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Familiar Faces: Leeds United

A look at the common connections between us and United

24 February 2018

Today's visit to Elland Road brings The Bees up against two players who made their name while at Griffin Park.

Last month saw Adam Forshaw pitch up at Leeds United after three-years with Middlesbrough. The midfielder made his name while with The Bees in Sky Bet League One. After an initial seven-game loan spell in west London the previous campaign, Adam signed permanantly before the 2012/13 season. That term he made 53 appearances, scoring three goals, as The Bees lost out in the Play-Off finals.

The following season was a successsul one for both the player and the team as Adam scored eight goals in 40 appearanes as promotion was achieved. Adam joined Wigan Athletic before the start of the Championship campaign and then moved on to Boro. Since joining Leeds last month, Adam has started The Whites last five league matches. 

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 27 games for club and country.

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. 

There will be Pay on the Day from Elland Road on matchday, from the away ticket window located adjacent to the away turnstiles (entrance 1 & 2). This is also the same location for any collections or duplicates.

Adults £44

Seniors/Young Persons £31

Under-16 £18

Under-11 £9

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