Lee Bowyer names which fan base out of Leeds and Newcastle impressed him more

Lee Bowyer says the Leeds crowd was probably the best he played at, ranking above Newcastle.

Former Premier League midfielder Lee Bowyer has been reminiscing about his playing days. 

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Bowyer has particularly praised former club Leeds United, who he credited with the best support he experienced.

The 38-year-old said this was despite playing at Newcastle United, whose stadium had a bigger capacity.

He said: "The crowd were unbelievable home and away, probably the best crowd I played at.

"I played at bigger stadiums like Newcastle, who had 45,000, 50,000 but Leeds I'd say vocally on those European nights, it sent a shiver down your spine, they were special nights."

Bowyer played for Leeds between 1996 and 2003, racking up more than 200 appearances, and scored goals in the Champions League against the likes of AC Milan and Barcelona.

Newcastle were his next club, where he played for three seasons, although the standout memory of his time there was an on-pitch bust-up with teammate Kieron Dyer.

He later signed for West Ham, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town, and retired in 2012.

Bowyer now runs a carp fishing lake in France, and says he is still in touch with some of his former teammates from various clubs.

He went onto praise former boss George Graham for laying the foundations for Leeds' successful side which went onto enjoy the European football he says the crowd was so inspired by.

He added: "David O'Leary got the credit for that side but George Graham got it ready for him. When I went to Leeds we weren't he best side, we were mid-table, when he let we were in Europe. He was bringing kids through, him and Eddie Gray did an exceptional job."

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