Don Revie

Born: July 10, 1927
Died: May 26, 1989,

Occupation: Professional Footballer and Manager

Challenges overcome: Motor Neurone Disease

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Donald ‘Don’ Revie was an international England footballer and manager, born in Middlesborough in 1927. His footballer career began at Leicester City in 1944, before moving onto Hull City, Manchester City and Sunderland. He won FWA Footballer of the Year in 1953-55 after developing the role of the first deep-lying centre forward in England, and also won the FA Cup in 1955. His final move was to Leeds United in 1958 for £14,000. Throughout his footballing career, Don scored 108 goals in 501 league and cup appearance, as well as scoring 4 goals in six appearances for England.

Don Revie had great success with Leeds, including being appointed Player Manager in 1961. During Don Revies management Leeds won the Second Division in 1963-4, The League Cup in 1968, alongside the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the First Division in the same year. They won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup again in 1971, the FA Cup in 1972, and the First Division again 1973.
In 1974, Don Revie became the England Manager but left after three years, to pursue managing positions in the Middle East.
Don Revie retired in 1984 and remains a highly popular Leeds United figure still to this day. He has a stand named after him at Elland Road stadium and a statue of himself at the grounds.

Don Revie was awarded with an OBE for his services to football.

Challenges Overcome

Don was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in May 1987 after moving to Scotland to retire with his wife. The disease moved quickly and soon robbed him of his physical abilities. His last public appearance was in 1988 at Elland Road for a charity football match in aid of Motor Neurone Disease research.  Don Revie was using a wheelchair at this point and it was the last time he saw many of his old Leeds United team-mates and friends.

Don Revie died in May 1989 in Edinburgh at the age of 61.

Disability Definitions

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s or Motor Neuron Disease, is a progressive, neuromuscular disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.  Motor neurons, among the largest of all nerve cells, reach the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body.  When these motor neurons die, the brain can no longer start and control muscle movement.


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