100 Greatest Leeds Players (Players 70-61)
70) Paul Robinson (1997-2004)
Country: England | DOB: 15/10/1979 | Position: Goalkeeper | Apps: 119 | Goals: 1Robbo signed for Leeds from the academy in 1997 but didn't get a chance to show of his skills until a run of great games in 2000-2001, including some dazzling Champions League displays after Nigel Martyn picked up an injury. In 2002-2003 he was given his first real chance, when he was made first choice keeper by Terry Venables. He remained first choice, only missing one game in the 2003-2004 season when he was replaced by Scott Carson for the Manchester United game after getting sent off against Boro, until he signed for Spurs in 2004 before the final game of the season against Chelsea. He made 95 appearances for Leeds, including 2 as sub and has become a regular in the England set up. Famously scored with a header v Swindon.
69) Ian Harte (1995-2004)
Country: Ireland | DOB: 31/08/1977 | Position: Defender | Apps: 288 | Goals: 39Nephew of Gary Kelly, Ian Harte found himself become Leeds' regular left back in 1998 under the stewardship of George Graham, after featuring frequently in the previous two seasons. Harte was a dead ball specialist becoming the free kick and penalty taker for the club, leading to him scoring 39 goals in 288 appearances. Had the season of his life during Leeds' Champions League run of 2000-2001 but in later seasons was beginning to be regarded as a bit of a liability as his lack of pace and tactical ability showed through and the goals dried up. He moved to Spanish club Levante in 2004 after Leeds were relegated.
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68) Mick Bates (1964-1976)
Country: England | DOB: 19/09/1947 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 187 | Goals: 9Born Doncaster 1947. A neat compact player he provided vital cover for Bremner and Giles in the great Leeds side of the 1960's and 1970's. He signed for Leeds in 1964 and although he could have commanded a first-team spot elsewhere, he remained loyal to Leeds. Not a noted goalscorer, his brace against Juventus in the first leg of the Fairs Cup Final of 1971 was instrumental in Leeds lifting the trophy. He joined Walsall, where he was captain in 1976 after 151 starts and 9 goals. He later returned to Yorkshire to play with Bradford City and Doncaster Rovers.
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67) Willie Bell (1960-1967)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 03/09/1937 | Position: Defender | Apps: 260 | Goals: 18Born 1937, Willie joined Queens Park in 1957 and he soon gained two Amateur caps for his native Scotland. Joining LUFC in 1960, he was a run of the mill left half before being converted into one of the best full backs Leeds has ever had. He succeeded Grenville Hair and became an important part of the defence in the early 1960's. He won a Second Division Championship medal in 1964 and was a member of the 1965 Cup Final Team. Capped twice by Scotland he played 260 games and scored 18 goals, before leaving for Leicester City in 1967. He later Managed Birmingham City and Lincoln City.
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66) Tom Jennings (1925-1931)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 08/03/1902 | Position: Forward | Apps: 174 | Goals: 117Born 1902, Tom held all the Leeds scoring records prior to the advent of John Charles. Playing 174 times, his 117 goals bears witness to his goal scoring prolificness. Joining LUFC from Raith Rovers in 1925,he was ever-present in the following season scoring 35 goals, including three consecutive hat-tricks, a feat only equalled twice in Football League History. Despite his record the nearest he came to a Scottish cap was scoring a goal for the Anglo-Scots in a trial against the Home-Scots in 1928. He left for Chester in 1931.
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65) Chris Whyte (1990-1993)
Country: England | DOB: 02/09/1961 | Position: Defender | Apps: 146 | Goals: 6The dependable central defender played a major part in the establishment of LUFC back in the big time after joining them in 1990. His skilful use of the ball at the back made him one of the most efficient members of the championship winning team. Turned professional with Arsenal in 1977 and, although winning 4 England under 21 caps in 1982, he could not break David O'Leary's hold on the central defensive spot. He left to play in the United States in 1986, he returned to join West Bromwich Albion in 1988 and won their player of the year before signing for United, where he played 146 games scoring 6 goals.
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64) Alf-Inge Haaland (1997-2000)
Country: Norway | DOB: 23/11/1972 | Position: Defender | Apps: 92 | Goals: 8Born in Stavanger, Norway in 1972, he was signed from Nottingham Forrest for ?1.6 Million. Alfie was a regular between 1997 and 1999. He was a very solid, if not the most creative player in the side. In 1999-2000 he found himself watching from the dug out as Eirik Bakke replaced him in the centre of midfield. In 2000 Man City snapped up the versatile player for ?2.8 Million. Unfortunately his season was ruined after a vicious tackle from Roy Keane led to ligament damage. The tackle was said to be revenge for an incident involving the two players when Alfie was a Leeds player.
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63) Grenville Hair (1948-1964)
Country: England | DOB: 16/11/1931 | Position: Defender | Apps: 474 | Goals: 2Born 1931. With a more fashionable club Grenville would surely have been an England Full Back. Quick in the tackle and an excellent passer of the ball, he played 474 games scoring once each in the League and FA Cup!. Joining LUFC in 1948, he debuted in 1951 and soon became a first team regular of consistant high quality. Toured with FA teams to West Indies 1955, Nigeria & Ghana 1958 and New Zealand 1960. He left in 1964 to become player manager of Wellington Town. He later Trained and Managed Bradford City.
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62) Brian Flynn (1977-1982)
Country: Wales | DOB: 12/10/1955 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 177 | Goals: 11Born 1955, Welshman Brian was one of United's smallest players at less than 5'4", but his appetite for work was remarkable and his mid-field partnership with Tony Currie was the best of the post-Revie era. Turning professional on 1972 with Burnley, he won under 23 honours and soon became established on the full international scene. Joined LUFC in 1977 for ?175,000 and proved to be one of the best midfielders in the country making 174 starts, scoring 11 goals and winning a further 32 caps while at Leeds. He returned to Burnley in 1982 and saw service with a succession of clubs before Managing Wrexham and later Swansea City.
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61) Terry Yorath (1967-1976)
Country: Wales | DOB: 27/03/1950 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 196 | Goals: 12Aggressive hard-tacking Yorath emerged from the shadows of Elland Road to enjoy an international career, which brought him 59 caps for Wales. He was noted at school for his ability as a Rugby Union scrum-half but fate led him to become a rugged defender and eventually an effective ball winning midfielder. In 165 appearances in league, cups and Europe for Leeds he scored 11 goals. After leaving Leeds he went to Coventry, Spurs and the Vancouver Whitecaps before starting a management career by becoming player manager of Bradford City.