It is always a thankless task selecting the “Greatest” anything, as people are influenced, sometimes by favouritism from a popularity point of view. Sometimes it’s simply by the fact that the players were from an era before a person started supporting the club and in many cases before they were even born. However, while selecting our greatest Leeds United midfielders ever, we took into consideration various factors, to make the list as accurate as possible.
Taking into account, fan surveys, online polls, expert opinions and the impact they had on the club, here are the 6 greatest Leeds United midfielders ever.
1. Billy Bremner
As midfield warriors go, none come close to ‘the captain of the crew’ Billy Bremner. Voted the Greatest Leeds United Player Ever and with a statue outside Elland Road, the Leeds United fans appreciation of Bremner is clear.
His combative style however did lead to individual and team criticism from the press and neutrals. Few were willing to accept Bremner was a highly skilled, hard-working and tireless player whose combative style was more a necessary approach that was indicative of most players in his day and age. Football back then, was as much a battle of physical endurance and strength as it was skill and finesse. Luckily, Bremner had both.
Bremner’s Leeds career suggests some kind of destiny — had he been taller he might have played for Arsenal or Chelsea (who both rejected him). Had he not had a manager like Don Revie he might have left Leeds, homesick for Scotland, to play for Hibernian (who couldn’t afford the then-exorbitant £45,000 fee Revie put on him). And had Bobby Collins not been injured in Torino, he might never have been made captain — and instead drifted eventually to Celtic (where he was also idolised).
But everything steered Bremner to Leeds. After 586 punishing games for Leeds, he moved to Hull in 1976 for a paltry £275,000. Returned to Leeds as manager in 1985, but was sacked 3 years later for not gaining promotion. A heart attack on Dec 7th 1997, sadly robbed the football world of one of its true legends…honoured by a statue outside the Elland Road ground, which has become a shrine for Leeds fans worldwide.