100 Greatest Leeds Players (Players 40-31)
40) Vinnie Jones (1998-1990)
Country: England | DOB: 05/01/1965 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 53 | Goals: 5Jones arrived from Wimbledon in June 1989 for ?600,000 and became a Leeds cult figure overnight. Notoriety seemed to follow the former hod-carrier from the day he turned professional in 1986. The Ball-winning midfielder had been sent off three times in his Wimbledon career. Dubbed 'Psycho' by the media, he cleaned up his act and his long throw ins were a regular source of goals as he added a Second Division Championship medal to his already won FA Cup medal. The arrival of Gary McAllister saw him lose his first team spot and after 15 happy months, which saw him play 51 full games and score 9 goals, he left for Sheffield United for ?700,000 in 1990, later returning to Wimbledon via Chelsea. Always controversial he was sent off in his fourth of 9 Welsh International Appearances and a total of 12 times in his career.
39) Olivier Dacourt (2000-2003)
Country: France | DOB: 25/09/1974 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 82 | Goals: 3French International Dacourt first made his mark at RC Strasbourg, breaking through in the 1993/94 season. Everton paid ?4m for his services. Scored twice in 30 games in his only season at Goodison Park before being transferred back to France, joining RC Lens for ?6.5m. His all-action displays helped Lens reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Returned to England to sign for Leeds in an ?7.2m deal and immediately added steel and quality to their youthful midfield. He starred as United reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. His star dipped from then on, though, and Dacourt joined AS Roma on loan in January 2003 before making the deal permanent in the summer. He played 78 games and scored 3 goals.
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38) Alan Smith (1998-2004)
Country: England | DOB: 28/10/1980 | Position: Forward | Apps: 228 | Goals: 56Scored with his first touch in senior football as Leeds beat Liverpool in November 1998, going on to to establish himself as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's first choice striking partner for the rest of that season. Smith coupled a deadly eye for goal with a real aggression, unusual in one so slight of stature. Smith gained excellent experience during Leeds' successful Champions League run during the 2000/01 season, the return of 11 Premiership goals was the best of his career. He made his England debut in 2001. The 2003/04 season was a huge one for Smith, he remained a shining light in a dismal Leeds team and was an inspiration. Smith scored 56 goals in a total of 228 games before controversially leaving for Manchester United.
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37) Gordon McQueen (1972-1978)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 26/06/1952 | Position: Defender | Apps: 171 | Goals: 19Born 1952 and capped 30 times by Scotland the towering centre-half played initially for St Mirren in 1970 before joining LUFC as Jack Charlton's replacement in 1972 for ?30,000 , where he became first choice in the championship winning 1974-75 team. Full Scottish honours followed quickly before a British Record ?495,000 took him to Man U in 1978, where he won an FA Cup winners medal. His aerial power made him a formidable opponent, but his career was blighted by injury, firstly a bad Achilles tendon injury at Leeds and later a spate of injuries at Manchester. He made 171 starts and scored 18 goals.
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36) Joe Jordan (1970-1978)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 15/12/1951 | Position: Forward | Apps: 220 | Goals: 48"Dracula" was bought from Greenock to Leeds in 1970 for a bargain ?15,000 . A powerful striker, he scared opposition defenders and keepers with his toothless snarl, resulting in 48 goals in the eight years he was at our club. Always fighting for his place in the team, with Jones or Clarke, he nevertheless made 220 starts for Leeds before moving to Manchester Utd in 1978. Capped 52 times for Scotland, he scored the goal that took them to the 1974 World Cup.
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35) Mel Sterland (1989-1993)
Country: England | DOB: 01/10/1961 | Position: Defender | Apps: 146 | Goals: 20Born Sheffield 1961, he joined his home club Wednesday and turned professional in 1979. He played a key role in their 1984 promotion to the top flight. He gained 7 under 21 and a "B" cap before his sole England cap in 1988. He was sold for a club record ?800,000 to Glasgow Rangers in 1989 where he won a League Championship medal before rejoining his former Manager Howard Wilkinson at Leeds for ?600,000 the same year. Dubbed "Zico" by the fans because of his ability to score spectacular goals, his dynamic runs down the right and booming crosses brought many goals for Lee Chapman as Leeds swept firstly to the Second Division title and later to First Division Championship in the space of three years. Injuries took their toll and he retired in 1994 after 143 starts and 20 goals.
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34) Dominic Matteo (2000-2004)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 24/04/1974 | Position: Defender | Apps: 146 | Goals: 4Born Dumfries in 1974. Capped at England Under-21 and 'B' levels. He made his Scotland debut in 2000. His versatility saw him fill numerous roles for the both Leeds and Liverpool, including midfield and central defensive spots, coaches believed that his best position was at left-back. A good range of passing and the skill and confidence to take opponents on led Leeds signing him for ?4.25. He debuted against AC Milan in the Champions League, then netted his first Leeds goal against Besiktas. He was handed the captaincy for the 2002/03 season and signed a new, extended contract. However, he was not able to save Leeds United from the drop in 2003/04, despite a number of committed performances in both defence and midfield, moving on to Blackburn Rovers at the end of the season.
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33) Albert Johanneson (1961-1970)
Country: South Africa | DOB: 13/03/1940 | Position: Forward | Apps: 200 | Goals: 68A member of Don Revie's great Leeds side, was seen as something of a "novelty player", but still mesmerised opposing teams with his dancing runs down the wing. He was the first black player to appear in an F.A. Cup Final, in 1965 against Liverpool, but in most games he was the victim of deliberate and dangerous fouling by desperate defenders. His resulting injuries led to a lack of confidence and the emergence of Eddie Gray meant he struggled to fulfil his potential, before leaving Leeds in 1970 and moving on to York. After two years there he retired into obscurity, suffering health and drink problems and in 1995 died alone, aged 53, in a Gledhow bedsit, in Leeds.
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32) Jonathan Woodgate (1997-2003)
Country: England | DOB: 22/01/1980 | Position: Defender | Apps: 142 | Goals: 4He joined the club at the age of 13 and was part of the side that won the FA Youth Cup in 1997, moving to the first team regularly in 1998. His aerial abilities, combative nature and calmness on the ball led to him being earmarked as an England regular of the future. Indeed his superb first season was capped by a call up from Kevin Keegan to the full England squad at the tender age of 19. He had a wonderful 1999/2000 season until events off the pitch saw his form understandably dip. He agreed a new contract with Leeds in the summer of 2002 that would keep him at Elland Road for five years. Woodgate served nearly three years of suspension from international duty due to his court case. Woodgate moved to Newcastle in January 2003 and only 20 months later secured a move to Real Madrid.
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31) David Harvey (1965-1985)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 07/02/1948 | Position: Goalkeeper | Apps: 446 | Goals: 0Born Leeds in 1948, he joined United in 1965 and such was the brilliance of Gary Sprake that he had to make about 200 Central league appearances before establishing himself as a first team regular and gaining a FA Cup winners medal in 1972. His career took off and he was capped 16 times for Scotland, his father was Scottish, and he was rated the best goalkeeper in the 1974 World Cup. A bad car accident in early 1975 saw him temporarily lose his place to David Stewart, who took his place in the Scottish team and in the European Cup Final. He regain his place, but he joined Vancouver Whitecaps in 1980. He returned to Leeds in 1983 before finally leaving in 1985. His 445 appearances is all the more remarkable when considering his many games for the Reserves.