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Seven former Leeds United players named in Premier League's top 100

Seven former Leeds United players have been named in the top 100 greatest ever Premier League players.

Former Leeds Skipper Lucas Radebe was named as one the Premier League's greatest players Credit: Press Association

The Daily Telegraph released its list of the "Premier League's 100 greatest ever players."

Frenchman Eric Cantona was the highest former United player on the list at number eight.

Rio Ferdinand was next at 17, with Robbie Fowler (26) and the late Gary Speed (29) both in the top 30.

David Batty (76), Lucas Radebe (78) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (79) were also named on the list.


Belgian player reveals Leeds owner Cellino's superstitions

Freddy Frans has revealed the chaos that surrounded his proposed move to Leeds United prior to moving to Partick Thistle.

Suspicious mind: Leeds United Owner Massimo Cellino has strong superstitions Credit: Press Association

The Belgian centre-back looked set to secure a switch to Elland Road.

Then-Leeds Head Coach David Hockaday was interested in the move, and invited Frans to have talks with United owner Massimo Cellino, and that is when things took a rather strange turn.

Frans told the Daily Record: “I thought I had seen everything when I left Belgium – but then I arrived at Leeds.

"I was so happy to be signing for Leeds as well, it was a big step.

"My agent spoke to the owner and he said if Hockaday liked me I’d sign. I played two games and he said he wanted to sign me.

“I had to give him details about my star signs and all this stuff. He doesn’t like the number 17 or the colour purple among other things.

“We heard a few strange stories, like the one about Paddy Kenny not getting a deal because his birthday was on the 17th. Crazy.

“I was so happy to be signing for Leeds as well, it was a big step.

“But then I started to get suspicious as the deal wasn’t done and two Italian centre-backs arrived.

“Still Hockaday said he wanted me but they lost in a cup-tie to Brentford and he got sacked so I was back to Belgium.”

Evans hails Clarke-Harris

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans believes Jonson Clarke-Harris could emerge as a major talent at the club Credit: Press Association

Rotherham match-winner Jonson Clarke-Harris could emerge as a major talent at the club, according to his manager Steve Evans after his side beat Leeds 2-1 in the Yorkshire derby.

Clarke-Harris, 20, a club record £400,000 transfer deadline day signing from Oldham, smashed a swerving 25-yard shot beyond Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in the 65th minute, just two minutes after replacing Matt Derbyshire to clinch Rotherham a second win in eight league matches.

Millers striker Alex Revell had cancelled out Mirco Antenucci's deserved opener for Leeds, but it was left to super-sub Clarke-Harris to steal the plaudits.

"People should remember his name, we think he is a special talent,'' said Evans.

"We beat some big clubs in the Championship to get his services. He has got all the attributes in terms of physicality.

"He needs to be instilled with confidence every day and I will be the manager that gives him that.

"He really has every attribute. He is very talented, he is strong, but at times he has a schoolboy approach with his runs.

"We really think he could be a real find and talent, but we need to work with him.''

Police search for eight men thought to be Leeds fans

Police are searching for eight men, believed to be Leeds United fans, after a disturbance in London before the game against Millwall earlier this season.

Police search for eight men thought to be Leeds fans Credit: CCTV
Police search for eight men thought to be Leeds fans Credit: CCTV

It is thought the men met at the Green Man Public House on Euston Road and were involved in an altercation with a group of protestors nearby.

Police search for eight men thought to be Leeds fans Credit: CCTV
Police search for eight men thought to be Leeds fans Credit: CCTV

The protestors included a large number of young children and elderly people who were clearly distressed by the aggression and racial abuse hurled at them. I would urge anyone who can identify any of the men in the images to contact us.

– DC Claire Starr from the Met's Public Order investigations unit


Young Leeds defender joins Guiseley on loan

Leeds United centre-back Jake Skelton has joined Guiseley in a month-long loan deal.

The highly-rated teenager has represented United from under-10s level through to the development squad and was included in Leeds’ first-team squad for their pre-season training camp in Italy after impressing former head coach David Hockaday.

Meanwhile, young Leeds defender Lewie Coyle has seen his loan spell with Harrogate Town cut short through injury.

Coyle has been forced to cut short his one-month loan deal with the North Yorkshire side after suffering a broken metatarsal.

Former Leeds MD files deceit claim

David Haigh says he has filed a deceit claim against GFHC Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Leeds managing director David Haigh has filed a claim for deceit in the High Court against the club's former owners Gulf Finance House Capital.

Haigh, 36, the former deputy chief executive of Dubai-based bank GFHC, which bought Leeds from Ken Bates in December 2012, has been held in Dubai since May 18th when he was arrested on suspicion of fraud, embezzlement and money-laundering.

GFHC has alleged that Haigh falsified invoices and diverted money into accounts controlled by him.

Haigh, who says he is innocent and insists no criminal charges have yet been brought against him, has lodged a counter claim against GFHC, claiming he was lured to Dubai under false pretences and for unpaid salary and bonuses he says are owed to him.

A statement has been released on behalf of Haigh by London-based media consultants Ian Monk Associates:

"David Haigh's legal team headed by litigators from international law firm Stephenson Harwood has moved against GFH Capital, the former majority shareholders in Leeds United FC, who retain a shareholding in the club, by filing a claim for deceit in the High Court, London.

"The claim is also brought against other individuals involved. It is the first of what is now expected to be a fast moving series of legal actions on Haigh's behalf including the filing of a full defence plus a number of civil and criminal claims concerning the activities of GFHC and its directors.

"David's ongoing losses arising under the claim, which sets out what Haigh says was a calculated deceit aimed at luring him out of the UK and into the jurisdiction of Dubai, are now being calculated. They are expected to be in the millions of pounds sterling."

– Ian Monk Associates

GFHC said on Tuesday that it stood by its allegations and was waiting to receive specific details of Haigh's claim:

"Contrary to the statement that has been issued by David Haigh (on Tuesday), no claim by David Haigh has yet been served on GFH Capital or any other party.

"Until a particularised claim has been received it is therefore impossible to give any comment on any such claim.

"It is clear that this statement is in reality just another blatant attempt by Mr Haigh to attract attention in circumstances where GFH Capital maintains its claims of fraud against Mr Haigh in the DIFC Court."


Milanic hails Leeds performance

Darko Milanic said his Leeds United side turned in their best display since he took over after fighting back to secure a 1-1 draw against Yorkshire derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

The best yet: Leeds Head Coach Darko Milanic was delighted with his side's performance Credit: Press Association

Leeds centre-half Giuseppe Bellusci steered home a 79th-minute equaliser to rescue a deserved point for his side after Chris Maguire's thumping finish had given Wednesday the lead early in the second half.

Milanic's wait for his first win in charge is extended to three matches, but his side showed enough in spells to suggest a morale-boosting victory is just around the corner.

Wednesday were grateful to goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, who tipped over a goalbound first-half blockbuster from Leeds midfielder Rudy Austin and made superb saves to deny lively Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci twice in the second period.

"We had a good game, yes," said Milanic, whose first game last weekend ended in a 2-0 defeat at Brentford before a goalless midweek draw against Reading.

"We had a good game with a lot of energy with a lot of good play also in the last third, which is what we missed in the last game.

"We had some very good actions, we played well and we had some very good opportunities, but the goalkeeper was extremly good.

"After they scored it was very difficult and we lost a little bit of calm.

"But after we made it 1-1 I believed that we could win the game.

"We played against a team who were very quick to get behind the ball and there was not a lot of space, but we did it sometimes very well.

"The players here have quality, but we have to do somethings better in the game."

Milanic refused to be drawn on whether he felt his side could mount a play-off challenge.

"My job is to improve the team," he added. "I have to see the players on the field in a big game like this and they have the quality, yes.

"There's enough quality. But my job is to improve them like I said.

"We're working very hard to make a good team.

Wednesday routed Leeds 6-0 at Hillsborough the last time the two sides met in January, but Owls manager Stuart Gray said they fell below the standards they had set so far this season having lost only two of their 10 league games prior to kick-off.

Below par: Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray said Sheffield Wednesday were not up to scratch Credit: Press Association

"That wasn't us," Gray said. "We didn't pass it as well as we'd passed it and our ball retention wasn't good.

"Second half we tried to get more physical presence and more of a focal point up front and we got a foothold in the game and a great goal from Chris Maguire.

"At the end of the day you're not always going to get it your own way. You need to dig in and we had Kieren Westwood pulling off some fantastic saves.

"But then I thought after we got in front we'd go on and win the game."

Bellusci rescues point for Leeds

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci rescued a point for his side with a deserved late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Yorkshire derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Bellusci to the rescue: The Italian's late goal earned Leeds a point Credit: Press Association

Bellusci to the rescue: The Italian's late goal earned Leeds a point

The Italian centre-half applied a striker's finish when he steered home a bouncing ball in the 79th minute to cancel out Chris Maguire's effort earlier in the second half.

Wednesday crushed Leeds 6-0 when the sides last met in January at Hillsborough, but were fortunate to take the lead at Elland Road and were grateful to goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who thwarted the home side on several occasions.

Leeds head coach Darko Milanic has still to taste victory after three games in charge, but there were signs of an enterprising team in the making.

The Owls' impressive start to the season could easily have stalled after their recent Capital One Cup walloping at Manchester City, but, under popular manager Stuart Gray, they displayed a resilience that has been lacking in recent campaigns.

The hosts were the more effective side going forward in the first half, but had nothing to show for their dominance.

Alex Mowatt dispossessed Jose Semedo in midfield and threaded a fine pass into Souleymane Doukara's path inside the penalty area, but the French striker dragged his low right-footed shot just wide.

Rudy Austin then lashed in a dipping 30-yard effort from out of the blue that Westwood tipped over the crossbar.

Leeds countered swiftly in the 26th minute and more incisive interplay ended in left-back Gaetano Berardi's thumping drive ricocheting off Mowatt.

Striker Mirco Antenucci then looked to have put the home side ahead when he latched onto Austin's slide-rule pass to slip the ball under Westwood, but he was deemed offside.

Leeds manager Darko Milanic gestures from the dug-outWednesday's best chance in the first period fell to striker Stevie May, who headed right-back Liam Palmer's cross inches wide of Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri's right-hand post in the 44th minute.

Leeds twice threatened early in the second half when Antenucci's lob over Westwood was cleared by Palmer and the Wednesday goalkeeper made a fine save with his foot to deny the lively Italian again soon after.

But it was the visitors who stole the lead in the 52nd minute. Jacques Maghoma found Maguire on the right side of the penalty area and the winger arrowed a right-footed shot into the bottom-right corner of Silvestri's net.

Westwood then denied Leeds again with another superb save from Antenucci's rising shot after he had been played in by strike partner Doukara.

May spurned a golden chance to double Wednesday's advantage when he pulled a low shot wide after a clever turn in the box.

Leeds built up a head of steam as they chased a late equaliser. Austin's shot was blocked by Palmer, but, when Mowatt's excellent free-kick bounced to Bellusci on the left edge of the area, the centre-half side-footed the ball cleanly on the half-volley into the bottom corner to haul his side level in the 79th minute.

Wednesday substitute Gary Madine's low effort was saved by Silvestri and Austin fired off target at the other end before the sides settled for a point apiece.

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