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Dick Ray

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Born 04 Feb 1876, Newcastle-under-Lyme (England)
Died 28 Dec 1952, Leeds
In Charge Oct 1919 - 25 Feb 1920
Jun 1927 - 05 Mar 1935
Honours Won Promotion to Division 1: 1927-28, 1931-32

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Dick Ray served both Leeds City and Leeds United in his footballing career. He joined Leeds City as a left back in their first season in the League and captained the side before leaving in 1908. After World War I, he became a member of the committee formed to bring league football back to Leeds after the expulsion of Leeds City. In Leeds United's first season, Dick Ray managed the side in the Midlands League but handed over the reins to Arthur Fairclough and worked as his assistant when Leeds United were elected to the Football League in 1920.

Ray became a manager in his own right at Doncaster Rovers in Division 3 North, where he enjoyed moderate success. When Fairclough resigned after Leeds had been relegated to Division 2 in 1927, Dick Ray returned to Elland Road as manager/secretary. In his first season, he won promotion back to the top flight, and managed to get the team up to 5th place. The following season they were relegated, but once again came straight back up, and continued to make the best of the limited resources available to him.

His successes weren't unnoticed outside of Leeds, and he was chosen as manager of the first Football League XI for a game against a Scottish League XI at Ibrox in 1934. Ray resigned from Elland Road in March 1935 and went on to manage Bradford City until 1938, and worked as chief scout for Millwall from 1939, but with the onset of war he retired from football and went into business.

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