When Don Revie was made player manager of Leeds on the 16th of March 1961, few people expected much of a change in fortunes for an Elland Road club that had little to show for it’s 42 year existence.

It was just another day at Leeds United, a club whose name was met with similar indifference to that of Leyton Orient and Rushden & Diamonds today.

It’s difficult to put into words the transformation Leeds United underwent with Don Revie at the helm. He didn’t just change things at Elland Road, but his methods and ideas changed the course of football forever.

By the time Don Revie parted ways with Leeds United in 1974, he’d transformed the Whites into one of the most feared and successful teams in Europe. Putting Revie’s influence into words is a bit beyond my talents, but luckily the BBC’s Late Kick-Off show produced this touching tribute. Enjoy…

  • Sniffer72

    I don’t understand how it’s taken so long for them to build a statue of him. Absolute legend and it’s a travesty what happened to him…

    God bless you Don, and thanks for making LUFC something we can be truly proud of.

  • http://www.thescratchingshed.com/ TSS

    Officially 50 years since Don Revie took over at Elland Road. Happy Don Revie Day everyone. It should be a national holiday really.

  • Lowfields

    “Won two European trophies… and reached two other finals…”

    Sorry, Mr Revie biographer, it was three other finals… we also reached the Fairs Cup Final in 1967, losing 2-0 on aggregate to Dinamo Zagreb.

    • http://www.thescratchingshed.com/ TSS

      Revie left in 1974 mate. European Cup final was 1975.

      • Lowfields

        Fair enough… it may have been editing/context, but his comment was:

        “Leeds dominated English football for ten years… and were a power in European football, winning two European trophies and reaching two other finals.”

  • http://www.wafll.com WAFLL

    I thought he became the player manager on the 17th March mate?

  • http://www.wafll.com WAFLL

    I should also certainly add what a legend.

    …and fuck the FA.

    • http://www.thescratchingshed.com/ TSS

      It’s a grey area mate. Was talking to Joe Mewis this morning who wrote ‘Leeds United On This Day’ and he said the deal/offer was made on the 16th but rubber stamped on the 17th.

  • steak

    Don put the mechanics in place for what we now know as the modern game – A certain few in Yorkshire ( and their friends) have always known this – The rest of the country still have problems to recoginse it