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Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 21

At 21 in the countdown is a versatile player who spent a decade at Elland Road, but was unable to prevent their decline in the post-Revie era.

Trevor Cherry arrived at Leeds United in 1972 with a major point to prove having been earmarked by Don Revie as the man that was going to replace Jack Charlton once the club legend decided to call it a day. And while his time at Elland Road would end on a sour note, he certainly did a good job of helping the Whites' defence cope once the World Cup winner did retire in 1973.

When he moved across Yorkshire from Huddersfield, Cherry was known as a central defender. However, Charlton's presence meant that he would spend much of his first season out on the left. His solid performances in a wider position meant that he would often be used there in future, while he was also capable of filling in in midfield if required.

His first season with Leeds was capped off with Cherry playing in the FA Cup final, and while the game, and Cherry's part in it, will go down in folklore, it was not a happy day for the travelling United fans as Second Division side Sunderland claimed a famous victory.

Other than the Black Cats' goal, the most notable moment in the match came when Sunderland keeper Jim Montgomery made a sensational double save firstly from Cherry and then Peter Lorimer. The defender's excellent diving header was parried into the path of the forward who seemingly had a simple task to bag the equaliser.

However, Montgomery managed to keep that effort out also to ensure that it was unfancied Sunderland that were lifting the cup. 

He would get to taste silverware in the next season however, as Revie's men won the First Division title, but the following campaign would see more heartache for the utility man.

Despite keeping Johan Cruyff quiet in both legs of the European Cup semi-final against Barcelona, Cherry was left on the substitutes' bench for the final against Bayern Munich, and had to watch as United lost 2-0.

Cherry would become captain in 1976 after the departure of Billy Bremner, but was steering a slowly-sinking ship as Revie's great team disbanded over time. When he left the club for Bradford in 1982, Leeds' decline was complete as they were playing in the Second Division.

Internationally, he would earn 27 caps for England during his time as a Leeds player, and would wear the armband in his penultimate appearance for the Three Lions. 

Despite the disappointing end to his career at Leeds, he was still an important member of the side during their final years as one of the dominant forces of the English, and arguably European game. 

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