100for100 - Greatest LUFC Players 60-56

05 Mar 2019 10:15 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 Chris Whyte, Alf-Inge Haaland, Grenville Hair, Brian Flynn and Terry Yorath, now we bring you players 60 to 56…

60) Robbie Keane (2000-2002)

Country: Ireland | DOB: 08/07/1980 | Position: Forward | Apps: 56 | Goals: 19

Born 1980 in Dublin. Capped by Eire over 50 times with an excellent International strike-rate, he rose quickly to prominence with Wolves where his ball skills won the admiration of older players, scoring 24 goals in only 67 games. A fee of ?6m took him across the Midlands to Coventry City. He was the subject of several very expensive transfer deals costing Inter-Milan £13m, United £12m and Tottenham £7m as he changed clubs in quick succession. Often used by United as a shock tactic bench player. Keane's quick-thinking and ball skills made him a threat to any defence. United's glut of striker power saw him reluctantly leave after initially turning down an £8m transfer to Sunderland. Made 36 starts, with a further 18 from the bench scoring 19 times which was usually followed by his signature cart-wheel and gunslinger celebration.

Read more about Robbie Keane on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

59) David Wetherall (1991-1999)

Country: England | DOB: 14/03/1971 | Position: Defender | Apps: 250 | Goals: 18

Howard Wilkinson signed him for Sheffield Wednesday in 1989. He and fellow defender Jon Newsome followed Wilkinson when he moved to Leeds in 1991. A solid and reliable central defender his studious approach to the game was reflected in his gaining of a chemistry degree. He started 232 games and scored 18 times before leaving for Bradford City in 1999. He earned cult status with vital goals against Man U, but earned even greater acclaim when scoring the winner for Bradford City against Liverpool on the last day of the season, to save his team from relegation and ensure United's qualification for the Champions League.

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

All White: Leeds United's 100 Greatest Players
By Jon Howe and Andrew Dalton

For a different perspective on the 100 greatest Leeds players of all time check out All White by Jon Howe and Andrew Dalton. A celebration of Leeds United's greatest 100 players. Definitive and official, All White offers a perspective on the history of the club, combining stories and expert insights into the players with telling facts and statistics. From Bremner and Batty, Chapman and Charles to Smudger and Sniffer, the book gives a real sense of how these heroic, combative, iconic characters could affect the moods and the lives of fans over the decades - all contributing to the rollercoaster drama that is pure Leeds.

58) Chris Fairclough (1989-1995)

Country: England | DOB: 12/04/1964 | Position: Defender | Apps: 240 | Goals: 23

Born Nottingham 1964, he joined his hometown club Forest in 1981 gaining the first of his seven England under 23 International caps before leaving for Tottenham Hotspurs in 1987. A classy defender, he was often given the man marking role by Leeds after his 1989 transfer and graduated to defensive midfield after David Batty left the club. Christened Courtney but preferring to be known as Chris, he was voted Supporters player of the year in our promotion season and followed this up by starring in our championship win in 1992. After 232 starts and 23 goals he moved to Bolton Wanderers in 1995.

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

57) Michael Bridges (1999-2004)

Country: England | DOB: 05/08/1978 | Position: Forward | Apps: 82 | Goals: 21

Born North Shields in 1978, the tall elegant striker had a magnificent first season after joining United for a reported £5.6m from Sunderland in 1999, leading the scorers with 21 goals, including an hat-trick in only his second appearance at Southampton. The talented striker had played mainly understudy to the Phillips-Quinn partnership at Sunderland and seemed destined for higher honours in the game, after soon gaining England under 23 caps with Leeds, and being called up to the full squad by Kevin Keegan. It was not to be, as his career was blighted by injuries soon after his first season and he spent almost 3 years in the treatment room before firstly going on loan to Newcastle United and then being released on a free transfer to Bolton Wanderers. Made 61 starts, 21 from the bench and scored 21 times.

Read more about Michael Bridges on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

56) Duncan McKenzie (1974-1976)

Country: England | DOB: 10/06/1950 | Position: Forward | Apps: 81 | Goals: 30

Born Grimsby in 1950, Duncan McKenzie turned professional with Nottingham Forest in 1968. He was brought to Leeds by Brian Clough for £240,000. The manager had but a brief stay but the dazzling showman forward became one of the most popular players ever at Elland Road. His highly-individual skills which brought him some stunning and spectacular goals. Despite being the idol of the Leeds fans and leading goalscorer in 1975/76, he was sold to Anderlecht for £200,000, after playing 76 games and scoring 30 goals. He soon returned to England and saw service with Everton, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers before heading for the United States and later Hong Kong.

Read more about Duncan McKenzie on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

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