Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About United (Part One)
By Sid1
Sunday 06 Dec 2009 21:01:00
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Leeds United recently celebrated its 90th birthday, but here are five things you may not have necessarily known about the club. We’ve researched the club’s background thoroughly, and here is part one.

1 – Leeds United was the first club to wear sponsored shirts. In 1974 Don Revie negotiated a deal with Admiral, in where the company would pay to have their logo seen on the famous Leeds United shirt.

Prior to Admiral coming on board, United and all other clubs used to buy their kit from Umbro. Clubs purchased 11 blank shirts and had to stitch on the badge and numbers. Those 11 shirts were expected to last throughout the course of the season.

In 1974, new England manager Don Revie convinced the FA to do a deal with Admiral in where £15,000 was paid to the FA. Despite this, Umbro still had a policy where you had to buy the shirts from them, although they did lower the price slightly.

2 – In 1961, Don Revie changed United’s kit from blue and gold to an all white kit to emulate Real Madrid, but he also had another theory. Crystal white shirts would be easier to recognise in the heat of the moment, allowing his players to identify where their team-mates were on the field more quickly.

3 – Leeds nearly signed George Best as a schoolboy just months before his move to the red side of the Pennines, former Leeds manager Jack Taylor thought he was too small. Best admitted once he would have signed for Leeds.

4 – John Charles arrived at Leeds United in 1948. When Charles told his Mother that he was leaving home to move to Leeds, his Mother told him he couldn’t. Her reason being, he didn’t have a passport. She thought Leeds was abroad. Eddie Gray thought Leeds was in Wales when Don Revie signed him in 1965. By the time Don Revie left Leeds, everyone knew where and what Leeds was, the name Leeds United became synonymous with the city of Leeds.

5 – Since 1965, Leeds have qualified for Europe 18 times, competed in front of the largest ever European Cup attendance (136,505), played in finals vs Dynamo Zagreb, Ferencvaros, Juventus, Bayern Munich and AC Milan. United have also competed in over 150 competitive European matches. Only scum, Arsenal and Liverpool from England can boast better records.

Part Two to follow tomorrow.

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