115 goals in 771 appearances, Leeds United’s “captain of the crew” would have been 72-years old today.

Gone but never forgotten, a statue of the great Scotsman stands proudly outside Leeds’ Elland Road stadium, a lasting reminder of the enormous impact he had in helping the club to become a domestic and European force.

To say it was Billy Bremner who put Leeds United on the map would perhaps do a disservice to those who came before him, particularly his mentor and predecessor as captain, Bobby Collins. But there can be no question that Billy Bremner played a big hand in creating the Leeds United we know and love today, a club who’ve fallen on hard times but remain one of the biggest names in English football.

Today, Billy Bremner is a symbol of the fighting spirit and commitment we look for in every Leeds United player. At just 5 ft 5 inches tall, dismissed as “too small” by other clubs, Billy’s story is that of the defiant underdog conquering all, thanks in no small part to Don Revie who saw in Billy a determination and fight that would provide the foundation for everything that followed.

Billy’s statue not only reminds us of his legacy but symbolises what this club, against all the odds, can achieve.

Happy birthday to the King. MOT.