Chelsea F.C.–Leeds United F.C. rivalry


The rivalry between Chelsea and Leeds United is a football rivalry between London-based club Chelsea and Yorkshire-based Leeds United. The rivalry first emerged in the 1960s after a series of fiercely contested and controversial matches, when the two clubs were frequently involved in the pursuit of domestic and European honours culminating in the 1970 FA Cup Final, which is regarded as one of the most physical matches in English football history.[1][2]

Chelsea F.C. v Leeds United F.C.
Leeds United and Chelsea in action at Elland Road on 1 April 2000.
LocaleLondon and Yorkshire
TeamsChelsea
Leeds United
First meeting10 December 1927
Second Division
Leeds United 5–0 Chelsea
Latest meeting13 March 2021
Premier League
Leeds United 0–0 Chelsea
Next meeting11 December 2021
Premier League
Chelsea v Leeds United
StadiumsStamford Bridge (Chelsea)
Elland Road (Leeds United)
Statistics
Meetings total104
Most winsLeeds United (39)
All-time seriesChelsea: 35
Drawn: 30
Leeds United: 39
Largest victoryLeeds United 7–0 Chelsea
(7 October 1967)
Chelsea 7–1 Leeds United
(16 March 1935)

The perceived contrast between the clubs also fuelled the rivalry, summed up as "Yorkshire grit versus flash Cockney."[3] The rivalry between the clubs often spilled out onto the terraces: at the height of British football hooliganism in the 1970s and 1980s, Chelsea's Headhunters and Leeds' Service Crew were among the most notorious football firms and had numerous violent encounters with each other. Hooliganism has been effectively curtailed since the 1990s and the rivalry has since declined.

In the Official Chelsea Biography, Leeds were cited as one of Chelsea's major rivalries.[4] However, Leeds' relegation from the Premier League in 2004 had effectively ended the rivalry; the clubs only met once in sixteen years afterwards. The clubs met again in the 2020–21 Premier League season, as Leeds United was promoted after winning the EFL Championship in 2019–20. The first such meeting ended in a 3–1 Chelsea victory at Stamford Bridge on 5 December 2020, and evidence of the rivalry resurfaced.[5] In the 2003 Football Fans Census, while Leeds fans named Chelsea as their second-biggest rivals, behind Manchester United, Chelsea fans consider Arsenal to be their main rivals, followed by a rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.[6]

History


It always rears its ugly head, even when we're nowhere near them. As predictably as the late plod of Corporal Jones' foot, when Leeds fans gather in any stand, they will sing their song about their Cockney rivals. 'Fetch your father's gun and shoot the Chelsea scum'. Chelsea fans still sometimes reciprocate with an elegy to the hatred of Leeds over the tune of 'The Dambusters March'.[7]

Early years

Chelsea were founded in 1905, Leeds United in 1919. Both teams flitted between the First and Second Divisions in their early years, and neither won a major trophy prior to World War II. The clubs first met in a competitive match in the Second Division on 10 December 1927; Leeds won 5–0. Leeds also won 3–2 in the return fixture at Stamford Bridge that season to clinch promotion back to Division One. In 1952, they contested a gruelling fifth round FA Cup tie which took three matches to produce a winner, Chelsea eventually prevailed 5–1 in a second replay at Villa Park. An aggregate crowd of almost 150,000 watched the three matches and such was the fearsome tackling on display, Chelsea had to make seven changes to their line-up for a subsequent match.[3]

1960s

It was in the 1960s that a significant rivalry first emerged between the clubs. Under the management of Don Revie, Leeds became a force in English football for the first time, capped by winning the league title in 1969. Chelsea, too, had enjoyed a renaissance under Tommy Docherty and also challenged for honours in the 1960s. Over the next decade, they would meet in numerous important, and fiercely contested, matches. Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti opined that the rivalry between the teams emerged because "Leeds had a name, a reputation as being dirty... [and] We matched them in the physical side of things because we had our own players who were physical... We weren't unalike in the way we played."[2] Tommy Baldwin said, "There were a lot of scores being settled from previous games whenever we played them. It always just seemed to go mad, with everyone kicking each other."[8] Norman Hunter said that he and Chelsea striker Peter Osgood shared a "tremendous rivalry."[9] It was often rumoured that Osgood was top of the list in Jack Charlton's infamous "black book" of players he intended to exact revenge on, although Charlton himself stated that it was actually another, unnamed, Chelsea player.[10] Johnny Giles recalled the "special sort of animosity" between the teams and his "previous" with Eddie McCreadie.[11]

The rivalry was also fuelled by the traditional North-South divide in England,[9][12] and by the clubs having markedly different images and philosophies. Chelsea were associated with the fashionable King's Road and celebrities like Raquel Welch and Steve McQueen. Leeds were perceived as a cynical, albeit talented, side with a style which some observers regarded as "dirty."[13] Damien Blake of When Saturday Comes wrote that "Chelsea were The Beatles (attractive, clean-cut, fashionable) to Leeds' Stones (surly, violent, sexy, going out with Marianne Faithfull)"[14] According to John King, "Leeds were... portrayed as dour Yorkshiremen with a reputation for playing dirty... Chelsea, on the other hand, were the wide boys of London, dedicated followers of fashion. While Leeds were drinking tea and playing cards, Chelsea were out boozing and chasing girls [but] when it came to games between the two, however, war was declared."[15]

In 1964–65, Chelsea and Leeds had a three way tussle for the league title with Manchester United and met in a league match at Stamford Bridge in September 1964. The Yorkshire Evening Post's reporter observed that "'Never mind the ball' seemed to be the order of the day as scything, irresponsible tackles ruffled tempers." Bobby Collins "viciously" retaliated against Ron Harris and a McCreadie tackle on Giles saw Giles leave the field on a stretcher, reducing Leeds to ten men for the remainder of the match.[16] In 1966, the teams met in an FA Cup fourth round tie, where a crowd of 57,000 saw Chelsea win 1–0 with a goal from Bobby Tambling, a game in which "the young Chelsea team withstood an almost continuous battering from Leeds."[17]

The rivalry intensified when they met in the FA Cup again a year later, this time a semi-final at Villa Park, which Chelsea won 1–0. In a game with "frighteningly ruthless" tackling, Leeds goalkeeper Gary Sprake kicked Chelsea midfielder John Boyle in the face as they challenged for a high ball, a grudge which still remained when the teams met in the FA Cup final three years later.[18] Further controversy came when Leeds had two late goals disallowed; a Terry Cooper strike was ruled out for offside, and a long range Peter Lorimer goal was disallowed because a free kick had been taken too quickly.[19] Opinions on the offside decision were mixed, although Docherty conceded he would not have complained had the second goal been allowed to stand.[20] Six months later, Leeds gained revenge by beating managerless Chelsea (Docherty had resigned the previous day) 7–0 at Elland Road, their biggest ever win in the fixture.[21]

1970s

The clubs would meet six times during the 1969–70 season. Leeds won both league games, 2–0 at Elland Road and 5–2 at Stamford Bridge. The match at Elland Road on 20 September 1969 continued in the same vein as previous encounters. A Yorkshire Post journalist lamented the many "late and early tackles" and condemned the teams for playing "venomously". During the match Allan Clarke, Jack Charlton, David Webb, Peter Houseman, Ron Harris and Alan Birchenall all suffered injuries which ruled them out of subsequent matches.[22] Chelsea gained a measure of revenge by knocking Leeds out of the League Cup after a replay. The teams also met in the 1970 FA Cup Final, the game which cemented the rivalry.

Chelsea and Leeds contested the FA Cup final at Wembley on 11 April 1970. Leeds were generally regarded as the better team on the day and led twice but a late Chelsea equaliser from Ian Hutchinson took the game to a replay, the first in an FA Cup final since 1912. The replay at Old Trafford attracted a UK television audience of 28 million, making it the sixth most-watched television broadcast in British history.[23] It is regarded as one of the dirtiest football matches ever.[1][2] Harris was detailed to mark Wembley Man of the Match Eddie Gray; a series of Harris fouls during the first half effectively immobilised the Scot. Elsewhere, Charlton kneed and headbutted Osgood, Hunter and Hutchinson traded punches, and Eddie McCreadie flattened Billy Bremner with a "kung fu" challenge. Bonetti was injured after being bundled into the net by Jones and limped through the rest of the match with a heavily bandaged knee.

Modern day referee David Elleray reviewed the match years later and concluded that he would have issued six red cards and twenty yellow cards.[24] However, referee Eric Jennings only booked one player – Hutchinson – over the two games. Hugh McIlvanney wrote that "at times it appeared that Mr Jennings would give a free kick only on production of a death certificate".[25] Mick Jones put Leeds ahead again, but Osgood equalised with 12 minutes remaining. Chelsea eventually prevailed 2–1 after extra time. Charlton was so angry at the loss that he left the pitch without collecting his runners-up medal.[26] Charlton later said: "It wasn't the losing of the game, it was the losing of the game to Chelsea, because there were never two more competitive sides when we played each other over a period of four or five years."[27] The match has been cited as one of the greatest FA Cup finals.[28]

The mutual animosity continued into the 1970s. Geoffrey Green of The Times reported that a hard-fought 0–0 draw at Stamford Bridge in December 1971 at times "more resembled some Mafia vendetta than football".[29] A crowd of 51,000 (with a further 9,000 locked out) watched a 4–0 Chelsea win over Leeds in the opening match of the 1972–73 season. The match was "marred by a string of infringements"; Trevor Cherry, Chris Garland and Terry Yorath were all booked, and Leeds lost David Harvey and Mick Jones to injury.[30] Crowd trouble and pitch invasions led Chelsea to erect wire fences around the terraces.[31]

1980–present

By the end of the 1970s both clubs were in decline and would spend many of the ensuing years in the Second Division. Chelsea were relegated in 1975 and again in 1979. Leeds were relegated in 1982, and would not regain their First Division status for the next eight years. No longer challenging for trophies (but frequently competing for promotion), the rivalry often continued off the pitch in the form of hooliganism. When the teams met in the Second Division in the 1982–83 season, their first match for four seasons, 153 Leeds and Chelsea hooligans were arrested after fighting broke out at Piccadilly Circus tube station on the London Underground, and another 60 were arrested at the match itself.[32] In April 1984, when Chelsea beat Leeds 5–0 to clinch promotion to the First Division, Chelsea fans invaded the pitch several times, and Leeds fans smashed up the Stamford Bridge scoreboard. Clashes between rival fans resulted in 41 arrests.[33] More recently, before a Chelsea-Leeds match in 2002 then-Leeds manager David O'Leary urged fans to behave after recent crowd trouble at other matches[34] although stricter policing and the introduction of CCTV in grounds and all-seater stadia in the 1990s means that crowd trouble at matches is now generally rare.

Both clubs enjoyed another revival in the 1990s, which coincided with a series of "ill-tempered and highly-charged" clashes as "the mutual loathing that characterized these sides three decades ago... resurfaced."[35] In an "X-rated" 0–0 draw in December 1997, eight players were booked and Leeds had two players – Gary Kelly and Alf-Inge Håland – sent off.[36] Martin Lipton called the match "a throwback to the worst excesses of the Revie era when the likes of Chopper Harris kicked lumps out of Johnny Giles and Co."[37] Another 0–0 draw in October 1998 resulted in 12 yellow cards and a red card for Chelsea's Frank Leboeuf.[38] In a 2–0 Leeds win at Stamford Bridge in December 1999, Leeds' Lee Bowyer was booked a minute into the game and Leboeuf was again sent off.[39] A bad tempered League Cup fourth round match in November 2001 – their first cup clash since 1970 – saw Chelsea win 2–0, with Eiður Guðjohnsen scoring a goal while Stephen McPhail was on the ground injured. Graeme Le Saux was later stretchered off after being hit in the face by Alan Smith.[40]

The clubs have not met in the league since Leeds' relegation from the Premier League in the 2003–04 season. Their last meeting took place on 15 May 2004, with Chelsea winning 1–0.[41] The animosity between the clubs has still been expressed in the hostility of Leeds fans to the club being taken over by former Chelsea owner and chairman Ken Bates,[42] and to the appointment of former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise as manager in 2006,[43][44] resulting in chants like "Get the Chelsea out of Leeds."[45] Gus Poyet, another former Chelsea player who served as Wise's assistant at Leeds, later commented that "The fans didn't want us there because of the rivalry with Chelsea."[46]

The two were drawn to play each other in the League Cup in December 2012 at Elland Road, which was the first competitive meeting between them in eight years. After a goal by Leeds striker Luciano Becchio which put the West Yorkshire side ahead in the first half, Chelsea responded by scoring five in the second half, with the final score being 5–1 to Chelsea.[47] Due to police concerns over potential crowd trouble, Chelsea were only allocated 3000 tickets rather than the usual 5000.[48] The match drew a gate of 33,816, Leeds' highest attendance for two years.[49]

The clubs met again in the 2020–21 Premier League season following Leeds’ promotion from The Championship. The first match between them ended 3–1 to Chelsea, and the reverse fixture ended with a 0-0 draw at Elland Road.

Notable matches


  • Leeds United 7–0 Chelsea (7 October 1967)

Six months after the heated FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park, Leeds notched their biggest ever win over Chelsea. Chelsea entered the match in turmoil, their manager Tommy Docherty having resigned the day before. Albert Johanneson opened the scoring after five minutes and Leeds were 3–0 up within 14 minutes thanks to further goals from Jimmy Greenhoff and Jack Charlton. Peter Lorimer put Leeds 4–0 ahead by half-time. After the break, Eddie Gray beat Bonetti from outside the area, Marvin Hinton scored an own goal and Leeds captain Billy Bremner capped his man of the match performance by scoring the seventh himself.[50]

  • Chelsea 5–0 Leeds United (28 April 1984)

In the Second Division, John Neal's high-flying Chelsea met mid-table Leeds, managed by Eddie Gray and fielding two survivors from the 1970 FA Cup Final, David Harvey and Peter Lorimer, knowing a win would secure promotion to the First Division for the first time since 1979. In Chelsea's first win over Leeds since 1972, winger Mickey Thomas put Chelsea ahead, Kerry Dixon scored a "perfect" hat-trick and Paul Canoville completed the win with a goal in stoppage time. At the end of the match Chelsea fans invaded the pitch, while Leeds fans trashed the scoreboard.[33]

  • Leeds United 1–5 Chelsea (19 December 2012)

Chelsea and Leeds' first game against each other in eight years was in League Cup quarter finals in the 2012–13 season. Chelsea were in the Premier League at this time and Leeds were in the Championship. Chelsea ran out winners after going behind to a Luciano Becchio goal eight minutes before half time, however Juan Mata's goal one minute after half time set Chelsea on their way to the last four. Branislav Ivanović, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres wrapped up victory for the Blues.[51]

Statistics


Chelsea's traditional kit of Royal Blue and white
Leeds' traditional all-white kit

Head to head summary

As of 13 March 2021
Club P W D L F A +/-
League
Chelsea 92 27 26 39 110 137 –27
Leeds United 92 39 26 27 137 110 +27
FA Cup
Chelsea 8 5 3 0 17 6 +11
Leeds United 8 0 3 5 6 17 –11
League Cup
Chelsea 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8
Leeds United 4 0 1 3 2 10 –8
Totals
Chelsea 104 35 30 39 137 145 –8
Leeds United 104 39 30 35 145 137 +8

Scorelines

  • Biggest win:
    • Chelsea 7–1 Leeds United (Saturday 16 March 1935)
    • Leeds United 7–0 Chelsea (Saturday 7 October 1967)

Head-to-head fixtures


Date Home team Score Away team Venue Competition
10 Dec 1927Leeds United5–0ChelseaElland RoadSecond Division
21 Apr 1928Chelsea2–3Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeSecond Division
22 Nov 1930Leeds United2–3ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
28 Mar 1931Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
26 Nov 1932Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
8 Apr 1933Chelsea6–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
23 Dec 1933Chelsea1–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
5 May 1934Leeds United3–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
3 Nov 1934Leeds United5–2ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
16 Mar 1935Chelsea7–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
14 Sep 1935Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
18 Jan 1936Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
29 Aug 1936Leeds United2–3ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
26 Dec 1936Chelsea2–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
16 Jan 1937Chelsea4–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFA Cup
1 Sep 1937Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
8 Sep 1937Chelsea4–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
26 Dec 1938Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
27 Dec 1938Chelsea2–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
14 Sep 1946Chelsea3–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
18 Jan 1947Leeds United2–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
23 Feb 1952Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadFA Cup
27 Feb 1952Chelsea1–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFA Cup
3 Mar 1952Leeds United1–5ChelseaVilla ParkFA Cup
1 Sep 1956Leeds United0–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
29 Dec 1956Chelsea1–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
7 Dec 1957Chelsea2–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
19 Apr 1958Leeds United0–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
8 Nov 1958Chelsea2–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
28 Mar 1959Leeds United4–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
12 Sep 1959Leeds United2–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
23 Jan 1960Chelsea1–3Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
15 Sep 1962Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadSecond Division
30 Apr 1963Chelsea2–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeSecond Division
19 Sep 1964Chelsea2–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
23 Jan 1965Leeds United2–2ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
6 Nov 1965Chelsea1–0 Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
12 Feb 1966Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFA Cup
4 Apr 1966Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
1 Apr 1967Leeds United1–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
29 Apr 1967Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedVilla ParkFA Cup
6 May 1967Chelsea2–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
7 Oct 1967Leeds United7–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
20 Mar 1968Chelsea0–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
30 Nov 1968Chelsea1–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
15 Feb 1969Leeds United1–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
20 Sep 1969Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
24 Sep 1969Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadLeague Cup
6 Oct 1969Chelsea2–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeLeague Cup
10 Jan 1970Chelsea2–5Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
11 Apr 1970Chelsea2–2Leeds UnitedWembley StadiumFA Cup
29 Apr 1970Leeds United1–2ChelseaOld TraffordFA Cup
5 Sep 1970Leeds United1–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
27 Mar 1971Chelsea3–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
11 Dec 1971Chelsea0–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
1 May 1972Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
12 Aug 1972Chelsea4–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
17 Feb 1973Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
15 Dec 1973Chelsea1–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
2 Feb 1974Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
30 Nov 1974Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
18 Jan 1975Chelsea0–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
1 Oct 1977Chelsea1–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
25 Feb 1978Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
2 Sep 1978Chelsea0–3Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
22 Nov 1978Leeds United2–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
9 Oct 1982Chelsea0–0 Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeSecond Division
19 Feb 1983Leeds United3–3ChelseaElland RoadSecond Division
26 Nov 1983Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadSecond Division
24 Apr 1984Chelsea5–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeSecond Division
24 Sep 1988Leeds United0–2ChelseaElland RoadSecond Division
22 Apr 1989Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeSecond Division
26 Dec 1990Leeds United4–1ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
30 Mar 1991Chelsea1–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
14 Sep 1991Chelsea0–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgeFirst Division
11 Apr 1992Leeds United3–0ChelseaElland RoadFirst Division
29 Nov 1992Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
24 Mar 1993Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
6 Nov 1993Leeds United4–1ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
23 Apr 1994Chelsea1–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
27 Aug 1994Leeds United2–3ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
11 Mar 1995Chelsea0–3Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
18 Nov 1995Leeds United1–0ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
13 Apr 1996Chelsea4–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
1 Dec 1996Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
3 May 1997Chelsea0–0 Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
13 Dec 1997Chelsea0–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
8 Apr 1998Leeds United3–1ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
25 Oct 1998Leeds United0–0ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
5 May 1999Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
19 Dec 1999Chelsea0–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
1 Apr 2000Leeds United0–1ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
12 Nov 2000Chelsea0–0 Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
28 Apr 2001Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
21 Oct 2001Leeds United0–0 ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
28 Nov 2001Leeds United0–2ChelseaElland RoadLeague Cup
30 Jan 2002Chelsea2–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
28 Dec 2002Leeds United2–0ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
28 Jan 2003Chelsea3–2Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
6 Dec 2003Leeds United1–1ChelseaElland RoadPremier League
15 May 2004Chelsea1–0Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
19 Dec 2012Leeds United1–5ChelseaElland RoadLeague Cup
5 Dec 2020Chelsea3–1Leeds UnitedStamford BridgePremier League
13 Mar 2021Leeds United0–0ChelseaElland RoadPremier League

Honours


As of 29 May 2021
Competition Chelsea Leeds United
First Division / Premier League 6 3
Second Division / Championship 2 4
FA Cup 8 1
League Cup 5 1
UEFA Champions League 2 0
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 0
UEFA Europa League 2 0
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 0 2
FA Charity / Community Shield 4 2
UEFA Super Cup 1 0
Full Members Cup 2 0
Total 33 13

Player transfers


There have been few direct player transfers between Chelsea and Leeds United. The first came in 1991, when left-back Tony Dorigo moved from Chelsea to Leeds for £1.3 million. Chelsea have never bought a senior player from Leeds, although they did controversially sign Leeds youth players Tom Taiwo and Michael Woods in 2006.[52] Duncan McKenzie, Mickey Thomas, Vinnie Jones, Mikael Forssell, Terry Phelan, David Hopkin, David Rocastle, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Tore André Flo and Patrick Bamford have also played for both clubs. Additionally, three former Chelsea players have managed Leeds; George Graham, Terry Venables and Dennis Wise.

From Chelsea to Leeds United

Name Date of transfer Fee paid Notes
Tony Dorigo June 1991 £1,300,000
Danny Granville June 1998 £1,600,000 [53]
Michael Duberry July 1999 £4,600,000 [54]
Jody Morris July 2003 Free transfer [55]
Neil Sullivan July 2004 Free transfer [56]
Lewis Baker June 2018 Loan [57]
Jamal Blackman July 2018 Loan [58]
Izzy Brown August 2018 Loan [59]

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