Today marks 21 years since our most successful manager to date passed away and the tributes have been flying across Twitter, Facebook and the various Leeds United websites across the net.

There’s little anyone can say that hasn’t already been said. Don Revie has now been immortalised by the Leeds United fans that worshipped him and stories of his success and character will continue to be passed down to each new generation of Leeds United fans.

Don Revie was a pioneer of the game. His meticulous planning revolutionised football and brought him great success as a manager. Sometimes ruthless, his Leeds United team was feared across the world and disliked by envious critics and opposition fans alike, who couldn’t see the hard tackling style, born from a relentless determination to win for what it was.

The anniversary of Don’s death comes at a time when he’s being remembered more than ever. He too once brought Leeds United out of the dark depths of lower division football. Leeds United’s anthem, Marching On Together, which was originally sang by his team is back in the charts and plans are well under way for a statue to be built in Revie’s honour.

An innovator, a hero and a legend. Never forgotten.

Don Revie, RIP.

9 Responses

  1. Chicago White

    The very best and The Real Special One, we never deserved our Dirty Leeds title even if we love to use it now, the man was a genius in every respect and basically invented the modern successful manager and took guess work out of the role, he planned everything Nutrition, Fitness, Strategy, Tactics, Team Spirit, Man Management …

    He shout have been knighted and should have been welcomed back into the Elland Road family as a Director and Ambassador. I know if he had been we would never have suffered the Bates regime.

  2. Peter

    Perhaps his reputation has been tarnished by various events during and after his time as Leeds.

    But what he did for Leeds will never be forgotten.

    He was not only a great manager he was a fine man. There are many stories of remembering the birthday’s of the player’s wives etc, no wonder the former players still meet up – he built a true family.

    For my own part as a rather naive young lad I wrote to him twice once with some songs which I thought would be apt and once asking for a trial. On both occasions Don sent back a kindly letter, not putting me down, and thanking me for taking the time and trouble to write.

    • timm

      Well said Peter. He was a fine man & he really did build a family as well as a team. Can you imagine Didier Drogba being great mates with John Terry in 30 years time & going down to watch the young Chelsea kids train? It was interesting to hear Andrew Hughes being interviewed on the radio after the Bristol match, he was talking to Eddie Gray & he took time out to thank Eddie for his support & told him how much his words meant to him. Don would’ve liked Hughesy, & that’s probably the biggest compliment i could pay him.

  3. RoystonLeeds

    I’ll never forget singing “Revie, Revie…” to the tune of Amazing Grace prior to every game; maybe we should re-instate that little ritual.

  4. public enemy

    i remember going to his benefit match as if it was yesterday one of the greatest managers of his or any generation .


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