100 Greatest Leeds Players (Players 20-11)
20) Harry Kewell (1995-2003)
Country: Australia | DOB: 22/09/1978 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 242 | Goals: 63A 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.
19) Mark Viduka (2000-2004)
Country: Australia | DOB: 09/10/1975 | Position: Forward | Apps: 166 | Goals: 72Australian 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)
Country: England | DOB: 31/12/1965 | Position: Defender | Apps: 208 | Goals: 5Born 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)
Country: England | DOB: 24/04/1945 | Position: Forward | Apps: 312 | Goals: 1113 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)
Country: England | DOB: 12/07/1944 | Position: Defender | Apps: 350 | Goals: 11Joined 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)
Country: England | DOB: 22/10/1944 | Position: Defender | Apps: 745 | Goals: 9"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 (1987-2004)
Country: England | DOB: 02/12/1968 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 382 | Goals: 4Born 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)
Country: South Africa | DOB: 12/04/1969 | Position: Defender | Apps: 262 | Goals: 3The 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)
Country: England | DOB: 20/09/1944 | Position: Defender | Apps: 724 | Goals: 34The 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)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 25/12/1964 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 294 | Goals: 45Born 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.