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Leeds United Football Club is a professional English football club based in the city of Leeds. Leeds currently compete in the Premier League, which is the top division of the English football pyramid and have done so since making their return in the 2020/21 season, ending their 16-season exodus in the process.
The club currently plays their home matches at Elland Road, which has been their home since the club was founded on 17 October 1919. It was previously home to Leeds City, which was the first football club in the city and now has a maximum capacity of 37,608. There are plans in place to one day expand the capacity to 50,000 by rebuilding the West Stand.
Leeds United Honours
Leeds United have won some of English football’s biggest titles on numerous occasions during their history. Over a 10-year period between 1964-1974, Leeds were regularly competing for the First Division title and were successful in their attempts on two occasions. They won their first-ever First Division title in the 1968/69 season, beating out nearest rivals Liverpool by six points. The Lilywhites’ second title came in the 1973/74 season when they again finished ahead of Liverpool, while their most recent title came in 1991/92, making them the last team to win the First Division title before the introduction of the Premier League, which also saw them qualify for the UEFA Champions League in the process.
Leeds have also won the Second Division/Championship title on four occasions in their history. Those successes came in the 1923/24, 1963/64, 1989/90 and 2019/20 seasons. The Yorkshire club have also won the FA Cup and League Cup once apiece in their history, coming in the 1971/72 and 1967/68 seasons, respectively. In addition, they have won the Charity Shield twice, as well as having two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups in their trophy cabinet.
Leeds United History
As mentioned above, Leeds’ golden period came during the 1960s and 1970s, when the club were regularly competing for some of the biggest honours in football. Leeds even reached the European Cup final in 1975, eventually losing 2-0 to Bayern Munich in the final. They also made the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1973, where they lost 1-0 to AC Milan. Winning the English First Division twice during this era, they also finished as runners-up on five occasions, doing so in back-to-back years in 1964/65 and 1965/66 and then in three successive seasons in 1969/70, 1970/71 and 1971/72.
During this era, Don Revie was in charge of the club from 1961-1974 and transformed their fortunes. He also brought through a talented crop of players such as Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray, Jack Charlton, Paul Reaney, Allan Clarke, Paul Madeley and John Giles.
In the years that followed Revie, Leeds have spent time playing in the first, second and third tiers of English football. Financial issues in the 21st century blighted the progress made into contenders at the start of 2000s, leading to a 16-year spell outside of the top flight, including three consecutive seasons in the third tier. Marcelo Bielsa was the man to finally bring Leeds back to the top flight, doing so in emphatic fashion as they won the Championship in the 2019/20 season.