Born: Blackburn: 19-10-1957
Debut: v Liverpool (a) (Substitute): 11-03-1978
5’6” 10st 3lb (1978)
Parker joined Leeds as an apprentice and signed professional forms in October 1975. He
only had a very brief first team career with Leeds, coming on as a substitute for Peter
Hampton for forty-five minutes in United’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield in his only appearance.
Like so many Leeds players of the Revie and the subsequent First Division era he was part of
an extremely strong Leeds squad full of internationals and several players found it difficult
to progress past the Junior and Central League status due to the immense pressure of the
competition. He did play on a regular basis in the Central League but initially there was
Frank Gray or Trevor Cherry, then Peter Hampton and Byron Stevenson barring his way to the
first team with Keith Parkinson also capable of adapting to the left back role and then
there was always the adaptable Paul Madeley if none of the others were available. He went on
a free-transfer to Scarborough in July 1981, after the two teams played a behind closed
doors pre-season friendly at Leeds. After Scarborough he had a spell with Harrogate Town and
later ran a newsagents shop in Leeds.