100for100 - Greatest LUFC Players 80-76

04 Feb 2019 10:15pm, by YorkshireSquare

Back in 2005 we compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever. In the time that has passed since 2005 nearly 200 more players have donned the white shirt of Leeds United. 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 2019, our centenary year. Last time in our 100for100we game you players 85 to 81 featuring Tommy Burden, Jimmy Greenhoff, Jack Milburn, Carl Harris and Eric Kerfoot. Now we bring you players 80 to 76…

80) Mike O'Grady (1965-1969)

Country: England | DOB: 11/10/1942 | Position: Forward | Apps: 120 | Goals: 17

Born Leeds 1942, Snapped up by neighbours Huddersfield Town he turned professional with them in 1959 and after 16 games was capped for the first of his 3 England under 23 caps. Full International recognition followed and he scored twice on debut in 1962. Don Revie paid ?30,000 to bring him home, although he fared badly with injuries, he still got his second cap and a further goal in 1969, as he picked up a championship medal in the same year. The emergence of Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer saw him leave for Wolves in 1969 after 120 games with 16 goals.

Read more about Mike O'Grady on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

79) David Rocastle (1992-1993)

Country: England | DOB: 02/05/1967 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 34 | Goals: 2

Rejected by Millwall Rocastle joined Arsenal where he became a bit of a legend. He scored 34 goals and played 228 times in seven years for Arsenal, collecting two league title medals and a winner's medal in the League Cup. Howard Wilkinson signed Rocastle for league Champions Leeds for a record ?2 million pounds in July 1992. A stylish and skilful player he was extremely popular with the Leeds United fans however his time at Leeds was hampered by injuries. Rocastle played 34 times for Leeds scoring 2 goals before leaving for Manchester City in December 1993 to replace David White who had made the opposite move earlier that month. Rocastle died at the age of 33 on 31st March 2001 after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and was sadly mourned by the footballing community.

Read more about David Rocastle on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

78) Carl Shutt (1989-1993)

Country: England | DOB: 10/10/1961 | Position: Forward | Apps: 106 | Goals: 25

Born Sheffield 1961, he was a late starter to League football joining Wednesday at the age of 23 in 1985 After establishing a good scoring record he moved to Bristol City in 1987. LUFC picked him up for ?50,000 in 1989 and he quickly repaid them with a hat-trick on debut. Had a great season in tandem with Lee Chapman in 1990-91 and afterwards proved to be an expert back-up striker, having his finest hour in the Nou Camp, where his late goal clinched a 2-1 victory over Stuttgart. Started 66 times, with 45 from the bench, and scored 45 goals.

Read more about Carl Shutt on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

77) Ernest Hart (1920-1936)

Country: England | DOB: 03/01/1902 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 472 | Goals: 15

Born 1902, Ernie signed for LUFC in 1920. A hard but fair defender with a penchant for attack, he captained LUFC to the 1923-24 Second Division Championship and played for England 8 times. He played 472 games scoring 15 goals and was one of LUFC's stars until he left for Mansfield in 1936. He unfortunately lost his England place as a result of a ban imposed for swearing at a referee, his only misdemeanour in all his years of service.

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

76) Andy Ritchie (1983-1987)

Country: England | DOB: 28/11/1960 | Position: Forward | Apps: 159 | Goals: 44

Born Manchester 1960. Andy won 8 schoolboy caps under skipper Brendan Ormsby before signing for Man United in 1977 and two years later bagged a hat-trick against us! After seeming to have a bright future at Old Trafford he was surprisingly allowed to join Brighton in 1980. He was exchanged for Terry Connor in 1983 after winning England under 21 honours. He was a hard working, skilful player rather than an instinctive goal scorer but once scored 6 goals in a Central League game. He had 149 Starts and 44 goals for LUFC before contract disputes led to him leaving for Oldham in 1987.

Read more about Andy Ritchie on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

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