100for100 - Greatest LUFC Players 15-11
09 May 2019 03:44 pm, by YorkshireSquare
15) Paul Reaney (1961-1978)
Country: England | DOB: 22/10/1944 | Position: Defender | Apps: 745 | Goals: 9
"Speedy" Reaney was one of the first fullbacks to assume an "overlapping wing technique". His pinpoint crossing to the Leeds attack one minute was matched by his ability to pop up and clear off the Leeds goal line the next. One of the few defenders in the world capable of containing the genius that was George Best at his peak, his career was hampered when his leg was broken in a game against W.Ham, in 1970. After recovery, he played a further 8 years for Leeds before moving to Bradford City and then to Australia, where he was voted Player of the Year in 1980. One can't help but speculate that, but for that broken leg, he would have earned more than his paltry 3 England caps.
Read more about Paul Reaney on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
14) David Batty (1987-2004)
Country: England | DOB: 02/12/1968 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 382 | Goals: 4
Born Leeds in 1968. After signing professional in 1985 Batty was only 18 when making his debut and impressing with his tackling and speed as he was picked for England under 21's. He picked up England "B" honours as part of the Second Division Champion team in 1989-90. A superb ball-winner and passer he gained 14 of his 42 full England caps with Leeds before a surprise £2.75m transfer to Blackburn Rovers in 1993. He was their Player of the Year and added a further Championship medal to the one already won at Leeds in 1992. He joined Newcastle United for £3.75m in 1996 where he narrowly missed out on three. He returned home for £4.4m in 1998 for a 6 year stint at the club.
Read more about David Batty on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
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13) Lucas Radebe (1994-2005)
Country: South Africa | DOB: 12/04/1969 | Position: Defender | Apps: 262 | Goals: 3
The versatile South African played in midfield, all along the back four and even in goal in a matter of weeks for United. Signed by Kaiser Chiefs in 1990 he soon gained his first cap before arriving at Leeds for £250,000 in 1994. The "Chief" as he is affectionately known is an absolute icon in his homeland. He led the South Africans to their first ever World Cup finals in 1998 and is an inspirational figure for aspiring footballers in that country. Due to injury, he missed the 2001/2002 season but made 26 appearances in a generally disappointing season for his club in the 2002/03 season. A stalwart clubman he took a cut in pay to remain at Leeds, but unfortunately was injured early in the 2004-05 season at Wolves. Capped 70 times he played 235 starts and 26 subs scoring 3 goals.
Read more about Lucas Radebe on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
12) Paul Madeley (1962-1980)
Country: England | DOB: 20/09/1944 | Position: Defender | Apps: 724 | Goals: 34
The original "Super Sub" and the most versatile player ever to wear the Leeds shirt...and arguably in the whole history of the Football League. In his 724 first team appearances, spread over an incredible 17 year span at Leeds, he scored 34 goals, playing in every position except goal - perhaps hindering his international selection, as he never had a regular first team position at Leeds. Nevertheless, he still earned 24 full England caps. Paul retired from football in 1980 and worked firstly for a sport shop, before opening a decorating supplies shop in Horsforth.
Read more about Paul Madeley on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
11) Gary McAllister (1990-1996)
Country: Scotland | DOB: 25/12/1964 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 294 | Goals: 45
Born Motherwell in 1964, Gary McAllister proved to be the most consistent Leeds player in his six seasons at Elland Road, and was as articulate off the field as on it. After winning the Second Division championship, Howard Wilkinson sought to add skill to United's muscular approach and beat off a challenge from Brian Clough to land the rising Leicester City star for £1m. McAllister dovetailed perfectly with Strachan, Batty and Speed to form an all-star international midfield, who were magnificent, as Leeds won the 1991-92 title. Captain of Leeds and Scotland, he won most of his 50+ caps while at Leeds where he played 293 games, scoring 45 times. He left for Coventry for £3m in 1996 and also played for Liverpool before returning to Coventry as player/manager.
Read more about Gary McAllister on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
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