Leeds United

Leeds United might be one of the most opinion-splitting clubs in the world. Their own supporters are ready to follow the club anywhere, which is easily evidenced by the fact that Leeds have the among the highest average attendance in the country, despite spending a lot of their time in the lower divisions of English football. On the other hand, their numerous rivalries with other clubs and a problematic off-the-field reputation have eventually made Leeds the most hated club in England. During their lifespan, Leeds have won three First Division titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.

Basic facts

Founded: 1919
Country: England
City: Leeds

Home grounds

Elland Road (1919-)

Main trophies

First Division/Premier League: 3
FA Cup: 1
League Cup: 1

Prominent players

John Charles, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister, Tony Yeboah, David Batty, Eric Cantona, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gary Speed, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Lucas Radebe

Club records

Most games played: Jack Charlton (629)
Top goalscorer: Peter Lorimer (168)

Leeds United old picture
Leeds United in 1920-1921 season.

History

Leeds United Football Club was formed in 1919 as a successor to Leeds City, a club that was forcibly broken up due to have salaried their players (which was against the rules at this tiem). In addition to keeping the name, the newly formed club continued to play its home games at the majestic Elland Road, a stadium that has remained their home to this day. In 1920, when the Football League was expanded, Leeds were elected to the Second Division of the Football League. The team that started in the second division was promoted to the first division for the first time in 1924.

The Don Revie era

Historically speaking, Leeds' results were fairly unremarkable until the Don Revie era in the 60s. Immediately upon his arrival, Revie proved to be a manager with the plan; he implemented many positive changes in and around the club, including the meticulous pre-match preparations and the rigorous training program. It was generally accepted that, under his leadership, the club's young talent was given a far better chance to succeed.

In 1961 Leeds changed their kit to white shirts, white shorts and white socks – Real Madrid was the model. Since 1934, their dresses had been blue and yellow, and before that white and blue.

Not long after securing promotion to the First Division in 1964, Leeds started dominating the local competition. During the next decade, they claimed two League titles and both English cups, while finishing runners-up to Milan in the Cup Winners' Cup. Their biggest loss would come in 1975, however, when they were defeated by Bayern Munich in a controversially refereed European Cup final.

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Under Howard Wilkinson

Leeds re-emerged as a contender in the early 90s, under Howard Wilkinson. With his eye for talent, Wilkinson was successful in bringing a number of skilled players to the club, including future stars such as Gary Speed and Eric Cantona. As a result, Leeds claimed their third League trophy, the last First Division title before the competition was renamed to Premier League. Their time in the spotlight turned out to be short-lived, however; following a huge financial meltdown at the turn of the century, Leeds were relegated to the Championship in 2004.

Leeds has no European Cup titles, but was in 2001 only two matches away from lifting the heaviest. After beating Deportivo in the Champions League quarterfinals they faced Valencia in the semifinals. But after only 0-0 home, Leeds lost by 0-3 in the second leg.

By Martin Wahl

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Logo

Leeds United logoLeeds United old logoLeeds white, yellow and blue colors are noticeable in their crest and especially characteristic is the white rose, a symbol for Yorkshire. The logo has been changed in several occasions, the last time was in 1998, which resulted in a new crest form and also that the rose would lessen in importance. Noticeable is the switch from the abbreviations AFC (Association Football Club) to the more modern FC (Football Club).

Leeds United timeline

1919 The club is established as Leeds United AFC.
1920 Member of the Football League.
1924 First season in Division 1.
1961 The club kit change to white color.
1961 Don Revie is appointed as manager.
1968 Winning their first European competition (Inter-Cities Fairs Cup).
1969 Winning Football League for the first time.
1972 Winning the FA Cup.
1988 Howard Wilkinson is appointed as manager.
2004 Relegated from Premier League.

Trivia

Football clubs also founded in 1919

CF Belenenses logoCF Belenenses
AS Monaco FC logoAS Monaco FC
Valencia CF logoValencia CF

Football clubs ordered after establishment

League statistics

League record

Titles in total: 3
Premier League titles: 0
First participation: 1968-1969
First title: 1920-1921

All seasons

Season League Position Points Notes
2018-19 Championship 3 83  
2017-18 Championship 13 60  
2016-17 Championship 7 75  
2015-16 Championship 13 59  
2014-15 Championship 15 56  
2013-14 Championship 15 57  
2012-13 Championship 13 61  
2011-12 Championship 14 61  
2010-11 Championship 7 72  
2009-10 League One 2 86 Promoted
2008-09 League One 4 84  
2007-08 League One 5 76  
2006-07 Championship 24 36 Relegated
2005-06 Championship 5 78  
2004-05 Championship 14 60  
2003-04 Premier League 19 33 Relegated
2002-03 Premier League 15 47  
2001-02 Premier League 5 66  
2000-01 Premier League 4 68  
1999-00 Premier League 3 69  
1998-99 Premier League 4 67  
1997-98 Premier League 5 59  
1996-97 Premier League 11 46  
1995-96 Premier League 13 43  
1994-95 Premier League 5 73  
1993-94 Premier League 5 70  
1992-93 Premier League 17 51  
1991-92 1st Division 1 82 3rd league title
1990-91 1st Division 4 64  
1989-90 2nd Division 1 85 Promoted
1988-89 2nd Division 10 67  
1987-88 2nd Division 7 69  
1986-87 2nd Division 4 68  
1985-86 2nd Division 14 53  
1984-85 2nd Division 7 69  
1983-84 2nd Division 10 60  
1982-83 2nd Division 8 60  
1981-82 1st Division 20 42 Relegated
1980-81 1st Division 9 44  
1979-80 1st Division 11 40  
1978-79 1st Division 5 50  
1977-78 1st Division 9 46  
1976-77 1st Division 10 42  
1975-76 1st Division 5 51  
1974-75 1st Division 9 45  
1973-74 1st Division 1 62 2nd league title
1972-73 1st Division 3 53  
1971-72 1st Division 2 57  
1970-71 1st Division 2 64  
1969-70 1st Division 2 57  
1968-69 1st Division 1 67 1st league title
1967-68 1st Division 4 53  
1966-67 1st Division 4 55  
1965-66 1st Division 2 55  
1964-65 1st Division 2 61  
1963-64 2nd Division 1 63 Promoted
1962-63 2nd Division 5 48  
1961-62 2nd Division 19 36  
1960-61 2nd Division 14 38  
1959-60 1st Division 21 34 Relegated
1958-59 1st Division 15 39  
1957-58 1st Division 17 37  
1956-57 1st Division 8 44  
1955-56 2nd Division 2 52 Promoted
1954-55 2nd Division 4 53  
1953-54 2nd Division 10 43  
1952-53 2nd Division 10 43  
1951-52 2nd Division 6 47  
1950-51 2nd Division 5 48  
1949-50 2nd Division 5 47  
1948-49 2nd Division 15 37  
1947-48 2nd Division 18 36  
1946-47 1st Division 22 18 Relegated
1939-46 - - - WWII
1938-39 1st Division 13 41  
1937-38 1st Division 9 43  
1936-37 1st Division 19 34  
1935-36 1st Division 11 41  
1934-35 1st Division 18 38  
1933-34 1st Division 9 42  
1932-33 1st Division 8 44  
1931-32 2nd Division 2 54 Promoted
1930-31 1st Division 21 31 Relegated
1929-30 1st Division 5 46  
1928-29 1st Division 13 41  
1927-28 2nd Division 2 57 Promoted
1926-27 1st Division 21 30 Relegated
1925-26 1st Division 19 36  
1924-25 1st Division 18 34  
1923-24 2nd Division 1 54 Promoted
1922-23 2nd Division 7 47  
1921-22 2nd Division 8 45  
1920-21 2nd Division 14 38  

Note. The 1939-40 season was abandoned after three rounds and is therefore excluded.

Premier League – facts, stats and history

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds_United_FC
http://sabotagetimes.com/football/why-are-leeds-united-the-most-loathed-team-in-the-uk

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