Desperate to appease the fans angry at Eddie Gray's sacking
and very short of money, the board turned to Billy Bremner in an attempt
to finally drag Leeds back to the top flight. Bremner embodied the spirit
of the club under Don Revie, and the hope was that he could instil some of
that into the players and finally manage to pull the club clear of lower
division football. Bremner had managed Doncaster Rovers and achieved
reasonable success on a shoestring, selling some useful players along the
way - including Ian Snodin, with whom he linked up again at Leeds.
His first season saw him bring a bit of stability back to the defence,
but the club were well off promotion pace. 1986-87 was his best season
and also his undoing. Through a combination of battling play and "easy" draws,
the club made it to the FA Cup semi-final, losing to Coventry in extra-time.
Meanwhile the league form had improved enough to gain a play-off place, and
Leeds faced Charlton, desperately clinging to their Division 1 place. A drawn
2-legged final was followed by a replay at St Andrews, where an extra-time
lead was turned into defeat and despair. The following season, the team
never managed to recreate the same buzz and drive that had brought them
success the previous year, and after a poor start to 1988-89, Bremner
was sacked in October 1988.
andy sedon says: i think that billy bremner is one of the all time
best leeds united players he has got to be my favourite