Played For Both: Leeds United & Bristol City

Played For Both: Leeds United & Bristol City

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

Leeds United return to Elland Road on Saturday as the Whites hunt for back-to-back home wins against the visitors, Bristol City. 

Ahead of the fixture, we take a look back through the years and pick out a selection of players who have worn the shirt for both clubs.

BC Lineup

GK: John Shaw

The Scottish shot-stopper made two appearances for Leeds United during his time with the club in the 1970s, both in the UEFA Cup against Lierse SK and Hibernian. Shaw made the move to Bristol City in 1974 and remained with the Robins for the next 11 years of his career. He racked up 295 appearances with the club and later joined fellow ‘West Country’ side Exeter City in the mid 1980s. 

 DEF: Luke Ayling

Ayling signed for Bristol City from Yeovil Town in the summer of 2014 and achieved promotion to the Championship in his first season with the club. After 95 games and four goals, he made the switch to Leeds United in 2016 and has remained with the club ever since. The full-back was part of the LUFC side who gained promotion to the Premier League in 2020 and, so far, has 262 appearances to his name and 11 goals for the Whites.

DEF: Terry Cooper

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Cooper rose through the ranks at Leeds United in the 1960s and witnessed LUFC’s transformation under Don Revie. He netted the winning goal for the White’s first ever major trophy, scoring against Arsenal in the 1968 League Cup final. Cooper also made all 20 of his England appearances during his time with Leeds. Bristol City signed the full-back in 1978 from Middlesbrough but only made 11 appearances. Spells with Bristol Rovers and Doncaster soon followed before the Robins re-signed him in 1982 as a player-manager. He made a further 60 appearances before taking on the manager role full-time.

DEF: Norman Hunter
The Leeds United legend made 726 appearances for LUFC, a feat only bettered by Jack Charlton (773), Billy Bremner (772) and Paul Reaney (749). Hunter won the Second Division, First Division twice, FA Cup, League Cup, Charity Shield and the first ever PFA Players’ Player of the Year award during his 14 years in Yorkshire. He directly joined Bristol City from Leeds in October 1976 and remained with the Robins for three years, making 122 appearances in all competitions.

DEF: David Rennie

In 1986, the Scottish defender signed for Leeds from Leicester City and was heavily involved in the first team during his three years with the Whites. Rennie went on to play in 119 games and score nine goals before departing for a move to the West Country with Bristol City. Between 1989 and 1992, he scored eight goals in 104 league appearances for the Robins before Birmingham City secured his signature.

MID: Gary Hamson

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Hamson played in both the First and Second Division with Leeds United from 1979 to 1986. During this time, the midfielder played 152 times and scored nine goals. The majority of his appearances came under manager Eddie Gray. He dropped down into the Third Division to sign for Bristol City in the summer of 1987 where Terry Cooper was the man in charge of the Robins. He spent five months with the club and scored two goals in 12 games before signing for Port Vale.

MID: Jimmy Mann

Mann began his career at Leeds United but after only making five appearances, he joined Bristol City in 1974 where he became a club icon and one of the ‘Ashton Gate Eight’ after his departure. Overall, between 1974 and 1982, he played on 283 occasions and netted 43 goals for the Robins.

MID: Neil Kilkenny
The Australian international made the move from Birmingham City to Leeds United ahead of the 2008/09 campaign and was part of the 2009/10 squad who achieved promotion back to the Championship. Over the course of three and half seasons, he made 144 appearances and scored 11 goals before moving on to join Bristol City in 2011. He went on to play 72 times for the Robins before leaving for Preston North End in 2014.

ATT: Carl Shutt

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The striker was snapped up by Bristol City from Sheffield Wednesday in 1987 where he had two relatively successful seasons with the Robins. He scored 10 goals in 46 games for the club and later joined Leeds United in 1989 as part of a swap deal with Bob Taylor. He netted a hat-trick on his debut for the club and won the 1992 First Division. He left the club in 1993 after scoring 24 goals and playing 106 games for the Whites.

ATT: Ian Baird
Baird had two spells with Leeds in the 1980s, the first came in March 1985 when he signed from Southampton for £75,000. 33 goals and 85 games later, Baird signed for Portsmouth but re-signed for LUFC in March 1988, less than a full season on the south coast. He added an additional 17 goals and 77 games to his tally and departed the Yorkshire side in 1990. Three years later, Bristol City secured Baird’s signature. He netted 11 times in 57 games for the Robins and left the club in 1995.

ATT: Lee Trundle

The journeyman forward was snapped up by Bristol City from Swansea in 2007 after making a name for himself in the lower tiers of English football. He was heavily involved during his first season with the Robins but was sent out on loan to Leeds United during the 2008/09 campaign where he scored one goal in 10 appearances for the Whites. He departed Bristol City in 2010 with 62 games and eight goals to his name.