Leeds United: Revie era lads marching on together again

They're names that roll off the tongue for football fans of a certain age.

Reaney, Charlton, Hunter, Lorimer, Giles, Clarke, Gray – star members of Don Revie's legendary Leeds United side of the Sixties and Seventies.

Now, nearly 40 years on from their heyday, the Revie era glory boys are to be united again in support of the push to honour their much-missed manager with a statue.

The 11 surviving members of the club's 1972 FA Cup-winning squad will later this year be attending a gala dinner in aid of the statue appeal, it was announced today.

It will take place in the banqueting suite at United's Elland Road ground on Thursday, October 20.

And organisers are confident the event will prove a big draw for Leeds supporters keen to salute the manager who moulded the finest team in the club's history.

Appeal head and long-time Revie admirer Jim Cadman said: "It's shaping up to be quite an occasion. I think it will be the biggest gathering of football legends seen in Leeds for a number of years."

Tickets for the dinner cost 85 each or 750 for a table of 10.

Gold table packages are also available priced 1,250 for 10, with purchasers receiving an invite to a VIP reception and the chance to feature in a 'team' photo with the lads of '72.

For more information about the dinner, visit www.donreviestatue.com or ring 01562 887323.

Around 90,000 is needed to pay for the 7ft-tall bronze statue of 'The Don' planned for Elland Road.

Mr Cadman has already commissioned Barnsley-based artist Graham Ibbeson to work on the project. The pair have previously collaborated on similar tributes to Yorkshire cricketing great Fred Trueman and Lancastrian comedian Les Dawson.

* United heroes Paul Reaney, Allan Clarke and Terry Yorath will be special guests at an appeal fundraiser taking place on Friday, February 4, at the Main Line Social Club on Pudsey Road in Farnley, Leeds. For further details, ring George Rutherford on 07710 100388.

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