Leeds United

Founded In
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Leeds United

About Leeds United

Leeds United AFC was founded in 1919, after its predecessor, Leeds City FC, was disbanded due to illegal payments made to players during World War I. The following year, in 1920, the new club was elected to the Football League.

The club enjoyed its first period of prolonged success during the 1960s and 1970s, under the management of legendary manager Don Revie. During his time in charge, Revie changed the club's stip to the all white kit famously associated with Leeds United today. He took over the club during a period of financial turmoil and soon created one of English Football's greatest ever sides.

During the Revie years, Leeds won promotion to the top tier of English football, two league championships in 1968–69 and 1973–74, the FA Cup in 1972, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups in 1968 and 1971 and the League Cup in 1968. A short period of success also took place during the early 1990s, when Howard Wilkinson took the club from the Second Division in 1989–90 to the League Title in 1991-92. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Leeds were a major force in English football, reaching both the UEFA Cup and Champions League semi-final and challenging for the Premier League title. However, financial problems ultimately cost them. Several major stars were sold and the club was relegated at the end of the 2003-04 season.

The closest the club has come to returning to the Premier League was during the 2006 campaign when they made it to the play-off final where they ultimately lost to Watford Football Club 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium.

Over the years, a number of world renowned players have played for the club, including Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter and Eric Cantona, all of whom won the league title with Leeds. In addition, Rio Ferdinand, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Alan Smith enjoyed success at the club.

The club's home stadium for the duration of its existance has been Elland Road, which was previously the home stadium of Leeds City. With a capacity of 37,900, it is currently the second biggest club stadium outside of the Premier League. Prior to the implementation of seating, the record attendance was set at 57,892 in 1967.


First Division:
1968–69, 1973–74, 1991–92

FA Cup:

League Cup:

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup:
1968, 1971