100 Years of Leeds United
A new history of Leeds United, published by Icon Books to coincide with the club’s centenary celebrations.
‘If everybody pulls together, and is Leeds United-minded, then we shall get somewhere.’
Don Revie was not alone in his determination that Leeds had to do better.
The club had history: the sacrifice of David ‘Soldier’ Wilson, the dedication of Willis Edwards and Ernie Hart, building from youth as advocated by Dick Ray and Major Buckley, gritty promotions achieved without superstars – even counting John Charles, putting the team before himself for so long.
But Elland Road also contained reminders of relegations, financial struggles and misplaced loyalties. Revie knew that, for the sake of its future, Leeds United couldn’t look back.
100 Years of Leeds United tells the story of a one-club city and its tumultuous relationship with its football team.
Since its foundation in 1919, Leeds United Football Club has known more ups and downs than most, rising to global fame through an inimitable and uncompromising style in the 1960s and clinching the last Division One title of the pre-Sky Sports era in 1992, before becoming the epitome of financial mismanagement at the start of the 21st century.
United remains one of the best supported – and most divisive – clubs in football, with supporters’ clubs dotted across the globe, all hoping for a return to the Premier League.
In 100 Years of Leeds United, Daniel Chapman delves deep into the archives to discover the lesser-known episodes, providing fresh context to the folkloric tales that have shaped the club we know today, painting the definitive picture of the West Yorkshire giants.