17 Nov 2015 10:20pm, by Shields53
Ten years ago Marching on Together ran a poll in conjunction with WACCOE, Leeds Chat and We Are Leeds of to find out the 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever according to the fans. Ten years on we ask are there any players from the past decade that would make your top 100? Do Jermaine Beckford’s goal scoring antics, especially at Old Trafford, mean he warrants a place in the list? With the passing of time would any more of the Wilko team break into the top 10? Would Harry Kewell drop out of the top 20 all together for signing for Galatasaray?
You can check out the full 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever here but below are the top 10 as voted for back in 2005;
10) Nigel Martyn (1996-2003)
Martyn became the country's first £1 million goalkeeper when joining Crystal Palace from Bristol Rovers in 1989, having made over 100 appearances for the West Country club. Leeds paid £2.25 million for him in the summer of 1996, then a record for a goalkeeper. He had a superb first season for the Whites as part of George Graham's Leeds revolution. His form continued to be a model of consistency and he was an ever-present between 1999 and 2002. He helped United to third place in the Premiership, a place in the Champions League and the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Replaced by Paul Robinson as first team keeper in 2002, he joined Everton in 2003 for a nominal fee. Played 273 games and was Leeds Player of the Year in 1997.
9) Jack Charlton (1952-1973)
"The Giraffe" of Revie's Leeds team and one of the most talented and respected centre halves in footballing history. Big Jack spent his entire footballing career at Leeds, making an astounding 733 appearances over 21 years and scoring 96 goals. His height was used to great advantage at Leeds corner kicks and his surprisingly agile defensive ability kept out even the greatest strikers of his day. He earned the first of his 35 England caps at the age of 30 and was an important part of the 1966 World Cup winning team. Jack retired from playing in 1973 and had mixed fortunes as a manager at several clubs, but his best known managerial success was with The Republic of Ireland.
8) Allan Clarke (1969-1978)
Christened "Sniffer" by the Leeds fan for his uncanny ability to look for and score goals out of nothing, he arrived at Leeds from Leicester, costing a record £165,000. He more than repaid Leeds by scoring 151 goals in 364 appearances for the Whites, including the goals that won Leeds the 1972 F.A. Cup and the Fairs Cup. In fact only Lorimer and Charles have scored more than "Sniffer" for Leeds. His attacking partnership with Jones and Lorimer is legendary and he was capped 19 times for England. Sold to Barnsley in 1978 he saw out his last footballing seasons as their player/manager, before returning in 1980 to unsuccessfully take the manager's job, at Leeds, seeing them relegated.
7) Johnny Giles (1963-1975)
Revie's midfield general and penalty expert, his sometimes telepathic footballing double act with King Billy was a joy to watch. He was signed from Manchester United in 1963, and under the Don's guidance, became one of the truly great midfield players of that era. In 12 seasons wearing the No.10 shirt at Leeds, he scored 115 goals in 525 matches. In his career as a player, he won 59 caps and scored 5 times for Ireland. After leaving Leeds, he coached in the USA and Canada and later coached W.B.A. and Shamrock Rovers, before managing Ireland in the late 70's.
6) Norman Hunter (1961-1976)
A hard but skilful left half, nicknamed "Bites Yer Legs", he daunted opposition players at home and across Europe, with his bone crunching tackling. Despite playing second fiddle to the favoured Bobby Moore, he was still capped 28 times for England. In his 15 years at Leeds, he made 724 appearances, scoring 21 goals before moving on to Bristol City in 1976 and later, to Barnsley. He ended his professional football career managing Rotherham and later coaching at Leeds and a spell as match commentator for Radio Leeds.
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17 Nov 2015 10:18pm, by Shields53
So far Nigel Martyn, Jack Charlton, Allan Clarke, Jonny Giles and Norman Hunter have made the top ten but who will make the top five in the Greatest Leeds Players Ever and who was voted the Greatest Leeds Player Ever?
5) Gordon Strachan (1989-1995)
Scottish International Strachan joined LUFC from Man U for £300,000 in 1989. He enjoyed a successful career on both sides of the border. Scottish player of the year in 1979-80, he joined Man U for 500,000 in 1984, where he acquired a Cup-winners medal before joining Leeds. A prominent member of Scotland's 1982 and 1986 World Cup campaigns, he was the inspirational skipper of United's Second Division Championship team. Anyone who doubted his ability to cope with a return to the top flight were woefully wide of the mark as he was named Footballer of the Year in 1991 and led Leeds to the Championship the following year and was awarded an OBE in 1993. Retiring with 50 Scottish Caps he played 234 games and scored 45 goals.
4) John Charles (1947-1957, 1962)
The 'Gentle Giant' is regarded as being the greatest Leeds player outside the Revie era. Signed at 16 within 3 months he had made his league debut. As a centre half no one could beat him in the air and as a centre forward he was lethal. Voted the greatest ever foreign player to play for Juventus, winning 3 Italian league medals with the club, holds the scoring record in a season for Leeds United with 42 league goals in 1953-54 and the youngest ever Welsh international when he got his first of his 38 cap at only 18. He made 327 league and cup appearances for Leeds scoring 157 goals.
3) Eddie Gray (1965-1984)
In the late 60's and early 70's, he punished the best defenders in Europe, scoring 68 goals in his 19 years as a Leeds player.. none of them better than his brace against Burnley at Elland Road, his amazing dribble around 7 defenders before scoring, was met with a full 30 second silence - the Leeds fans were struck dumb by the majesty of what they'd just seen! The players were on their way back to the centre circle, when Elland Road erupted! Just one of numerous occasions that this gifted left winger had the Leeds fans in euphoria.
2) Peter Lorimer (1962-1978, 1984-1985)
Leeds' youngest ever first team debutant just short of his 16th birthday, his powerful shots on goal earned him the nicknames "Lash" and "Hotshot" from the fans, especially after a newspaper recorded one of his shots at 90MPH! His shooting aside, he was a superb right winger and his crosses to the Leeds forwards were deadly accurate. However he will be remembered for his blistering shooting skills in his two periods with Leeds, which resulted in 238 goals in a total of 676 games. Capped 21 times for Scotland Peter also played in Canada, South Africa and Israel, before finally hanging up his scorched boots in the mid 80's.
1) Billy Bremner (1959-1976)
Those fortunate enough to have seen "King Billy" play will have their own special memories of this fiery, redheaded dynamo...for those born too late, one can only say that no player at Leeds has ever played with so much pride and passion for the club. He came off the field after every game, totally bruised from his efforts because he never gave up trying. Made his Leeds 1st team debut in 1960 and went on to become captain for most of the "Glory Years".
An excellent defender and passer of the ball, he always knew where every one of his team mates were, at any point of the match and played the ball right to their feet. No slouch in front of goal either, he scored 90 times in his 16 years at Leeds. Scotland recognised his skills in 1965 and made him captain in 1968 and he played 54 times for them. Football League Player of the Year in 1970, he was idolised by the Leeds fans and given grudging respect by everyone in football.
After 586 punishing games for Leeds, he moved to Hull in 1976 for a paltry £275,000. Returned to Leeds as manager in 1985, but was sacked 3 years later for not gaining promotion. A heart attack on Dec 7th 1997, sadly robbed the football world of one of its true legends...honoured by a commemorative statue outside the Elland Road ground, which has become a shrine for Leeds fans worldwide.
So, no real surprises on Billy Bremner being voted the Greatest Leeds Player Ever but do you agree with the top ten? Would any more players from the last Championship winning side have broken into your top ten, Gary McAllistair, Gary Speed, David Batty? Would any players from the last decade have broken into the top 100, have your say here.
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