They Played For Both – Doncaster Rovers

Dennis Leigh

 

Now we’re talking, right? A proper player that we would all do well to remember.

Leigh began his football career as an apprentice with Doncaster Rovers, making his debut in 1967. He moved to Rotherham United whilst still just 19, and established himself gradually in the first team at left-back and penalty-taker. He averaged 40 games a season over his first four full seasons, but lost his place early in 1972–73 and was transfer-listed. That prompted Graham Taylor to add him to City’s ranks.

In February 1973, Leigh became one of Graham Taylor’s first signings for Lincoln City, choosing us ahead of Peterborough United. He could operate on either side of the defence but ended up playing left-back in an increasingly successful team. He was part of the side that narrowly missed out on promotion in 1974/75, the following season he was a regular in the Fourth Division Championship winning side.

He left the club in 1979 having made 201 appearances, five more as a sub and scoring three goals. He might not have been the attacking wing-back we’ve come to know in today’s game, but he was as solid and dependable as anyone at the time. He wasn’t averse to picking up a red card or two either, he was sent off three times in a year in 1974/75. He eventually lost his left-back spot to Phil Neale in the 1976 season, winning it back in 1976/77 by scoring twice in three games.

He later signed for Boston United and ended up working for a local media outlet.