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
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Leeds City F.C. Player and Manager Profiles
Leeds United/City Statistics
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Leeds United/City Friendlies and Other Games
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Gribben: William Howat (Bill)

1928-1928 (Player Details)

Centre Half

Born: Glasgow: 28-10-1906

Debut v Blackburn Rovers (a): 08-12-1928

Height&Weight: Unknown

Gribben rose from obscurity to deputise for Ernie Hart in 1928-29. "He started with Beeston Hill Parish Church and represented the F.A. XI against the Army at York on 12th December 1925. The Army team included several amateur internationals and it was no surprise when they won 9-0. It is thought that he also appeared for Yorkshire Amateurs in the 1925-26 season. He played regularly for Castleford Town in the Yorkshire League in the 1926-27 and it was then that he came to the attention of Leeds United. He joined Leeds on 25th August 1927, having had trials with the reserves. He played his first game for them, coincidently against his former team, Castleford Town, in a friendly a few days later and continued to play on a regular basis for the Leeds Reserve team in the 1927-28 season." (Information kindly supplied by Neil Roche). His debut against the F.A. Cup holders came on the same day as George McNestry’s first appearance. With Ernie Hart firmly in possession of the Centre Half spot, he joined Harrogate AFC in 1929 and while there represented the Yorkshire League XI against the Leeds League. He died in 1969.

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