Leeds United: England’s rivalry with Scotland made for some intense ‘training’ sessions during the Revie era – Lorimer

Former Leeds United manager Don Revie.
Former Leeds United manager Don Revie.
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SCOTLAND play England in Glasgow next Tuesday and mention of those games always brings back memories for me.

I remember once at Elland Road when Don Revie thought he would have a five-a-side competition with a Scottish team facing an English team.

Within a few minutes, Don realised he was making a big mistake as the tackles were flying in and he had to cancel straightaway or else he knew there would be trouble.

Although we were great team-mates and friends, the rivalry came to the fore and Don had to call time after a couple of minutes of the match – otherwise he would have ended up with injured players.

I personally don’t know what it is like in the dressing rooms these days and it will be a different situation than it used to be.

I think the rivalry between the Scottish and English players will be there, but there’s obviously nowhere near as many Scottish players playing down here as used to come from Scotland.

Our team alone had six or seven and all the big clubs such as Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United had at least two or three Scottish players. So the day-to-day rivalry was there.

It probably is not there now and there is only the odd club with a Scottish player because of the influx of foreign players.

But I am looking forward to the game next week as most people are. It will be full at Celtic Park and as far as I am concerned, we still have that rivalry between our group of England and Scotland players from our time at Leeds.

We will be wanting to beat England, so we can have a go at them. It will be a big talking point.

I was up for a dinner in Scotland for my inauguration into the Hall of Fame a few weeks ago and all the people up there are full of it and can’t wait for the game as Scottish football is not like it was when Celtic and Rangers and even Aberdeen were doing well in Europe. This is a massive, massive game and one they are looking forward to with great passion.

The one thing about the Scottish team is that the Tartan Army have stuck with them and they will be cheering them on as I will in hoping Scotland win.

I might just have a little whisky beside me to cheer the goals as they go in.

Hopefully that will be the case!

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