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

Nostalgia

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, but 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. Here, we remember that Leeds team.

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 is now a first-team assistant goalkeeping coach at Brighton, where he called time on his career in 2017.

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 never played again. He now works for sports marketing and talent management company Wasserman.

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 went on to play for Perth Glory and Sydney FC before going into coaching with Melbourne Heart, Western Sydney Warriors and then becoming Perth Glory’s assistant manager in 2018.

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.

We caught up with him in his new home of Portland, Oregon in 2018.

READ: Robbie Elliott: Asprilla lost his deposit as there were bullet holes in the walls

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.

He now works as a pundit, for talkSPORT among others.

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 remained at Leeds until 2012 when he joined Norwich City, spending five seasons in East Anglia before moving to Middlesbrough.

READ: Seb Carole: Dennis Wise said I was ‘French and lazy’, but I loved it at Leeds

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 followed that with a spell following Lee Clark around as his assistant, most recently at Bury until Clark was sacked in 2017.

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 in 2017 with over £200,000 worth of cannabis found in his car. We’ve all been there (legal note: we haven’t).

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 since retiring has coached at Portsmouth and Bognor Regis.

Richard Cresswell (Fabian Delph, 52)

Cresswell would later line up alongside Carole at Tadcaster, but it’s fair to say his career did not quite spiral like the Frenchman’s.

He quit Elland Road for Stoke following relegation and scored 12 goals to help them to the Premier League in his first season there. He finished his career with Sheffield United and York, where he took on various roles, including caretaker manager and Head of Football Operations.

In 2018, Cresswell returned to Leeds as head of academy coaching but left after a year.

Delph, meanwhile, has also done OK since leaving, it would be fair to say.

Jemal Johnson

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

He was playing as recently as 2019, lining up for Fresno FC in the USL Championship in the US.


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