Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 3

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At 3 in the countdown is a player who surely scored the greatest goal in Leeds United's history.

Eddie Gray was perhaps the most talented footballer Leeds United ever had, and if it had not been for injuries, he would have perhaps found himself even higher in the countdown of the club's greatest ever players.

The winger spent his entire playing career at Elland Road, making his debut in 1966. With much of Don Revie's great team already assembled, Gray was one of the final pieces in the jigsaw.

His first substantial contribution came in 1968 when he scored winning goals in both the League Cup and Fairs Cup semi-finals. And in both competitions, the Whites would go on to win the trophy. 

A league title would follow one year later, but it was a moment of sheer brilliance in 1970 that confirmed that Gray's name would be forever etched in United folklore. 

In a game against Burnley, Gray scored a truly stunning solo goal. Picking up the ball on the byline, he used his immaculate close control and tremendous skill to move past several of the Claret's hapless defenders - beating some of the team more than once - before poking home the shot for a goal that is arguably the greatest in the club's history.

While injuries would play a much bigger part in his career soon after - as Brian Clough would brutally point out when he took over in 1974 - he was still a prominent member of the side and would help the Peacocks win the league title once more, the Fairs Cup for a second time and the FA Cup in 1972.

His departure in 1983 meant that he was the last of Revie's team to leave the club - though a couple would return in the latter stages of their careers - having made over 550 appearances for the team and scoring 68 goals. 

He would return in a coaching capacity and was partially responsible for the exciting crop of young players that came through in the 1990s and threatened to emulate Revie's side's success. He would also briefly serve as manager, but was unable to prevent their relegation in 2004.

While Gray never perhaps quite realised his full potential at Elland Road, he showed enough glimpses of sensational quality during his time to ensure that he is considered to be one of the most gifted players to play for the club.

And his goal against Burnley should prove to anyone who believes that Leeds' success at that time was based on intimidation and aggression that the side was also capable of moments of footballing magic. 

Countdown so far: Number 30, Number 29, Number 28, Number 27, Number 26, Number 25, Number 24, Number 23, Number 22, Number 21, Number 20, Number 19, Number 18, Number 17, Number 16, Number 15, Number 14, Number 13, Number 12, Number 11, Number 10, Number 9, Number 8, Number 7, Number 6, Number 5, Number 4

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