What happened to Leeds side from Ian Harte's debut ahead of Whites clash with another of left-back's former clubs

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Leeds United take on Reading at Elland Road in a Championship clash that pits two of the division's promotion chasers against each other.

Leeds United's clash with Reading on Tuesday will pit two of the Championship's current promotion chasers against one another, but it will also see two of Ian Harte's former clubs battle at Elland Road.

Harte made over 300 league appearances across his spells with both sides, with 213 of those games coming while wearing a Leeds shirt. 

But what became of the side that took to the field for what turned out to be the left-back's debut for the club? Here is a look at the team that took on West Ham on January 13th 1996:

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Mark Beeney

Beeney spent the majority of his time at Elland Road as an understudy and made just 35 league appearances for Leeds across six years before departing in 1999. He subsequently played for Doncaster, Dover and Sittingbourne before retiring in 2003.

Gary Kelly

Ian Harte's uncle spent his entire career with Leeds, joining in 1992 and staying until 2007 when he hung up his boots.

David Wetherall

Wetherall stayed with the Whites until 1999 having made over 200 league appearances. He retired in 2008 having played over 300 times in the league for Bradford City.

Carlton Palmer

Palmer stayed with Leeds until 1997 before playing for a host of clubs, including Southampton, Coventry City and Stockport before retiring from professional football in 2005.

Tony Dorigo

Like Palmer, Dorigo left Leeds in 1997. He played for Torino before returning to England with Derby County. He finished his career with Stoke City in 2001.

Gary Speed

Speed played for Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United during a fantastic playing career. His management career was, of course, looking just as bright before his untimely death in 2011.

Gary McAllister

McAllister left just a few months after this game, joining Coventry. He would return to the Sky Blues after a successful spell with Liverpool. After retiring, he spent some time as a manager, including a short spell with Leeds in 2008.

Mark Ford

The midfielder looked to have a bright future in front of him at Leeds - he made two appearances for England under-21s - but ultimately fell out of favour and spent the rest of his playing career in the lower leagues. 

Rod Wallace

After a good spell with Leeds, Wallace joined Rangers in 1998. His successful time at Ibrox was not replicated during brief spells with Bolton and Gillingham. He retired in 2004.

Tomas Brolin

The Swede looked a completely different player during his time with the Whites to the one who shone at Euro 92 and the 1994 World Cup. After failing to hit the heights, he moved to Crystal Palace before retiring in 2008 following a brief return to Sweden. Incredibly, it was his two goals that settled this particular game.

Lee Chapman

Chapman was making one of the two appearances that he made following his return to Leeds on loan in 1996. He failed to score in either and was sent off against the Hammers, but that did little to damage his reputation having helped inspire the side to the title in 1992. He retired later that year after spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Stromsgodset.


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Harte remained with Leeds for eight years following his debut. Following a spell in Spain, he returned to the English game, playing for the likes of Carlisle, Bournemouth, and, of course, Reading. 

Andy Gray

The academy graduate never kicked on after a bright start and subsequently spent several years becoming a journeyman in the Football League. The striker returned to Leeds for a short spell in 2012 before retiring in 2014.

Andy Couzens

Couzens' career was short-lived as his professional career came to an end by the time he was 25. Spells with Carlisle and Blackpool followed his stint with the Whites.

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