Gordon Strachan
Gordon Strachan
Personal information
Date of Birth 9 February 1957
Place of Birth Scotland
Leeds career
Playing position Midfielder
Number 7
Senior 3/1989 - 3/1995

Gordon David Strachan OBE (born 9 February 1957) was a right-sided midfielder. He spend seven seasons as Leeds United club captain, winning the 1989–90 Second Division and 1991–92 First Division league titles.

In March 1989, Strachan was signed by Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson which required dropping down into the Second Division. He quickly became a popular figure at Elland Road, and earned comparisons to former favourites Bobby Collins and Johnny Giles. Signing a two-year contract, he was awarded with the captain's armband. He formed an unlikely midfield partnership with hard-man Vinnie Jones, and led the club to the Second Division title in 1989–90.

With the "Whites" now in the First Division, Wilkinson secured a midfield quartet of Strachan, Gary McAllister, David Batty and Gary Speed. They achieved a commendable fourth-place finish in 1990–91, and also reached the semi-finals of the League Cup. Strachan was voted FWA Footballer of the Year for his performances during the campaign – becoming the first man to win the award both in Scotland and in England.

Strachan signed a new two-year contract, before captaining Leeds to the league title in 1991–92. In doing so he denied his former club Manchester United the title. Following the club's success, Strachan was awarded an OBE for his services to sport. However Leeds were unable to build on their success, and finished the 1992–93 season down in 17th place in what was newly re-branded as the Premier League. Strachan continued to impress though, and was given the club's Player of the Year award. He scored a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers on 10 April 1993.

In his six seasons with Leeds United, Strachan played 197 games in total, scoring 37 goals.

Gordon Strachan is number 14 in Leeds United's 100 greatest players.