Leeds United: Billy Bremner voted the Football League’s greatest ever captain

Billy Bremner.
Billy Bremner.
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Eddie Gray led the tributes to a man who “lived for Leeds United” after Billy Bremner was named as the Football League’s greatest captain of all time.

United’s legendary skipper topped a poll conducted by Prostate Cancer UK, beating off competition from representatives of all 72 Football League clubs.

Bremner played 773 time for Leeds between 1960 and 1976 and became the icon of the most successful period in their history.

He was named as captain by manager Don Revie in 1965 and held the armband for 11 years.

Gray, his former team-mate, said: “The club was his life. He lived for Leeds United and he was an inspiration.

“He had a great record of coming up with big goals in big games and it says a lot that Don chose him to replace Bobby Collins as captain. You had big Jack Charlton at Leeds, a World Cup winner. But Billy was the one.”

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The newly extended three-year charity partnership between Prostate Cancer UK and the Football League aims to reach over 16 million fans, raising awareness of the disease which affects one in eight men and kills over 10,000 men a year.

Fans are being urged put aside rivalries and join ‘Men United’ in the fight against prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer UK is encouraging mates, brothers, dads and granddads to sign up for the most important game of their lives, wise up and step up to fight prostate cancer. To register for the Official Charity Partner e-newsletter packed with exclusive football stories and opportunities for fans to enter the Men United Hall of Fame visit prostatecanceruk.org/football.

If you have concerns or questions about prostate cancer call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit: www.prostatecanceruk.org

The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday with extra late opening from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays.