Played For Both: Leeds United & Nottingham Forest

We take a look through the players who have featured for both sides

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Leeds United take on Nottingham Forest on July 27 as we continue our pre-season campaign at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent.

Ahead of the fixture, we take a look at some of the players who have worn the shirts of both clubs throughout the years.

GK: Ronnie Sinclair

Sinclair came through Forest’s academy setup and had many loan spells but did not make a first team appearance for the club. Leeds signed the Scottish ‘keeper in 1986 and would play eight times for the Whites before leaving in 1989 for Bristol City.

DEF: Eric Lichaj American full-back Lichaj joined the Whites on loan in 2011 from Aston Villa. He featured 16 times in the Championship before returning to his parent club and eventually joining Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2013.

DEF: Frank Gray

The Scot featured over 300 times for Leeds United over two spells with the club in the 70s and 80s. In between the two spells, Gray joined Nottingham Forest where he won the European Cup - which made him the first player to feature in two European Cup finals for two different clubs (Leeds in 1975 and Forest in 1980.)

DEF: Kenny Burns

Versatile Kenny Burns originally began his career as a striker but was converted into a central defender under Brian Clough when he joined Nottingham Forest in 1977. Burns made the move to Leeds in 1981 for a fee of £400,000 and played 56 times for the club.

MID: John McGovern

McGovern had a brief stint at Elland Road in 1974 when he was signed by Brian Clough who he previously played under at Derby County and Hartlepool. After four appearances for the Whites, he followed Brian Clough to Nottingham Forest in 1975 where he would go on to be a part of the glory days at the club.

MID: John Sheridan

Between 1982 and 1989, Sheridan made 272 appearances for Leeds United before he joined Forest in ’89. He made just one appearance for the Reds in a League Cup game against Huddersfield Town. After his retirement from playing, he went on to have a long managerial career with 10 different clubs clubs, including four different spells with Oldham Athletic.

MID: David Prutton

Prutton began his footballing career with Forest and featured 143 times for the Reds. Leeds United came calling in 2007 where he would spend three seasons in League One and rack up 78 appearances and score four goals with the Whites.

MID: Steve Hodge

The midfielder began his career with his hometown club Nottingham Forest in the 80s and played over 200 times for the club over two spells. When he departed the Reds after his second spell, he joined Leeds in 1991 where he would go on to play 54 times and score 10 goals.

ATT: Chris Wood

The New Zealand striker made the move to Yorkshire in 2015 and netted 44 goals in 88 games for the club. After spells with Burnley and Newcastle, he joined Forest on loan in January 2023 which was later made permanent.

ATT: Patrick Bamford

The 29-year-old began his journey in football with Nottingham Forest at the age of eight and made two senior appearances after coming through the club’s academy. Bamford was then snapped up by Chelsea in January 2012 and after numerous loan spells in the EFL and Premier League, he joined Leeds United on a permanent transfer in the summer of 2018.

ATT: Lee Chapman

A part of the 1989/90 Second Division and 1991/92 First Division title winning side, the striker joined Leeds United from Nottingham Forest in 1990 after two seasons at the City Ground. Chapman made 71 appearances and scored 27 goals for Forest before moving to Leeds where he went on to feature 172 times and score 80 goals for the Whites.

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