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Thursday 05 September 2013

On this day in 1994: Radebe lands at Leeds

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Leeds United signed a Kaiser Chief rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 5 September 1994 - Radebe lands at Leeds

Howard Wilkinson signed Lucas Radebe from Johannesburg side Kaizer Chiefs as one half of a double-signing including fellow South African Philemon Masinga.

The versatile former goalkeeper started out at Elland Road as a midfielder but was moved to centre-back after Wilkinson recognised the physical attributes that would make him a Leeds stalwart.

Injury reduced the then 25-year-old to just 12 Barclays Premier League appearances in his first season in West Yorkshire and Radebe would be plagued by knee and Achilles problems throughout his 10-year spell at the club. However, his reading of the game, a knack of performing last-ditch saving tackles and ability to smother opposition danger men as a man-to-man marker distinguished him as one of the top-flight's foremost defenders, and by 1998 he had become club captain under George Graham.

"The Chief" became a firm crowd favourite among the Leeds faithful who admired his unflappable demeanour and his loyalty to the club he served in 197 Barclays Premier League appearances. Radebe, who represented South Africa on 70 occasions, remains a club legend to this day.

  • Radebe arrived in a double deal with fellow South African Philemon Masinga

  • His man-to-man marking ability made him one of the best defenders in the Premier League

  • 'The Chief' was made club captain by George Graham in 1998

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Lucas Radebe arrived at Leeds United