Paul Reaney fan memories - 'Watching him fly down the wing for Leeds United was special'

What are your memories of Paul 'Speedy' Reaney?
Leeds United legend Paul Reaney. (Getty)Leeds United legend Paul Reaney. (Getty)
Leeds United legend Paul Reaney. (Getty)

Paul Reaney is the definition of a Leeds United club legend.

The full-back signed for the Whites as an apprentice in 1962 and went on to make 748 appearances for the club during a 17-year spell, which came to a close in 1978.

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He was part of Don Revie's boys that won countless trophies, and George Best once described him as the toughest defender he faced throughout his career.

Here, Whites' fans recall a player who meant so much to the Elland Road faithful.

Michael Atkins: "I watched Paul for many years with the rest of that amazing squad back in the day. I used to pretend to be picking the team and Paul Reaney was always my first choice.

"He stopped and incredibly hard shot on the line with his head, I think against Derby in the early 70s. Must have hurt for the next 5 years! What a player."

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Richard Northard: "Superb defender, especially his headers off the line but the main thing was his unbelievable energy storming down the right and doing a lot to make Peter Lorimer acres of space.

David Beastall: "A great player. Watching him fly down the wing, you knew something special was going to happen. Terry Cooper on the other wing, absolutely fabulous."

Tom Reynolds: "Wonderful player and made playing full-back fashionable. Think George Best summed it up brilliantly."

David Beaumont: "A great overlapping full back who, used to room with my late mate, Cyril Knowles, when on England duty. Had the pleasure of speaking to him, in the Radebe Suite, some time ago but, as chirpy today, as he was back then."

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Michael Pearson: "He was the best for clearing balls off the line when needed and a great all round defender and reliable."

Chris Ramsay: "Trained me at Butlins in Skegness in the early 90s. Got to meet him again this year when my son was mascot for the Cardiff game. Top bloke."

Allan Topp: "He was a great player, fast, good in the tackle and his recovery rate was phenomenal.The amount of goals he saved with his positioning on the near or far post is legendary."

Richard Dennett: "What a great man and a cracking player, but I'll tell you what his sense of humour is infectious. I could listen to him tell his stories all day, I love him, what a legend."

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Greg Milner: "Lovely, down to earth, modest and funny man who played down his massive roll in the FA Cup final when i met him along with Alan Clarke and Mick Jones. His goal line clearance won us the cup final and is often overlooked."

Tony Quantrill: "Very underrated, never had a bad game."

Sally Phillips: "He was an amazing player in a team of amazing players. Was honoured to watch him play."

Jim Strachan A great player, no nonsense, no drama, just got the job done."

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