Sport · Trivia

Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Leeds United

Leeds United FC drew 1-1 at Millwall last Saturday thanks to a late equalizer by Jack Harrison. Harrison is on loan from Manchester City for the season. Back in 2010-11 Leeds had George McCartney (a Northern Ireland international) on loan from Sunderland. He played 30-odd games for the club. Before that, Aaron Lennon came through the youth system at Leeds and broke into the first team aged 16 in the 2003-04 season. For a while he was the youngest player to appear in the Premier League (a record now held by Matthew Briggs from his time at Fulham). Lennon now plays for Burnley.

This all means that during the last 15 years, in chronological order, players with the surnames Lennon, McCartney and Harrison have all played for Leeds. You probably don’t need me to tell you that these are also the surnames of three of the Beatles. As far as I can tell, nobody with the surname Starr or Starkey has played for the club. Again, you probably know that Ringo Starr, real name Richard Starkey, was the drummer in the Beatles. His predecessor in the band was Pete Best, and I have just discovered that in the 1920-1 season Leeds had a player called Jerry (or Jeremiah) Best. That’ll do for me, four people with Beatles surnames who have played for the club at some point, but I have just noticed that a player called Jess Starkey currently plays for non-league Worthing. He was in the youth team at Chelsea and has played for Swindon and Gillingham in the lower leagues. If Leeds were to sign him, even if it’s only for a game or two, that really would complete the set.




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