Plaques Unveiled To Celebrate our 1972 FA Cup Winners

We are thrilled to unveil the 16 commemorative plaques in the East Stand for each of the 1972 winning FA Cup Team and to celebrate 50 years of the hit record ‘Leeds Leeds Leeds’ (Marching on Together).

The plaques, designed by acclaimed sports artist Paul Trevillion, are in situ on the wall of the East Stand concourse facing the Centenary Pavilion, individually featuring David Harvey, Paul Reaney, Paul Madeley, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Terry Cooper, Peter Lorimer, Allan Clarke, Mick Jones, Johnny Giles, Eddie Gray, Mick Bates, Les Cocker and Don Revie.

Over the last year, The Trust, in partnership with the LUSCOS (Scandanavia) and Leeds United Americas supporters' groups, have worked together on this commemorative project and to part-fund the plaques alongside Leeds United.

At a special unveiling at Elland Road attended by some of the past players, Peter Emmerson, Chairman of Leeds United Supporters’ Trust said: “We’ve been working on this project for over a year now with the help and support of some passionate fans, most notably sports artist and Sock tag inventor Paul Trevillion, who has individually drawn the players and brought the plaques to life. Supporters' groups LUSCOS and Leeds United Americas have also been integral to the project and have part-funded the plaques with us, alongside the club. We would like to thank Leeds United who have really supported the vision of commemorating the 50th year from the start, ensuring we give the players the recognition they deserve. It’s a proud moment to get these plaques in situ and for fans to come along and enjoy them until the world stops going round.”

Members of the 1972 Cup-winning side will also be taking to the pitch at the final home game against Brighton.

It’s a proud moment to get these plaques in situ and for fans to come along and enjoy them until the world stops going round

LUST Chairman Peter Emmerson
1972 Plaques

Anders Palm, representing LUSCOS said: “We are all thrilled to be a part of honouring the 72 team. The Leeds United support in Scandinavia started out in the late sixties/early seventies. We will always have the players from that era in our hearts and this is a worthy tribute to them.”

Mike Bellwood, representing Leeds United Americas, said: "We are incredibly honoured to be part of this project. For many of our members, the 1972 Cup Final was the very first football match they remember and it left an indelible imprint on us as it did for all Leeds fans of that era. Recognising the team on the 50th anniversary of such a historic win in this way will ensure the accomplishments of Don's team continue to live on and reach much younger generations of fans. Thank you to LUST for their endeavours on so many fronts; it's a privilege to partner with you. Clarke, 1-0! Get in!"

Don Revie with the FA Cup

Paul Trevillion, acclaimed sports artist, added: “When I first spoke to The Trust about a permanent artistic tribute at Elland Road honouring Don Revie, Les Cocker and the 1972 Leeds team on the 50th Anniversary of their historic FA Cup Final victory, I was immediately greeted with  “BEAVER – LET’S DO IT!!!”  The Club and the Supporters’ trust members from around the world were just as enthusiastic and as inspiration moves the TREVILLION pen, every single pen line of the TREVILLION artwork specially created for this LEEDS UNITED commemorative area has been MOVED BEYOND ANY I HAVE EVER CREATED BEFORE.   I am so proud that everyone who visits Elland Road will have the opportunity of seeing Don Revie and the lads beaming down along with the ‘LEEDS LEEDS LEEDS’ anthem which all started 50 years ago.  I am a very happy and proud BEAVER – WE ARE MARCHING ON TOGETHER!”

David Coleman’s iconic 'Clarke, 1-0' commentary captured the moment perfectly when 'Sniffer' scored the goal to clinch Leeds United first FA Cup. After coming away without the trophy in two previous finals, the Whites made sure it was third time lucky in 1972. Clarke’s diving header in the 53rd minute saw Leeds beat Arsenal 1-0 to land the Cup in its centenary year. Fifty years on, captain Billy Bremner remains the only United player to lift the iconic trophy but Revie’s legendary team will forever have a special place in the hearts of Leeds fans.

The Supporters’ Groups have also created a limited edition Clarke 1-0! 72 T-shirt, costing £16 with all profits going to Leeds Fans Foodbank. Get yours here

In addition, The Square Ball have created a “See you Win” 160 page special publication to celebrate Leeds United winning the Centenary FA Cup in 1972. This ‘bookazine’ tells the story of how sock tags, tracksuits and synchronised warm-ups caught the imagination while Super Leeds fought round by round for the FA Cup, the last domestic trophy not yet in the Elland Road cabinet. For just £8 it can be purchased here

Plans are also well under way for the creation of a 72’ mural in a central Leeds location, more will be revealed in the coming weeks once it’s all finalised.