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Familiar Faces: Leeds United

A look at the common connections between us and United

4 November 2017

The visit from Leeds United later this evening will bring one former Bee back to where it all began for him in English football.

In the summer of 2012, Stuart Dallas joined The Bees from Northern Irish side Crusaders under then Bees manager Uwe Rösler. The winger had been part of Crusaders’ double cup winning side the previous season but initially found life difficult in West London, making just 32 appearances and scoring one goal during his first two seasons. However, following promotion to the Championship the Northern-Irishman came into his own. He netted eight goals in 43 appearances that season including a double in the 4-1 win over Fulham, the latter of which was voted our Goal of the Season.

He joined Leeds the following summer, where he was briefly re-united with former Bees manager Rösler, and missed just one Championship game during his debut season, scoring five goals. His performances at Elland Road saw him voted the Players’ Player of the Year and earned him a spot in Michael O’Neill’s squad for the 2016 European Championships. There he featured in all four games as Northern Ireland made it to the last 16 before losing to Wales. So far this campaign, the left-sided player has featured in 18 games for club and country.

Also heading back to Griffin Park tonight as part of Leeds Sports Science team will be former Brentford midfielder Paul Evans. The welsh international remains incredibly popular with Bees fans after his three-year spell with the club between 1999 and 2002. He became famed after scoring from the half-way line in back-to-back games and was a member of the 1999 Division Three winning side and the side that lost in the Division Two Play-Off final three years later.

Others who have represented both clubs include 1963/64 promotion winner Billy McAdams who, as part of the all-international front-line, scored 23 goals in 37 games as The Bees won Division Four, while Chris Kamara, Toumani Diagouraga, and Sam Sodje all had short spells with United, having enjoyed better fortunes in West London. 

Tickets for today's match will be on sale to Previous Purchasers right up to kick-off starting at £30 adults, £24 seniors, £2 young persons, and £8 Juniors. Click here for more information and to buy.

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