but it never transpired.


Brendan Thomas Christopher/Brendan






Capped by England at Schoolboy and Youth levels he joined Aston Villa and turned professional with them in October 1978. He scored four goals in one hundred and fifteen starts and two games from the bench before Leeds signed him in February 1986 for £65,000. He scored five goals in forty-six League games. Forty-five of those had been made as he regularly captained United before sustaining a bad injury in the final play-off in the 1986-87 season. He did not play again for almost two seasons, in the final game of the 1988-89 season at Shrewsbury. It was his final game for Leeds, but he was loaned to Shrewsbury Town in January 1990 as he tried to prove his fitness, but only started one game. Doncaster Rovers took a chance with him in July 1990 and he rewarded them with seven goals in seventy-eight starts in two seasons, before moving to Scarborough in August 1992, scoring once in fifteen starts and one game off the bench. He did play twice for Wigan Athletic, but spent the rest of his playing career in Ireland or in Non-League Football.(Leeds United Player Details)






Llay, near Wrexham


6ft 1ins 12st 11lb in 1984, he was educated at Darland School in Rossett where he became a Welsh International Schoolboy international and also represented the Clwyd Schoolboys and North Wales Schoolboys at Under-fifteen level, before becoming a Welsh Youth International. He joined Leeds straight from school, signing Schoolboy forms in 1983 before he became an Apprentice in July 1984 and turning professional in October 1985. He had by that time progressed through the Juniors and made his debut for the Reserves. He failed to establish himself and left for Bradford City in November 1985, where he made one substitute appearance before joining Rochdale in August 1988. There he firmly established himself, scoring sixteen goals in one hundred and one starts and eight more from the bench. He moved to Exeter City in July 1991, but only made three League appearance, of which two were as a substitute before returning North to Darlington in January 1992. He had two seasons there, becoming their captain and making eighty-eight League starts and scoring two goals, before being released in May 1994. He then had another ten years in Non-League, mostly with Welsh clubs.








He scored five times in twenty-two starts for the Juniors in 1993-94 and once in two starts and two games from the bench in the reserves and followed those up with three goals in twenty-two starts and one from the bench for the Juniors and three starts and one game from the bench in the Reserves in the 1994-95 season, but did not sign professional forms.






Not much is known, other than he played as a trialist, from the Manchester area, at Outside-Left in his debut game, which also proved to be his final one.







Joining Leeds on 16th February 1959, he progressed through the Leeds Juniors and "A" team to the Reserves, but despite making several appearances in that team, he did not make the first team. He left for Ramsgate Athletic on 3rd October 1960.








A product of Ashley Road Methodists, he was an amateur with Bolton Wanderers before joing Leeds from Yorkshire Amateurs on 12th May 1953. He progressed through the "A" and Reserve teams before making his first team debut in October 1955. He soon established himself as first choice Outside-Left and went on to score twenty goals in over one hundred and sixty appearances. After a change of management at Leeds he asked for a transfer and in August 1960 he went to Sunderland in exchange for Colin Grainger. He scored five goals in sixty-five League games at Roker Park, before leaving for Peterborough United in February 1963. He only made one League appearance before moving to Bradford City in July 1964, where he made eleven League appearances in one season before retiring. (Leeds United Player Details)