The Don in question in this picture is, of course, Don Revie the Leeds United manager who was in charge during the club’s most successful period. He arrived at Leeds as player-manager and immediately began changes at the, then, second division including completely changing the team kit from blue and yellow to all white. Under Revie Leeds developed an aggressively defensive and intimidating style of play, which truly showed in the 1970 FA Cup Final and replay against Chelsea. It was a style that would receive a lot of criticism particularly from Brian Clough who labelled them cheats. Clough’s comments didn’t exactly endear him to the Leeds players and came back to bite him when he briefly tried to manage the club in 1974. However it was a style that brought success as, under Revie, Leeds won 2 League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and 2 Inter Cities Fairs Cups. Following Leeds shock defeat to Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup final it was suggested that the team was aging and should be re-built. Revie disagreed, kept the same squad a decision that was justified when it won the league in 1974. It proved to be a parting gift as Revie resigned in 1974.
1. Paul Reaney: English right-back. He wore the No.2 for Leeds and, in a team renowned for its hard approach to the game, he more than held his own.
2. Gary Sprake: Welsh goalkeeper. During his career he became known as a goalkeeper who was brilliant, but occasionally prone to mistakes. He spent more than a decade as the number 1 keeper at Leeds during a period when they were a dominant side in the English domestic game.
3.Terry Cooper: English left-back. He scored the winning goal against Arsenal in the 1968 League Cup at Wembley.
4. Billy Bremner: Scottish midfielder. He is most noted for his captaincy of the Leeds United team of the 1960's and 1970's. He has since been voted Leeds United's greatest player of all time and has a statue outside the South East corner of Elland Road.
5. Jack Charlton: English international centre-half. In 2006, Leeds United supporters voted him into the club's greatest ever XI. He was also a World Cup winner in 1966 and managed the Republic of Ireland in the 1990's.
6. Norman Hunter: English central defender. He has since been included in the Football League 100 Legends. He is known for his tackling and was nicknamed "Bites Yer Legs" Hunter.
7. Peter Lorimer: Scottish right-winger. As an attacking midfielder renowned for his vicious shooting, (he has been regarded as having the hardest shot in football history) he was at the more cultured end of a Leeds United side which, under Don Revie, was built on a platform of out-playing and out-muscling opponents.
8. Alan Clarke: English striker. He scored 26 goals in his first season and earned the nickname "Sniffer", which stuck throughout his career. He scored the only goal of the 1972 FA Cup Final for Leeds against Arsenal.
9. Mick Jones: English centre-forward. He dislocated his elbow during the last minute of the 1972 FA Cup Final, and had to be carried up to the royal box to collect his winner's medal.
10. Johnny Giles: Irish central midfielder. Sir Ald Ramsey said of him "As I look at all the talent and character at my disposal today, my one regret is that John Giles wasnt't born an Englishman". The FAI voted Giles as the greatest Republic of Ireland player of the last 50 years.
11. Eddie Gray: Scottish winger. He scored what many Leeds fans call the greatest goal ever by a Leed's player - a solo run past several Burnley players which involved flicks and backheels as he somehow got from the byline by shooting position.
12. Paul Mdeley: He was a "player without portfolio" in that he didn't have a specialist position on the pitch - he had ten of them. In his long career with Leeds, he played in every position on the pitch except goalkeeper and wore every shirt from No.2 to No.11.
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