Leeds fans vote goalkeeper as worst player in club's history
By Harvey Byrne
Goalkeeper flop Paul Rachubka has been named by supporters as the worst player in the club’s entire history.
Football magazine FourFourTwo identified the shot-stopper as the worst player to have ever worn the famous club’s colours in its rundown of supporter-voted flops from each club in England’s top four divisions.
The now 35-year-old made the switch to the Yorkshire giants in the summer of 2011 after his contract expired at Lancashire outfit Blackpool.
Rachubka played just seven times for the team which was then led by Simon Grayson before leaving for Oldham in 2013, but he is still remembered for the wrong reasons by the Whites’ fan base.
“We’ve been blessed with some fantastic players at Elland Road down the years – yes, even post-Premier League relegation – but nobody needs reminding of the shockers too. But while obvious names like Thomas Brolin and Roque Junior spring to mind from the past, one name stands out to me – and that’s Rachubka,” the FourFourTwo report read.
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“Signed by Simon Grayson to provide competition in 2011/12, his big chance came when No.1 Andy Lonergan picked up an injury. It became clear that Rachubka was likely to get a run in the side, and while no one was expecting Buffon-like performances, they weren’t quite anticipating what was to come.
“First came a late error in the 1-1 home draw with Coventry, followed by another shoddy performance in the last-minute victory over Peterborough. But then the game he’ll always be remembered for: a 5-0 drubbing at home to Blackpool, where three errors in the first 30 minutes led to the ultimate humiliation for a goalkeeper – a substitution at half-time.
“He didn’t turn out for Leeds again in a competitive match, as Grayson signed Alex McCarthy on a short, successful loan. Instead, Rachubka was packed off on three loans himself before being released at the end of two of the most unsuccessful seasons at a club you’re ever likely to see.”
Rachubka conceded nine goals in his seven appearances for Leeds with his last appearance for the club coming in a 5-0 defeat against Blackpool in November 2011.
His departure from the Yorkshire side in 2013 saw him drop down a division with Oldham in League One where he played 39 times, conceding 40 and keeping 13 clean sheets in two years with the team.
The experienced player is currently on the books of Bury in the English third tier, but in his only appearance for the club to date he conceded three goals.
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