Don Revie
English footballer and manager
Don Revie
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.
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Preview: Leeds United storm Radio 4 - Sabotage Times
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Like me, Mark grew up with the legendary Don Revie side, the Greatest Team In Football The World Has Ever Seen. That was in the 1960s and 1970s, before it all went horribly wrong. We recall the mazy dribbles of Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer's
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The men that made it, why they are described as the best managers in football - SoccerVoice
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If we go back a number of years, names like Alf Ramsey, Bobby Robson, Howard Kendall, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Joe Mercer comes to mind, so does Don Revie, Bertie Mee and Brian Clough. They were all special bringing great success to their clubs,
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Wilshaw grabbed four, Nat Lofthouse scored twice and Don Revie bagged the other in a comprehensive 7-2 victory. Lawrie Reilly and Tommy Docherty got Scotland's goal either side of the interval. There was simply no stopping Jimmy Greaves, Johnny Haynes
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football's managerial grudge matches: jol v ramos, fergie v wenger, benitez v ... - talkSPORT.co.uk
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Clough said: “Don Revie's so-called [Leeds] family had more in keeping with the mafia than Mothercare.” Revie said: “Brian is a fool to himself… He's criticised so many people in the game whose records stand to be seen and I think that is totally
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Damned United Meets Morecambe & Wise: In The Pub With Leed United's Sniffer ... - Sabotage Times
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In celebration of Don Revie, Sniffer Clarke and Speedy Reaney take over a pub opposite Elland Road to tell tales of how The Gaffer made them Super Leeds. Sniffer Clarke and Speedy Reaney are doing a turn at the Old Peacock pub
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Leeds United Dream Team right winger: I knew I was right man for Revie ... - Yorkshire Evening Post
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In 1962, Peter Lorimer was sweeping the terraces at Elland Road when a summons from Don Revie reached him. Nods and winks among Leeds United's coaching staff implied that his first-team debut had arrived. Lorimer was 77 days short of his 16th birthday
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The Vital Forest Fan Interview: Lee - Vitalfootball
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Particularly the one with Don Revie, (watch on youtube), that man was an absolute legend. Q - Since you have been following Forest, what would your best starting eleven be? And who is your all time favourite player? Q - In your opinion,
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Leeds United: My Whites playing days - Lumsden INTERVIEW - Yorkshire Evening Post
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UNITED DAYS: Jimmy Lumsden signs pro forms for Leeds United in 1964, at the age of 17, watched by Don Revie. Jimmy Lumsden arrived at Leeds as a 15-year-old along with Eddie Gray and though their careers ultimately took different paths, they never went
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Leeds United mourn death of Earl of Harewood - Bradford Telegraph and Argus
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George Henry Hubert Lascelles, first cousin of the Queen, was a regular attender at Elland Road and was a close friend of the club's late manager Don Revie during the club's glory years. A statement on the club's website read: “It is with deep sadness
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From political icons to figures of fun, statues stand out - Yorkshire Post
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Ibbeson is currently working on a statue of Leeds United manager Don Revie which is due to be unveiled at Elland Road next year. “I'm not a huge football fan, but when I think of Don Revie I think of his mop of wavy hair and his sheepskin jacket
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Hated Cardiff claim 'ludicrous' insists Bluebirds stalwart Scott Young - WalesOnline
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The list also includes Don Revie's 'dirty' Leeds of the 1970s and Inter Milan's violent and negative team of the early 1960s. Cardiff have been chosen to take their place amongst such infamous company mainly due to the antics of then owner Sam Hammam
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Leeds United Dream Team: Your favourite central midfielders revealed - Yorkshire Evening Post
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Don Revie's celebrated midfield has been reunited in the YEP readers' dream team, with Leeds United legends Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles thrust into the heart of our line-up. The class of the Revie years proved irresistible again as
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Under Don Revie, Leeds United enjoyed their most successful period in their history. However, their style of play led to them being known as Dirty Leeds, as they did whatever it took to win. (I'm sure a few Arsenal fans would welcome someone like Revie
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Video exclusive: Elland Road's Leeds United treasures uncovered - Yorkshire Post
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From the heady days of the Don Revie era when the club was crowned league champions and won the League Cup and FA Cup, as well as the old European Fairs Cup, to the dark days of the 1980s and its high-profile fall from grace in the second half of the
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Former Altrincham defender Mark Maddox has been diagnosed with motor neurone ... - Messenger Newspapers
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The 38-year-old, affectionately known as 'Mad Dog' for his wholehearted approach as the cornerstone of Alty's defence, was told around Christmas time he had the same wasting illness that claimed the life of former England manager Don Revie
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Don Revie
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  • 1989
    Age 61
    He died in Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh on 26 May 1989, aged 61, and was cremated four days later at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh.
    More Details Hide Details Though his funeral was well attended by representatives of Leeds United, The Football Association did not send any officials to the funeral. The family atmosphere Revie instilled at Elland Road ensured that many Leeds United players remained firm friends and fiercely loyal to Revie long after their playing days had ended; his players also generally avoided financial, addiction or family problems, enjoying largely stable lives even after retirement. In May 2012, a statue of Revie was unveiled outside Elland Road. The North Stand of Elland Road is formally known as the Revie Stand. The combative nature of his teams earned United the moniker of "dirty Leeds", as key player Eddie Gray admitted that "it was brutal stuff and, definitely win-at-all-costs". Alan Peacock said that one of the attractions for joining Leeds was that he would not have to play against them and "then they won't be kicking me". In 1963 Leeds were labelled by the Football Association's own FA News as "the dirtiest team in the Football League. On more than one occasion referees had to order Leeds players off the pitch for a break mid-match to break up mass brawls. His teams were also notorious for dour play and playing to defend 1–0 leads, though he did allow a more attacking style later in his career. Nevertheless the unpopularity and poor reputation stuck with Leeds throughout Revie's time as manager and even was in evidence after his death.
  • 1988
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 58
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The next year he had a brief stint with Egyptian Premier League club Al-Ahly of Cairo, but did not settle in Egypt and returned home to England. He was approached to replace Alan Mullery as Queens Park Rangers manager by chairman Jim Gregory, but the deal was not completed and Revie never worked in football again.
  • 1980
    Age 52
    He left the UAE coaching role in May 1980 as the UAE searched for an Arabic speaking manager.
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  • 1979
    Age 51
    UAE finished sixth in the seven team 1979 Gulf Cup of Nations in Iraq, but it was his work in helping to improve the footballing facilities in the country in the long-term that were more important, which helped the UAE qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 49
    On 12 July 1977, Revie revealed in an exclusive to the Daily Mail that he was quitting the England job to become manager of the UAE.
    More Details Hide Details The FA suspended Revie from football for ten years on a charge of bringing the game into disrepute; Revie contested his suspension in a lawsuit against the FA, and the court overturned the suspension after ruling that the FA had overreached its powers. It was bringing too much heartache to those nearest to us. Nearly everyone in the country wants me out. So, I am giving them what they want. His contract at the United Arab Emirates ensured him a £340,000 four-year contract, though caused irreparable damage to his reputation in England. Selling the story to the Daily Mail also earned him £20,000, but only furthered the criticism that he was a "mercenary".
  • 1976
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He missed a friendly with Brazil in Rio de Janeiro for what he claimed was a scouting assignment on the Italians, when in fact he had travelled to Dubai for contract negotiations with the United Arab Emirates. Revie asked for his contract with England to be cancelled, which the FA refused to do and the FA offered Revie their full support despite having already approached Bobby Robson to replace Revie. The game with Brazil ended in a 0–0 draw, and their tour of South America concluded with draws with Argentina and Uruguay.
  • 1975
    Age 47
    Just before the campaign began England suffered a dejecting defeat in Scotland to finish second in the 1975–76 British Home Championship.
    More Details Hide Details England made heavy work of both Finland and Luxembourg, winning 4–1 away and 2–1 at home against the Finns and 5–0 at home and 2–0 away against the Luxembourgers. The failure to inflict heavier defeats on these sides was ultimately the reason why Italy qualified for the finals on goal difference alone. England fell to a 2–0 defeat in Rome where Revie was criticised for his previously untested back four selection of Emlyn Hughes, Dave Clement, Roy McFarland, and Mick Mills; he also played Trevor Brooking out of position and surprised many by selecting Stan Bowles ahead of Stuart Pearson.
  • 1974
    Age 46
    Though only drawing with Wales and Northern Ireland, a 5–1 victory over Scotland secured England the 1974–75 British Home Championship title and left England in confident mood for the crucial qualifying games.
    More Details Hide Details However, despite Channon opening the scoring they fell to a 2–1 defeat to the Czechoslovakians in Bratislava after playing with what was for Revie uncharacteristic attacking tactics. A 1–1 draw in Lisbon then allowed Czechoslovakia to clinch the group with a win over Cyprus. Czechoslovakia then went on to win the whole tournament. Revie was criticised for his constant changing of players during the qualifying group, particularly his decision to drop captains Emlyn Hughes and Alan Ball from his squad entirely, his mistrust of flair players like Charlie George and Alan Hudson, and his willingness to play players out of position also drew criticism. With England unseeded, Revie was handed another difficult task in qualifying for the 1978 World Cup, their opponents being Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, with only the winner progressing to the finals.
    In July 1974, Revie accepted the offer of the England manager's job, succeeding Alf Ramsey and caretaker-manager Joe Mercer.
    More Details Hide Details The Football Association, particularly Ted Croker, were impressed with Revie's personality and ideas. He was a popular appointment with the press and supporters, noted journalist Brian Glanville wrote that "Revie was the obvious choice". Revie attempted to build a relationship with the media, and also invited 81 prospective and established England players to a meeting in Manchester to make everyone feel included, where he announced that he would establish extra pay for international players as well as bonus payments for wins and draws. He held a meeting with Alan Hardaker, chairman of the Football League, but Hardaker had long resented Revie and was very reluctant to accept his proposal to rearrange league fixtures to benefit the England team. He also had difficult relationships with figures within the FA, most notoriously with chairman Sir Harold Warris Thompson, who allegedly attempted to influence Revie's team selections and undermine him publicly. As well as this he found difficulty in his attempts to introduce the Leeds traditions into the England camp, such as carpet bowls and bingo, which were met with resentment and disdain by some England internationals. Colin Todd stated that Revie was ill-suited to the England job, with his strengths lying in the day-to-day contact found only in club management rather than the politics and committee meetings of international management.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He later had spells in Middle Eastern club football with Al-Nasr and Al-Ahly. As Leeds manager he was criticised for the physical and often negative approach of his teams, though the period was noted for its highly physical football across the country. His resignation as England manager fuelled criticism of him as money-obsessed, and unproven allegations of bribery and financial misconduct also tarnished his reputation. He retired in 1984, but was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in May 1987, which led to his death two years later. He remains a highly popular figure in Leeds, and has a stand named after him at Elland Road as well as a statue outside the ground.
  • 1973
    Age 45
    He chose to continue with largely the same line-up for the 1973–74 season.
    More Details Hide Details He told his squad that the aim for the season would be to go unbeaten throughout the campaign. Though Leeds failed to achieve this as they lost three successive games in February/March, they did secure the title with a five-point lead over Liverpool. Completely focused on the league, and finally accepting that he was asking too much of his players to try and win every competition he played weakened teams to allow an early exit from the UEFA Cup. He chose to take the job of England national football team manager ahead of leading a European Cup challenge at Leeds and breaking up the ageing team he had stuck with for many years, and though he was well loved at the club he was not popular with the Leeds boardroom members, who appointed Brian Clough, a fierce critic of Revie as his successor. Despite lasting just 44 days in the job, Clough spent more in transfer fees than Revie had in his 13 years at the club.
  • 1972
    Age 44
    Looking for a successor to Jack Charlton, early in the 1972–73 season he signed Gordon McQueen from St Mirren for £30,000.
    More Details Hide Details He also spent £100,000 on defender Trevor Cherry and £35,000 on centre-half Roy Ellam, both from Huddersfield Town, and started playing young Scottish forward Joe Jordan more regularly. Leeds again came close to a Treble, but their league title campaign tailed off and they finished third, some seven points behind champions Liverpool. They did reach the 1973 FA Cup Final to face Second Division Sunderland, but despite manager turned pundit Brian Clough's remark that "there is no way Sunderland can beat Leeds", United lost 1–0. Leeds also reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup against Italian club A.C. Milan at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium, where they were beaten 1–0 following some controversial refereeing from Christos Michas which eventually saw Norman Hunter sent-off after he reacted badly to being consistently fouled by pushing Gianni Rivera to the ground. In 2009, Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Richard Corbett unsuccessfully petitioned the European Parliament to reverse the result of the match over allegations that Michas accepted a bribe from the Italian side.
  • 1970
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Leeds and Arsenal soon pulled away from the rest of the pack, though it would be the Gunners who would claim the league title, finishing one point ahead of Leeds after the latter lost to West Bromwich Albion following a controversial offside goal in front of the Match of the Day television cameras late in the season. United were embarrassed in the FA Cup, being knocked out by Fourth Division side Colchester United in a famous "giant-killing". Leeds again found success in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup though, beating Sarpsborg FK (Norway), Dynamo Dresden (East Germany), AC Sparta Prague (Czechoslovakia), Vitória (Portugal) and Liverpool to reach the final against Juventus. They drew 2–2 at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino before claiming the trophy on away goals after a 1–1 draw at Elland Road. The previous season's defeat to West Bromwich Albion led to Revie criticising referee Ray Tinkler. As punishment, Leeds were forced to play their first four home games of the 1971–72 season at a neutral venue; they played at Huddersfield's Leeds Road and boasted four wins and two draws from the opening seven matches. Leeds played good football, particularly winning praise for their 7–0 and 6–1 wins over Southampton and Nottingham Forest respectively, but again could only finish as runners-up after a late collapse and final day defeat at Wolves, allowing Derby County to claim the title by a single point. Revie had attempted to strengthen his squad before the final run-in with a £177,000 bid for Asa Hartford, but the deal was cancelled by the medical team who spotted a heart defect in the attacker's medical records.
  • 1969
    Age 41
    He targeted the treble in 1969–70 and came close to achieving his aim only to fail on all three fronts in a congested close season, finishing second in the league to Everton, losing the 1970 FA Cup Final to Chelsea (after a replay), and exiting the European Cup with a semi-final defeat to Celtic in front of a competition record crowd of 136,505 at Hampden Park.
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  • 1968
    Age 40
    Having found success in both domestic and European cup competitions, Revie took the decision to focus exclusively on the league for the 1968–69 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details They went the rest of the season unbeaten in the league following a 5–1 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on 19 October, and secured the title with a 0–0 draw with challengers Liverpool at Anfield; after the game Revie led his team back out onto the pitch to applaud the Liverpool supporters, who in turn applauded the Leeds team. His team set a number of records: most points (67), most wins (27), fewest defeats (2), and most home points (39); a still-unbroken club record is their 34 match unbeaten run that extended into the following season. Revie strengthened his front line by breaking the British transfer record with a £165,000 purchase of Allan Clarke from Leicester City, who would partner Mick Jones up front. This allowed him to sell O'Grady to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £80,000 and move Lorimer to a more attacking role.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 39
    With his team coming close but failing to land a trophy he brought in a gypsy to lift a curse he believed had been placed on Elland Road so that there would be no bad luck for the 1967–68 season.
    More Details Hide Details A more practical measure he took to increase United's fortunes was to nearly double the club's record transfer to buy Sheffield United centre-forward Mick Jones for £100,000, who would replace the frequently injured Peacock as the main striker. Soon after the purchase Leeds recorded a 7–0 victory over Chelsea, though ironically Jones was not on the score-sheet. Revie's first trophy would be the League Cup, as they eliminated Luton Town, Bury, Sunderland, Stoke City and Derby County to reach the final against Arsenal; Terry Cooper scored the only goal of what was a dour and tense final as Revie told his players to "shut up shop" and defend their 1–0 lead. This success did not immediately translate into league and FA Cup success however, as they finished in fourth place and were beaten in the FA Cup semi-finals by Everton. They instead reached a second successive Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final, beating CA Spora Luxembourg (Luxembourg), FK Partizan (Yugoslavia), Hibernian (Scotland), Rangers (Scotland), and Dundee (Scotland) to reach the final against Hungarian club Ferencvárosi. Leeds won the first leg 1–0, and a month later defended their lead with a 0–0 draw in Budapest, by which time Jimmy Greenhoff, a substitute in the first leg, had been sold to Birmingham City.
  • 1965
    Age 37
    Revie felt he did not have to strengthen his squad for the 1965–66 campaign, and made no new signings.
    More Details Hide Details With Leeds in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup he showed his gamesmanship, sending his team out against Italian club Torino wearing unfamiliar numbers in an attempt to confuse the Italian club's tight man-marking system. However Collins had his leg broken by Torino's Fabrizio Poletti, meaning Revie had to partner Giles and Bremner in central midfield and sign Huddersfield Town winger Michael O'Grady for £30,000. Although Collins would be missed the partnership of Giles and Bremner would prove highly effective. Leeds again finished second in the league, trailing Liverpool by six points. They reached the semi-finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, losing on aggregate to Spanish side Real Zaragoza despite Revie ordering the fire brigade to flood the pitch before the replay at Elland Road. Leeds struggled at the start of the 1966–67 season, though despite winning just three of their opening eleven games they went on to finish in fourth place. They reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 1–0 to Chelsea at Villa Park. They reached the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup against Yugoslavian side GNK Dinamo Zagreb, but were unable to scout the opposition due to Syd Owen having his flight cancelled on him; Leeds lost 2–0 on aggregate and Revie was criticised for his negative tactics.
  • 1963
    Age 35
    United secure promotion as champions of the Second Division in 1963–64, helped by the late signing of striker Alan Peacock from Middlesbrough for £53,000. However the overly physical approach typified by captain Collins earned Leeds a reputation as "dirty" that would shadow the club throughout Revie's tenure as manager and continue to this day. Leeds adapted well to the First Division early in the 1964–65 campaign, but caused controversy in Collins's return to Goodison Park as the game against Everton descended into a brawl and the referee ordered the players off the field after 35 minutes to prevent further violence.
    More Details Hide Details Leeds went on to maintain a strong title challenge, finishing second to rivals Manchester United on goal difference after failing to beat Birmingham City on the last day of the season. They also reached the final of the FA Cup, losing 2–1 to Liverpool at Wembley after extra-time.
  • 1962
    Age 34
    Revie played his last game in March 1962 before concentrating entirely on management.
    More Details Hide Details After new investment at board level Revie was able to spend £25,000 on Everton's Scotland international Bobby Collins, who he installed as captain. Other arrivals included former Manchester City teammate Billy McAdams, forward Ian Lawson and left-back Cliff Mason. He spent £53,000 to bring John Charles back from Juventus, and though he proved not to be as effective as during his first spell at Leeds, Revie was able to sell him on to Roma for a £17,000 profit within just a few months. Leeds pushed for promotion in 1962–63, but the harsh winter caused many postponements and a backlog of games at the end of the season proved too much for Leeds, who fell away to finish in fifth place.
  • 1961
    Age 33
    Leeds struggled in the 1961–62 season, as aside from Billy Bremner and Jack Charlton his playing squad was filled with journeymen pros; he did though inherit a good coaching staff that included Les Cocker, Maurice Lindley and Syd Owen who would all spend many years with Revie at Leeds.
    More Details Hide Details He developed a youth policy at the club, notable graduates of which would be Eddie Gray, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer and Paul Reaney. He had a difficult task in persuading young players to join Leeds over more glamorous clubs but made sure he put in extra effort to make the youngsters feel happy at Leeds, and in one instance drove to Scotland to talk to Bremner's girlfriend to successfully persuade her to encourage Bremner to stay at Leeds rather than return to Scotland to be with her.
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He immediately began to institute radical changes such as ensuring the players stayed at higher quality hotels, and a change of kit from the traditional blue and yellow to an all-white strip in the style of Real Madrid. He instilled a "family atmosphere" at Elland Road, making sure to take an interest in the lives of everyone at the club from the cleaning staff to the star players and ensuring there were no "big egos" at the club. He showed trust in his players, leaving them mainly to their own devices though he always made sure he was fully informed as to what they were up to off the pitch, even going so far as to tell them to dump their girlfriends if he viewed them as unsuitable. He also introduced lengthy dossiers on opposing teams to ensure his players knew every detail about the opposition and were able to exploit weaknesses and nullify threats. Other changes were based on some of his many superstitions, such as his belief that birds were bad luck which resulted in him getting rid of the owl on the club badge and the discontinuation of the Peacocks nickname in favour of the Whites, based on his choice of strip colour.
  • 1958
    Age 30
    Revie returned to the First Division when he joined Leeds United in November 1958 for a £14,000 fee.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1956
    Age 28
    In October 1956, Sunderland manager Bill Murray bought Revie for a £22,000 fee.
    More Details Hide Details Poor results left the Black Cats facing relegation towards the end of the 1956–57 campaign, but a late seven-game unbeaten run lifted them to safety, just one place above relegated Cardiff City. A financial scandal over illegal payments to players resulted in harsh sanctions at Roker Park from The Football Association and forced Murray's resignation. His replacement, Alan Brown, preferred a more physical style of play that did not suit Revie.
    However the rift with his manager was not forgotten, and he was moved to right-half in the 1956–57 campaign, leaving him to seek a move away from Maine Road.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He provided the assist for Joe Hayes's opening goal, and instructed Ken Barnes to deviate from the manager's instructions at half-time, with the result being a more dominant second half display and a 3–1 victory; Revie was named as Man of the Match.
  • 1955
    Age 27
    McDowall dropped Revie for much of the 1955–56 season, preferring instead to play Bobby Johnstone.
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  • 1954
    Age 26
    He scored on his England debut on 2 October 1954, in a 2–0 British Home Championship victory over Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.
    More Details Hide Details He also scored during his second appearance on 2 April 1955, a 7–2 victory over Scotland at Wembley Stadium. He made three further appearances that year, playing in defeats to France at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir and Wales at Ninian Park, and scoring once in a 5–1 win over Denmark at Idrætsparken. His sixth and final cap came in a 1–1 draw with Northern Ireland on 6 October 1956.
  • 1953
    Age 25
    Revie had improved his goal tally to 13 in the 1953–54 season, but only once the Revie Plan was implemented in the 1954–55 campaign were Manchester City able to fully make use of his abilities.
    More Details Hide Details The new tactic opened with a 5–0 defeat to Preston North End, but then Ken Barnes replaced John McTavish at inside-forward and the team clicked. Though the tactic was named after Revie, it had initially been introduced at reserve team level by Johnny Williamson, though Revie's superior passing talents meant Williamson was overlooked for the position at first team level. City's league title campaign fell away but they went on to reach the 1955 FA Cup Final at Wembley, where they were beaten 3–1 by Newcastle United; a first-half injury to Jimmy Meadows left City down to ten men and unable to compete effectively. At the end of the season Revie was named as FWA Footballer of the Year. McDowall fined Revie £27 for missing two weeks of training for a family holiday in Blackpool, which infuriated him as he had already won permission from trainer Laurie Barnett and had promised to train whilst on holiday.
  • 1951
    Age 23
    Revie was sold to First Division side Manchester City for £25,000 (including a part-exchange for Ernie Phillips, valued at £12,000) in October 1951.
    More Details Hide Details The Citizens struggled in the 1951–52 season, and then went on to finish just one place above the relegation zone in the 1952–53 campaign. Revie was often isolated from the rest of the team due to his lack of pace. The sale of Ivor Broadis then allowed Revie to drop deeper down the field, and allowed manager Les McDowall to put Revie in what eventually proved to be a pivotal role, introducing to English football the position of deep-lying centre forward. This evolved into the so-called "Revie Plan", with Revie as the central figure. His role derived from the more traditional inside right position, and was based on the style of the successful Hungarian national team, and in particular Nándor Hidegkuti, who invented the role. Revie devoted 20 pages to analysing and explaining the plan in his autobiography Soccer's Happy Wanderer written in 1955.
  • 1949
    Age 21
    Carter did improve Revie's game but was not a success as Hull manager, as City finished mid-table in 1949–50 and 1950–51, before becoming involved in a relegation battle in 1951–52.
    More Details Hide Details Teammate Andy Davidson later said Revie failed to fulfil his potential at Boothferry Park as he was not a tough player, and the rest of the Hull team were not physically dominant enough to protect him and allow him to dictate play with his accurate passing. As at Leicester, Revie felt the time had come for him to move on and handed in a transfer request once Carter departed.
    In November 1949 he joined Second Division club Hull City for a transfer fee of £19,000.
    More Details Hide Details He chose to join the Tigers ahead of bigger clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City who had shown interest in signing him due to the fact that Hull were managed by Raich Carter, who had been a great player before and after World War II.
    Revie married Elsie, the niece of Leicester City manager Johnny Duncan, on 17 October 1949 and they had a son Duncan and daughter Kim.
    More Details Hide Details Elsie died of cancer on 28 March 2005 at the age of 77. He published an autobiography, Soccer's Happy Wanderer, in 1955. He was awarded an OBE for his services to football. Just before departing from Leeds for the England job, Revie was a special guest on the TV guest show This Is Your Life.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Revie scored the opening goal of the semi-final victory over First Division champions Portsmouth, having being told pre-match that opposition goalkeeper Ernest Butler tended to palm the ball over the attacker's head before reclaiming possession Revie positioned himself to take advantage of the situation when teammate Jack Lee challenged Butler for the ball, leaving Revie with a simple conversion. However Revie suffered a nasal haemorrhage caused by a burst vein one week before the final, and the condition became so severe it would threaten his life and see him miss his first chance to play at Wembley. He could only listen on the radio as Leicester lost 3–1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final. Revie decided to leave Leicester after Duncan left the club, having already been dissatisfied with the club's lack of progress in the league.
  • 1946
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He showed good form at Filbert Street before breaking his right ankle in three places after a tackle from Tottenham Hotspur's Ron Burgess; the injury could have ended his career, but he recovered to full fitness within 19 weeks.
  • 1944
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Leicester originally thought him not good enough to turn professional, but he was taken under the wing of Leicester player Sep Smith who mentored Revie on many of his ideas about the game. Smith instructed Revie that "When not in position, get into position; never beat a man by dribbling if you can beat him more easily with a pass; it is not the man on the ball but the one running into position to take the pass who constitutes the danger; and the aim is to have a man spare in a passing move. Soccer would then become easy."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Revie was born in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, on 10 July 1927.
    More Details Hide Details His father, also named Donald, was a joiner who found himself frequently out of work during the Great Depression. His mother, a washerwoman, died of cancer when he was 12. He played youth football for Newport Boys' Club and then Middlesbrough Swifts, who were coached by influential manager Bill Sanderson. He learnt the rudiments of the game using a small bundle of rags in the tiny yard behind his home. This influenced his thinking in later life, and he argued that young players should learn using smaller footballs, on smaller pitches, so they would be more adept in control when progressing to a bigger football.
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