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Rod Belfitt

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Position Striker
Born 30 Oct 1945, Doncaster (England)
Height 178 cm
Weight 72 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Jul 1963 01 Nov 1971 128 33 £55000
Ipswich Town 01 Nov 1971 01 Nov 1972 46 16 £80000
Everton 01 Nov 1972 01 Oct 1973 16 2 £70000
Sunderland 01 Oct 1973 01 Feb 1975 39 4 £0
Fulham 01 Nov 1974   6 1 on loan
Huddersfield Town 01 Feb 1975 01 Jun 1976 34 8  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1964 - 1965 84 0  21 0  0 
1965 - 1966 3  0  22 1  0 
1966 - 1967 10(2)3 53 1  73 0 
1967 - 1968 11(3)2 0  5(1)2 2(2)1 0 
1968 - 1969 6(2)3 0(1)  1  41 0 
1969 - 1970 6(1)1 0  3  12 0 
1970 - 1971 3(10)3 1  0(1)  61 0 
1971 - 1972 10(1)1 0  3  3  0 
Total 57(19)17 6(1)3 17(2)5 24(2)8 0 

Jabba's Comments

Rod Belfitt was on Arsenal's books as an amateur before joining Leeds at the age of 17. He never quite made it as a regular during his 8 years at Elland Road, but still managed a quite respectable return of 33 goals from 128 appearances, including a hat-trick in a Fairs Cup semi-final against Kilmarnock and two goals against Derby in the League Cup semi-final against Derby. He was a willing runner and made goals for his more illustrious strike partners as well as bagging a few himself.

After leaving Leeds, he spent 5 years at 5 different clubs before drifting down to non-league football and back to his original career as a draughtsman.

Jabba says: Cheers to Ralph of Pride of Anglia for the photos.

Brian Durrant from The Sick Parrot says: Belfitt was a fine striker for Ipswich and we were all mystified when Bobby Robson swopped him for an Everton player that nobody had ever heard of, David Johnson who went on the be England centre-forward.

Mike Loughlin says: I was in the same year at school (57-62)at Danum Grammar or "Donny Tech" as it was otherwise known. I remember him as captain of the school football team and even then he was head and shoulders, both literally and metaphorically, above everyone else. I recall him being quite a friendly person and modest about his talents. David Pegg, killed at Munich in58 was another old boy of the school.

Derek Blackham says: Like Mick Loughlin, I was also in the same class as Rod. In fact I outscored him in the inter house games. I also remember Rod being good at most sports, that is except for Rugby. He was tackled very hard by a kid called Joe Green and that was the end of his Rugby career. That is until I came across Rod many years later when,as the owner of his own Insurance business, he was a sponsor of Featherstone Rovers, A RUGBY club. I also knew Rod's wife Shirley as we lived a couple of streets from each other. I now live in Milwaukee in the States.

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