1990-1991 - "Gary Speed" away shirt - Number 11

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Gary Speed, MBE (1969-2011)

The number 11 shirt was used by Gary Speed throughout the season. Speed joined Leeds as a trainee and made his debut in 1988 when he was 19.

Gary was one of Leeds' favourite sons. He won the title with Leeds and was an integral part of one of Leeds' strongest midfields playing along side David Batty, Gordan Strachan and Gary McAllister.

Tragically, Gary passed away on Sunday 27th November 2011. Football lost one of its greatest professionals and a true gentlemen.

He made 248 appearances for Leeds scoring 39 goals before departing for Everton at the end of the 1996 season. He remains the most capped outfield player for Wales having appeared 85 times at senior level between 1990 and 2004.

Speed is number 28 in the 100 Greatest Leeds Players list.

The Shirt

The 1990 - 91 "Top Man" shirt is a favourite amongst Leeds fans as it was worn in Leeds' first season back in the top division where they finished fourth. Made by umbro it is the same style as was used in the following, title winning, season of 1991 - 92.

The material is polyester and has a shiny triangular pattern. The player's numbers are a thick stretchy felt.

The shirt has all of the features which differentiate it from a replica. The umbro logo and the Leeds badge are both machine stitched, the replica badges are felt embossed. The shirt is a long sleeved version which was never released as a replica. The collar is thicker and before the days of players being given squad numbers, numbers were never available from the club shops as they are now.

The shirt was worn by Gary Speed throughout the season and was given to a friend of his after the final game of the season against Nottingham Forest. The shirt has a small rip on the shoulder where Gary was tugged back by a Forest player in that game.

The Season

Following promotion in the previous season as champions, Leeds settled quickly into life back in the top flight for the first time since 1982. Leeds performed much better than their critics had predicted - and finished the season in fourth place.

Leeds were bolstered by new signings Lukic, McAllister and Whyte - with Lukic and McAllister becoming Leeds' first million pound players. Leeds had a strong squad including Mel Sterland, David Batty, Gordan Strachan and of course Gary Speed. Forward Lee Chapman was prolific and went on to become the league's leading scorer with 21 goals from 38 league appearances.

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