Legendary Leeds United manager Don Revie was a former Leicester City player and yes he started out at Elland Road as a player manager. Willie Bell did also play at Leeds United under Don Revie and was later transferred to Leicester City, but his time with the club was just brief and couldn’t really build on his great years at Leeds, though playing on a regular basis for Leicester City.
Don Revie went back to Leicester City to break the English transfer record, bringing Allan Clarke to Leeds United for a fee of £165.000. Clarke made the most out of his single season at Leicester City, joining from Fulham, with that great chance to join one of the top clubs in the country and building a great career spending the rest of his best years in football at Elland Road. Winning all those great trophies including the FA Cup and Football League.
No players did move between the club in the years to come, but a certain Frank Worthington was in the early 80’s signed by Leeds United and it was Allan Clarke who made the move for “Worthy”. A short spell for Frank at Elland Road, with Leeds becoming one of the teams he performed for during a hectic and nomadic life in his latter years in football.
The 80’s wasn’t the best years at Leeds United, but when they returned to the top flight in 1990, Howard Wilkinson made a move for Gary McAllister who joined directly from Leicester City for a fee of £1million.
Mike Whitlow and Simon Grayson were two young players at Leeds United who needed regular first team football and moved to Leicester City during the days of Brian Little. Both players had good and steady careers during their days in blue, and helped the club back to the top flight.
Brian Deane did well in both camps, playing at Leicester City experiencing a relegation and promotion, at Leeds United he was a grand signing and in his first period at Elland Road showing his worth. Deane did return for a 2nd and brief spell back in 2004.
Julian Joachim and Steve Guppy are two players that we speak fondly of at Leicester City, but their spells at Elland Road became short and almost forgotten. They were at Leeds in 2004 and 2005, being freed for new chances elsewhere.
Jermaine Beckford probably had his best years in football while at Leeds United, and also spent a period of time at Leicester City being a big money signing that really didn’t work out as well as we would have hoped.
One of the great heroes of the 2015/16 season, Kasper Schmeichel was a clever signing by Sven Goran Eriksson. He got a lot of stick “Svennis”, but the signing of the Danish goalkeeper was a brilliant decision regarding transfer deals. Kasper was first choice at Leeds spending a single season with The Whites.
Bobby Davison and Nathan Blake are two forwards who had spells at both clubs. Blake probably not much noticed at either places with Bobby Davison fondly remembered for his goals at both arenas.
Bulgarian international and legend Radostin Kishishev made moves to Leicester City and Leeds United in his latter years of football, but honestly not being a player putting his mark at neither clubs.
Paul Dickov and Jim Melrose are others together with Alan Sheehan who all had brief and short spells at Leeds United, maybe more remembered for their days at Leicester City.
A list of players in both camps,
- Kasper Schmeichel
- Ian Andrews
- Willie Bell
- Mike Whitlow
- Simon Grayson
- Jamie Clapham
- Darren Kenton
- Radostin Kishishev
- Alan Maybury
- Gary McAllister
- Steve Guppy
- Alan Sheehan
- Don Revie
- John Buckley
- Julian Joachim
- Bobby Davison
- Allan Clarke
- Frank Worthington
- Jermaine Beckford
- Paul Dickov
- Geoff Horsfield
- Jim Melrose