100for100 - Greatest LUFC Players 45-41

29 Mar 2019 10:18 am, 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 50-46 included; Ian Snodin, Mervyn Day, Arthur Graham, Jim Storrie and Gary Sprake. Now we bring you players 45 to 41...

45) Rod Wallace (1991-1998)

Country: England | DOB: 02/10/1969 | Position: Forward | Apps: 257 | Goals: 66

Like twin brother Ray, Rod was born in Lewisham in 1969. He signed for Southampton in 1986 and soon won 11 under 23 and a couple of England "B" caps. Joined Leeds in 1991 for £1.6m and his busy feet complimented the raw power of Lee Chapman as they enjoyed a superb campaign in the championship winning season. It resulted in his inclusion in the England Squad but injury robbed him of the honour. His form dipped after that but his goal against Tottenham Hotspur in April 1994 ranks as one of the greatest solo goals ever seen at Elland Road. After 221 starts and 66 goals he left the club for Glasgow Rangers in 1998, later playing with Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.

Read more about Rod Wallace on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

44) Gary Kelly (1991-2007)

Country: Ireland | DOB: 09/07/1974 | Position: Defender | Apps: 531 | Goals: 4

Born Drogheda 1974, after signing in 1991 he went from a struggling reserve-team front man to World Cup full-back in 1993-94. He made the right-back position his own with a series of superb displays, his blinding speed and tenacity making him a daunting opponent for any winger. He was ever-present in his first two seasons and presently has the most appearances of any player at the club. Holder of over 50 caps for Eire he is approaching the twilight of a long and distinguished career with United and has, as yet, no silver wear to adorn it. He was selected in the Premiership "team of the year" in 1999-2000. Record to 2004, 405 starts and 15 from the bench with 3 goals.

Read more about Gary Kelly 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.

43) Frank Gray (1971-1979)

Country: Scotland | DOB: 27/10/1954 | Position: Defender | Apps: 246 | Goals: 25

Younger Brother of Eddie and Father of Andy, Frank was born in Glasgow in 1954. Winner of 32 Scottish caps. Frank first joined Leeds in 1970, emulating brother Eddie's feat of scoring on debut, he quickly settled in midfield, gaining 5 under 23 caps before moving to left back. Moved to Nottingham Forest in 1979, for a then club record £500,000, where he won an European Cup winners medal to compliment the runners up medal gained at Leeds. He returned to Leeds in 1981 for £300,000 and became Scotland's left back in the 1982 World Cup. In all he made 396 starts and scored 35 goals before joining Sunderland in 1985.

Read more about Frank Gray on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

42) Ian Baird (1985-1990)

Country: England | DOB: 01/04/1964 | Position: Forward | Apps: 192 | Goals: 58

Moved to Leeds from Southampton in 1985 for £75,000. The robust striker, who's aggression often got him in trouble with the referees, was United's top scorer in 1986/87, but moved to Portsmouth in the close season for £285,000. A hard up Portsmouth allowed him to return to Leeds for £185,000. The advent of Lee Chapman saw him move on to Middlesborough for £500,000 where he scored two goals against Newcastle United on the final Saturday of the season to ensure his new team staved off relegation and his old team gave him a Second Division championship medal! He made 190 appearances and scored 57 goals.

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

41) Eric Cantona (1992-1992)

Country: France | DOB: 24/05/1966 | Position: Forward | Apps: 35 | Goals: 14

Born Paris 1966, hailed as a hero, the fiery French Star's shock departure to arch-rivals Man United stunned Leeds Fans, many of them turning their adulation into spite. He only stayed for 9 months and his record of 25 starts and a further 10 from the bench while hitting the net 14 times says little for his cult status. The "Ooh-ah Cantona" love affair blossomed as he recorded superb hat-tricks against Tottenham Hotspurs following the superb treble against Liverpool at Wembley in the Charity Shield, and who would ever forget his brilliant individual effort against Chelsea.

Read more about Eric Cantona on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

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