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Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman comments on his eventful playing stint with Leeds United

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The Scot played for the club on loan from Crystal Palace.

Dougie Freedman recently took his Nottingham Forest team to Elland Road and picked up a precious 1-0 win in Yorkshire.

Of course Leeds United fans will remember that Freedman had a very popular loan spell with the club. The Scot joined Leeds, who were then in League One, from Crystal Palace in March 2008.

Yesterday he spoke to BBC Radio Leeds about his time at Elland Road and how it was an excellent place to play toward the end of his career:

"I loved it, I absolutely loved it.

"I was just about to give up playing football and it reignited exactly what it was all about.

"It might not be glamorous to a lot of people but we played Carlisle, no disrespect, not a glamorous side in the semi-final of that play-off and there was 38,000 fans there. That did take my breath away.

"I never forget that and I am very grateful for the Leeds fans.

"It is great to have on my CV. Going back there it is a wonderful club, a wonderful set of fans, very passionate."

He scored six goals and set up three in his 14 games with the club, as they reached the League One play-off final.

He played in that final at Wembley. Leeds eventually lost the game to Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers and were subjected to yet another term at the third tier of English football.

Freedman however had a helping hand in getting them there. He scored a crucial late goal at Elland Road in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final with Carlisle United. They lost that game 2-1 but his goal proved important at Brunton Park, when a late Jonny Howson strike sent Leeds to Wembley.

The following season Freedman was surplus to requirements at Palace and he admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post in 2010 that he was very keen on a move to Leeds that summer. The deal never came off and he joined Southend United instead.

He still has fond memories at Leeds United and continued them last weekend as an opposing manager. His cult status among the Leeds fans may have been somewhat tarnished.

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