24 Apr 2019 06:58am, by YorkshireSquare

Back in 2005 we compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever. Over 164 players were nominated to give us our final 100 but in the time that has passed since 2005 nearly 200 more players have donned the white shirt of Leeds United. It has not been a period of glory for Leeds United but there have been some stand out players who deserve to be added to the list. Some of those who were fresh in the memory when the initial vote was taken may have faded in the memories over the years and some players may no be looked on with greater fondness. As such we have updated the 100 Greatest Leeds United Players Ever in time for our centenary year and give you our 100for100. Players 30-26 included; Rio Ferdinand, Trevor Cherry, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, John Sheridan and Lee Bowyer. Now we bring you players 25 to 21...

25) Gary Speed (1988-1996)

Country: Wales | DOB: 08/09/1969 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 311 | Goals: 57

Born 1969, Gary Speed joined Leeds straight from school in 1987. A Welsh Youth International, he got his first team chance after he scored in 12 consecutive Northern Intermediate League games. After one appearance for the first team he was called into the Welsh full squad for whom he appeared 34 times whilst at Leeds. He excelled in Uniteds' championship winning team when his forays down the left and his ability in the air brought him , and others, plenty of goals. He made 291 full and 20 substitute appearances scoring 57 goals before moving to Everton for £3.4m in 1996. He later moved to Newcastle United and a testament to his longevity and freedom from serious injury was that Gary held the record for most appearances of any outfield player in the EPL, long after his retirement. We sadly lost Gary to suicide in November 2011 but he will always be remembered fondly by all football fans, not just of the teams he played for. He was my hero.

Read more about Gary Speed on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

24) Lee Chapman (1990-1996)

Country: England | DOB: 05/12/1959 | Position: Forward | Apps: 174 | Goals: 80

Born Lincoln in 1959, he began his professional career with Stoke City in 1978, where he once recorded a hat-trick against Leeds, showing early promise in winning an England under 23 cap. After establishing himself at Stoke, his career faltered and he played with Arsenal, and Sunderland before Howard Wilkinson took him to Sheffield Wednesday in 1984. He netted 69 goals in 149 games for the Owls before taking on an unsuccessful sample of French football, which quickly saw him return to England with Nottingham Forest, where he won League Cup and Zenith Cup winner's medals. He joined Leeds in 1990 and led them to the Second Division and First Division Championships in quick succession. He played 171 games and scored 80 goals. He left in 1993 but returned for a short loan spell in 1996.

Read more about Lee Chapman on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

All White: Leeds United's 100 Greatest Players
By Jon Howe and Andrew Dalton

For a different perspective on the 100 greatest Leeds players of all time check out All White by Jon Howe and Andrew Dalton. A celebration of Leeds United's greatest 100 players. Definitive and official, All White offers a perspective on the history of the club, combining stories and expert insights into the players with telling facts and statistics. From Bremner and Batty, Chapman and Charles to Smudger and Sniffer, the book gives a real sense of how these heroic, combative, iconic characters could affect the moods and the lives of fans over the decades - all contributing to the rollercoaster drama that is pure Leeds.

23) Tony Currie (1976-1979)

Country: England | DOB: 01/01/1950 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 124 | Goals: 16

Born in Edgeware, London in 1950. Tony Currie was the nearest thing Leeds has to fill the Bremner, Giles combination. His delicate skills and passing ability saw him win 11 of his 17 caps for England while a Leeds player. He was sold by Sheffield United to Leeds in 1976 and Currie maintained his star status at Elland Road, adding consistently to his talents. For two season he was a regular in the England squad but could not add domestic honours. He played 123 games for Leeds and scored 25 goals.

Read more about Tony Currie on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

22) Tony Yeboah (1995-1997)

Country: Ghana | DOB: 06/06/1966 | Position: Forward | Apps: 62 | Goals: 33

Born Ghana 1966, few strikers have made such an explosive impact as Tony Yeboah. Outside the Bundesliga few had heard of the Ghanaian's goal power, but it did not take long for him to take English Football by storm with a series of spectacular goals. Leeds shattered the club's transfer record in paying Eintracht Frankfurt £3.4m in early 1995. He soon picked up the pace with 13 goals in his first 16 games. His goals ensured a UEFA Cup place and he did not disappoint in Europe when a virtuoso performance netted him an hat-trick at Monaco. This was followed quickly by another hat-trick at Wimbledon. It included a blistering shot shot which was only surpasses by a match winning volley against Liverpool, which earned him the goal of the year award. Winner of the Leeds player of the year award in 1996 he made 55 full and 4 substitute appearances and netted 32 goals.

Read more about Tony Yeboah on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

21) Bobby Collins (1962-1967)

Country: Scotland | DOB: 16/02/1931 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 167 | Goals: 25

Small in stature, but huge in standing amongst United's galaxy of greats, Collins was the platform on which manager Don Revie launched his great sides. Revie paid £25,000 to Everton in March 1962 for the 31 year old former Scottish international, who went on to lift a mediocre club out of the depths of Division Two to one of the most successful in Europe. He captained Leeds to the Second Division title in 1963-64 and the following season was voted footballer of the year as Leeds came close to a League and Cup double. He was capped 31 times for Scottland.

Read more about Bobby Collins on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

For the full 100 players check out our 100 Greatest Ever Leeds Players...

23 Apr 2019 12:17pm, by YorkshireSquare

I’m used to Leeds United letting me down. I was at the old Wembley in 1996 to watch us get turned over by Villa in the League Cup final. I was there at The Reebok for the 4-1 capitulation against Bolton in 2004 which saw us pretty much relegated from the Premier League. I was there in Cardiff for the no-show against Watford in the play-off final. I was sat on the steps of the Kop, head in hands, during the pitch invasion against Ipswich which only prolonged our ultimate relegation to League One and I was there at Wembley in 2008 for the play-off final against Doncaster, even if the team themselves didn’t bother to show up.

I know I should learn to expect the worse but I never do, I always have hope that my team can win and it’s that hope that kills you. As a bright eyed thirteen-year-old I was all togged out in my retro Thistle Hotels shirt, white, blue and yellow scarf around my neck and a bloody big rosette bought at Leeds City Station before catching the train. It was an exciting and giddy train ride down to London and the atmosphere in London was great too. Bumping into Leeds fans all over the place, the platforms at Baker Street rammed full of white, yellow and blue. Then walk up Wembley Way with the twin towers in view, the chants and the songs sung loudly, what a day to be a Leeds fan.

The fireworks set off and the confetti fluttered as the teams came out, the day out at Wembley was an exciting distraction from our struggles in the Premier League. But the excitement was not to last as Savo Milošević silenced the Leeds fans after just twenty minutes. Chants of ‘Why is Brolin on the bench?’ echoed round the concourse at half time but by the time he was introduced it was already too late, Leeds were two nil down. Dwight Yorke compounded the misery just before full time, Leeds lost three nil and still that day typifies for me what being a Leeds fan is all about.

Now we turn to 2018/2019 and the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. The thirteen-year-old inside me stirred again as the season kicked off. We were genuinely good, we were playing exciting football, we were top of the table, we had a chance to get promoted, I started to believe again. The giddy excitement of that thirteen-year-old had returned, there was real expectation that we could achieve something. I tried to keep my feet on the ground and did a reasonable job until the new year but then the media started running articles about how good it would be for Leeds to be in the Premier League again. If they believed it could happen I had to too.

But this is Leeds United and it’s never easy. We had our ups and downs, even in the space of 90 minutes but there was still hope, there was still faith. Until ‘Bad Friday’ that was! I’ve been nervous going into most games recently but non more so than Friday and the players looked nervy too. But despite the nervy start it was going our way, Wigan down to 10 men and a penalty for Leeds. An excruciating miss from our talisman Pablo but Lord Bamford settled the nerves to put Leeds in front. Then the wheels fell off. Wigan hit us on the break scoring twice from their only two shots on target. We never looked comfortable on the ball and despite 36 shots we couldn’t get past the bus parked in Wigan’s penalty area.

It was gutting, the worst I’ve felt as a Leeds fan. So much worse than Bolton, Watford, Ipswich or Doncaster because there had been hope. Yes, we were still level on point with Sheffield United but it felt like we had blown it, the performance more so than the result felt like we had capitulated in the worst possible way, choked at the last minute. Monday didn’t hurt as much, I felt numb, I almost expected us to lose after Sheffield United had thumped Hull. There was still a modicum of hope of course but it played out much the same as Friday, more possession, more shots but caught out on the break twice again. Pablo looked heartbroken at full time.

Down but not out. If this season has taught me anything it’s not to give up. Bielsa has transformed this team, who am I to underestimate them. Hours after the final whistle I’m dreaming of possibilities where Norwich lose their last two games and we win ours, dreaming about us beating Derby in the play-off final. The hope is returning but that’s what might finally finish me off.