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Leeds United v Liverpool (22/09/2009) - Double Agents
Sunday, 20th September 2009
In advance of our Carling Cup meeting at Elland Road on Tuesday, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both sides.

Oh we love your baldy head
Gary McAllister moved to Elland Road from Leicester City for £1m on Leeds' return to the top flight in July 1990. He made 295 appearances for them in total, bagging 46 goals in the process and helping them to the League title in 1992. He arrived at Anfield following a four-year spell with Coventry City, whom he had joined from Leeds for £3m in July 1996. His first season as a red climaxed in a flurry of vital goals, as we won the treble and clinched Champions League qualification. His second and final season was less stellar, but he was given a hero's reception at his final game in May 2002, having struck nine times in 87 reds games.

He returned to Elland Road as Manager in January 2008, but was sacked in December of the same year after an FA Cup defeat to non-league Histon and a poor run of results, despite having taken them to the League One Play-off final earlier that year. His overall record read 25 wins, eight draws and seventeen defeats in fifty games.

Striking legends
Robbie Fowler left for Leeds in a reported £11m deal in November 2001, having struck 171 times in 330 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups. His time at Elland Road was far less successful, as he scored fourteen times in 33 outings before moving on to Manchester City for £6m just fourteen months later. He sensationally returned to Anfield in January 2006, arriving from City on a free transfer. He grabbed twelve goals in 39 outings in this second spell, but was released after two seasons, signing on with Cardiff City in July 2007, and is now playing in Australia for North Queensland Fury.

Ian Rush bagged just three goals in 43 games for Leeds, signing on a free transfer from the reds in May 1996. His record at Anfield is without parallel, with 346 strikes in 660 games across two spells, as he shot us to numerous honours, including five League titles, the European Cup, three FA Cups, five League Cups, two FA Charity Shields and the Screen Sport Super Cup.

South African marksman Gordon Hodgson scored a club record seventeen hat-tricks after signing from Transvaal in December 1925, as he bagged a remarkable 241 goals in 377 reds games. He moved to Aston Villa in January 1936 having failed to claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, but arrived at Leeds just four months later. He struck 67 times in 120 games for the Yorkshire club, and is the only Leeds player ever to notch five goals in a single game, in an 8-2 defeat of Leicester City in October 1938. He later joined their coaching staff.

Other recent double agents
Robbie Keane joined Leeds United on loan from Internazionale in December 2000. He notched nine times in twenty games before signing on permanently for £12m the following May. He remained in Yorkshire until August 2002, when he switched to Tottenham Hotspur for £7m, after another ten strikes in 36 outings. He arrived at Anfield from Spurs in July 2008 for £19.3m. He struck seven times in 28 reds outings before returning to north London for an initial £15m fee last February.

Harry Kewell joined Leeds in December 1995, and netted 63 times in 252 games for the Whites before moving to Anfield for £5m in July 2003. His reds career was somewhat disappointing due to series of niggling injuries, as he bagged sixteen goals in 139 reds games before moving to Galatasaray as his contract expired after five years. He helped us to claim both the Champions League and FA Cup, although he limped out of both finals.

Nick Barmby became the first player to make the direct switch from Everton since Dave Hickson in November 1959 when he signed for £6m in July 2000, prompting an unprecedented tide of bitterness from across the park. He left Anfield for Leeds United in a £2.75m deal in August 2002 after eight goals in 58 reds games. He only struck five times in 31 games for Leeds, moving on to his hometown club Hull City in July 2004 on a free transfer.

Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds on loan from Arsenal in August 2003. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated. He signed for the reds from Birmingham City for £6.7m in July 2006, but netted just three times in 81 outings before moving to Real Zaragoza in July.

Defensive dualists
John Scales started his career at Elland Road, but was unable to break through to the first team. He arrived at Anfield from Wimbledon in September 1994 for a £3.5m fee, going on to make 94 reds appearances, and helping us to win the League Cup in 1995. He left for Tottenham Hotspur in a £2.6m deal in December 1996.

Jim Beglin arrived at Anfield in May 1983 for £20,000 from Shamrock Rovers as Bob Paisley's last signing, going on to become a regular at left-back under Kenny Dalglish, as we won the double in 1986. He made 98 reds appearances in total, bagging three goals. He left for Leeds in June 1989 having failed to regain his first-team berth after breaking his leg at Goodison. He helped them back to the top flight as champions, but was forced to retire just two years later after just nineteen League games.

Dominic Matteo established himself as a vital part of Leeds' defence after moving from Anfield for £4m in August 2000, turning out 134 times for the Yorkshire club, and becoming club captain, before rejoining Graeme Souness at Blackburn Rovers in July 2004 on a free transfer. He had struck twice in 155 reds games, having signed professionally in May 1992.

Steve Staunton notched seven times in 148 reds appearances across his two spells at Anfield, helping us to our last League title in 1990, and the FA Cup a year earlier. He became Gary McAllister's Assistant at Leeds in February 2008, but was sacked along with him later that year.

Between the sticks
Tommy Younger played 127 times in our goal. He had arrived from Hibernian for £9,000 in June 1956, then a large fee for a goalkeeper. Perhaps his most memorable game came at Derby County in October 1957 when he went off injured, but returned to the field as a centre-forward! He later made 42 appearances for Leeds in the early 1960's, also serving them as a scout and Assistant Manager.

Scott Carson signed from Leeds United for £750,000 in January 2005 after just three senior games, with Paul Harrison going on loan in the opposite direction. Carson made just nine first-team appearances, only managing to keep two clean sheets. He left the reds to sign for West Bromwich Albion for £3.25m in July 2008. Harrison failed to play for the first team at either Anfield or Elland Road, and left the reds to join Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2005.

Former reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Leeds United on loan from Fulham in August 2006. He played fourteen times as they struggled against relegation from the Championship. He never made our first-team, despite sitting on the bench 120 times, and is now on Hull City's books.

Wartime guests
Tom Bush, Harry Eastham, Bill Kinghorn, Jimmy McInnes and Phil Taylor all guested for Leeds during the Second World War. Wing-half Tom Bush struck once in 72 reds appearances after signing from Shrewsbury Town in March 1933, and a further goal in 33 outings during the conflict. He then joined our coaching staff after the war.

Phil Taylor signed from Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Harthill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, winning one League title and captaining the side. He also netted 24 times in 96 wartime games for the reds. He joined the coaching staff when he retired from playing in July 1954, and became Manager in May 1956, staying in the job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight.

Forward Harry Eastham signed from his hometown club Blackpool in February 1936 but only played 68 times for the reds in a career interrupted by the war, scoring four times. He left Anfield for Tranmere Rovers in May 1948 having helped us to claim the first post-war League title. He also netted three goals in eleven wartime games for the reds.

Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn signed from Queens Park in April 1938 and netted four times in nineteen reds games, as well as a further three strikes in eleven wartime fixtures. Scottish left-half Jimmy McInnes signed from Third Lanark for £5,500 in March 1938. He bagged two goals in 51 peacetime games, and featured in another 34 reds outings during the war. He joined the administrative staff at Anfield after he retired in 1946, serving as Secretary from 1955 to 1965.

Other double agents
Full-back David Murray joined the reds from Everton in August 1904, playing fifteen times in all, with twelve games coming as we claimed the Second Division title in his first season. He later appeared for Leeds, having moved to Hull City in 1905.

Leeds-born physio Matt Konopinski joined the backroom team in February 2009. He had joined the Leeds Academy staff upon graduating university in 2002, moving on from there to Barnsley in 2005. Ian Silvester is currently Football Secretary for the reds, succeeding the late Bryce Morrison after serving as his Assistant for over three years. He had joined Leeds as Football Secretary from Leicester City in December 1998.


Irish midfielder Ken de Mange never made a senior appearance while on our books, despite winning full international honours during that time, moving on to Leeds in September 1987. Scottish defender John McGregor signed from Queens Park in 1982, but failed to break through at Anfield. He played five times for Leeds in 1985/86 while on loan, before leaving the reds permanently in 1987 to join Rangers for £70,000.



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