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Don Revie

Manchester City FC

6 caps, 4 goals

P 6 W 3 D 1 L 2 F 16: A 7
58% successful

1954-56

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
540

Profile

Full name Donald George Revie OBE
Born 10 July 1927 at 20 Bell Street, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Middlesbrough, North Riding, September 1927].
Attended Archibald Modern Secondary.
Married to Elsie M.L. Duncan [registered in Leicester, December 1949]. Two children, Duncan and Kim.
Died 26 May 1989, aged 61 years 320 days, in Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh, following a long battle with motor neuron disease, cremated on 30 May at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh..
Height/Weight 5' 11", 12st. 9lbs [1957].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies

The Unforgiven: The Story of Don Revie's Leeds United - Rob Bagchi & Paul Rogerson (Aurum Press, 2003).
Don Revie: Portrait of a Footballing Enigma - Andrew Mourant (Mainstream Publishing, 2003).

 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Started in school football around Middlesbrough, particularly Newport Boys Club FC and Middlesbrough Swifts FC. A centre/inside-forward, he signed for Leicester City FC in August 1944, scoring 25 league goals in 96 league outings before transferring to Hull City AFC in November 1949 for a �20,000 fee.  Another 76 league appearances followed and another twelve goals. Revie moved onto Manchester City FC in October 1951 for �13,000 plus another player (162 league appearances, 37 goals). Joined Sunderland AFC in November 1956 for �23,000 (64 league appearances, 15 goals).  Joined Leeds United AFC in November 1958 for �14,000, becoming the club's player-manager on 16 March 1961, retiring after 76 league appearances in which he scored another eleven goals, taking his total league goal tally to 100, in May 1963.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1954-55, winners 1955-56;
Individual honours FWA Footballer of the Year 1955;
Distinctions None

Management Career

Club(s) After initially planning on applying for the vacant AFC Bournemouth managerial position, Revie decided on becoming Leeds United AFC's player-manager in March 1961, retiring from playing in May 1963. He would remain manager at Elland Road until April 1974. Became the England team manager from July 1974 until July 1977 to become coach of United Arab Emirates, a position held until July 1980. From which he went to coach Al-Nasr from 1980 to 1984, and Egypt's Al-Ahly in 1984-85.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1963-64; Football League runners-up 1964-65, 1965-66, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72, Champions 1968-69, 1973-74; FA Cup runners-up 1964-65, 1969-70, 1972-73, winners 1971-72; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup runners-up 1966-67, winners 1967-68, 1970-71; Football League Cup winners 1967-68; FA Charity Shield winners 1969; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Trophy play-off runners-up 1971; European Cup Winners Cup runners-up 1972-73;
Individual honours Awarded CBE 1970; English Manager of the Year 1968-69, 1969-70, 1971-72;
Distinctions Appeared on ITV's This Is Your Life 24 April 1974;

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 738th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
First match No. 291, 2 October 1954, Northern Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 27 years 84 days.
Last match No. 307, 6 October 1956, Northern Ireland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 29 years 88 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Became a successful club manager with Leeds United AFC, before taking up the tenure with the England national side. For various reasons, some true, some probably not, Revie left England to take up a similar position with the United Arab Emirates, then various club sides in the area.  He returned to retire in Scotland in 1988, where he was diagnosed with MND, only to die a year later. No Football Association official attended his funeral and nor were their any marks of respect in the following weekend's football programme.

England Disgrace

Don Revie was guilty of selling his England Team Manager resignation to the Daily Mail, before he told the Football Association his intention to resign. THe newspaper article revealed that Revie had in fact been negotiating his United Arab Emirates contract whilst  he was supposed to be on England scouting missions.  It was enough to upset the Football Association, who had attempted to ban Revie from fottball for ten years, only overturned on appeal.  But why was Revie so desperate to leave these shores? Apparently his rush to leave England was the upcoming revelation that Revie had a history of match-fixing and bribery. Allegations witnessed and testified by footballers such as Gary Sprake, and respected managers such as Bob Stokoe.

 

Don Revie - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
8+ 6 4 540 4 135 min 2 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Don Revie - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 7.00 2.00 100.0 +1
Away 5 2 1 2 9 5 +4 0 1 1.80 1.00 50.0 =0
All 6 3 1 2 16 7 +9 0 1 2.667 1.167 58.3 +1

 

Don Revie - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Blue - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All 6 3 1 2 16 7 +9 0 1 2.667 1.167 58.3 +1

 

Don Revie - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 4 2 1 1 11 5 +6 0 1 2.75 1.25 62.5 +1
Friendly 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 0 0 2.50 1.00 50.0 =0
All 6 3 1 2 16 7 +9 0 1 2.667 1.167 58.3 +1

 

Don Revie - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1954-55 2 2 0 0 9 2 +7 0 1 4.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1955-56 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1956-57 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 4 2 1 1 11 5 +6 0 1 2.75 1.25 62.5 +1
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 2 1 1 11 5 +6 0 1 2.75 1.25 62.5 +1
All 4 2 1 1 11 5 +6 0 1 2.75 1.25 62.5 +1

 

Don Revie - Match History
 Club: Manchester City F.C. - 6 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 6 full capsx

Age 27
1 291 2 October 1954 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 78 8
2 294 2 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW Start 24 8
3 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Fr AL Start 8
- 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AD squad member/reserve
- 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto Fr AL
Age 28
4 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW Start26,53 8
5 299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL Start 8
Age 29
6 307 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start 8

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