100for100 - Greatest LUFC Players 65-61

27 Feb 2019 01:17pm, by YorkshireSquare

Back in 2005 we compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever. Over 164 players were nominated to give us our final 100 but in the time that has passed since 2005 nearly 200 more players have donned the white shirt of Leeds United. It has not been a period of glory for Leeds United but there have been some stand out players who deserve to be added to the list. Some of those who were fresh in the memory when the initial vote was taken may have faded in the memories over the years and some players may no be looked on with greater fondness. As such we have updated the 100 Greatest Leeds United Players Ever in time for our centenary year and give you our 100for100. Players 70-66 included; Paul Robinson, Ian Harte, Mick Bates, Willie Bell and Tom Jennings. Now we bring you players 65 to 61...

65) Chris Whyte (1990-1993)

Country: England | DOB: 02/09/1961 | Position: Defender | Apps: 146 | Goals: 6

The 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.

Read more about Chris Whyte on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

64) Alf-Inge Haaland (1997-2000)

Country: Norway | DOB: 23/11/1972 | Position: Defender | Apps: 92 | Goals: 8

Born 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.

Read more about Alf-Inge Haaland on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

63) Grenville Hair (1948-1964)

Country: England | DOB: 16/11/1931 | Position: Defender | Apps: 474 | Goals: 2

Born 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.

Read more about Grenville Hair on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

62) Brian Flynn (1977-1982)

Country: Wales | DOB: 12/10/1955 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 177 | Goals: 11

Born 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.

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

61) Terry Yorath (1967-1976)

Country: Wales | DOB: 27/03/1950 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 196 | Goals: 12

Aggressive 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.

Read more about Terry Yorath on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

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