…continuing the theme from last week, about footie teams and their reputations.
Unlike the previously mentioned Millwall this team got their reputation not because of their fans in the stands, but because of the players on the pitch. It was because of Leeds in the 1970’s and because of the way they played at the time.
It wasn’t just Leeds. The style of play back then was tougher. Back then tackling from behind was allowed. Back then going in on the keeper was allowed. When you saw a player going down it wasn’t like it is today, no tripping over a blade of grass and hitting the deck like you were shot. If you went down it was because of players like Ron “Chopper” Harris or Norman “Bite Yer Legs” Hunter, who lived up to these nicknames.
Back to the early 70’s Leeds…
Don Revie was made the player-manager in 1961 and at first they struggled, but again unlike these days he was given time and eventually under his stewardship Leeds United had the most successful period winning League and Cup Finals and his team were never out of the top 4.
During this time and because of the way the game was played the team got their reputation of being stronger than others and because of some questionable tactics and aforementioned tackles.
It was 1972 and Leeds got to the FA Cup Final again (the beat a very decent Arsenal side 1-0) and just because they were big hard blokes doesn’t mean that they don’t like to have a good sing song whilst taking that post-match plunge bath together.
The trend of football teams gathering to record and release records has started in 1970 with the England team and continued with Chelsea for the ’72 League Cup. Seeing this Leeds had a go themselves and in time for the final put out the single with a very imaginative title: “Leeds United”.
The entry from the Wikipedia page about the release »
The Leeds squad released a single, “Leeds United” with the b-side being “Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!” (commonly known as “Marching On Together”). It was issued to coincide with the team reaching the 1972 FA Cup Final; the vocals on the original recording were by the Leeds team. The record reached number 10 in the UK singles chart. Whilst it is not officially the club anthem, “Marching On Together” is played before every home game. Unlike many football songs that are just new words set to existing music, “Leeds Leeds Leeds” is an original composition by Les Reed and Barry Mason, purposely written for Leeds United.
But this isn’t the expected posting of the A-side. The “Leeds United” song is alright but nothing really to write home about.
If you really want to hear it - [Low quality short sample]
Today were are featuring the B side…
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