By Keith Ingham
It was forty years ago today that after the tremendous run of twenty nine games came to an end at 'The Potteries' home of Stoke City. The 3-2 defeat by them. The result was a surprise as Leeds had marched to the top of the league in a run that contained nineteen wins and ten draws.
The amazing side that Don Revie had carefully hand picked included in goal David Harvey, regular full backs of Paul Reaney and Trevor Cherry. The centre back pairing of Gordon McQueen and Norman Hunter with Roy Ellam and evergreen Paul Madeley filling in whenever they were needed. Frank Gray vied with Cherry for the left back position. On the wings were Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray with a midfield of Billy (my favourite ever Leeds player) and Johnny Giles completing the midfield. Michael Bates and Terry Yorath deserve a mention as they always gave one hundered percent when injuries meant a place was available. If memory serves me right Nigel Davey was also amongst the squad but used sparingly.
The front two were two of the best strikers in the game at the time, Mick Jones, a workhorse that scored important goals and led the line so impressively. The other part of the duo was Allan Clarke, a player who arrived from Leicester City and with his 'one armed' salute became a favourite in the Theatre of Hope. 'Clarkie' could score the tap ins, occasional one from out of the box but most were in and around the eighteen yard area where his trademark predatory instincts were to earn him a international call ups aplenty with England. Peter Lorimer may be the clubs top scorer but Allan, Allan Clarke had everything you could want in a striker. Joe Jordan was also a mainstay in the side when either Clarke or Jones were unavailable. The toothless striker who came from the Scottish league side St Mirren again if memory serves me correct.
The team won the title that year and is still revered in the memory of most Leeds fans around that era. They are particularly close to my heart as it was this team I saw for the first time at Elland Road.
In a time that is less than memorable it's good to look back on the day that the record was broken all those years ago. By the way I still hate Stoke City!
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