Where are they now: Leeds United’s XI relegated to League One

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When Leeds United were relegated to League One in 2007, it marked the lowest point in the club’s history.

Leeds had never dropped into the third tier before, and entering administration two days before the final match of the season at Derby effectively secured relegation – the Whites would have required a 10-goal win to overtake fourth-bottom Hull City.

Alas Dennis Wise and Gus Poyet couldn’t drag the side out of the relegation zone, having arrived in October with the side already cemented in the bottom three, as Derby ran out 2-0 winners at Pride Park.

We’ve looked back at that Leeds team, featuring a number of names who disappeared into obscurity.

Casper Ankergren

Ankergren was the most regular goalkeeper of Leeds’ season, making 14 appearances.

He went on to become a fan’s favourite at Elland Road, and he is now a youth coach at Brighton, where he called time on his career last year.

Rui Marques

Wise chose to go with two centre-backs and two left-backs in his starting line-up, so we don’t really have any idea what order he put them in.

Marques, though, was another who went on to endear himself to Leeds fans, with the Angola international in the midst of a five-year spell at Elland Road.

His final season at Elland Road saw promotion to the Championship in 2010, but he failed to find a club on his release and hasn’t played since – enduring similar frustration trying to break into the world of management.

Hayden Foxe (Tom Elliott, 46)

Foxe returned to his native Australia after this match, bringing an end to his less-than glittering Leeds career. He recently left his post as assistant manager of Western Sydney Wanderers just before Christmas.

Elliott, then just 16, came on with Leeds 1-0 down at half-time, but failed to make the grade in West Yorkshire despite big hopes – Ronnie Moore later nicknamed the striker ‘Sicknote’ during time on loan at Rotherham – and he now plays for sworn enemies Millwall.

Robbie Elliott

The former Newcastle left-back’s career was drawing to a close by the time he joined Leeds, and his six-month spell brought about just seven appearances.

He now lives in Portland, USA, working as a performance researcher for Nike.

Michael Gray

Gray was in the second of his two loan spells at the club, strangely wearing the No.10 shirt despite playing as a left-back.

As a standard footballer who doesn’t know what to do when they finish playing football, he now works as a pundit for talkSPORT.

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Seb Carole (Jonny Howson, 53)

Seb Carole, what a fascinating man – from the youth team at AS Monaco to appearing for Burton Leonard Squirrel in the Harrogate and District Sunday League.

He made 41 league appearances for Leeds – the place he now calls home – in two years before his career took a nose dive and he ended up featuring for the likes of Bradford Park Avenue, Tadcaster Albion and Knaresborough Town.

Howson, on the other hand, was recently linked with a return to Leeds but instead plies his trade at Middlesbrough.

Alan Thompson

Thompson was – until Fraser Forster in 2013 – the only player to ever earn an England cap while playing for Celtic.

Calling time on his career in 2008, the midfielder moved into coaching, but was sacked by Celtic in 2012 after “boozing too often”. He now follows Lee Clark around, most recently at Bury.

Robert Bayly

Academy graduate Bayly made quite the mark on his full debut for Leeds as he saw red in the second half for headbutting Derby’s Craig Fagan.

After his release in 2008, he spent his career marauding around the League of Ireland, before being arrested last year with over £200,000 worth of cannabis found in his car.

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Robbie Blake

Blake joined Leeds from Birmingham in 2005, saying: “It’s a step back in terms of divisions but hopefully I can get back into the Premier League with Leeds.”

Only he and David Healy scored more than five goals as the Whites were relegated to League One. Blake promptly left to return to Burnley and is now part of the backroom staff at Portsmouth.

Richard Cresswell (Fabian Delph, 52)

Cresswell in fact lined up alongside Carole at Tadcaster recently, but his career did not quite spiral like that of the Frenchman.

Prolonged spells in his career at Preston, Stoke and Sheffield United saw him become an established Football League forward. He is now technical director at the i2i Soccer Academy – the company which owns Tadcaster.

Delph, meanwhile, is going to need a strong neck to hold the amount of medals he will have won come the end of the season, as his Manchester City side continue to break records.

Jemal Johnson

Johnson made just a handful of appearances during a loan spell – but went on to make over 100 for MK Dons between 2007 and 2011.

He is one of the few from the relegated side who are still playing – lining up for Jacksonville Armada in the US second tier, where he is their joint-fourth all-time top scorer… with seven.


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