100for100 - Greatest LUFC Players 70-66

18 Feb 2019 09:58 pm, 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 to give you our 100for100 in our centenary year. Last time in our countdown we profiled Charlie Keetley, Jimmy Dunn, Alan Peacock, Don Revie and Wilf Copping, now we bring you players 70 to 66…

70) Paul Robinson (1997-2004)

Country: England | DOB: 15/10/1979 | Position: Goalkeeper | Apps: 119 | Goals: 1

Robbo signed for Leeds from the academy in 1997 but didn't get a chance to show of his skills until a run of great games in 2000-2001, including some dazzling Champions League displays after Nigel Martyn picked up an injury. In 2002-2003 he was given his first real chance, when he was made first choice keeper by Terry Venables. He remained first choice, only missing one game in the 2003-2004 season when he was replaced by Scott Carson for the Manchester United game after getting sent off against Boro, until he signed for Spurs in 2004 before the final game of the season against Chelsea. He made 95 appearances for Leeds, including 2 as sub and has become a regular in the England set up. Famously scored with a header v Swindon.

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

69) Ian Harte (1995-2004)

Country: Ireland | DOB: 31/08/1977 | Position: Defender | Apps: 288 | Goals: 39

Nephew of Gary Kelly, Ian Harte found himself become Leeds' regular left back in 1998 under the stewardship of George Graham, after featuring frequently in the previous two seasons. Harte was a dead ball specialist becoming the free kick and penalty taker for the club, leading to him scoring 39 goals in 288 appearances. Had the season of his life during Leeds' Champions League run of 2000-2001 but in later seasons was beginning to be regarded as a bit of a liability as his lack of pace and tactical ability showed through and the goals dried up. He moved to Spanish club Levante in 2004 after Leeds were relegated.

Read more about Ian Harte on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

68) Mick Bates (1964-1976)

Country: England | DOB: 19/09/1947 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 187 | Goals: 9

Born Doncaster 1947. A neat compact player he provided vital cover for Bremner and Giles in the great Leeds side of the 1960's and 1970's. He signed for Leeds in 1964 and although he could have commanded a first-team spot elsewhere, he remained loyal to Leeds. Not a noted goalscorer, his brace against Juventus in the first leg of the Fairs Cup Final of 1971 was instrumental in Leeds lifting the trophy. He joined Walsall, where he was captain in 1976 after 151 starts and 9 goals. He later returned to Yorkshire to play with Bradford City and Doncaster Rovers.

Read more about Mick Bates on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

67) Willie Bell (1960-1967)

Country: Scotland | DOB: 03/09/1937 | Position: Defender | Apps: 260 | Goals: 18

Born 1937, Willie joined Queens Park in 1957 and he soon gained two Amateur caps for his native Scotland. Joining LUFC in 1960, he was a run of the mill left half before being converted into one of the best full backs Leeds has ever had. He succeeded Grenville Hair and became an important part of the defence in the early 1960's. He won a Second Division Championship medal in 1964 and was a member of the 1965 Cup Final Team. Capped twice by Scotland he played 260 games and scored 18 goals, before leaving for Leicester City in 1967. He later Managed Birmingham City and Lincoln City.

Read more about Willie Bell on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

66) Tom Jennings (1925-1931)

Country: Scotland | DOB: 08/03/1902 | Position: Forward | Apps: 174 | Goals: 117

Born 1902, Tom held all the Leeds scoring records prior to the advent of John Charles. Playing 174 times, his 117 goals bears witness to his goal scoring prolificness. Joining LUFC from Raith Rovers in 1925,he was ever-present in the following season scoring 35 goals, including three consecutive hat-tricks, a feat only equalled twice in Football League History. Despite his record the nearest he came to a Scottish cap was scoring a goal for the Anglo-Scots in a trial against the Home-Scots in 1928. He left for Chester in 1931.

Read more about Tom Jennings on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

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