100 Greatest Leeds Players (Players 60-51)
60) Robbie Keane (2000-2002)
Country: Ireland | DOB: 08/07/1980 | Position: Forward | Apps: 56 | Goals: 19Born 1980 in Dublin. Capped by Eire over 50 times with an excellent International strike-rate, he rose quickly to prominence with Wolves where his ball skills won the admiration of older players, scoring 24 goals in only 67 games. A fee of ?6m took him across the Midlands to Coventry City. He was the subject of several very expensive transfer deals costing Inter-Milan ?13m, United ?12m and Tottenham ?7m as he changed clubs in quick succession. Often used by United as a shock tactic bench player. Keane's quick-thinking and ball skills made him a threat to any defence. United's glut of striker power saw him reluctantly leave after initially turning down an ?8m transfer to Sunderland. Made 36 starts, with a further 18 from the bench scoring 19 times which was usually followed by his signature cart-wheel and gunslinger celebration.
59) David Wetherall (1991-1999)
Country: England | DOB: 14/03/1971 | Position: Defender | Apps: 250 | Goals: 18Howard Wilkinson signed him for Sheffield Wednesday in 1989. He and fellow defender Jon Newsome followed Wilkinson when he moved to Leeds in 1991. A solid and reliable central defender his studious approach to the game was reflected in his gaining of a chemistry degree. He started 232 games and scored 18 times before leaving for Bradford City in 1999. He earned cult staus with vital goals against Man U, but earned even greater acclaim when scoring the winner for Bradford City against Liverpool on the last day of the season, to save his team from relegation and ensure United's qualification for the Champions League.
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58) Chris Fairclough (1989-1995)
Country: England | DOB: 12/04/1964 | Position: Defender | Apps: 240 | Goals: 23Born Nottingham 1964, he joined his hometown club Forest in 1981 gaining the first of his seven England under 23 International caps before leaving for Tottenham Hotspurs in 1987. A classy defender, he was often given the man marking role by Leeds after his 1989 transfer and graduated to defensive midfield after David Batty left the club. Christened Courtney but preferring to be known as Chris, he was voted Supporters player of the year in our promotion season and followed this up by starring in our championship win in 1992. After 232 starts and 23 goals he moved to Bolton Wanderers in 1995.
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57) Michael Bridges (1999-2004)
Country: England | DOB: 05/08/1978 | Position: Forward | Apps: 82 | Goals: 21Born North Shields in 1978, the tall elegant striker had a magnificent first season after joining United for a reported ?5.6m from Sunderland in 1999, leading the scorers with 21 goals, including an hat-trick in only his second appearance at Southampton. The talented striker had played mainly understudy to the Phillips-Quinn partnership at Sunderland and seemed destined for higher honours in the game, after soon gaining England under 23 caps with Leeds, and being called up to the full squad by Kevin Keegan. It was not to be, as his career was blighted by injuries soon after his first season and he spent almost 3 years in the treatment room before firstly going on loan to Newcastle United and then being released on a free transfer to Bolton Wanderers. Made 61 starts, 21 from the bench and scored 21 times.
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56) Duncan McKenzie (1974-1976)
Country: England | DOB: 10/06/1950 | Position: Forward | Apps: 81 | Goals: 30Born Grimsby in 1950, he turned professional with Nottingham Forest in 1968. He was brought to Leeds by Brian Clough for ?240,000. The manager had but a brief stay but the dazzling showman forward became one of the most popular players ever at Elland Road. His highly-individual skills which brought him some stunning and spectacular goals. Despite being the idol of the Leeds fans and leading goalscorer in 1975/76, he was sold to Anderlecht for ?200,000, after playing 76 games and scoring 30 goals. He soon returned to England and saw service with Everton, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers before heading for the United States and later Hong Kong.
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55) Eirik Bakke (1999-2006)
Country: Norway | DOB: 13/09/1977 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 196 | Goals: 21Born Sogndal in 1977, he signed for United in 1999 and soon became the find of his initial season. Brought over from Norway to be groomed for Premiership football, he made it impossible for Manager David O'Leary to leave him out. Captain of the Norwegian under 21's, he went on to win full caps and represented his country in Euro 2000. Voted Leeds Young Player of the Year, his tremendous touch, passing ability and an eye for goal, his ?1.75m fee looked a bargain, until injuries started to dog his career. Has won 25 full and 34 under 21 caps and, has 153 starts and 26 from the bench to date with 20 goals. He missed most of 2003-04 season and repeated the misfortune in 2004-05, when he was loaned to Aston Villa.
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54) Jermaine Beckford (2006-2010)
Country: England | DOB: 09/12/1983 | Position: Forward | Apps: 152 | Goals: 85Dropped by Chelsea at a young age he became a car windscreen fitter and played for non-league Wealdstone where he scored 54 goals in 82 appearances. His impressive record attracted attention from over 30 league sides before signing for Leeds United in March 2006. Beckford initially had limited opportunities at Leeds with loan spells at Carlisle and Scunthorpe finally becoming a first team regular in the 2007-2008 season. Beckford went on to score 72 league goals in the next three seasons helping Leeds to get promoted from League One in the process. Perhaps he will most famously be remembered for his goal in the FA Cup victory over Manchester on 3rd January 2010. Following the end of the 2009-2010 season Leeds cancelled Beckford's contract a month early to enable him to join Everton.
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53) Willis Edwards (1925-1943)
Country: England | DOB: 28/04/1903 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 444 | Goals: 6Born 1903, Willis joined LUFC in 1925 from Chesterfield, he became the finest wing-half of his day. His splendid ball control, incisive passing and supreme heading ability earned him 16 England Caps and 11 appearances for the Football League. Made 444 appearances and scored 6 goals until 1939 and even then turned out in emergencies as a guest. Willis was a true Leeds Legend,later serving time also as a Trainer and Manager.
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52) John Lukic (1990-1996)
Country: England | DOB: 11/12/1960 | Position: Goalkeeper | Apps: 430 | Goals: 0He signed for Leeds in 1978 where he succeeded David Harvey despite opposition from future internationals David Seaman and Henry Smith. He made his debut in 1979 and made a club record 146 consecutive appearances. After gaining England Youth and under 23 honours his run was broken when he asked for a transfer and he was signed by Arsenal in 1983 for ?125,000.He never gained full international status but won a League Cup Winners and runners up medal together with a League Championship medal before reurning to LUFC fo ?1m in 1990. He had a brilliant season as United took the championship in 1992. He played 430 games before returning to Arsenal in 1996.
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51) Danny Mills (1999-2003)
Country: England | DOB: 18/05/1977 | Position: Defender | Apps: 141 | Goals: 4Born Norwich 1977, he initially played for his home town team. After a ?4m transfer from Charlton Athletic in 1999, Danny found himself with only 20 appearances in his first season with Leeds, due to the re-emergence of Gary Kelly. He maintained enough form to be chosen at England under 21 level, including the European Championship winning team in Slovakia. An ideal player at EPL level he had the ability to play any of the back four positions and to push forward in midfield if need be. He regained his first team berth and won over his critics to become an important part of David O'Leary's team. Despite a few on-field indiscretions, he won a place in England's 2002 World Cup team, recovering from an initial poor performance to become a solid performer, as the team reached the quarter finals.