Don Revie

Footballer and Manager
Born Jul 10, 1927

Donald George 'Don' Revie, OBE, was an English footballer who played for Leicester City, Hull City, Sunderland, Manchester City and Leeds United as a deep-lying centre forward. After managing Leeds United (1961–1974) he managed England from 1974 until 1977. He later managed in the Middle East at international and club level.… Read More

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1927 Birth Revie was born in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, on 10 July 1927. … Read More


1944 16 Years Old He signed as a professional footballer for Leicester City in August 1944, choosing them ahead of local club Middlesbrough primarily due to the close links between Middlesbrough Swifts and Leicester City; he also worked as an apprentice bricklayer. … Read More
1946 18 Years Old He played in the wartime league, before making his debut in the Football League on the opening day of the 1946–47 season, a 3–0 defeat to Manchester City, who would go on to win the Second Division that season. … Read More
1947 19 Years Old Manager Johnny Duncan identified Revie as the player to build his team around for the 1947–48 and 1948–49 seasons, and though the Foxes fared poorly in the league they managed to reach the 1949 FA Cup Final. … Read More


Revie married Elsie, the niece of Leicester City manager Johnny Duncan, on 17 October 1949 and they had a son Duncan and daughter Kim. … Read More
1951 - 1954 3 More Events
1955 27 Years Old McDowall dropped Revie for much of the 1955–56 season, preferring instead to play Bobby Johnstone.
Revie played only one FA Cup match that season before being named in the team for the 1956 FA Cup Final against Birmingham City, with Johnstone being moved to the wings. … Read More


1957 30 Years Old Sunderland suffered relegation from the First Division for the first time in the club's history in the 1957–58 season, and Revie was dropped for the 1958–59 Second Division campaign in favour of a youth policy.
1958 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1958, he rejected the opportunity to sign for hometown club Middlesbrough – had he joined the club then he would have played alongside captain Brian Clough and goalkeeper Peter Taylor.
1960 33 Years Old …  Less than 7,000 turned out for the final home game of the 1960–61 season whilst Leeds RLFC's championship game of the 1960–61 Rugby League season had an attendance of over 50,000. … Read More
1961 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Revie was made player-manager at Leeds United in March 1961 following the resignation of Jack Taylor, who left after Leeds found themselves struggling in the Second Division.
1962 - 1963 2 More Events
1965 38 Years Old Revie felt he did not have to strengthen his squad for the 1965–66 campaign, and made no new signings. … Read More


1967 - 1969 3 More Events
1970 43 Years Old Rejecting a £100,000 four-year contract offer to manage Birmingham City, Revie instead elected to remain at Leeds and stick with the same squad for the 1970–71 campaign. … Read More
1972 45 Years Old Looking for a successor to Jack Charlton, early in the 1972–73 season he signed Gordon McQueen from St Mirren for £30,000. … Read More
1973 46 Years Old …  He chose to continue with largely the same line-up for the 1973–74 season. … Read More
…  In July 1974 he accepted the job as England manager, but had an unsuccessful three years in the role before quitting in highly controversial circumstances to take up the management role with the United Arab Emirates. … Read More
1975 48 Years Old Just before the campaign began England suffered a dejecting defeat in Scotland to finish second in the 1975–76 British Home Championship. … Read More
1976 49 Years Old Sensing that he was disliked by FA chairman Sir Harold Thompson, and with further criticism coming his way after England could only finish third in the 1976–77 British Home Championship, Revie began to look for a way out. … Read More


1977 - 1979 2 More Events
1980 53 Years Old He left the UAE coaching role in May 1980 as the UAE searched for an Arabic speaking manager.
1983 56 Years Old He returned to club management with Al-Nasr of the UAE Arabian Gulf League, but was sacked in 1983 with the club sitting third in the league. … Read More
1986 59 Years Old In the spring of 1986 Revie moved to Kinross, Scotland where he intended to retire, but he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in May 1987.


1988 61 Years Old Revie publicly announced his illness in August of that year, and made his final public appearance on 11 May 1988 at Elland Road in a wheelchair, at a charity football match held to raise money into research into Motor Neurone Disease.
1989 62 Years Old He died in Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh on 26 May 1989, aged 61, and was cremated four days later at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh. … Read More
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