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Roy Ellam

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Position Centre back
Born 13 Jan 1943, Hemsworth (England)
Height 182 cm
Weight 79 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Bradford City 01 May 1961 01 Jan 1966 149 12  
Huddersfield Town 01 Jan 1966 01 Aug 1972 206 8 £35000
Leeds United 01 Aug 1972 01 Jul 1974 21 0 £0
Huddersfield Town 01 Jul 1974 01 Jun 1975 18 2  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1972 - 1973 6(1)  0  1  2  0 
1973 - 1974 3(1)  2  1  4  0 
Total 9(2)  2  2  6  0 

Jabba's Comments

Trevor Cherry's one-time defensive partner at Huddersfield, Roy Ellam was picked up by Leeds to provide some defensive cover for Jack Charlton in summer 1972. With Charlton's continuing fitness and form, and the subsequent arrival of Gordon McQueen, Ellam found his opportunities limited, and returned to Huddersfield after just two seasons at Elland Road. He had a spell in the NASL as well as the inevitable non-league sides, one of whom - Gainsborough Trinity - he briefly managed.

Neil Thompson says: Seem to remember turning out against him in a five a side tournament in 1983/4 for the pub he ran, The Lord Nelson somewhere near Thornhill at Dewsbury. Had strange feet that stuck out at alarming angles. Nice bloke though.

Simon Winstanley says: I played one game with Roy probably back in 1992/3. He owned the Red Lion pub in Silkstone, Barnsley at the time. We were short on players, so Roy was asked if he'd don the strip and play, he did. He played as centre back, I still remember to this day he never lost the ball, always played short passes. He must have been in his 50s, but he was top drawer compared to us Saturday league players. Suffice to say we lost 2-1 but I'll never forget that game, I can say I played with Roy Ellam, oh and I scored our only goal. I was a big Leeds fan upto the age of 6 (with my little yellow LUFC kit, how that itched), until the Euro cup defeat, sorry. But I could and can rattle off the great Leeds team (as Clarkey calls then on Real Radio) of the 70s, but Roy was one I never knew, until he took over the Red Lion. There were pictures of him with lined up in the old full white tracksuits acknowledging the Leeds crowd and him tackling Pele when he played in the States. Nice fella from what I remember of him.

Dave Williams says: Roy Ellam used to live in my village, South Kirkby, so you never forget a 'big' fish in such a small pond. Our only local celebrity at that time. Used to own Great Danes as I remember (I was only 8 when he was playing for Leeds). Always seemed popular around the place and came to my school occasionally to do the 'celeb' thing for us. Seemed a decent bloke.

Paul Stollard says: Roy Ellam is my uncle. I saw him for the first time in years at a family wedding (27/9/03). He has now retired from the pub game, though says he misses it. In reply to Dave William's comments; Roy used to own a Great Dane called Cleo, long since departed, which was enormous but a real softy... A bit like Roy really.

Bethany Ellam says: Roy Ellam is my Grandad.He is happily retired and living in South Hiendly.He works part time at his Daughters Gym and enjoys looking after my 1 year old cousin Raull.


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