In a new series that will focus of fans, friends of the club and players, we ask 10 questions to some of the most Leeds people you’ll ever meet.
First in the series is former left back and now Lutv presenter Ben Parker who made 39 appearances for his hometown club and contributed to the promotion winning League One side.
Firstly Ben who or what got you interested in football?
From as long as I can remember I was always kicking a ball around so it would have to be my parents.
Did you have a favourite Leeds player who you modelled your game on?
This might not be popular now but at the time it was Harry Kewell. I played the same position in the academy and he was a fantastic player whilst at the club.
Proudest ever moment during your time at Leeds?
Has to be my debut. Was a dream come true to play for Leeds.
A player you thought “not him again” when it came to play him?
There was never anyone who I thought that about, you had to back your own ability. Jason Puncheon was always a difficult player on his day.
One player or manager, above them all who you hung on their every word?
Eddie Gray. His knowledge of the game is nothing like I’ve come across and I could listen to him talk about football all day.
Can you name a player who joined Leeds you just couldn’t ‘gel with’ or just didn’t get on with?
No one, everyone was top lads.
Beckford or Becchio. Who did you rate highest, not for the goals they scored but how they played the game?
Can’t separate them. They both had different strengths and that’s what made them a fantastic partnership.
Man Utd and Bristol Rovers were amazing games. Do you have a favourite or another game that you watch on a regular basis?
I regularly get sent the Becchio goal from the play offs but like watching my debut, not a classic game but meant something special to me.
What was you worst moment in your football career?
Not being able to fully recover from my injuries.
Who would win in a game; Grayson’s team of 2009/10 or Bielsa’s team 2018 onwards?
Hmmmm very difficult to choose.....I’d go for a draw 2-2 if they could ever play.
We’d like to thank Ben Parker for his time answering our questions and would like to thank him for his brilliant work on LUTV. Always a part of the Lufc family and a great drinking buddy for Ryan!
By Keith Ingham