Leeds United: Ex Premier League Players

Leeds United: Ex Premier League Players

Welcome to the Leeds United legends page – the gateway to information on ex Peacocks who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on the ex players that have graced Elland Road, we have also added the club’s EPL statistics which include the top goalscorers, the players with the most appearances and also the club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.

Nigel Martyn – Premier League Appearances: 372 | Clean Sheets: 138

Hailed by former Everton manager David Moyes as his greatest ever signing, Nigel Martyn was forced to retire from the game after a stress fracture in his ankle in 2006. Read More..

Alf Inge Haaland – Premier League Appearances: 181 | Goals Scored: 18

Alf Inge Haaland, regarded by many Leeds United fans as an icon because of his outspoken views on rivals Manchester United will always be remembered for his ongoing feud with Roy Keane.

Alfie Inge Haaland quit playing football in 2003 whilst at Manchester City and returned to Norway where he is involved in the property business. Read More..

Gary Kelly – Premier League Appearances: 325 | Goals Scored: 2

Gary Kelly spent his entire career at Leeds United making more than 500 appearances for the club before retiring in 2007 at the age of 32. Read More..

David Wetherall – Premier League Appearances: 257 | Goals Scored: 15

Having spent his entire career in Yorkshire, David Wetherall finished his playing days at Bradford City in 2008 when he moved into a coaching role at the club. Read More..

Jonathan WoodgatePremier League Appearances: 244 | Goals Scored: 6

Although injury blighted his professional career, Jonathan Woodgate still racked up nearly 400 appearances before hanging up his boots after four seasons playing in the Championship with Middlesbrough in 2016. Read More..

Carlton Palmer – Premier League Appearances: 261 | Goals Scored: 15

After a career spanning over 20 years, mostly spent at West Bromwich AlbionSheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, Carlton Palmer finally retired from playing in 2005 after a spell as player manager at Stockport County. Read More..

Mark VidukaPremier League Appearances: 240 | Goals Scored: 92

After a nine year spell in English football with Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United, legendary Australian player Mark Viduka finally hung up his boots at the age of 34 in 2009. Read More..

Gary Speed – Premier League Appearances: 535 | Goals Scored: 80

Gary Speed retired from playing in 2010 at the age of 41 and held the record for Premier League appearances until David James surpassed it. Read More..

Jimmy Floyd HasselbainkPremier League Appearances: 288 | Goals Scored: 127

After retiring from playing in 2008 after a successful Premier League career with Chelsea and Middlesbrough, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made a move into coaching. Read More..

David Batty – Premier League Appearances: 266 | Goals Scored: 5

A title winner with both Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers, David Batty retired from playing in 2004 after a second spell with Leeds United. Read More..

Gunnar Halle – Premier League Appearances: 184 | Goals Scored: 10

After an 11 year spell in English football, Gunnar Halle returned to his native Norway to first play for Lillestrom and then Aurskog in a player/ coach capacity.

Halle finally retired from playing in 2004 when he joined Lillestrom as an assistant manager. Read More..

Tony Dorigo – Premier League Appearances: 174 | Goals Scored: 3

Former Chelsea and Leeds United player Tony Dorigo retired from the game at the age of 35 in 2001 whilst at his last club Stoke City. Read More..

Danny Mills – Premier League Appearances: 218 | Goals Scored: 6

After 321 career appearances, Danny Mills had to retire at the early age of 32 whilst at his last club Manchester City after a succession of injuries. Read More..

Michael Bridges – Premier League Appearances: 87 | Goals Scored: 22

After a career which was unfortunately marred by injuries, Michael Bridges retired from playing at the end of the 2013-14 season after spending five years with Australian side Newcastle Jets. Read More..

Gordon Strachan – Premier League Appearances: 96 | Goals Scored: 7

Gordon Strachan finally retired from playing whilst in a player coach role at Coventry City at the age of 40, a record at the time for an outfield Premier League player. Read More..

Olivier Dacourt – Premier League Appearances: 96 | Goals Scored: 7

Leeds United legend Olivier Dacourt retired from playing in 2010 after a six-month spell playing in Belgium with Standard Liege. Read More..

David Hopkin – Premier League Appearances: 124 | Goals Scored: 7

A non-nonsense central midfielder who had spells in the Premier League with Chelsea and Bradford City as well as Leeds United, David Hopkin had to retire at the age of 33 after a recurring ankle injury. Read More..

Lucas Radebe – Premier League Appearances: 197 | Goals Scored: 0

Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe was renowned for being a world class centre back and a great ambassador for the sport who retired from playing in 2005. Read More..

Noel WhelanPremier League Appearances: 243 | Goals Scored: 44

After dropping down the leagues and spells in Scotland, Noel Whelan called time on his career in 2010 after a brief spell playing for Darlington. Read More..

Tony Yeboah – Premier League Appearances: 47 | Goals Scored: 24

Regarded by many as one of the most clinical finishers in Premier League history and adored at Leeds United, Tony Yeboah finished his career in Qatar playing for Al-Ittihad in 2003. Read More..

Michael Duberry – Premier League Appearances: 161 | Goals Scored: 5

A 20 year football career came to an end in 2013 when Michael Duberry finally retired from playing after a short spell with non league side Hendon. Read More..

Gary McAllister – Premier League Appearances: 325 | Goals Scored: 49

Gary McAllister finished his playing career at Coventry City in 2003 and also managed the club until 2004 before resigning so that he could spend more time with his family. Read More..

Rodney Wallace – Premier League Appearances: 197 | Goals Scored: 45

Best known for his time at Leeds United during the 1990’s, Rodney Wallace hung up his boots in 2004 after a couple of seasons with Gillingham. Read More..

Dominic Matteo – Premier League Appearances: 276 | Goals Scored: 3

Having spent a large part of his career at Liverpool and Leeds United, Dominic Matteo retired from playing whilst at Stoke City in 2009. Read More..

Lee Chapman – Premier League Appearances: 98 | Goals Scored: 23

A prolific striker wherever he played, Lee Chapman ended his career in 1996 after scoring 199 goals in all competitions. Read More..

Brian Deane – Premier League Appearances: 286 | Goals Scored: 71

Scorer of the first Premier League goal in 1992, Brian Deane eventually retired from playing in 2007 after his third spell at Sheffield United. Read More..

Harry Kewell – Premier League Appearances: 274 | Goals Scored: 57

A naturally gifted player, Harry Kewell finished his playing career in early 2014 after returning to his native Australia to play for Melbourne Heart (now known as Melbourne City after the club’s acquisition by Manchester City). Read More..

Jason Wilcox – Premier League Appearances: 273 | Goals Scored: 31

Having spent the majority of his career with Blackburn Rovers where he won the Premier League title in 1995, Jason Wilcox retired from playing in 2006 after a short spell with BlackpoolRead More..

Rio Ferdinand – Premier League Appearances: 504 | Goals Scored: 11

One of the greatest centre backs to ever grace the Premier League, Rio Ferdinand retired from playing at the end of the 2014-15 season after a year playing for Queens Park Rangers. Read More..

Lee Bowyer – Premier League Appearances: 397 | Goals Scored: 57

A no-nonsense battling midfielder who was never far away from controversy, Lee Bowyer retired from playing in 2012 after a season playing in the Championship with Ipswich Town. Read More..

Ian Harte – Premier League Appearances: 237 | Goals Scored: 28

Leeds United legend Ian Harte retired from playing at the end of the 2014-15 season after helping Bournemouth clinch promotion to the Premier League. Read More..

Robbie Keane – Premier League Appearances: 349 | Goals Scored: 126

Record-breaking Irish striker Robbie Keane retired from playing in 2018 after a spell playing for Indian side ATK. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most Premier League appearances and the top goalscorers for the Elland Road side.

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Mark Viduka59Gary Kelly325
Harry Kewell45Ian Harte213
Rod Wallace42Nigel Martyn207
Lee Bowyer38Lee Bowyer203
Alan Smith38David Wetherall201
JF Hasselbaink34Lucas Radebe197
Brian Deane32Harry Kewell181
Ian Harte28Rod Wallace178
Tony Yeboah24Alan Smith172
Gary McAllister24Gary McAllister151

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