Eddie Gray

Eddie Gray

Eddie was a schoolboy international for Scotland, he had aspirations of signing for his boyhood team Glasgow Celtic, but signed professional forms for Leeds at the age of 16.

He made his first team debut on New Year’s Day 1966, less than three weeks before his 18th birthday, and would go on to play for the club for almost 20 years.

Eddie then took over as player-manager at Leeds in 1982, following their relegation from the First Division. The club had to turn to a youth policy to rebuild the team, with the emergence of players like John Sheridan, Neil Aspin, Denis Irwin and Scott Sellars.

After top half finishes in his first two seasons in charge, the 1984-85 season saw a push for promotion that was lost on the final day at Birmingham City. Following failure to gain promotion from the Second Division, Eddie ended association with Leeds after 20 years, 561 games and 68 goals.

Eddie is now a popular figure on the after dinner circuit as well as appearing on the club’s official radio station, Yorkshire Radio, for matchday analysis.