David Batty

Where is David Batty now?

A title winner with both Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers, David Batty retired from playing in 2004 after a second spell at the Yorkshire side.

In addition to winning the old Division One title with Leeds United in 1991/92 and Blackburn in 1994/95, Batty also won 42 international caps with England.

Batty was renowned for treating his footballing career as a job which he says is slightly unfair as there are two parts to a footballer’s life, the playing part and the ‘everything else’ part.

He always treated the ‘everything else’ part of his career as a job and lived for the playing part.


Since hanging up his boots, Batty has rarely been involved with football but he did appear in “The Match”  in 2006 which was a televised charity game broadcast by Sky Sports where ex-professional footballers faced celebrity opposition.

Regular viewers of Sky One’s Fantasy Football Club show will have seen that most of Batty’s ex Leeds United team-mates include him within their line ups of the best players that they have played with.

Former players Paul Robinson, Danny Mills and Dominic Matteo all include Batty in their #One2Eleven line ups and recount memories of him being last on the training ground and first to leave. They all said that Batty hated the training and just lived for the actual matches.

All told, however bad a trainer Batty was, he always performed on a Saturday and very rarely had a bad game. He just did what he had to do on the pitch and then went straight home.

Not surprisingly, Batty has kept his distance from the game since retiring from playing but keeps an eye out for how Leeds United are doing and was back at the club in 2015 filming a promotional video for their 2015/16 season ticket launch.

Batty has also been involved in advertising campaigns for Cancer Research alongside ex Premier League footballers John Hartson and Les Ferdinand in order to raise the awareness of prostate cancer.

David Batty Honours

England Appearances: 42

England Goals: 0

Blackburn Rovers

1994/95 Premier League Title

Leeds United

1989-90 Second Division Title

1991/92 First Divison Title

1992/93 Community Shield

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David Batty: Premier League Statistics

Yellow Cards65
Red Cards5
Premier League Teams Played forBlackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Newcastle United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com