Shamrock Rovers’ Stephen McPhail has fond memories of his time at Leeds United

Shamrock Rovers striker Stephen McPhail reflects on his time spent at Championship outfit Leeds United.

When Cardiff City take on Leeds United in the Championship on Saturday, Stephen McPhail will probably have mixed feelings.

The 34-year-old midfielder, now at Shamrock Rovers, started his professional career at West Yorkshire outfit Leeds.

The Irishman was on the books of the Whites until 2004 when he moved to Barnsley, and in 2006 Cardiff snapped him up.

It was at the Welsh outfit that McPhail played his best football, but he fondly remembers his days at Elland Road.

‘Leeds is where I began my career’, he told WalesOnline. ‘They gave me the chance coming out of the youth team to play. It’s a huge club.

'Obviously they were a league above when I was there and I was lucky enough to get to play in some big European games. My time at Leeds was great and the fans were amazing.

‘They fell out of the top league and beyond and that’s a shame because I know what it means to the people in Leeds, I lived there for nine years.

‘I know how passionate they are about the club. It’s such a shame after all those good years that they fell away. You always remember the club that gave you your first chance’.

Leeds are indeed one of the biggest clubs in England and their fans base will put many teams in the Premier League to shame.

The Whites have not feature in the top flight of English football since 2004. Perhaps they will soon...

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