PHOTO: Leeds boss Neil Redfearn playing for Boxing Day opponents Wigan Athletic

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Leeds manager Neil Redfearn faces one of his former clubs on Boxing Day in Wigan Athletic.

It's fair to say that current Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn had quite the career during his playing days.

Redfearn, a former midfielder, played for 20 different clubs; Bolton, Lincoln, Doncaster, Crystal Palace, Watford, Oldham, Barnsley, Charlton, Bradford, Halifax, Boston United, Rochdale, Scarborough, Bradford Park Avenue, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Frickley Athletic, Bridlington Town, Emley and Salford City in a monumental, cross country career.

For those counting along, that's 19. The one missing? That would be Wigan Athletic, who Redfearn spent one season with in the early 2000's after leaving Bradford.

Redfearn had a hugely impressive record from midfield, scoring seven goals in 22 games but failing to become a first choice player.

Why is this important? Well, Leeds United face a huge Boxing Day clash against Redfearn's former employers Wigan, with both sides down at the wrong end of the table.

Wigan are four points adrift of safety, whilst Leeds are hovering precariously above the drop zone. Latics defender Emmerson Boyce has already hinted that the game is like a six-pointer, and Redfearn will need to see off one of his former clubs if Leeds are to come out victorious.

After all - Redfearn impressed at Wigan but was still seen as a bit-part figure. He'll certainly be looking for revenge on Friday when the two teams meet.

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