Milner, Snodgrass, Becchio: The best messages from Leeds’ 99th celebrations

Date published: Thursday 18th October 2018 12:24 - Declan Campbell

Leeds United celebrated their 99th birthday on Wednesday, with a host of former players and celebrities taking to Twitter to share their fondest memories and greatest experiences at the club.

With the club already putting plenty of plans in place to celebrate their centenary next year, the club organised a brilliant social campaign entitled #myLeeds100.

We’ve pulled together the best of those messages as ex-players and celebs celebrated what it means to be Leeds….

James Milner made his Whites debut back in November 2002, his first goal for the club on Boxing day of that year made him the Premier League’s youngest ever player. The Liverpool star recently spoke of his desire to return to Elland Road in the future and the former England man spoke of his undying love for the club.

Robert Snodgrass made 193 appearances for Leeds United in his four-year stay at the club, the Scotsman was pivotal in United’s promotion to the Championship in 2009. The current West Ham forward thanked the Yorkshire outfit for all the memories they gave him.

Aaron Lennon was a fan-favourite during his time at Elland Road. The electric wideman made his debut back in 2003, with English football witnessing one it’s brightest young talents emerging as Lennon graced the Elland Road wings in his two-year spell. The Burnley man was part of Tottenham’s 2008 League Cup winning squad and made 21 appearances for England. Now he hopes for a Premier League reunion very soon…

Sky Sports favourite Chris Kamara donned the famous White jersey back in 1990 and his short spell at the club was much loved. Here, Kamara talked about his first Leeds United game, where he witnessed legends such as Peter Lorimer, Billy Bremner and World Cup winner Jack Charlton.

Luciano Becchio will go down in Leeds United folklore. The Argentine arrived from Spanish minnows Merida in 2008 and had little to get fans excited about at first view, but after 86 goals in 221 appearances, songs of the former Barcelona man still ring around the stadium. Becchio hopes to see Leeds enjoy their centenary year in the Premier League.

In case you didn’t know, Dominic Matteo once scored a great goal, in the San Siro. The versatile defender made 115 appearances for Leeds in the Premier League and spoke of his pride at captaining “such a great club.”

Swedish star Pontus Jansson is a firm favourite at Elland Road, his passion and desire is everything that makes him perfect for Leeds United. The big centre-half spoke of his immense pride at playing for the club and hopes to continue his time there in England’s top-tier.

Brain Deane was a formidable presence for Leeds United, his two spells at the club brought 38 league goals in a combined five years in West Yorkshire. The former striker was full of optimism about the future at Elland Road.

The Kaiser Chiefs have been representing Leeds on the global music stage for years gone by, and bass player Simon Rix talked about his favourite moment as a White: the club’s victory over Bristol Rovers to secure Championship football.

Josh Warrington won his IBF Featherweight title after a stunning victory over Lee Selby in front of the Elland Road faithful that he himself is apart of every weekend. The undefeated boxer hopes Leeds can one day replicate their Champions League semi-final antics of 2001.

Comedian Jon Richardson is best known for his appearances on 8 out of 10 cats, but the Lancashire-born funny-man has always had held Leeds close to his heart.

 

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