We trace Leeds United’s 1973-74 First Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Neil Fissler

NOR­MAN HUNTER ad­mits it still ran­kles with him that Don Re­vie isn’t al­ways men­tioned in the same breath as other great Bri­tish man­agers.

Re­vie is of­ten for­got­ten when great bosses are be­ing dis­cussed fall­ing be­hind the likes of Bill Shank­ley, Bob Pais­ley, Brian Clough and Jock Stein.

For a decade after Re­vie led Leeds United to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ti­tle in 1964, the club en­joyed an un­prece­dented amount of suc­cess.

They won the League Cham­pi­onship in 1969 and 1974, fin­ished run­ners up five times, won the Fairs Cup twice and were run­ners up once.

They reached the Cup Win­ners Cup Fi­nal, the Euro­pean Cup Fi­nal, and the FA Cup Fi­nal four times, win­ning it once, along with the League Cup.

But Leeds un­der Re­vie didn’t win many friends and it up­sets Hunter that the man­ager does not get the credit he de­serves.

“Any­body from York­shire and Leeds United would think ex­actly the same,” he says. “Don came in and set the stan­dards.

“I never knew any­thing other than suc­cess. It ran­kles me a bit that he doesn’t get men­tioned up there with the very best man­agers.

“Al­right, we had a bit of a rep­u­ta­tion and peo­ple didn’t al­ways like us but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that he was a great man­ager.

“We had to­tal and ut­ter re­spect for him; the minute he said some­thing nearly every­body agreed with him. Ev­ery­thing he told me to do I did it with­out any ques­tions asked.

“To me he was a great man­ager. You couldn’t ap­proach him, he was the boss but he would come and speak to you and if it was a pat on the back you ap­pre­ci­ated that.

“He was ahead of his time in many, many ways, things like diet and go­ing away on a Fri­day night which was un­heard of at the time.”

Hunter be­lieves Leeds’ suc­cess would have been even greater if they hadn’t been chal­leng­ing for tro­phies on so many fronts.

“We got in­volved in too many com­pe­ti­tions. Ev­ery year we were in the run­ning for ev­ery­thing do­mes­tic and Euro­pean.

“The only time we won things quite eas­ily was when we weren’t in­volved in the league so we said we will go and win the FA Cup.

“Another year we were out of all of the Cup com­pe­ti­tions so we said we will go and win the league.”

1. Paul Made­ley: An Eng­land in­ter­na­tional who made over 500 league ap­pear­ances, he went to work for his fam­ily’s chain of DIY stores Made­ley’s and then be­came a prop­erty con­sul­tant.

2. Nor­man Hunter: The Eng­land de­fender man­aged Barns­ley and Rother­ham as well as a care­taker spell in charge at El­land Road. He then sold sports goods and in­surance and was a ra­dio pun­dit.

3. Trevor Cherry: Eng­land left­back man­aged Brad­ford City, be­fore run­ning his own pro­mo­tions and hos­pi­tal­ity company. He also had in­ter­ests in a waste pa­per business and five-a-side foot­ball cen­tre.

4. Joe Jor­dan: Scot­land in­ter­na­tional has man­aged Bris­tol City

(twice), Hearts and Stoke City, be­fore go­ing to work with Harry Red­knapp at Portsmouth, Spurs and QPR where he is first team coach.

5. Gor­don McQueen: Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional and one time costli­est player in Bri­tain has man­aged Air­drie and been a me­dia pun­dit, as well as coach­ing and scout­ing for Mid­dles­brough.

6. David Ste­wart: Scot­land goal­keeper in­stalled car­pets and worked as a sales rep be­fore be­com­ing a gold­smith for a Swansea jew­ellers after set­tling on South Wales’ Gower Coast.

7. David Har­vey: Another Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional keeper who ran a pub, de­liv­ered fruit and veg and was a post­man in York­shire prior to mov­ing to the Orkney Is­lands to farm and be­came the lo­cal post­man.

8. Ed­die Gray: Scot­tish winger and brother of Frank, he has man­aged Leeds, Rochdale and Hull City. Has also run soc­cer camps and worked on lo­cal ra­dio and for LUTV.

9. Al­lan Clarke: One of five foot­balling brothers he man­aged Barns­ley twice, Leeds, Scun­thorpe and Lin­coln be­fore be­com­ing a sales­man for Na­tion­wide.

10. Paul Re­aney: Another Eng­land full-back who now lives near Knares­bor­ough. He ran coach­ing cour­ses and a por­trait company.

11. Peter Lorimer: Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional for­ward be­came the land­lord of the Com­mer­cial Inn near El­land Road, and has worked as a me­dia pun­dit and been fans rep on the board.

12. Johnny Giles: Repub­lic of Ire­land mid­fielder twice man­aged WBA, also took charge of the Repub­lic of Ire­land, Sham­rock Rovers and Van­cou­ver White­caps then be­came a jour­nal­ist and pun­dit. 13. Billy Brem­ner: Don Re­vie’s cap­tain had spells in man­age­ment with Leeds and Don­caster where he lived un­til his death in De­cem­ber 1997 aged 54. 14. Terry Cooper: Eng­land full­back was Bri­tain’s first player-di­rec­tor at Bris­tol City also man­aged Ex­eter and Birm­ing­ham. After 11 years as Southamp­ton’s Euro­pean scout, he is now re­tired in the Ca­nary Is­lands 15. Mick Bates: The mid­fielder set­tled in Bent­ley near Don­caster where he ran an in­surance business for 21 years un­til re­tir­ing at the age of 52 16. Frank Gray: The younger brother of Ed­die man­aged Dar­ling­ton, Har­ro­gate, Bahrain, Farn­bor­ough, Grays, Wok­ing, Bas­ingstoke and then Bash­ley un­til June 2013. 17. Terry Yo­rath: A Wales in­ter­na­tional who man­aged Swansea (twice), Wales, Brad­ford, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, Cardiff, Le­banon and Mar­gate. He now lives in Leeds. NOT PIC­TURED Garry Lid­dell: A for­ward and the fa­ther of Ipswich fit­ness coach Andy, he be­came an ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer with the Em­ploy­ment Tri­bunal Ser­vice in Leeds. John Shaw: The goal­keeper is now liv­ing in the Por­tishead area of Bris­tol and has been run­ning his own paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing business be­fore re­tir­ing. Jimmy Mann: Fa­mously one of the Ash­ton Gate Eight he has been a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and milk­man and dry dock­man and now lives in Goole where he is a jetty master. Roy El­lam: A cen­tral de­fender who sold com­post, prior to run­ning a cou­ple of pubs. He then opened up his own gym in Mir­field near Hud­der­s­field.


















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