Vital Football

Latest Leeds United News

LUFC Don Revie 1928-1989

LUFC Don Revie 1928-1989

May 26th marks the 23rd anniversary of the passing of Don Revie, Leeds United`s most successful manager in their history.

Revie died in Edinburgh at the age of 61 on May 26th 1989 after battling Motor Neurone disease since 1987.

The former England international joined Leeds as a player in 1958 and spent three seasons as a player before taking over as manager in 1961.

One of the first things he was to do was change Leeds United`s club colours from blue shirts and white shorts, to all white. He wanted the club to be feared around Europe and follow in the footsteps of Real Madrid who wore all white and ruled European football at that time.

The club were languishing in the old second division at the time but within three years, they booked their return to the top flight by winning the second division title.

It was the start of ten years at the very top for Don Revie and his Leeds United side that saw players such as Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray all come through the ranks to become household names.

In their first season in the top flight they was to finish runners up on goal average and also lose out in the FA Cup final after extra time.

During the ten years under his guidance in the top flight they went on to win the title twice, finished runners up five times and never finished outside the top four.

They won their first trophy under Don in 1968 when a Terry Cooper goal was enough to see them beat Arsenal 1-0 in the League Cup Final.

This was quickly followed up with their first European success when they beat Ferencvaros in the Inter City Fairs cup final.

In the 1968/69 season they won their first ever league title, losing just three games in the process and accumulating 67 points, 7 clear of second placed Liverpool.

Leeds won the Inter City Fairs cup for a second time in 1971 when they beat Juventus on the away goals rule.

They won the FA Cup in 1972 when they beat Arsenal 1-0 thanks to an Allan Clarke goal and just missed out on completing the double when they was forced to play their final game of the season at Wolves just 48 hours after the final.

Leeds lost 2-1 and lost the title by one point to Derby County.

He led Leeds to Wembley three times between 1970 and 73 in FA Cup finals.

They lost after a replay to Chelsea in 1970 and were surprisingly beaten by Sunderland in 1973 after the Sunderland goalkeeper Jim Montgomery single handedly managed to keep Leeds out with a string of saves.

Leeds were also beaten in the 1973 European Cup Winners Cup final against AC Milan 1-0. Allegations that the referee was bribed saw the referee banned for life, but the game was never replayed or result overturned.

Leeds won their second league title under Don in the 1973/74 they started the season with a then league record start of 29 games unbeaten.

Revie won the English manager of the year on three occasions in 1969/70 and 72.

The title success in 1974 was to be his final season with the club and he took over the job as manager of the England national side.

He was also awarded an OBE in 1970 in the Queens honours.

After his death, Leeds quickly renamed the Kop and it is now known as the Don Revie Stand.

Earlier this month, Don was honoured again by a statue of the great man being erected overlooking the East stand.

Don Revie made Leeds United a worldwide name amongst football supporters and his legacy as manager will mean he will never be forgotten by fans of generations to come that will follow the players in the all-white kit of Leeds United.

Gone but never forgotten.


Join The Vital Debate


Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since its formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.


Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!
With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .



Bookmark and Share





Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

Vital Leeds on: facebook


Vital Leeds on: twitter

Join Vital Leeds

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dazza71
Date:Saturday May 26 2012
Time: 8:08AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Login to post a comment

Recent Leeds Articles

LUFC Can Leeds Bring Curtain Down at Elland Road With A Win?

How do you think Leeds will do against Charlton?

LUFC Gibbs wins legal case against Leeds United

Former Leeds United assistant manager Nigel Gibbs has won damages against the club after leaving in the summer of 2014

LUFC Leeds United v Charlton Athletic - Team News

Team news ahead of the clash at Elland Road

LUFC On This Day - April 28th

A look back at what happened on this day April 28th in the history of Leeds United

Archived Vital Leeds Articles

Vital Leeds articles from

Site Journalists

Dazza71
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How do you think Leeds will do against Charlton?
Suggested By:
Win85%
Lose0%
Draw15%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
2 Middlesbrough 44 26 9 9 87 32
3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
4 Hull City 44 23 11 10 80 31
5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
6 Sheff Wed 44 18 17 9 71 19
7 Cardiff 44 17 16 11 67 8
8 Ipswich 44 16 15 13 63 0
9 Birmingham 44 16 13 15 61 4
10 Brentford 44 17 8 19 59 -2
11 Preston 44 14 16 14 58 -1
12 Leeds Utd 44 14 16 14 58 -7
13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
14 Wolves 44 13 15 16 54 -6
15 Reading 44 13 13 18 52 -4
16 Huddersfield 44 13 12 19 51 -3
17 Forest 44 12 15 17 51 -5
18 Blackburn 44 11 16 17 49 -3
19 Rotherham 44 13 10 21 49 -13
20 Bristol City 44 12 13 19 49 -20
21 Fulham 44 11 15 18 48 -11
R MK Dons 44 9 12 23 39 -28
R Charlton 44 8 13 23 37 -38
R Bolton 44 4 15 25 27 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Leeds Results (view all)

Leeds Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Charlton Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2016 12:30PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dazza71394
2.Tiny T125
3.deslondon94
4.SimonTVW71
5.King Billy58
6.Oyper52
7.bago43
8.Spanky White31
9.ultraleeds25
10.1972Glory24