Having taken a look at the numerous current connections in our last meeting, we pick five former players who have represented Boro and Leeds United ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Riverside.
Boro were pipped to the signature of John Hendrie by Newcastle United in 1988, and the Scotsman joined Leeds a year later, helping the Whites to promotion to the First Division in what was his only campaign at Elland Road. Voted as one of the top 100 Leeds players in 2000, Boro eventually secured the services of Hendrie, who netted some notable goals during his six years with us. He added another promotion to his collection by helping Boro claim a spot in the inaugural Premier League. Hendrie capped off the final season at Ayresome Park as our top scorer and the final goal scorer at our former home.
Mark Viduka swapped Scottish giants Celtic for Leeds in 2000, with the striker making an instant impact at Elland Road, spearheading their charge to the semi-finals of the Champions League and towards the upper echelons of the Premier League table. Following the Whites’ relegation in 2004, the Australian headed north to Teesside where he would become a favourite among Boro fans despite a frustrating first season with injury. He was a member of the squad who reached the Uefa Cup final, and scored in the unforgettable comeback against Steaua Bucharest in the semi-final second leg.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
A £2million capture from Boavista, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a potent goal-getter for Leeds during his two seasons in West Yorkshire, and was the joint-winner of the Premier League’s Golden Boot award to help clinch a Uefa Cup berth for the Whites. He headed for Spain to link up with Atletico Madrid before returning to England with Chelsea, and arrived at the Riverside in July 2004 – the day after fellow forward Mark Viduka had put pen to paper for us. The former Netherlands international also had just two seasons with us, playing a key role in our passage to the Uefa Cup final in 2006. In total, Hasselbaink made over half a century of appearances, finding the back of the net 34 times in all competitions.
Defender Terry Cooper enjoyed trophy success with Leeds under the stewardship of Boro-born Don Revie. An honours list including a First Division title, an FA Cup, League Cup and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, Cooper also represented England, notching 20 caps for the Three Lions. After an injury setback and the emergence of Frank Gray, Cooper followed former teammate Jack Charlton to Boro, spending three years with us before he made the switch to Bristol City.
One half of a formidable homegrown strike partnership with Boro, Alan Peacock and Brian Clough notched an impressive 262 league goals between them, with the former’s unselfish attitude seeing Clough claiming most of them. Peacock filled the goal-scoring void left by his former strike partner when he headed for Sunderland. He then teamed up with Don Revie at Leeds in 1964, helping them to the Second Division title, and he was on the scoresheet on his return to Ayresome Park in their promotion-clinching campaign.