100 Greatest Leeds Players (Players 50-41)
50) Ian Snodin (1985-1987)
Country: England | DOB: 15/08/1963 | Position: Defender | Apps: 55 | Goals: 8Joined Doncaster with his brother Glynn in 1980 as a teenager and although an unfashionable club, Snodin's displays won him four England Under-23 caps in 1985. In May that year he joined Leeds and succeeded Peter Lorimer as captain. He left Leeds in 1987 to join Everton where he won a League Championship medal. He later switched from midfield to right back and only injury prevented him from being capped for England in Albania in 1989 He made 55 appearances for Leeds scoring 8 goals.
49) Mervyn Day (1985-1993)
Country: England | DOB: 26/06/1955 | Position: Goalkeeper | Apps: 268 | Goals: 0Hailed as a future England goalkeeper after a breathtaking start to his career, he never quite fulfilled that promise, although he enjoyed a successful second career at Leeds. He was the youngest FA Cup Final goalkeeper in 1975, the same year he was named Young Player of the Year and winning England Youth and Under 23 caps. Eddie Gray signed him for Leeds in 1985 and he played an important part in Billy Bremner's teams and was a key figure in the run to the FA Cup semi-final in 1987 before picking a Division Two winners medal with Howard Wilkinson in 1990.
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48) Arthur Graham (1977-1983)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 26/10/1952 | Position: Forward | Apps: 260 | Goals: 47After only a handful of Scottish League appearances, Graham won a Scottish FA Cup medal with Aberdeen against Celtic in 1970, when he was 17. He joined Leeds in July 1977 and within months won the first of his 10 Scottish caps. A direct winger, he netted three hat-tricks for Leeds, including a quick-fire effort at Birmingham in January 1978. After United slumped, he stayed on one more season before a surprise transfer to Manchester United in 1983. He made 259 appearances scoring 47 goals, including 3 goals in 3 European appearances.
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47) Jim Storrie (1962-1967)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 31/03/1940 | Position: Forward | Apps: 156 | Goals: 67Storrie's goals helped Leeds United to establish themselves as a force to reckoned with on their return to Division One in 1964. He was bought in June 1962 and marked his debut with the winning goal on the opening day of the following season. He finished 1962-63 with 25 league goals, played his part in United's promoting drive the following season and was top scorer when they made their return to Division One. In February 1967 he signed for Aberdeen and missed a penalty in that year's Scottish Cup Final.
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46) Gary Sprake (1962-1973)
Country: Wales | DOB: 03/04/1945 | Position: Goalkeeper | Apps: 506 | Goals: 0Remembered more for two errors than for his wonderful 11 years (and over 200 clean sheets) of helping Leeds win cups and top league placings. The gum chewing, 37 times capped for Wales keeper still remains our goalkeeper with the most appearances. His totally unsighted, instinctive save in Hungary denied the greatly superior Ferencvaros, to give Leeds the honour of being the 1st English club to win the Fairs Cup Final. But alas, history will remember Gary differently. He moved to Birmingham in 1973, for ?100,000 - after an alleged estrangement from Don Revie.
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45) Rod Wallace (1991-1998)
Country: England | DOB: 02/10/1969 | Position: Forward | Apps: 257 | Goals: 66Like twin brother Ray, Rod was born in Lewisham in 1969. He signed for Southampton in 1986 and soon won 11 under 23 and a couple of England "B" caps. Joined Leeds in 1991 for ?1.6m and his busy feet complimented the raw power of Lee Chapman as they enjoyed a superb campaign in the championship winning season. It resulted in his inclusion in the England Squad but injury robbed him of the honour. His form dipped after that but his goal against Tottenham Hotspur in April 1994 ranks as one of the greatest solo goals ever seen at Elland Road. After 221 starts and 66 goals he left the club for Glasgow Rangers in 1998, later playing with Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.
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44) Gary Kelly (1991-2007)
Country: Ireland | DOB: 09/07/1974 | Position: Defender | Apps: 531 | Goals: 4Born Drogheda 1974, after signing in 1991 he went from a struggling reserve-team front man to World Cup full-back in 1993-94. He made the right-back position his own with a series of superb displays, his blinding speed and tenacity making him a daunting opponent for any winger. He was ever-present in his first two seasons and presently has the most appearances of any player at the club. Holder of over 50 caps for Eire he is approaching the twilight of a long and distinguished career with United and has, as yet, no silver wear to adorn it. He was selected in the Premiership "team of the year" in 1999-2000. Record to 2004, 405 starts and 15 from the bench with 3 goals.
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43) Frank Gray (1971-1979)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 27/10/1954 | Position: Defender | Apps: 246 | Goals: 25Younger Brother of Eddie and Father of Andy, Frank was born in Glasgow in 1954. Winner of 32 Scottish caps. Frank first joined Leeds in 1970, emulating brother Eddie's feat of scoring on debut, he quickly settled in midfield, gaining 5 under 23 caps before moving to left back. Moved to Nottingham Forest in 1979, for a then club record ?500,000, where he won an European Cup winners medal to compliment the runners up medal gained at Leeds. He returned to Leeds in 1981 for ?300,000 and became Scotland's left back in the 1982 World Cup. In all he made 396 starts and scored 35 goals before joining Sunderland in 1985.
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42) Ian Baird (1985-1990)
Country: England | DOB: 01/04/1964 | Position: Forward | Apps: 192 | Goals: 58Moved to Leeds from Southampton in 1985 for ?75,000. The robust striker, who's aggression often got him in trouble with the referees, was United's top scorer in 1986/87, but moved to Portsmouth in the close season for ?285,000. A hard up Portsmouth allowed him to return to Leeds for ?185,000. The advent of Lee Chapman saw him move on to Middlesborough for ?500,000 where he scored two goals against Newcastle United on the final Saturday of the season to ensure his new team staved off relegation and his old team gave him a Second Division championship medal! He made 190 appearances and scored 57 goals.
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41) Eric Cantona (1992-1992)
Country: France | DOB: 24/05/1966 | Position: Forward | Apps: 35 | Goals: 14Born Paris 1966, hailed as a hero, the fiery French Star's shock departure to arch-rivals Man United stunned Leeds Fans, many of them turning their adulation into spite. He only stayed for 9 months and his record of 25 starts and a further 10 from the bench while hitting the net 14 times says little for his cult status. The "Ooh-ah Cantona" love affair blossomed as he recorded superb hat-tricks against Tottenham Hotspurs following the superb treble against Liverpool at Wembley in the Charity Shield, and who would ever forget his brilliant individual effort against Chelsea.