Leeds United competitive debuts
This page is a comprehensive record of every competitive Leeds United debut in the club's history. It includes every debutant's age, date, opponent, score, result and the manager that was responsible for each of their first appearances for the club.
Peter Lorimer remains the club's youngest ever player appearing against Southampton in September 1962 against Southampton at Elland Road aged just 15 years, 289 days. Eddie Burbanks holds the club record for the oldest Leeds debutant appearing against Notts County aged 40 years, 140 days.
Three players have been sent off on their Leeds United debuts - Olivier Dacourt, Gaetano Berardi and the last being Giuseppe Bellusci against Watford in August 2014. Unfortunately there are no official records for the birthdays of former players George Hill and George Cooper so I have estimated their years of birth based on credible sources.
Len Armitage became the first Leeds player to have scored on their debut in a 1-2 home defeat to South Shields in September 1920. Joel Piroe remains the last Leeds player to have scored on his competitive debut netting in a 4-3 win over Ipswich Town at Portman Road in August 2023.
Frank Strandli became the first Leeds player to score on his Premier League debut netting against Middlesbrough in January 1993. Eleven players have scored on their first Premier League appearance for the club: Lee Chapman, Imre Varadi, Frank Strandli, Briane Deane, Lee Bowyer, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Alan Smith, Nick Barmby, Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich.
Players involved during the War Years have been excluded as they are not widely recognised as competitive matches. Penalty shoot-outs are also recognised as draws. You can search for any individual player, opponent, competition or manager debuted under using the 'LUFC Search Tab'.