On Don Revie

On Don Revie

Postby leedshippriest on Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:52 pm

The Family

Dad was first to Elland Road every morning with a big key to unlock the gates.

'He said "hello" to tea ladies, groundsmen, office staff - he knew all their names. He looked after the staff as much as Allan Clarke or Norman Hunter and wanted everyone to feel part of the Leeds United family.'

Duncan Revie

'He had a chat every morning, it could be about anything. He was genuinely interested in our lives.
'In winter after games, Don knew we'd be putting straw down until after midnight and he made a point of thanking us, every match, without fail.'

Groundsman John Reynolds

Clean Slate

'Don was still a player when we had a training match. I was a bit hot-headed then and Don had enough and said, "If I was manager, I wouldn't play you." I stuck the finger up at him and said, "Good job you're not then isn't it?" Three weeks later Don was named manager. I thought my time was up.'

Jack Charlton

All White for Leeds

'The players thought he was mad when he ditched the blue and gold trims but he replied "We are going to be the best in the world, just like Real Madrid".'

Duncan Revie

Appointing Les Cocker and Syd Owens

'I signed because of Syd. He knew football inside out, didn't smoke and drink, just lived and breathed the game. Syd played a big part in developing the family atmosphere.'

Jimmy Greenhoff

'There was only one governor. Syd was a great coach, but a perfectionist and some of the boys went home in tears after things he said. Don kept him away from the first team at times.'

Eddie Gray

Looking after the Scots

'English lads like Norman Hunter signed apprentice forms but Scots stayed amateurs until their 17th birthday, so I could have walked away.
'After Tommy Docherty lured Jimmy McCalloig to Chelsea, Don paid extra attention to the Scots.'

Eddie Gray

Working his charm

'Don registered me before my last schoolboy game so the Scotland selectors said I couldn't play. My Mum was furious and told Don, "If he doesn't play, he won't go to Leeds." Don had met the selectors and I played. He took me back to the house and said "I'm taking him to Leeds" and Mum said "what about his schooling?"

'On Monday, he marched straight into the headmaster's office. I waited outside and, eventually, Don came out and said "we're off". So I left school, never sat exams. I've no idea to this day what he said.'

Eddie Gray

'Scumchester United left a suitcase of money at my mother's house in Perth. Mum, who liked Don, rang him and he said "don't sign anything". He jumped in his car, picked up a speeding ticket on the way, and drove me straight to Leeds, before Scumchester United came back.'

Peter Lorimer

'Don threw a big party in Glasgow after me and my pal Jimmy Lumsden agreed to join. It made both families feel really special.
'He looked after Mum and Dad, getting them down to Leeds whenever they wanted and putting them up in a hotel.'

Eddie Gray

Overnight changes overnight

'Before, we got on the bus and travelled to games on the day. Suddenly we stayed overnight in nice hotels. Instead of things being done to suit directors, things were done for players.'

Jack Charlton

'The club was skint but Dad wanted the players to believe they were the best.

'When he became Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin said he learned from Dad so everyone got the best new equipment and outfits, even flew on Concorde, so when they stepped on the first tee they would not feel inferior.'

Duncan Revie

Those dossiers

'When Don managed England, I know some didn't like the dossiers, but I found them useful.

'I grew up with them and had them before youth games. Everything was there about the player you'd be directly up against.

'They were particularly useful in Europe because that really was a step into the unknown then.'

Eddie Gray

'I came across some old books in Dad's handwriting and the detail was extraordinary. Every aspect of an opposition player's performance was broken down into segments. Today clubs pay thousands for Pro-Zone, he did it all by hand in pencil.'

Duncan Revie

'We were handed reports just before dinner the night before a game, told to read them thoroughly, then we'd discuss them.

'By the end of the first season I doubt there was a player we didn't know everything about.'

Jack Charlton

Man management

'His great trick was not to launch into players after a game. He came in, banged the table and said, "get off for the weekend, we'll have a meeting Monday".

'It ruined our weekends but it was clever. Come Monday, everyone had their say, and it was constructive.'

Peter Lorimer

Captain Billy

'Billy and Don became very close but Billy caused him a few problems initially because he was homesick and missed his fiancee Vicky. They met at school, whereas most boys met girls in Leeds.'

Eddie Gray

'Billy went AWOL, so Dad went to Scotland to meet Vicky and explain Billy couldn't leave. All the players were his sons, but Billy was special. They would go through brick walls for each other. I've always said I was his 20th son.'

Duncan Revie
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Re: On Don Revie

Postby sham75 on Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:09 pm

Great read :D
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Re: On Don Revie

Postby Lufc76Cor on Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:21 pm

Agree, a good read and shows how much football has changed now. There was a man who not only got involved with the players but in everything that went on in their lives
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Re: On Don Revie

Postby Gelderdbootboy on Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:44 am

He was doing is dossiers 40 years ago - he got ridiculed for them but look at how many staff they have doing this now in the prem - Don only had Maurice Lindley
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Re: On Don Revie

Postby Sonic on Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:04 am

Enjoyed that, maybe Bates should have a read of it :(
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Re: On Don Revie

Postby grgck__ on Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:53 am

Love reading stuff like this, Don went the extra yards to look after everyone 8-)
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Re: On Don Revie

Postby sham75 on Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:30 pm

It's a shame I suppose but you just don't get the likes of Revie and Shankly now.

The type's that loved their players and everything that there clubs stood for,"the family" in their eye's, players were sons and wives were daughters "incredible people" :D
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