Chris Whyte won the League championship the last time an English manager won the title, under Howard Wilkinson at Leeds, starred with Arsenal alongside David O’Leary, and comes back to Brisbane road to play in the big elite Legends tournament on May 18 recalling his brief spell with the O’s.
Chris proudly recalls his Orient connections: “I had a brief spell at Leyton Orient after leaving Birmingham City in 1996, I think I was there around three to four months.”
The Islington born defender came through the ranks at Highbury, forging a strong central defensive partnership with David O’Leary.
Coolness, confidence, timing, good judgement of the game, earned him four England caps for the under-21s.
With the emergence of Tony Adams at Arsenal, he was loaned out to Crystal Palace, where he had a brief run as emergency striker.
After 113 matches and eight goals for Arsenal he was given a free transfer, and played for two years in the Major Indoor Soccer League for New York Express and LA Lazers.
He was offered a return to England by Second Divison West Brom, where he became Player of the Year.
He had a surprise returned to the top flight when he was signed for £400,000 by Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds, and enjoyed a hugely successful near-ever present run in the team for three seasons, making 146 appearances as Leeds won 1992 First Division title.
Chris is a member of a powerful looking Arsenal Elite Legends squad the’Gunners Greats’ taking on rivals Super Spurs, the Blues Best and the Hammers Heroes for the elite Legends Trophy.
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