100 Years of Leeds United - Our 100 Greatest Players

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100 Years of Leeds United - Our 100 Greatest Players

Post by YorkshireSquare » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:03 am

Leeds United celebrate their centenary today, 100 years of our magnificent football club. In that time over 600 players have donned the famous white (or blue and gold) shirt. A myriad of internationals, some of them world cup winners, cult heroes and Derek Lilley amongst them. But how do you whittle that down to a greatest 100? A player's greatness is a reflection of their abilities or achievements as a player for Leeds United (or representing their country etc, when a Leeds United player) or for the place they hold in the hearts of Leeds fans.

Back in 2005 we compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Leeds Players 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 memory over the years and some players may now be looked on with greater fondness. As such we have updated our 100 Greatest Leeds United Players in time for our centenary year, starting with players 100-90…

100) Brian Greenhoff (1979-1983)

Country: England | DOB: 28/04/1953 | Position: Defender | Apps: 78 | Goals: 1

Born Barnsley 1953, younger brother of Jimmy, was a versatile full-back/midfielder signed by Man United in 1970, after several under 23 appearances, he was first capped by England in 1976. Won an FA Cup winners and a runners-up medal before moving to LUFC in 1979, where he won the last of his 18 England Caps. He played 74 games and managed one goal, before joining brother Jimmy at Rochedale in 1983.

Read more about Brian Greenhoff on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

99) Frank Worthington (1982)

Country: England | DOB: 23/11/1948 | Position: Forward | Apps: 35 | Goals: 15

Born Halifax 1948, Frank was an extremely colourful character and LUFC were just one of 11 clubs he played for. Bought from Birmingham City in exchange for Byron Stevenson to provide goals , he was not able to help stave off relegation even though he managed 15 in his 35 appearances. Won 8 England caps while with Leicester and another 2 at Bolton. Scorer of over 200 league goals, he is now a very entertaining after dinner speaker.

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


98) George Meek (1952-1960)

Country: Scotland | DOB: 15/02/1934 | Position: Forward | Apps: 199 | Goals: 19

At a diminutive 5'3" was LUFC's smallest ever player, but made up for this by his boundless energy and elusiveness. A real box of tricks, his ball skills mocked many a full back. Born 1934, he joined LUFC from Hamilton Academical in 1952, played 199 games, scoring 19 goals. His pinpoint crosses led to many a John Charles headed goal.Member of the 1956 Promotion team he left for Leicester in 1960 and later Walsall. He often returned to Leeds to star for the "Golden Oldies" in charity games.

Read more about George Meek on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

97) Peter Haddock (1986-1991)

Country: England | DOB: 09/12/1961 | Position: Defender | Apps: 146 | Goals: 1

Born Newcastle 1961, defender Peter joined his home town team in 1978 playing 57 games before signing for LUFC in 1986. He was one of the clubs most consistent performers, particularly in the promotion winning team. A knee injury sustained in the Rumbelow's Cup Semi-final second leg against Man U in February 1991 ended his career prematurely. He played 130 games scoring one goal.

Read more about Peter Haddock on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

96) Ray Hankin (1976-1980)

Country: England | DOB: 21/02/1956 | Position: Forward | Apps: 103 | Goals: 36

Born 1956, the burly Geordie Striker joined Burnley in 1973, where he won England under 23 and Youth caps, before being signed by LUFC in 1976. Injuries restricted him to only 4 appearances in his first season. He proved a fearsome spearhead as he led the goalscorers with 20, in his second season. After 102 games and 36 goals, he was sold to Vancouver Whitecaps in 1980. He later joined Arsenal but never played, and also saw service with Middlesborough, Peterborough, Wolves and Whitby Town.

Read more about Ray Hankin on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.

For next full list of players in our top 100 check out our 100 Greatest Leeds United Players...

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