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« Svar #120 på: April 14, 2019, 17:33:20 »
Leeds United Memories

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« Svar #121 på: April 14, 2019, 17:35:15 »
History of Leeds

28th April 1956, we were promoted to 1st Div at Hull. 28th April 1962, we escaped relegation to 3rd Div at Newcastle. 28th April 1969, we won 1st Div at Anfield. 28th April 1990, Strachan vs Leicester. 28th April 2019 vs Aston Villa...?

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« Svar #122 på: April 17, 2019, 14:59:48 »
How a fixture (and injury) pile-up saw Leeds finish 1969-70 empty-handed

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Don Revie's side were challenging for three trophies as the season neared its end, but 15 games in 46 days proved too much for his stretched squad

17 April ~ Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino recently bemoaned playing their Champions League ties 72 hours after a Premier League fixture. However, nothing can compare to the unbelievable schedule that Don Revie’s Leeds United side were forced to endure between March 14 and April 29, 1970. Even now, it defies belief.

At the start of 1969-70 Revie set his side a target of winning the European Cup, the League and FA Cup. On the morning of March 14, 1970, they were top of Division One with seven games remaining, the European Cup and FA Cup still within their grasp. Leeds played Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final that afternoon. The tie at Hillsborough finished in a 0-0 draw after extra time. It was a complication that Revie hoped to avoid.

Four days later, Leeds overcame Standard Liege 1-0 at Elland Road, ensuring qualification for a European Cup semi-final against Celtic. However, key defender Norman Hunter was injured and now unavailable for three weeks. Nevertheless, a 2-1 win at Wolves on Saturday March 21 ensured that ambitions of retaining the title remained. Just 48 hours later, the semi-final replay at Villa Park ended goalless. On Thursday March 26, at Burnden Park, Billy Bremner scored the only goal in the second replay to guarantee a Wembley appearance. The players had little time to celebrate, as two days later Southampton arrived at Elland Road for a league fixture. Revie’s medical team advised that several key players were close to breaking point, so he fielded an understrength side and lost 3-1. This meant title rivals Everton now led the table by five points. Two days later, Leeds travelled to Derby and lost 4-1, which was their seventh game in 16 days. Revie reinstated some first teamers for the European Cup semi against Celtic on April 1 but to no avail, as the visitors emerged with a 1-0 advantage. That same evening Everton clinched the title.

The Football League secretary, Alan Hardaker, displayed scant sympathy with Leeds’ requests for postponements, stating: “The League can forbid clubs to take part in European competitions… if they cannot fulfil commitments at home.” Leeds were fined £5,000 for “fielding an understrength side”. Due to Hardaker’s dogmatic stance, Leeds journeyed to West Ham, just 24 hours later, for a league fixture. Revie, anxious to avoid further sanctions, fielded his strongest side. The decision backfired as full-back Paul Reaney broke his leg in a 2-2 draw. Revie’s plans were starting to disintegrate.

He now gambled by selecting some reserves for the home game against Burnley two days later but fortuitously a 2-1 victory ensured that the League could take no action. In the first four days of April, Leeds participated in three matches. They now had a week to recover before the FA Cup final against Chelsea but, on an energy-sapping quagmire of a pitch, it ended 2-2 after extra time, necessitating the first replay since 1912.

Four days later, on April 15, they encountered Celtic in the second leg of the European Cup semi at Hampden Park. It finished in a 2-1 defeat with keeper Gary Sprake being stretchered off after a collision. The inexperienced David Harvey was now the last line of defence. In the following six days a weary Leeds side suffered defeats in their remaining two league games.

Until March 28, Leeds had only lost three games but as injuries mounted, in the subsequent 24 days they suffered six defeats. Leeds’ 62nd and ultimate game of the season took place on Wednesday April 29 at Old Trafford, where Chelsea ended their last hope of a trophy with a 2-1 win after extra time in the FA Cup final replay.

In the space of 46 days, Leeds played 15 fixtures, an average of three per week. These included two FA Cup finals, three semi-finals, two European Cup semis, one quarter-final and seven league games. To assist England’s preparations for the 1970 World Cup, the League insisted all fixtures be completed by April 30. As Bill Shankly noted: “They would have done that treble had it been a normal season.” Revie remained convinced until his death that Hardaker’s intransigence had thwarted their hopes. Paul McParlan



Photo by Colorsport: Don Revie talks to his players before extra time in the FA Cup final replay at Old Trafford

This article first appeared in WSC 386, May 2019. Subscribers get free access to the complete WSC digital archive – you can find out more here
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« Svar #125 på: Mai 19, 2019, 11:36:45 »

Er det ikke fantastisk hvor stor klubben vår er på tross av at vi faktisk ikke har tidenes største historikk?  :) Sir litt om fansen og klubben!
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« Svar #126 på: Mai 27, 2019, 22:31:49 »
History of Leeds

In my latest blogpost, I look at the Leeds United side of 1938/39 (which included my great uncle) and look at the impact of war on that team, paying tribute to those who died in active service.



Leeds United in the shadow of war

Rhodes to the Past
James Rhodes

5 hours ago

On 1st October 1938, spirits were high among the crowd at Elland Road. The previous day, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had returned home from the Munich Conference and declared “Peace for our time!”. On the field, Leeds’s prolific centre forward Gordon Hodgson scored five times in an 8-2 thrashing of Leicester City (he remains the only Leeds United player to have scored five goals in a game).

Also on the scoresheet that day was my great uncle Jack Hargreaves. Having been in and out of the side since his debut in 1936, he played 28 times at outside left in 1938/39 scoring 9 times to finish second top scorer behind Hodgson.

Leeds had begun the season in sensational form and a 2-1 win away at Blackpool on 19th November put them in third place. Fans began to dream of an unlikely first League Championship title but these hopes proved to be as illusory as the prospect of lasting peace and the side’s form slumped dramatically, as the shadow of war lengthened over the continent. By the time the season ended with Leeds in 13th place, the possibility of war seemed increasingly inevitable.

Despite this, Leeds embarked on a post-season Scandinavian tour culminating in three matches in Denmark in May 1939. Less than 12 months later, Denmark would be under German occupation.

Programme from Leeds United’s Danish tour
The squad for that tour contained a mix of seasoned veterans such as Hodgson and fellow England internationals Wilf Copping and Willis Edwards, as well as talented youngsters including Uncle Jack, goalkeeper Jim Twomey, inside left Eric Stephenson (twice-capped by England) and centre forward George Ainsley. If war had not robbed these players of six years of their careers, who knows what this talented Leeds side could have achieved?

Upon his return from Denmark, Jack married my grandma’s sister, Madge and they honeymooned in Scarborough and were pictured walking arm in arm together through Peasholm Park.

Newly-weds Jack and Madge Hargreaves on honeymoon in Scarborough
In the run up to the start of the 1939/40 season, Leeds United optimistically advertised for corporate season ticket holders to entertain clients at Elland Road blithely ignoring the imminent likelihood of conflict. The season itself began on 25th August but league competition was annulled after three games following the outbreak of war on 3rd September 1939. Although wartime games were played throughout the war, official league competition did not resume until 1946/47.

Although Jack survived the war and resumed his professional career with, first, Bristol City and then giant-killing Yeovil Town, several of his team mates sadly did not.

Eric Stephenson was killed on active service in Burma, whilst attacking an enemy bunker, on 8th September 1944. Including wartime games, Stephenson played 154 times for Leeds United, scoring 29 goals, and gained two full England caps. He could potentially have been one of Leeds’s finest players.

He was a Major in the Ghurka Rifles and part of the ‘Chindits’ special operations group operating behind enemy Japanese lines. In a letter to his widow, Olive, Stephenson’s commanding officer said that “Eric had died a happy warrior. He was killed instantly on the edge of a Japanese position in a remote part of Burma. We buried him where he lay on top of a jungle covered mountain. A service of remembrance was held at his graveside shortly afterwards.”

Leeds United played Celtic in a benefit match for Stephenson’s family on 26th May 1947. A memorial to Stephenson can be found in a stained-glass window in Lidgett Park Methodist Church, Roundhay.

Credit: Celtic programmes online website
On 27th April 1944, former youth player Robert Montgomery was piloting a Lancaster bomber during a raid to Schweinfurt, Germany. It was his tenth combat mission. The flight path was heavily defended by German night fighters, one of which flew up beneath Montgomery’s aircraft and raked its belly with cannon fire – a tactic known as ‘Schrage Musik’.

Montgomery, and four of his crew, went down with the ‘plane to their deaths. The rear gunner (Sergeant Baker) and mid-upper gunner (Sergeant Mitchell) parachuted clear. Baker was captured but Mitchell escaped through France and into Switzerland from where he was repatriated.

Pilot Officer Montgomery and the other deceased crew members (Pilot Officer Cluff and Sergeants Boyce, Smith and Parkin) were laid to rest in Bure Churchyard, Meuse, France.

Montgomery was a talented schoolboy centre forward who was signed by Leeds United manager Billy Hampson in September 1938. The outbreak of the war robbed him of the chance of first team football but he played for the reserve and youth teams and won a Yorkshire League runners-up medal.

Born in Ireland, Montgomery made his home in Beeston during his time with the club. He collected autographs and scrapbook clippings, all of which were auctioned by Bonhams in 2009. He was only 22 at the time of his death.

Fred Mills was killed on active service on 5th December 1944. Mills, who could play at either centre-forward or inside-right, played 67 games for Leeds United between 1934 and 1939, following a transfer from Port Vale.

He was killed on duty with the Royal Artillery in the Netherlands after jumping from a lorry and stepping on a mine. He died instantly. He was buried in Venray War Cemetery.

Left-half Vernon Allen was killed on active service on 28th July 1943. A former Leeds City Boys captain, Allen had signed amateur forms for Leeds United just before the outbreak of war but never got the chance to represent his home-town club.

He was a sergeant on board a Lancaster bomber of 101 Squadron which was shot down during a mission to Hamburg. All seven members of his crew were killed. He is buried in Hamburg’s Ohlsdorf Cemetery.

Former Leeds United striker Alan Fowler was killed on 10th July 1944 during the battle for Caen in Normandy.

Apprentice Maurice Lawn was killed at sea in the English Channel. The centre forward had played in three wartime games for Leeds United, scoring once, before joining the army. He was serving with 15th (Scottish) Reconnaissance Regiment during the invasion of Normandy in the summer of 1944 when he was wounded by machine gun fire.
He was being repatriated back to England on board a hospital ship which was sunk by enemy action. He is buried at Bayeux Cemetery, Northern France.

Wilf Copping, who survived the war, played three ‘international’ matches for an Army XI against a French XI in France shortly before the evacuation from Dunkirk.

My new book ‘On This Day In Leeds’ is now on sale here and at Philip Howard Books in Roundhay (0113 225 9797) and OPAL Welcome In Community Centre in Cookridge (0113 261 9103)
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« Svar #127 på: Mai 27, 2019, 22:52:40 »
History of Leeds

My great uncle & aunt Jack & Madge Hargreaves on honeymoon in Scarborough, June 1939. Jack was an LUFC player & had just returned from a tour of Denmark. They were the last LUFC games before WW2. New blogpost on LUFC & WW2 coming soon...




Leeds United in the shadow of war

5 hours ago
Rhodes to the Past

On 1st October 1938, spirits were high among the crowd at Elland Road. The previous day, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had returned home from the Munich Conference and declared “Peace for our time!”. On the field, Leeds’s prolific centre forward Gordon Hodgson scored five times in an 8-2 thrashing of Leicester City (he remains the only Leeds United player to have scored five goals in a game).



Also on the scoresheet that day was my great uncle Jack Hargreaves. Having been in and out of the side since his debut in 1936, he played 28 times at outside left in 1938/39 scoring 9 times to finish second top scorer behind Hodgson.

Leeds had begun the season in sensational form and a 2-1 win away at Blackpool on 19th November put them in third place. Fans began to dream of an unlikely first League Championship title but these hopes proved to be as illusory as the prospect of lasting peace and the side’s form slumped dramatically, as the shadow of war lengthened over the continent. By the time the season ended with Leeds in 13th place, the possibility of war seemed increasingly inevitable.

Despite this, Leeds embarked on a post-season Scandinavian tour culminating in three matches in Denmark in May 1939. Less than 12 months later, Denmark would be under German occupation.



Programme from Leeds United’s Danish tour
The squad for that tour contained a mix of seasoned veterans such as Hodgson and fellow England internationals Wilf Copping and Willis Edwards, as well as talented youngsters including Uncle Jack, goalkeeper Jim Twomey, inside left Eric Stephenson (twice-capped by England) and centre forward George Ainsley. If war had not robbed these players of six years of their careers, who knows what this talented Leeds side could have achieved?

Upon his return from Denmark, Jack married my grandma’s sister, Madge and they honeymooned in Scarborough and were pictured walking arm in arm together through Peasholm Park.

Newly-weds Jack and Madge Hargreaves on honeymoon in Scarborough
In the run up to the start of the 1939/40 season, Leeds United optimistically advertised for corporate season ticket holders to entertain clients at Elland Road blithely ignoring the imminent likelihood of conflict. The season itself began on 25th August but league competition was annulled after three games following the outbreak of war on 3rd September 1939. Although wartime games were played throughout the war, official league competition did not resume until 1946/47.

Although Jack survived the war and resumed his professional career with, first, Bristol City and then giant-killing Yeovil Town, several of his team mates sadly did not.

Eric Stephenson was killed on active service in Burma, whilst attacking an enemy bunker, on 8th September 1944. Including wartime games, Stephenson played 154 times for Leeds United, scoring 29 goals, and gained two full England caps. He could potentially have been one of Leeds’s finest players.

He was a Major in the Ghurka Rifles and part of the ‘Chindits’ special operations group operating behind enemy Japanese lines. In a letter to his widow, Olive, Stephenson’s commanding officer said that “Eric had died a happy warrior. He was killed instantly on the edge of a Japanese position in a remote part of Burma. We buried him where he lay on top of a jungle covered mountain. A service of remembrance was held at his graveside shortly afterwards.”

Leeds United played Celtic in a benefit match for Stephenson’s family on 26th May 1947. A memorial to Stephenson can be found in a stained-glass window in Lidgett Park Methodist Church, Roundhay.

Credit: Celtic programmes online website
On 27th April 1944, former youth player Robert Montgomery was piloting a Lancaster bomber during a raid to Schweinfurt, Germany. It was his tenth combat mission. The flight path was heavily defended by German night fighters, one of which flew up beneath Montgomery’s aircraft and raked its belly with cannon fire – a tactic known as ‘Schrage Musik’.

Montgomery, and four of his crew, went down with the ‘plane to their deaths. The rear gunner (Sergeant Baker) and mid-upper gunner (Sergeant Mitchell) parachuted clear. Baker was captured but Mitchell escaped through France and into Switzerland from where he was repatriated.

Pilot Officer Montgomery and the other deceased crew members (Pilot Officer Cluff and Sergeants Boyce, Smith and Parkin) were laid to rest in Bure Churchyard, Meuse, France.

Montgomery was a talented schoolboy centre forward who was signed by Leeds United manager Billy Hampson in September 1938. The outbreak of the war robbed him of the chance of first team football but he played for the reserve and youth teams and won a Yorkshire League runners-up medal.

Born in Ireland, Montgomery made his home in Beeston during his time with the club. He collected autographs and scrapbook clippings, all of which were auctioned by Bonhams in 2009. He was only 22 at the time of his death.

Fred Mills was killed on active service on 5th December 1944. Mills, who could play at either centre-forward or inside-right, played 67 games for Leeds United between 1934 and 1939, following a transfer from Port Vale.

He was killed on duty with the Royal Artillery in the Netherlands after jumping from a lorry and stepping on a mine. He died instantly. He was buried in Venray War Cemetery.

Left-half Vernon Allen was killed on active service on 28th July 1943. A former Leeds City Boys captain, Allen had signed amateur forms for Leeds United just before the outbreak of war but never got the chance to represent his home-town club.

He was a sergeant on board a Lancaster bomber of 101 Squadron which was shot down during a mission to Hamburg. All seven members of his crew were killed. He is buried in Hamburg’s Ohlsdorf Cemetery.

Former Leeds United striker Alan Fowler was killed on 10th July 1944 during the battle for Caen in Normandy.

Apprentice Maurice Lawn was killed at sea in the English Channel. The centre forward had played in three wartime games for Leeds United, scoring once, before joining the army. He was serving with 15th (Scottish) Reconnaissance Regiment during the invasion of Normandy in the summer of 1944 when he was wounded by machine gun fire.
He was being repatriated back to England on board a hospital ship which was sunk by enemy action. He is buried at Bayeux Cemetery, Northern France.

Wilf Copping, who survived the war, played three ‘international’ matches for an Army XI against a French XI in France shortly before the evacuation from Dunkirk.

My new book ‘On This Day In Leeds’ is now on sale here and at Philip Howard Books in Roundhay (0113 225 9797) and OPAL Welcome In Community Centre in Cookridge (0113 261 9103)
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« Svar #128 på: Mai 27, 2019, 23:00:55 »
Her ligger litt info i en tråd om Norgesturneen i 1939 som ble avsluttet i Danmark.

http://forum.leedsunited.no/index.php/topic,12413.msg193624.html#msg193624

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« Svar #129 på: Mai 31, 2019, 07:59:56 »
History of Leeds

Leeds United were elected to the Football League OTD in 1920. The club had been formed the previous year following the dissolution of Leeds City. In 1920, the club had been acquired by Huddersfield Town chairman Hilton Crowther & adopted the Terriers’ blue & white striped kit.




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