Leeds United - Flashback: Whatever happened to ... Cyril Chapuis?

REMEMBER? French forward Cyril Chapuis cuts through the Swindon Town defence in a League Cup clash at Elland back in 2003.
REMEMBER? French forward Cyril Chapuis cuts through the Swindon Town defence in a League Cup clash at Elland back in 2003.
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THERE have been four competitive fixtures between Leeds United and Cambridge United, but the last time the two met was in a friendly at Abbey Stadium in November 2003.

The occasion was a testimonial match for Cambridge striker John Taylor, with the visitors winning 5-3.

The friendly fixture was chiefly memorable for a second-half hat-trick scored by Leeds’s on-loan striker Cyril Chapuis.

However, who is Chapuis and what happened to him?

After joining on loan from Marseille, Chapuis was seen by many in the Premier League as a top striker and an absolute steal for Leeds.

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However, Chapuis quickly disappeared into the reserves making only one league appearance against Bolton in November.

He also made two League Cup appearances, one in a 2-2 draw at home against Swindon Town, which Leeds won 4-3 on penalties, while also lining up at Elland Road against Manchester United in the following round, which the visitors won 3-2 after extra time.

After having his loan cancelled in January 2004, Chapuis was once again loaned out - first to Strasbourg and then to Ajacco during the 2004-05 season.

He was then without a club for a year before joining up with Grenoble where he went on to score five goals in 28 appearances.

As a result of his low return he was once again a free agent and spent almost a another year out before Metz signed him on a two-year contract.

At Metz, Chapuis would only go on to play 11 times in two years and contribute a solitary goal for his efforts.

After his contract expired a Metz; Chapuis spent three years without a club until he was eventually signed for French National side (Division 3) Bourg-Peronnas FC where he helped them secure promotion back to Ligue 2 before he hung up his boots in 2014.


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