Played For Both: Chelsea & Leeds United

Played For Both: Chelsea & Leeds United

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

Leeds United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening as the Whites look to book their place in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

Ahead of the fixture, we take a look back through the years and pick out a starting XI from the players who have worn the shirts of both clubs.

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GK: Neil Sullivan
The shot-stopper racked up 224 and 81 appearances with Wimbledon and Tottenham respectively before his move to Chelsea ahead of the 2003/04 campaign. He spent just one season with the Blues and played eight games in all competitions before signing for Leeds United in June 2004. Sullivan became the Whites’ starting ‘keeper for the next two seasons before joining Doncaster Rovers on loan, a deal that eventually became permanent. Overall, Sullivan made 110 appearances for Leeds.

DEF: Vinnie Jones
Jones signed for Second Division Leeds United from Wimbledon following the conclusion of the 1988/89 season. The defender became an integral part of the Leeds side who returned to the top flight as champions as he made 45 league appearances and netted on five occasions. He played 53 times in all competitions before signing for Sheffield United the following season. Chelsea came calling for Jones in 1991 and he went on to feature on 52 occasions for the Blues before returning to Wimbledon in 1992.

DEF: Tony Dorigo 

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Born in Australia, Dorigo began his senior footballing career in England with Aston Villa before making the move to Stamford Bridge in 1987. He spent four seasons with the club, racked up 178 appearances and achieved promotion back to the First Division in the process. In 1991, Dorigo made the move to West Yorkshire where he won the 1991/92 First Division title in his first season with Leeds. Overall, he spent six seasons at Elland Road and scored 5 goals in 208 games for the Whites.

DEF: Michael Duberry
The defender began his footballing career with Chelsea after coming through the ranks at the Blues’ academy. Duberry won the League Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and the Super Cup with his boyhood club but faced fierce competition for a place in the starting lineup from Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboauf. He departed the club in 1999 for Leeds United but once again faced more completion for a place in the team from the likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Dom Matteo, Lucas Radebe and Rio Ferdinand. However, he played the full 90 minutes in a memorable 1-0 win over AC Milan at Elland Road. Duberry remained with the Whites until 2004 and played 75 times for the club, scoring four goals.

DEF: Danny Granville
Granville had brief spells with both Chelsea and Leeds back in the late 1990s. The Blues signed the defender from Cambridge United in 1997 but lost his place in the lineup when Graeme Le Saux returned to the club. He played 26 times before Leeds came calling in the summer of 1998. However, his time at Leeds was short-lived as he played just 14 times before joining Manchester City on loan and eventually signing a permanent deal for the Cityzens.

MID: David Hopkin

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The former Scotland international started his career with Greenock Morton but made the move down to London to sign for Chelsea in 1992. Despite staying with the club until 1995, the midfielder made just 40 appearances before joining Crystal Palace. Leeds United snapped him up in 1997 and he went on to feature in 96 games and net six goals during his time at Elland Road before moving to Bradford City three years later.

MID: David Rocastle
The late David Rocastle spent the majority of his career with Arsenal and signed for Leeds United in 1992 for a fee of £2 million. The midfielder spent just over one season with the Whites before joining Manchester City in December 1993. Overall, he scored two goals and played 34 games for the club. In 1994, Rocastle signed for Chelsea but injuries hampered his playing time with the Blues as he played just once in his second season with the club. He made 40 appearances in all competitions before his time at the club came to an end.

MID: Lewis Baker
A Chelsea youth academy graduate. Baker made his Blues debut in an FA Cup third round win over Derby County in January 2014, one of only two appearances he made for the club. He went on to spend the majority of his career out on loan and had eight different loan spells from 2015 until 2021. One of which was with Leeds United during the 2018/19 season. The midfielder played 14 games and scored twice for the Whites during his brief spell at Elland Road.

FWD: Duncan McKenzie

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McKenzie was brought to Leeds United by Brian Clough in 1974 and established a striking partnership with Allan Clarke until McKenzie’s departure in 1976. During his time with Leeds, he attracted media attention for his off-field skills such as having the ability to jump over a Mini and throw a golf ball the length of a football pitch. He netted 30 goals in 82 games for Leeds in all competitions. Spells with Anderlecht and Everton soon followed and then Chelsea came calling for the striker’s signature in 1978. McKenzie scored four times for the Blues in 15 appearances and left the club after one season.

FWD: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Signed from Boavista in 1997, Hasselbaink scored on his Premier League debut for Leeds against Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. He finished his first season with the club with 22 goals in all competitions and ended his time with the Whites with 42 goals in 87 appearances. After one season with Atletico Madrid, the striker returned to England and signed for Chelsea ahead of the 2000/01 campaign. Four seasons later, Hasselbaink racked up 87 goals in 177 games for the Blues.

FWD: Tore Andre Flo

The former Norway international moved from his homeland to England to sign for Chelsea in 1997. The towering forward netted 50 goals in 163 games before signing for Rangers in December 2000. He then had spells with Sunderland, Siena and Valerenga before Leeds United secured his signature in January 2007. He played under his former teammate Dennis Wise and scored four goals in 24 appearances and played in both the Championship and League One for the club.