Nov 8, 1950
|Age||72 years old|
Louis Leray was a goalkeeper born in Rennes. He started with the Cadets de Bretagne, aged 10, in 1960. He stayed there for nine years before leaving to join Epinay-sur-Seine in the Paris region in 1969. He moved to Stade Rennais in 1973, but would only play for the amateur side there in his first four seasons. He finally made it into the professional squad in the 1977/1978 season, as a replacement for Pierrick Hiard, who had been transferred to Bastia in December 1977. He made his professional debut on 10th December 1977 at the home game against Paris FC on matchday 18 in the French Second Division. He let in five goals in his first match (in a 0-5 defeat). In spite of this setback, he still went on to play the next five matches, before being replaced by Pascal Gombault between the sticks for Rennes. He also played in three French Cup matches, conceding 4 goals in total. After that, Leray would only appear on the last day of the season against Dunkerque (Rennes losing 2-4). In the following seasons, he would go back to playing Reserve team football, never to return to First Team duty, with his path blocked by competition from more experienced 'keepers in Klimek and Vaast. Having conceded 18 goals in his ten appearances during his lone season as a professional footballer with Rennes, he left the club, in 1980, to return to play in amateur football with Maure de Bretagne.