A brief walk around Elland Road and you become instantly aware of Leeds United’s history and the quality of player that has previously played for the club.
Fans often look back on better times for the club, particularly with Leeds’ current crop of players stuck in the Sky Bet Championship, looking to end a long wait for a Premier League return.
One man who was part of the club’s more recent success was Lee Bowyer, who played for Leeds between 1996 and 2003, helping the Whites ‘Live the Dream’ which ultimately led to their financial demise.
The midfielder made 265 appearances across all competitions for Leeds, scoring 55 goals for the Whites, as they competed for silverware including the Premier League, Champions League and UEFA Cup during his time at Elland Road.
Bowyer is fondly remembered for his role in Leeds’ run towards the Champions League semi-final during the 2000/01 campaign, when the midfielder proved to be the driving force behind a run that took the Whites to the brink of major success, scoring an impressive six goals.
The now 40-year-old has spent time talking to Leeds’ official media, reflecting on his time at Elland Road fondly, Bowyer said: “I came here a boy, if you like, I was 18/19 and I developed into a man.
“Everybody stuck behind me and the fans were unbelievable towards me, all the players, everything to do with this club in the time I was here was remarkable and that’s why this was by far the best place I played.
“Whenever anyone asks me a question about, ‘who was the best team you played for and why?’ ‘Is there any regrets?’ Obviously I say Leeds and my biggest regret is we never won anything.”
???? | We recently caught up with former #LUFC midfielder Lee Bowyer to discuss his time at the club
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 6, 2017
Leeds’ supporters will love hearing Bowyer talk so fondly about his time at Elland Road, as he was a firm favourite during his time with the club.
Unfortunately for Bowyer and his teammates, Leeds’ talented squad didn’t stick together and they never won anything, but the former midfielder still has fond memories of a memorable seven-year spell.
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