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don revie leeds united manager Donald George Revie was born on 10 July 1927 in Bell Street, near Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park stadium. Revie was a rare breed of footballer who went from a successful playing career into a better one as manager. Winning six England caps, the FA Cup with Manchester City and the Footballer of the Year award in 1955.
It was Bill Lambton who brought Revie to Leeds from Sunderland for 14,000 and it was this flap of the butterfly wing that brought a tornado of success, change and elevation to Elland Road. The player Revie arrived at a failing Leeds who were heading for division two in late November 1958, less than two and half years later, he was made player manager in March 1961. Leeds finished the season a lowly 19th place his first year in charge, but by 1963-64 Revie's style and meticulous attention to detail, had Leeds promoted as champions.
Then, so let it begin. Suffice to say Don Revie is the most successful manager Leeds United have ever had. His personal honours probably stand as a good mark at what he achieved at Leeds, winning the OBE for services to football in 1972 and three manager of the year awards in 1969, 1970 and 1972. Revie left Leeds in 1974 to manage England, where an uncooperative playing staff pushed him into managing the United Arab Emirates and four years later he went to Al Nasr.
Don Revie died in May 1989 of Motor Neurone disease aged 61.
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League Season P W D L F A Pts Pos Notes
Division 2 1961-62 42 12 12 18 50 61 36 19th Revie changes the Leeds kit to all white.
Division 2 1962-63 42 19 10 13 79 53 48 5th Revie takes Leeds to within four points of promotion.
Division 2 1963-64 42 24 15 3 71 34 63 1st Revie's third season in charge promoted as champions.
Division 1 1964-65 42 26 9 7 83 52 61 2nd What a comeback, Leeds miss top spot just by goal difference.
Division 1 1965-66 42 23 9 10 79 38 55 2nd Revie drives Leeds to within six points of top spot.
Division 1 1966-67 42 22 11 9 62 42 55 4th Another respectable season, in a very hard league.
Division 1 1967-68 42 22 9 11 71 41 53 4th Top four again and Elland Road gets a kop.
Division 1 1968-69 42 27 13 2 66 26 67 1st Champions & records, 28 games without defeat and 67 points.
Division 1 1969-70 42 21 15 6 84 49 35 2nd Fixture list congestion costs Leeds dearly, runners up again.
Division 1 1970-71 42 27 10 5 72 30 64 2nd "Tinkler ruined nine months of work", Revie after Leeds robbed.
Division 1 1971-72 42 24 9 9 73 31 57 2nd An uncompromising FA costs Leeds the double.
Division 1 1972-73 42 21 11 10 71 45 53 3rd Another strong finish in the league.
Division 1 1973-74 42 24 14 4 66 31 62 1st Champions again for the second time in six seasons.
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      If It Wasn't For Don Revie,
                                  Leeds United Wouldn't Have Got So Much As An Invitation To That Wedding'


Season Honour
1963-64 Division Two Champions
1964-65 Division One Runners-Up ~ FA Cup Finalists
1965-66 Division One Runners-Up
1966-67 (UEFA) Fairs Cup Finalists
1967-68 FL Cup Winners ~ (UEFA) Fairs Cup Winners
1968-69 Division One Champions
1969-70 Division One Runners-Up ~ FA Cup Finalists ~ Charity Sheild Winners
1970-71 Division One Runners-Up ~ (UEFA) Fairs Cup Winners
1971-72 Division One Runners-Up ~ FA Cup Winners
1972-73 FA Cup Finalists ~ European Cup Winners Cup Finalists
1973-74 Division One Champions
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