Legendary Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Steve Riding is celebrating 45 years with the paper. In the third of a week long series looking back on his career, we look at the 62-year-old’s Leeds United memories.
It is a good job he’s a Leeds fan, as Steve Riding has captured hundreds of home and away games over his 45 year career.
He has recorded the highs and lows of LUFC and says some times were better than others.
His favourite time was undoubtedly the Don Revie era, when he managed to capture some magic moments during the 1960s and 70s.
Steve said; “I was so fortunate the photograph the Don Revie team. I remember 1965, which must have been my favourite time for the club, when they were most successful.
“I went to Wembley as a fan for the Cup Final and in 68, 70, 72, 73 I also went to cheer, and not to work.”
He is also a fan of Leeds Rhinos, England and Yorkshire cricket, as well as a long time supporter of local sports.
He recalled: “One time in the early 70s, I missed out on a European Cup Final as I was the junior and had to stay in the office and everyone else went to the match. I’m still upset about it now.
“Now I’m 62, I can’t see Leeds getting a championship League Final again in my lifetime.”
He said after Leeds won the Championship in 1975, Don Revie invited a few photographers up to his home in Alwoodley: “He was a genuinely nice bloke. We heard we’d won the league and had a bit of a celebration with him.”
He recalls capturing Billy Bremner’s caring side, off the pitch, as he was always one to help with charity events or helping others.
“One of the craziest LUFC jobs I remember was in 1991 when the YEP sponsored Leeds United, and I went to take a team shot and had to get them all to read the YEP.
Steve attended the funerals of Don Revie, in Edinburgh in 1989 and also Billy Bremner’s in Doncaster.
He said; “At Don Revie’s funeral, it was a rush to get there, then a taxi to the funeral. In those days we still used film and had to print the photo and it started at 12 noon, and the deadline was 1pm. I had time to take just one shot, a taxi back to the Scotsman newspaper, then send it down the wire as we used to say.
“It arrived with minutes to spare and made that day’s from page, with a shot of Mick Jones, Alan Clarke, Bill Bremner and Laurie McMenemy paying their respects.
“My favourite players have to be Lucas Radebe and David Battye and one of the saddest times was when we got relegated at Bolton in 2004, it was depressing,
“But overall I love capturing Leeds play at Elland Road. Marching on together.”