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Chris Whyte

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Position Centre back
Born 02 Sep 1961, London (England)
Height 185 cm
Weight 74 kg
International Caps England: 4 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Arsenal 01 Dec 1979 01 Jun 1986 90 8  
Crystal Palace 01 Aug 1984   13 0 on loan
West Bromwich Albion 01 Aug 1988 01 Jun 1990 84 7 £400000
Leeds United 01 Jun 1990 01 Aug 1993 146 6 £250000
Birmingham City 01 Aug 1993 01 Mar 1996 68 1 £0
Coventry City 01 Dec 1995   1 0 on loan
Charlton Athletic 01 Mar 1996 01 Jun 1996 11 0  
Leyton Orient 01 Jan 1997 01 Feb 1997 1 0 £0
Oxford United 01 Feb 1997 01 Jun 1997 10 0  
Rushden and Diamonds 01 Jun 1997 01 Jun 1999      

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1990 - 1991 38 3 4   7 1 0   4  
1991 - 1992 41 1 1   5   0   1  
1992 - 1993 34 1 3   2(1)   5   0  
Total 113 5 8   14(1) 1 5   5  

Jabba's Comments

"Huggy" became a firm favorite with the Leeds crowd during his stay at Elland Road, and with Chris Fairclough alongside him, formed the defensive wall that proved to be so solid during the Championship season of 1991-92. A great tackler, he would dominate the opposing strikers, and his long experience was put to good effect in his great judgement of tackles, blocks and knowing when it was safe to foul his opponent. After starting out at Arsenal, he spent a couple of years in the USA with Los Angeles - and he returned to the States over 10 years later, playing for Detroit Neon between Charlton and Leyton Orient. His later career took him to a variety of clubs, and he received a great welcome at Elland Road when he came on for Rushden and Diamonds for the last two minutes of the FA Cup replay in 1999.

Jeff Davis says: I met Chris Whyte in a night club, I was under the impression that he's not visited Leeds for a long time, he feels he had a great time at Leeds United, and felt the fans were great, I told he was a great player for Leeds he agreed. I remembered a few years ago me and 2 friends went to Menorca with our Leeds United top people believe my mate was Chris Whyte, I told chris this last night 10.12.01 he said did we pull the chicks with his good looks, I just burst out laughing. By the way chris was in the Bel-Air golf club night club, he was not drinking beer.

Stig says: I met Chris at a nightclub in Norway after a pre season friendly in 92. He came across as a really likeable, quiet lad. Took his time and talked to the fans while some of the "bigger" stars couldnt` be arsed.

Giggs says: Well, I not only met Chris, but I can help complete your timeline. I was working for a team in North Carolina, USA in 1999 and we signed Chris mid/late season. The team was struggling, Chris showed interest, and played a few games for us in the twilight of his career. Though even for a second division U.S. team he was too slow. But what a great guy -- soft spoken and friendly. We brought in John Harkes, not to play but to do a couple clinics and attract fans (you might best know him as the Yankee on Sheffield Wednesday in the early '90s) and he was surprised to see Chris. John spoke very highly of Chris' days with Leeds.

Lee Rose says: Chris is a great guy.I know him when I was a little boy growing up in Highbury(home of the Gunners)and I always remember him because even though he was becoming a star at Arsenal he always came to watch us little guys and always had words of encouragement.I'm now 33 years old and i have never forgotten Chris.

Michael Perukangas says: I interviewed Chris for a Finnish magazine Veikkaaja in autumn 2001 (I think). By that time he was about to play for a lowly Finnish club of HYPS (Hyvinkään Palloseura; The Ball Club of Hyvinkää it might be in English). I didn't know what he looked like, but his gigantic frame and not-so-Finnish looks distinguished him from the others in the press room of a hotel (hotel was called Sveitsi, Switzerland it means, if my memory doesn't fail me). Chris was very a sympathetic gentleman, who told he remembered Eric Cantona very well (by the time Eric played for Leeds he didn't supposedly speak so much English). I think his career in Finland was somewhat prematurely ended; the player-manager of the Finnish second division club was an Englishman called Michael Belfield, by the way.

"Just a player who scored despite him marking" says: Chris was overpaid in HyPs if compare he's games so that's why he "sacked" from Finland

Colin says: I shall be playing 5 a side football against Chris Whyte tomorrow night Thurs 15th April 2004 at the Brentwood Centre in Essex 8.00pm He is now working for Tescos (accounts / finannce - not trolley wally) and turns out for them

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