Brian Greenhoff in 1981
Brian Greenhoff in 1981
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BRIAN Greenhoff, who has died suddenly aged 60 at his Rochdale home, won 18 caps for England, his last when he played as a substitute against Australia in 1980.

Brother of ex-Leeds striker Jimmy, Mr Greenhoff was born in Barnsley and in 1979 a £350,000 transfer fee – a very considerable sum at the time – brought him to Elland Road from Manchester United.

He left Leeds United in 1982, by which time he had made 78 appearances and scored once.

The skilful centre-half, who also played in midfield, had made a considerable mark at Old Trafford, having appeared 271 times there, scoring 17 goals.

He was a member of the Manchester United team which beat Liverpool in the 2-1 1977 FA Cup final.

Mr Greenhoff was 20 when he joined United in 1968 after representing Yorkshire Schoolboys. He won a second division winners’ medal with the club in 1975 and played in the same team as his brother.

Over the coming years he became something of a cult hero for the Stretford End fans who recognised him as one of their own.

Then came his stint at Leeds United, after which he went on to play for and coach Rochdale.

He moved with his family to Menorca before returning to Rochdale and last year he wrote his autobiography.

Mr Greenhoff is survived by his wife Maureen, their children Paul, Brian and Peter, and three grandchildren.