Don Revie era explored in United fan's latest book 'Dirty Leeds: The First Title'

Lifelong Leeds United fan Dave Tomlinson has written and published his fourth book on the Elland Road club.

Sunday, 3rd January 2021, 11:45 am
Leeds United fan Dave Tomlinson pictured with the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship trophy.

His latest book called Dirty Leeds: The First Title tells the United story from the mid 1950s to the club's 1969 First Division title winning season.

Dave, 60, said: "Dirty Leeds: The First Title is about what happened to Leeds United in the 1950s and 1960s and what (chairman) Harry Reynolds and Don Revie did to change the shape of football in West Yorkshire for ever.

"They dragged a mediocre club up by its bootstraps and changed it into a northern powerhouse.

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Copies of Dave Tomlinson's new book 'Dirty Leeds: The First Title'

"It's a story that will never be repeated of a special time in football and England, about self-made men and their handcrafted football club.

"Dirty Leeds: The First Title is also about me growing up and a football family doing the same."

He added: "I particularly wanted to explore the relationships between the key players in the story and I think that comes across quite well."

Dave, an NHS finance director from Birmingham, founded the website in 2000 and still edits the site which chronicles the club's history.

Amberley Publishing approached him to write his first book called 'Leeds United: A History' in 2015.

He followed that in 2016 with a second book, 'Billy Bremner 50 Defining Fixtures.'

Dave said both were short books of around 200 pages and he wanted to write more about Leeds.

In 2019 he wrote and self published third book 'Leeds Money and Misery Me' followed by his latest self-published book.

Dave plans Dirty Leeds: The First Title to be the first part of a trilogy.

He said two more books are in the pipeline covering the eras 1969 to 1982 and 1982 to 1996.

He is also planning other books about Leeds United's time under Marcelo Bielsa and Ken Bates.

Dirty Leeds: The First Title by Dave Tomlinson is available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.