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Six part documentary series broadcast in the Yorkshire television region charting the rise and fall of Leeds United. From the halcyon days of the Don Revie era to the financial collapse of the club in 2002 which brought the club to the brink of extinction. A seventh part was broadcast in 2004 following the behind the scenes wrangling and relegation from the Premier League. Narrated by John Champion.
Production credit - Yorkshire Television
EPISODE ONE: The Sixties (22nd August 2003)
In 1961 with Leeds United struggling in the 2nd Division Don Revie arrived as first player then manager to take the club in less than eight years to become not only a force in Europe but Football League Champions in 1969.
Interviewees include Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray.
EPISODE TWO: 1970-72 (29th August 2003)
With Leeds United announcing themselves as the number one team in country what should have led to a glut of cups and titles turned in to a series of what should have beens.
Interviewees include Jack Charlton, Eddie Gray, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Alan Ball and Peter Osgood.
EPISODE THREE: 1972-74 (5th September 2003)
A shock defeat to Sunderland in the FA Cup and suspicious European Cup Winners Cup Final against AC Milan proved a springboard for one last Championship win in 1974. Don Revie left to take up the job as England manager but his replacement Brian Clough lasted only 44 days.
Interviewees include Johnny Giles, Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray, Duncan McKenzie, John McGovern and Jeff Powell.
EPISODE FOUR: 1975-1992 (12th September 2003)
With defeat in the European Cup Final in 1975 Leeds United went in to a terminal decline through a lack of direction until finally suffering relegation in 1982. After eight years of 2nd Division football, it took manager Howard Wilkinson to lead the club out of the wilderness and to Division One champions in 1992.
Interviewees include Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray, Norman Hunter, Howard Wilkinson, Gordon Strachen and Lee Chapman.
EPISODE FIVE: 1992-2001 (19th September 2003)
With the arrival of the Premier League an aging Leeds United side failed to capitilize on their early success and had settled for mid-table obscurity. Suddenly out of the blue a group of new young players came through the youth system to lead the club two European semi finals. For manager David O'Leary the future certainly looked rosey.
Interviewees include Peter Ridsdale, Howard Wilkinson, David O'Leary, Lee Chapman and Lucas Radebe.
EPISODE SIX: 2001-03 (26th September 2003)
Failure to qualify for the Champions League proved to be a disaster for Leeds United but it was the off-field activities of Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate that attracted publicity for all the wrong reasons. When David O'Leary was suddenly sacked before the 2002/03 season and replaced by Terry Venables supporters were left baffled. However nothing could compare to their surprise they received when it was revealed that the club was in serious financial difficulty and things were beginning to spiraling out of control.
Interviewees include Peter Ridsdale, David O'Leary, Terry Venables, Peter Reid, Norman Hunter, Eddie Gray, Lucas Radebe and Peter Lorimer.
EPISODE SEVEN: 2003-04 (27th May 2004)
By the start of the 2003/04 season the full extent of the club's financial plight was well known and the vultures were circling. New manager Peter Reid had managed to save the club from relegation the previous season but found he had his hands tied as players were sold around him. With the club stuck at the bottom of the table in September he was sacked and replaced by Eddie Gray. When Peter Ridsdale resigned as chairman and was replaced by Professor John McKenzie to fight off the club's creditors football took second place and relegation seemed inevitable. When it happen the fans just wanted answers.
Interviewees include Peter Ridsdale, Peter Reid, Eddie Gray, Lucas Radebe and Professor John McKenzie.
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