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22 Jan 2019 08:29am, by YorkshireSquare

As we enter the 100th year of our great football club we celebrate our 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever. First published back in 2005 we compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever, we now give you our updated 100for100 for our centenary year. In our last addition players 95 to 89 featured Wilbur Cush, John McCole, Scott Sellars, Davy Cochrane and recent addition Luciano Becchio. We now we bring you players 90 to 86…

90) Russell Wainscoat (1925-1931)

Country: England | DOB: 28/07/1898 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 226 | Goals: 93

Born 1898, Russell joined Barnsley in 1920 before moving to Middlesbrough in 1923 and on to LUFC in 1925. Scorer of 93 goals in 226 games he gained England International status and was recognised as one of the finest Inside-Left's of his day. After leaving LUFC in 1931 he won a Third Division North Championship medal with Hull City.

Read more about Russell Wainscoat on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

89) Bobby Davison (1987-1992)

Country: England | DOB: 17/07/1959 | Position: Forward | Apps: 110 | Goals: 35

Born 1959, joining Huddersfield Town in 1980, he moved to Halifax before finding his touch with Derby in 1982, where he topped their goalscorers for four sucessive seasons, scoring 83 goals in over 200 games. He joined LUFC in 1987 and maintained his strike rate until he struggled in the top flight and left for Leicester City in 1992, later playing at Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Halifax Town.He made 92 starts scoring 36 times for LUFC.

Read more about Bobby Davison on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

88) Paul Hart (1978-1983)

Country: England | DOB: 04/05/1953 | Position: Defender | Apps: 223 | Goals: 20

Born Manchester 1953, he was a commanding stopper and was bought to replace Gordon McQueen in 1978. He was often tipped for England honours but they never materialised. He made 223 appearances scoring 20 goals before leaving for Nottingham Forest in 1983. He later appeared for Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Notts County and some managerial and coaching posts before he returned to Elland Road to take charge of the successful youth programme, which peaked with the defeat of the all-star Man United in the two legged final of the FA Youth Cup.

Read more about Paul Hart on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

87) James Milner (2002-2004)

Country: England | DOB: 04/01/1986 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 54 | Goals: 5

Born Leeds 1986, the 16 year old midfielder and life long Leeds fan impressed with the reserves and was handed a first team sub appearance against West Ham. He later went on to become the youngest ever scorer in the Premiership with a goal at Sunderland. When Peter Reid took over he used Milner more as a substitute and it was only when Eddie Gray became manager that he was rewarded with a regular first team place. After relegation in 2004 he was sold to Newcastle to help Leeds in their time of financial difficulties. Milner has gone on to win two league titles with Manchester City and looks on course to win a third with Liverpool this season.

Read more about James Milner on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

86) Brian Deane (1993-2005)

Country: England | DOB: 07/02/1968 | Position: Forward | Apps: 201 | Goals: 45

Born Leeds in 1968, Deano starred with the Leeds City Boys but after playing with the Leeds Youth team in 1984, he was allowed to join Doncaster in 1985 where his powerful displays saw him snapped up by Sheffield United. A target-man Striker, he became a prolific scorer and soon won 3 full England caps. It took a massive £2.7m to gain a return to his birthplace. Although voted Supporters Player of the year in 1994-95, he failed to live up to his goalscoring reputation but had a fine spell on the left-side of the attack with Tony Yeboah, which ensured European qualification. Allowed to leave in 1997 he returned for the 2004-05 season.

Read more about Brian Deane on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

For the full 100 players check out our 100 Greatest Ever Leeds Players...

21 Jan 2019 11:52pm, by YorkshireSquare

Leeds United entered the new year top of the Championship table having been top of the pile throughout the festive season. History shows us the team topping the table on Christmas Day usually wins promotion to the Premier League. In the last five seasons Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st in 2017/18), Newcastle United (1st in 2016/17), Middlesbrough (2nd in 2015/16), Bournemouth (1st in 2014/15) and Leicester City (1st in 2013/14) have all been top at Christmas and been promoted. But as Leeds fans we are always cautious about getting carried away.

So how many points have the last five teams in second place ended up with; 90 (2017/18), 93 (2016/17), 89 (2015/16), 89 (2014/15) and 93 (2013/14). The average over those five years would indicate 90 points would usually be enough to gain promotion. After 28 games Leeds have an average of 1.928 points per game, translated over the rest of the season this would give a total of 89 points. The competitive nature of this years Championship probably means 89 points is enough to gain promotion. Indeed the bookies at https://www.betbrain.com/free-bets/ have Leeds down as favourites for promotion; Leeds United 1/3, Norwich City 2/3 and Sheffield United 1/1.

Our form this month has not been great but Norwich have won only one in their last five league matches, Sheff United had a run of one win in four not so long ago and West Brom were winless in three before Monday night. Looking at the expected goals (xG) statistic Leeds United and Norwich are currently above their expected points tally both about on course for automatic promotion. Sheffield United fall well below their expected points tally but their recent good run has brought them back into contention.

Graphic courtesy of EFL Stats

Looking at the fixtures nine wins, six draws and two losses from our last eighteen games should be enough to see us through. Possible, but with games against promotion rivals Norwich, Middlesbrough, West Brom, Bristol City and Sheffield Utd there are some tough games left and these results could be crucial to our promotion chances. Check out leedsmad’s predictions for the run in and let us know what you think…

Rotherham Win
Norwich Win
Middlesboro Draw
Swansea Win
QPR Draw
Bolton Win
West Brom Draw
Bristol City Loss
Sheffield Utd Draw
Millwall Win
Birmingham Draw
Preston Win
Sheffield Wed Win
Wigan Win
Brentford Draw
Aston Villa Loss
Ipswich Win