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arthur fairclough leeds united manager After Leeds City were disbanded Leeds United were soon formed. Hilton Crowther the chairman of Huddersield, took over at Leeds and brought with him Arthur Fairclough. The first ever 'league' manager of Leeds United got the position on 26 February, 1920. Fairclough from Barnsley was forced out of the playing side of football in his early days, but went on and made a reputation as a referee.
The Yorkshire Evening Post positively greeted Faircloughs arrival, describing him as an astute team builder. Fairclough spent the close season squad building along with Dick Ray, Fairclough's assistant. Bringing together players from local junior clubs and experienced professionals. The first three season were not the best for Fairclough's Leeds and Dick Ray, resigned at the end of season
Fairclough acquired the services of Blackpool's Dick Norman and fortunes changed almost immediately with the promotion of Leeds United as champions in 1923-24. Squad strengthening followed with the arrival of stars in the caliber of Willis Edwards and Russell Wainscoat.
The team failed to deliver though and were relegated at the end of season 1926-27 which prompted Fairclough to resign. Fairclough despite the latter downturn, built and left a very good side at Leeds.
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League Season P W D L F A Pts Pos Notes
Division 2 1920-21 42 14 10 18 40 45 38 14th First ever league season for Leeds United and Fairclough.
Division 2 1921-22 42 16 13 13 48 38 45 8th An improvement on Fairclough's first season.
Division 2 1922-23 42 18 11 13 43 36 47 7th Fairclough's assistant Dick Ray resigns at the end of season.
Division 2 1923-24 42 21 12 9 61 35 54 1st Dick Norman becomes assistant, Leeds promoted as champs.
Division 1 1924-25 42 11 12 19 46 59 34 18th Leeds Utd's first ever season in the top flight.
Division 1 1925-26 42 14 8 20 64 76 36 19th Fairclough's team finds the going in the 1st tough.
Division 1 1926-27 42 11 8 23 69 88 30 21st Fairclough resigns after Leeds are relegated.
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