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100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Shields53 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:50 pm

About 13 years ago we surveyed the members of a few Leeds forums to find the 100 Greatest Leeds United players. Looking at the list below do you think there are any players that may deserve a higher listing, any who you think should be lower, any surprise omissions or any players from the past 15 years you think should be in there?

Beckford is certainly worth a shout for me.

100) Greenhoff, Brian
99) Masinga, Phil
98) Worthington, Frank
97) Meek, George
96) Haddock, Peter
95) Hankin, Ray
94) Cush, Billy
93) Kamara, Chris
92) McCole, John
91) Sellars, Scott
90) Cochrane, Davy
89) Molenaar, Robert
88) Wainscoat, Russell
87) Davison, Bobby
86) Hart, Paul
85) Milner, James
84) Deane, Brian
83) Burden, Tommy
82) Greenhoff, Jimmy
81) Milburn, Jack
80) Harris, Carl
79) Kerfoot, Eric
78) O'Grady, Mike
77) Shutt, Carl
76) Hart, Ernest
75) Ritchie, Andy
74) Keetley , Charlie
73) Dunn, Jimmy
72) Peacock, Alan
71) Revie, Don
70) Copping, Wilf
69) Robinson, Paul
68) Harte, Ian
67) Bates, Mick
66) Bell, Willie
65) Jennings, Tom
64) Whyte, Chris
63) Håland, Alf-Inge
62) Hair, Grenville
61) Flynn, Brian
60) Bakke, Eirik
59) Yorath, Terry
58) Keane, Robbie
57) Wetherall, David
56) Fairclough, Chris
55) Bridges, Michael
54) McKenzie, Duncan
53) Edwards, Willis
52) Lukic, John
51) Mills, Danny
50) Snodin, Ian
49) Day, Mervyn
48) Graham, Arthur
47) Storrie, Jim
46) Sprake, Gary
45) Wallace, Rodney
44) Kelly, Gary
43) Gray, Frank
42) Baird, Ian
41) Cantona, Éric
40) Jones, Vinnie
39) Dacourt, Olivier
38) Smith, Alan
37) McQueen, Gordon
36) Jordan, Joe
35) Sterland, Mel
34) Matteo, Dominic
33) Johanneson, Albert
32) Woodgate, Jonathan
31) Harvey, David
30) Ferdinand, Rio
29) Cherry, Trevor
28) Speed, Gary
27) Floyd Hasselbaink, Jimmy
26) Sheridan, John
25) Bowyer, Lee
24) Chapman, Lee
23) Currie, Tony
22) Yeboah, Tony
21) Collins, Bobby
20) Kewell, Harry
19) Viduka, Mark
18) Dorigo, Tony
17) Jones, Mick
16) Cooper, Terry
15) Reaney, Paul
14) Batty, David
13) Radebe, Lucas
12) Madeley, Paul
11) McAllister, Gary
10) Martyn, Nigel
9) Charlton, Jack
8) Clarke, Allan
7) Giles, Johnny
6) Hunter, Norman
5) Strachan, Gordon
4) Charles, John
3) Gray, Eddie
2) Lorimer, Peter
1) Bremner, Billy

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by 1964white » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:53 pm

The Revie XI plus Madeley & John Charles should be in the first thirteen greatest players

15th Paul Reaney, 16th Terry Cooper, 17th Mick Jones, 21st Bobby Collins, 23rd & Tony Yeboah in 23rd.....we're having a laugh aren't we ?

Our three greatest players

Charles
Bremner
Giles

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Cjay » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:01 pm

Where's Ali :duno:

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Cjay » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:02 pm

Pablo Hernandez should be in there somewhere.

At times he has carried us since he has been here and is definitely the most technically gifted player we have had since the Prem days imo.

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Shields53 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:41 am

1964white wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:53 pm
The Revie XI plus Madeley & John Charles should be in the first thirteen greatest players

15th Paul Reaney, 16th Terry Cooper, 17th Mick Jones, 21st Bobby Collins, 23rd & Tony Yeboah in 23rd.....we're having a laugh aren't we ?

Our three greatest players

Charles
Bremner
Giles
I think it’s always skewed by the generation voting, hence more of the team from the late 90s being present and higher up the list than they probably should.

That’s the reason for revisiting it really.

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by 1964white » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:43 am

Shields53 wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:41 am
I think it’s always skewed by the generation voting, hence more of the team from the late 90s being present and higher up the list than they probably should.

That’s the reason for revisiting it really.
True, unless you've seen every era it is impossible to make an accurate assessment

I never saw John Charles play however I realise he was probably above my heroes from the Revie team

Not one player over the last 40 years could replace one of that great recognized 60's/'70's Leeds team. The likes of Strachan, McAllister, Batty, Yeboah, etc would make the bench, that's as close as it gets for the best players outside the Revie-era!

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Shields53 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:55 am

1964white wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:43 am
True, unless you've seen every era it is impossible to make an accurate assessment

I never saw John Charles play however I realise he was probably above my heroes from the Revie team

Not one player over the last 40 years could replace one of that great recognized 60's/'70's Leeds team. The likes of Strachan, McAllister, Batty, Yeboah, etc would make the bench, that's as close as it gets for the best players outside the Revie-era!
I dare say Martyn is probably the best keeper we've ever had, though in terms of achievements he obviously doesn't come close to Sprake or Harvey.

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by paddy parrott » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:57 am

Some would suggest that Becchio should be included .

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Post by Shields53 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:15 am

paddy parrott wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:57 am
Some would suggest that Becchio should be included .
12 on the all time goal scoring lists , certainly in with a shout.

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by 1964white » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:17 am

Shields53 wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:55 am
I dare say Martyn is probably the best keeper we've ever had, though in terms of achievements he obviously doesn't come close to Sprake or Harvey.
I really liked David Harvey probably the best imo!

Sprake was brilliant on his day but his mistakes were nothing short of a calamity which cost us a couple of trophies

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by 1964white » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:18 am

Shields53 wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:15 am
12 on the all time goal scoring lists , certainly in with a shout.
Yes Beckford & Becchio should be in the top 100

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by beer belly bert » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:45 am

Regardless of decade / era = Billy Bremner always no.1 top of the pile .

Not on the list but should be = Rod Wallace .

should be higher up the list = Tony Currie , Paul Hart


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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by 1964white » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:48 am

beer belly bert wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:45 am
Regardless of decade / era = Billy Bremner always no.1 top of the pile .

Not on the list but should be = Rod Wallace .

should be higher up the list = Tony Currie , Paul Hart


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Bremner & Giles for me Bert however, Big John is arguably our greatest player ever!

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by John in Louisiana » Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:50 pm

paddy parrott wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:57 am
Some would suggest that Becchio should be included .
I wonder who that "some" would be? :duno: :duno: :duno:

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Chilli D » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:41 pm

Not necessarily our greatest player but definitely my all time favourite is Eddie Gray. I had the pleasure of having a good chat to him before the game at Colchester a few years ago. A game that we won 1-0 through Becchio

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Chilli D » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:43 pm

I'd have Viduka higher than 19th by the way

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Chilli D » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:48 pm

1964white wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:18 am
Yes Beckford & Becchio should be in the top 100
How has Masinga got in front of those two?

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Muppet the Cat » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:57 pm

1964white wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:17 am
I really liked David Harvey probably the best imo!

Sprake was brilliant on his day but his mistakes were nothing short of a calamity which cost us a couple of trophies
Whilst on holiday I read 'Keep Fighting The Billy Bremner Story by Paul Harrison'.

I didn't realise the extent of the low opinion that Bremner (and clearly many of the others in the team) had of Sprake. His team mates obviously saw him as the weak link and albeit in the book Bremner acknowledges that every so often he would have a good game, the number of costly mistakes clearly heavily outweighed the match winning saves. But seemingly the main thing that annoyed them was that Sprake took no accountability for his errors and always sought to pass the blame.

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Shields53 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:18 pm

Muppet the Cat wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:57 pm
Whilst on holiday I read 'Keep Fighting The Billy Bremner Story by Paul Harrison'.

I didn't realise the extent of the low opinion that Bremner (and clearly many of the others in the team) had of Sprake. His team mates obviously saw him as the weak link and albeit in the book Bremner acknowledges that every so often he would have a good game, the number of costly mistakes clearly heavily outweighed the match winning saves. But seemingly the main thing that annoyed them was that Sprake took no accountability for his errors and always sought to pass the blame.
Might have something to do with him selling his soul to the Daily Mirror for £7,500 in 1977 accusing Revie of match fixing.

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Re: 100 Greatest Leeds Players

Post by Shields53 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:18 pm

Chilli D wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:48 pm
How has Masinga got in front of those two?
The poll was run over 10 years ago.

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