1. John Lukic
John Lukic began his career as a schoolboy with Leeds United and signed professional terms with the club in 1978. Lukic learned from the great David Harvey and eventually replaced him as Leeds United’s number 1 goalkeeper making his debut in a UEFA cup game at Valetta. Lukic made his league debut against Brighton & Hove Albion in October 1979 and then he went on to make a record-breaking 146 consecutive league appearances for Leeds United. Lukic requested a transfer and was transferred to Arsenal in the summer of 1983. However, in 1990, when George Graham signed David Seaman, who ironically was Lukic’s understudy at Elland Road, saw Lukic return to Elland Road in a £1 million transfer in May 1990. Lukic would later return to Arsenal when Howard Wilkinson signed Nigel Martyn.
A formidable team that we are all familiar with and a back five which was solid and reliable. Lukic arguably had his best season for Leeds when we won the league. Most people remember his high-profile blunders and many forget how many good games he had for Leeds. Lukic kept an impressive 20 clean sheets during the title-winning campaign. Notable performances from Lukic came against Liverpool at Elland Road and against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
After Leeds won the title Lukic struggled for form and after high-profile blunders against Sheffield Wednesday and Rangers, he eventually lost his place the following season to Mark Beeney. Lukic managed to regain his place and retain his number 1 status at Elland Road right up until Nigel Martyn’s arrival from Crystal Palace in 1996. Lukic returned to Arsenal and was granted a testimonial match between Leeds and Arsenal which took place at Elland Road in 1996.
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