The best moments from Leeds United's 1970s documentary, The Don of Elland Road

It's a fascinating snapshot of life at Leeds United during the club’s glory years under legendary manager Don Revie. Directed by much-loved TV programme-maker and sports commentator Sid Waddell, The Don of Elland Road follows United for two weeks during the closing stages of their championship-winning 1973/74 season.

Friday, 22nd February 2019, 11:14 am
Updated Friday, 22nd February 2019, 11:27 am
The Don of Elland Road was a 1970s documentary on life at Elland Road

The 25-minute programme had, by modern standards, a remarkable level of access, variously showing Revie at work, on the golf course and even chatting to a reporter on the phone while in bed at home. Now history is set to repeat itself, with filming under way on another behind-the-scenes documentary – this time telling the story of Marcelo Bielsa’s bid to guide United back to the top flight of English football. And, with that in mind, the Yorkshire Evening Post has revisited The Don of Elland Road, picking out 10 of its finest moments of the documentary which is available to view on the Yorkshire Film Archive website.

The documentary's opening credits offer a glorious rush of 1970s nostalgia, complete with Harlem Globetrotters-style lettering, United's smiley badge and - of course - the familiar sound of club anthem Marching on Together.
Don was a famously superstitious character and the documentary's first scene shows part of his pre-match routine - walking to a 'lucky' lamppost before immediately turning round and heading back to the team hotel.

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Don gives a phone interview from his bed the morning after the Liverpool game before his wife, Elsie, brings him breakfast. Don jokingly tells her: "I thought I wasn't going to get any after that result."
The documentary heads to the golf course with Don, who is resplendent in a pink jumper and check trousers. He is playing with Elsie, who takes great delight in her husband's struggles to stay on the fairway.
United's players have a kickabout on the beach after Don and his right-hand man Les Cocker try to ease the tension in the title-chasing camp by taking them away for a trip to the coast.
Don gets hands-on with his players in one of Leeds's regular soap-and-steam-filled massage sessions and recounts how he sobbed for hours in his hotel room after full-back Paul Reaney broke a leg in a game at West Ham
Beer and sandwiches are the no-nonsense order of the day for Mick Jones, Allan Clarke and the rest of United's players as they are joined by the film crew on the team bus back to Leeds after a defeat at Liverpool.
Dressed in the finest Seventies fashions, Allan Clarke and Norman Hunter talk about their team, with the former saying - quite rightly - that the level of talent gathered at Elland Road is a "once in a lifetime" achievement.
In a far cry from today's age of the 500,000-a-week footballer, midfielder Terry Yorath is shown picking up his wages in person - and jokes he can hear some coins rattling inside the envelope.
Don reflects on United's defeats against Liverpool and Burnley and pays tribute to his side's "tremendous character". He was right to have faith in the Leeds players, who went on to win the league by five points.