Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 30

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This month, HITC Sport is looking at Leeds United's greatest ever players, starting with number 30, David Harvey.

Despite spending much of the first decade of his Leeds United career as Gary Sprake's understudy, David Harvey proved once given a prolonged run in the side from 1972 onwards that he was more than deserving of an opportunity to be a regular feature of Don Revie's team, and perhaps should have replaced the mistake-prone Sprake much sooner.

Having been selected ahead of the Welshman for the 1972 FA Cup final, Harvey put in a wonderful performance as the Whites went on to clinch the trophy with Allan Clarke's goal helping Revie's men to a 1-0 win over Arsenal.

From that point on, the Scotland international permanently kept Sprake out of the side until the latter's departure in 1973. And during the 1973-74 season - his second as United's first-choice keeper - he helped the side win the league title, as they finished the campaign five points clear of Liverpool.

Revie's departure for the England job in 1974 signalled the beginning of the end of their greatest spell of dominance as several players began to seek opportunities elsewhere. While Harvey hung around for a while longer - as he stayed until 1980 - a car accident meant that he missed the controversial European Cup final in 1975, which brought an end to his time as the side's first-choice with David Stewart assuming the role from then on.

It was during his time in Yorkshire that Harvey collected all 16 of his caps for Scotland, with the highlight of his international career coming as he was named his country's number one for their World Cup campaign in 1974.

Harvey returned to Elland Road once United had fallen into the second tier during the 1980s, but was unable to inspire a return to the top flight and left for a second time in 1985 having made 349 league appearances across the two spells.

While Sprake collected more of the headlines - whether that be for good or bad reasons - during their respective spells with the Yorkshire side, there is little question that for the loyalty that Harvey showed during the long spells as the Welshman's understudy, and then the ability he demonstrated once he was given his chance, the 68-year-old deserves to be considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers Leeds ever had.

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