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Billy Bremner

The driving force behind the brilliant Leeds United side of the late 1960s and earl 1970s, Billy Bremner's superb passing and incisive forward runs played a major role during the club's glory years.

Billy Bremner was born in Stirling, Scotland, on 9 December 1942. He was brought up in the Raploch area of Stirling where he attended the Catholic junior school, St. Mary's.  Just 5' 5" tall, Billy Bremner was rejected by Arsenal and Chelsea for being too short before being signed for Leeds at the age of 17.

Fiery and determined, Brember joined Leeds in 1959 and by the mid-1960s had formed a brilliant partnership with Johnny Giles.  As captain, Bremner led the side to two league championships, in 1968-69 and 1973-74, FA Cup success against Arsenal in 1972, and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (later UEFA Cup) in 1968 and 1971.  He was also voter Footballer of the Year in 1970.

Capped 54 times for Scotland, Bremner led the Scots to the 1974 World Cup Finals in West Germany, where they were unbeaten and unlucky to be eliminated on goal difference.

Famously short-tempered, he and Liverpool's Kevin Keegan became the first British players to be sent off at Wembley when they exchanged blows during the 1974-75 Charity Shield match.  This was followed by a life ban from the Scottish FA following misconduct charges during a trip to Copenhagen for a European Championship match.

After Leeds United's defeat in the 1975 European Cup Final, Bremner moved to Hull City, and then finished his playing career at Doncaster. He returned to Leeds as manager in 1985 but was sacked three years later.  He died of a heart attack on 7 December 1997 two days before his 55th birthday.  A statue of Bremner was erected outside Elland Road as a tribute to the club's greatest captain and, according to an official poll of supporters, the club's greatest ever player.

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