A lot of people won't remember that Don Revie was a player. Such
were his achievements and fame - or as uncharitably minded, jealous
or spiteful little shits like Emlyn Hughes might say, notoriety -
as a manager, that his playing career sometimes get passed over.
The fact is that he played for nearly 20 years at the top level,
picking up 6 England caps while at Manchester City, FA Cup losers
and winners medals with City and he even had a style of play named
after him: the "Revie Plan" involved the use of a deep-lying
centre-forward and it was that plan that brought City such success
in the mid-1950s. His skills were recognised at the time with the
accolade of "Footballer of the Year" in 1955.
Revie joined Leeds as a player in 1958, but as player and
subsequently captain could do nothing to stop the team slipping
into Division 2. With his on-field career drawing to a close, he
started putting his name forward for a managerial role elsewhere,
but he was persuaded to stay on at Elland Road as player-manager,
and finally ended his on-field career in 1963.
Steve Cocker says: I knew Don Revie very well from an early age
as my dad was one of the coaches at Leeds from 1960 & a kinder
man i have yet to meet. None of the Ferguson, Wenger, Houlier
attitude that seem to have surfaced in the past few years. i have
lost count of the autographed footballs, signed photos & even
full spare training kits to local sides etc. Besides the numerous
presentation nights he did free of charge. I also played a few
times for the Junior side & as busy as he was still made time
to come & watch us & even give a half time team talk. A
really inspirational & gentle giant of a man.
Christian Dixon says: hi, i am Don Revies great nephew. i met
him on quite a few occasions before he died. my father was around
more though at the time when he was playing and managing so has
more memories then me. to this day i am still a die hard leeds fan
as are all of my family. i am glad that there are websites such as
this that remember him as the great player and manager he was, and
keep him alive in the team today. thankyou.
Once a Mancunion says: I saw Manchester City win the F.A.Cup in
1956. Birmingham were heavy favourites but Revies' laid back style
cut their defence apart and had them running in all directions.
Playing with their injured left winger(Johnstone) on the right
wing, City were terrific under Revies cool playing style. Truly one
of the best days in Manchester football and I say that even though
I'm a United supporter.
jake says: The legend will be turning in his grave looking at
what our great club has become and how it is being ran