Played For Both: Southampton & Leeds United

We take a look through the players who have worn the shirt for both clubs

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Leeds United will be back on the road again when the Whites travel down to the south coast to take on Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday, 30th September.

Ahead of the clash, we look back through the years and pick out a selection of players who have worn the shirt for both Leeds and Southampton.

GK: Alex McCarthy

During his time with Reading FC, McCarthy was sent out on numerous loan spells over the years and in November 2011 he joined Leeds United on a two-month loan. He kept a clean sheet on his debut against against Leicester City and more impressive performances kept him in the side for a number of games. However, the shot-stopper only played six games as first choice ‘keeper Andy Lonergan came back into the side. McCarthy made the move to Southampton in 2016 and after not making a league appearance in his first season, he became the Saints’ number one during the 2017/18 season and has so far made 139 appearances for the club.

DEF: Ray Wallace The Southampton academy product made his way through the ranks of the Saints’ youth system before going on to feature in 47 games for the club. He and his twin brother Rod both signed for Leeds in May 1991 and while Rod went onto become a club icon, Ray only made seven appearances for the club and spent time on loan with Swansea City and Reading before leaving the Whites in 1994.

DEF: Frazer Richardson

Richardson is a Leeds United academy graduate and played in the UEFA Cup, Premier League, Championship and League One during his time with the Whites. He scored five goals in 173 appearances and made the move down south to Southampton in 2010. Richardson achieved two promotions from League One to the Premier League with the Saints and played 68 times for the club in three seasons.

DEF: Dan Harding

After helping Brighton & Hove Albion to safety in the heart of defence in the 2004/05 season, Harding joined Leeds ahead of the new campaign. He suffered an injury during the 2005/06 season which cost him a regular first team place but still went on to feature in 21 appearances in all competitions for the Whites. The defender left the club at the end of the season and after spells with Ipswich, Southend and Reading, he signed for Southampton in 2009. Harding was a first team regular down on the south coast and achieved promotion to the Championship with the club during his time there. After five goals and 121 games for the Saints, he left for Nottingham Forest in 2012.

DEF: Stephen Crainey

The former Scotland international made the move from Celtic to Southampton in 2004 but only played five games for the Saints. In August 2004, he initially joined Leeds on loan but his move was made permanent four days later. The defender remained in Yorkshire for the next three seasons and played 62 times for the Whites in all competitions before moving on to Blackpool in 2007.

MID: Jermaine Wright

Leeds secured Wright’s signature from Ipswich Town in July 2004 where he featured heavily in his first season with the club. However, he fell out of favour the following year and spent the 2005/06 season on loan with Millwall and Southampton. He played 40 games for the Whites and scored three goals before making his loan move to the Saints permanent in the summer of of 2006. Overall, Wright made exactly 100 appearances for Southampton and scored one goal during his time on the south coast.

MID: Carlton Palmer The former England international spent three seasons at Elland Road from 1994 to 1997 and played 117 games, scoring seven goals in the process. Southampton came calling for him in September 1997 and was signed by Dave Jones for a fee of £1 million. He went on to feature in 50 games for the Saints and score three goals.

MID: David Prutton

Nicknamed ‘Jesus’ by Leeds fans due to his appearance, Prutton played 78 times for the Whites from 2007 to 2010 and scored four goals. He was a consistent performer during the 2007/08 season having started over 40 games but his playing time dwindled following the appointment of Simon Grayson and subsequently left the club during the 2009/10 season. Before his Leeds days, the midfielder made 94 appearances in all competitions for Southampton from 2003 to 2007. This included appearances in the Premier League and the Championship for the club.

ATT: Frank Dudley Going back to the late 1940s, Dudley played as a centre forward for Leeds back in 1949 and spent two seasons with the club after he joined from his hometown club Southend United. During his time in Yorkshire, Dudley scored 27 goals in 71 games. Leeds manager Frank Buckley offered Dudley to Southampton in 1951 in exchange for Ernest Stevenson and Dudley went on to net 32 goals in 67 games for the Saints.

ATT: Billy Sharp

After making a name for himself with Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers, EFL journeyman Billy Sharp signed for Southampton in January 2012. He finished the the 2011/12 season part of the Saints side that gained promotion to the Premier League as Championship runners-up. Sharp scored 10 goals for the Saints in 18 games as he spent he spent his next two seasons with the club on various loan spells. Leeds United secured his signature in the summer of 2014 and spent one season at Elland Road. He netted five goals in 33 games and made his second return to Sheffield United at the end of the season.

ATT: Alan Curtis

After featuring in over 250 appearances for Swansea City, the former Wales international moved up north to sign for Leeds United in 1979. However, his playing time was blighted by injuries and scored just six goals in 35 games and was subsequently released by Allan Clarke in 1980. He returned to Swansea and remained there for the next three and a half seasons until he made the move to the south coast to sign for Southampton. Curtis went on to score seven goals in 67 appearances for the club from 1983 to 1986.

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