A couple of weeks back I posted a selection of the most disgraced players to have served our club in the last decade. Over 1,000 of you voted with Harry Kewell receiving 58% of the vote in a landslide “victory”. Second place went to disgraced former skipper, Kevin Nicholls with 26% of the vote, followed by Lee Bowyer with 9%.

Perhaps the most suprising result was that of Alan Smith, who received just 6% of the vote. After leaving the club for bitter rivals, Manchester United, the fans were in uproar. Such moves provoke fans emotions. Songs were sang at Elland Road, shirts were burnt and Alan Smith became a victim of hate for an entire city. The abuse climaxed when his parents house was attacked by “fans”.

The fans attachment to Smith was extraordinary. He was one of our own and we loved him. He fought for everything and never let his head drop. He was a childhood supporter of the club and grew up nearby. A true hometown hero. When Leeds were relegated to the Championship, Smith was in tears. He’d fought to save his club, but ultimately failed as the debts spiralled out of control and the players were sold.

But even in leaving Leeds United, Alan Smith tried to help the club out by waiving his portion of the transfer fee. It’s also emerged since that Alan Smith had very little choice in his move to Manchester United. They were the only club that could pay the money upfront and Leeds were desperate. Smith was told of the situation and went to Manchester believing that his fee would help save the club from financial doom. For some fans though, it’ll never be enough. To them, leaving Leeds United to cross the Pennines is unforgivable.

The two that topped the poll are hardly suprising. Although some have fond memories of Harry Kewell in a Leeds shirt, his move to Galatasaray was never going to go down well. As for Kevin Nicholls, his actions will never be forgiven. Many of us will have dreamnt of captaining Leeds as schoolboys. To follow in the footsteps of Billy Bremner and co. should be seen as a proud moment for any footballer.

The poll is now closed and the final results are as follows.

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8 Responses

  1. Caffrey C

    I think the time to forgive and forget about Alan Smith is now. He had know choice, remember that. He did it because he knew he was helping out Leeds. Anyone who has a negative opinion about this and Smithy is just ‘too stupid’ to reason with.

    In fact, nobody needs to forgive him, as he has done nothing wrong.

    • Whitesforever

      I think he was forced out of Elland Road due to the financial plight of the club and did nothing wrong to the club if anything he helped with the debts.

  2. Tim

    Alan Smith was never a Leeds fan when he was growing up, he was a huge Liverpool fan

  3. Robert

    Alan Smith stated he was a Leeds fan when we played Newcastle pre-season, surely he has no reason to say that anymore unless it is true?

  4. tony cole

    Alan Smith has nothing to answer for he gave 110% for Leeds and as is known to give up his signing on fee to help the club so in my eyes he should be hailed a hero not bracketed along with the likes of Bowyer who ran his contract down after Liverpool offered big Money for him and Kewell is worse than Scum after the transfer fee shafting we got and then to go to the turks was just spitting in the face of all Leeds Supporters

  5. West stand rebel

    Polls like this are interesting but all too often the real point is missed and that is the total corrupt and/or inept way our beloved Club has been managed.
    Harry Kewell was a great and gifted player and we were fortunate to see the best of him as a player.
    Those of us with long memories will remember the Jordan & McQueen debacle when they were sold to our arch enemies over the border.McQueen floored his own goalkeeper at ER infront of the Kop if I remember correctly.That was the effective end of the Revie years when he had started to rebuild the Club around those two stars of the future.

    The stupid board of directors had failed us then by not appointing Johnny Giles as our manager …a man who knew the Club inside out and would have provide continuity and stability.

    Whilst we have corrupt and incompetent management we cannot blame players for taking as much money as they can get their hands on or their agents A players career is often very short and most fall by the wayside without so much as a backward glance from the Clubs they have served.

  6. White with a bit of grey

    I agree with West Stand Rebel and selective others that Kewell did more good than harm for this club – his form on the left side was second-to-none and there has been no-one to replicate his talents on the left since. If it wasn’t for players like him, Viduka, Smith, Bowyer, Woodgate we wouldn’t have made it so far in the Champions League. You only have to look at his statistics to see what great a player he was for Leeds – we did see the best of him.

    I don’t condone his choices when he decided to leave the club or where he went but is it his fault he wanted to progress as a player!? Do we blame him for what a small few Turks did!? I don’t care he went there, I care more about the people guilty been brought to justice for what they did.
    I think a lot of Leeds fans have their heads up their ‘somewhere south’ to say they would accept Alan Smith back but not Kewell, no way, that would be criminal!


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