Here's a selection of books about the greatest team in the world
and the greatest game in the world. I've got all of these myself,
and many of them were used for fact and stat checking in the
production of this website. If you like the sound of the book, why
not follow the links below and buy the books from
Amazon. Quite a few of these are out of print now, so keep your
eyes peeled on
Ebay for a bargain.
|Content and Comments
Football Yearbook 2003-2004
|The seminal reference work for sad stattos everywhere. No
longer a "Rothmans" publication, but the same folks and the same
attention to detail.
PFA Footballers Who's Who 2002-03
|Appearances, stats and brief bios on every player currently
playing the professional game in England. Top reference work on
everyone from the stars to the one-match subs. The 2003-04 edition
should be around soon.
Leeds United Story: Martin Jarred, Malcolm MacDonald
|An updated version of their earlier large-format book of the
same title. Plenty of words, quite a few black and white photos but
no stats in this book. Certainly the most up-to-date of all the
similar books, and definitely the most comprehensive when it comes
to background info and narrative on the history of the club right
up to the arrival of Terry Venables in late 2002.
The Essential History of Leeds United: Andrew Mourant
|A well-written run through the Leeds City days and 80 years of
United, with profiles of 50 great players and almost as many stats
as I've got on this website. Puzzlingly stops halfway through the
|Leeds United - A Complete Record: Martin Jarred,
|An excellent reference book containing all of the facts and
figures about Leeds United and Leeds City from their creation
through to 1996 - now out of print.
Inside Leeds United: Don Warters
|Don Warters - the YEP's soccer writer for many years - produces
an officialish story of the club's 1999-2000 season.
|The Leeds United Cup Book 1920-1991: Martin
Jarred, Malcolm McDonald
|A detailed look at every cup game played by Leeds United up to
1991 (also covers Leeds City).
|The Hamlyn official illustrated history of Leeds
United 1919-1997: Paul Mourant
|Pretty thorough with its lists of fixtures and teams, but not
very much on the players. Decent written history and some good
pictures, but not easily available anymore. A 1919-1996 edition was
The Unforgiven: The Story of Don Revie's Leeds United: Rob Bagchi,
|An objective look at the Glory Years of Elland Road, which
manages to praise the excellent skills, dedication, fitness and
team spirit of Revie's side, but balances it with a look at the
criticism that was levelled against both manager and team. A
worthwhile and successful attempt that explodes several pro- and
anti-Leeds stories perpetuated by blindly loyal Leeds fans and
hate-filled envy-monkies like Emlyn Hughes.
|Leeds United FC - The Official History of the
Club: Don Warters
|Written at the end of the 1970s, this looks back over the key
events and characters of the previous 60 years. Useful reference
with many old black and white photos.
The Elland Road Encyclopedia: Paul Harrison
|A-Z of Leeds United with brief pen portraits and black and
white snaps of many of the most significant figures and events in
the club's history, although players before the Revie days don't
get much of a look-in.
|Leeds United FC - The 25-year record
|Stats from a 25-year period that encompassed the highs and
lows. If you can't take my web-site with you, a handy reference
Looking for Eric: Rick Broadbent
|Partly "where are they now", partly a look back at events over
the last 20-30 years by the people who were involved. The stars
speak out at last! Well-written and interesting book by one of the
Times' more balanced football reporters.
Jack and Bobby - The Story of the Charlton Brothers: Leo
|A very well-researched volume that looks at the lives of the
two most famous brothers in world football, and shows how their
paths and lives diverged and remain far apart to this day. An
absorbing and insightful read - highly recommended.
Leeds and Scotland Hero: Peter Lorimer with Phil Rostron
|A candid, honest and engaging life-story from the man they
called "Lash". From his boyhood in Scotland, turning down Man U's
money and through his apprentice days at Leeds, Lorimer reveals
what it was like inside Don Revie's Glory Years team. Stands
alongside Eddie Gray's book as the best and most revealing of the
Marching on Together - My Life with Leeds United: Eddie
|All-time Leeds great Eddie Gray tells the story of nearly 40
years as a player and manager at Elland Road.
David Batty: The Autobiography
|Leeds-born star tells it like it is. The story of his career
from promising schoolboy to England international told in his
typically honest and open fashion.
Leeds United on Trial: David O'Leary
|DOL sets the record straight about the court case, the
Champions League game and a whole bunch of other things in his time
at Elland Road.
Bremner! The Legend of Billy Bremner: Bernard Bale
|Authorised and thorough biography that covers the life, times
and motivation of Leeds' greatest ever captain. The book was
written during 1997 and as such records the last thoughts of the
man who even today symbolises Leeds United to the fans at Elland
King John: The True Story of John Charles: Richard Coomber
|A well-written - if brief - biography of the greatest ever
|Autobiography of the wee man that stops in 1991, so with a
Championship and his time as a manager to add, could really do with
Vinnie: The Autobiography
|Get to see the real Vinnie Jones and realise that he's not
quite as one-dimensional as football writers and film critics would
like you to think.
Sniffer - The Life and Times of Allan Clarke: David Saffer
|Decent bio of the great goal-poacher and FA Cup Final hero by
noted Leeds author David Saffer.
The Life and Times of Mick Jones: David Saffer
|Saffer gives Allan Clarke's strike partner a similar treatment
to that received by Sniffer. Useful and interesting reference,
without really revealing any deep secrets.
Jack Charlton: The Autobiography
|Big Jack sets a few records straight in the story of his long
and successful career in football.
Leeds United Football Club: David Saffer, Howard Dapin
|Book full of black and white photos and brief text from 1919 to
Leeds United Cup Kings 1972: David Saffer, James Clarke
|A look at Leeds' successful FA Cup campaign of 1972.
Leeds United in Europe: David Saffer, Howard Dapin
|Black and white photos and brief text illustrating the club's
great European nights from the 1960s to the end of the 2000
Leeds United Expert: David Saffer, Howard Dapin
|Quiz book with over 1000 Leeds-related questions from the
Marching on Together: Leeds United in Europe 2000-01: Richard
|A fan's-eye view of the 2000-01 season with the Champions
League run. Rang a few bells but I can't help but think there could
have been a few more engaging stories about the good times we've
had and interesting locals we've met on our jaunts across the
If you're proud to be a Leeds fan: Tom Palmer
|Disappointingly bland look at the personal motivations and
demons that drive a Leeds fan as he follows the team through radio,
TV and occasionally actually going to games. Focuses too much on
minor incidents of off-field aggro and takes a fairly negative view
of the attitude and behaviour of fellow Leeds fans.
|Official Leeds United Supporters' Pack
|Face paints, stickers, pictures and a glossy book with a few
pictures but not much substance.