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Henry McLeish

Henry McLeish

Clubs played for: Leeds United, East Fife (1964-1969)

Born: 1948

Birthplace: Methil, Fife, Scotland

Position: Wing-half

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McLeish, Henry Henry Mcleish was born in methil, fife on the 15th of June 1948, to Harry Mcleish (my great grandad) and Mary Baird (my great gran). He grew up on morar road before his parents moved to institution row and then moving to Kennoway where his little brother Ronald Mcleish (my grandad) was born.

Henry was interested from an early age playing for the Kennoway primary school football team as a captain, then for fife schools. In a match against Dundee he would score a hatrick, where a Leeds united scout was watching.

He would sign for Leeds in around 1962/63. After a few months he left because he was homesick and signed for east fife where he made 106 appearances. He was one of the youngest players to play in Scottish professional football playing his first match at Hampden Park against the team Queen’s Park. At 18 he trialled for the Scotland national team, but lost 5-2 to a group of boys from Motherwell. He was later selected for Scottish team in the Yugoslavia youth World Cup.

Mcleish also played for the junior football teams St Andrews united and Glenrothes Juniors. His football career would be cut short due to a leg injury, causing him to continue his education and eventually becoming a first minister of Scotland,

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