Why The Club Before Leeds United Were Expelled From The Football League?

October 23, 2019

Before every home game, the limit of Elland Road’s audience can be “we have experienced ups and downs” – Leeds United has of course experienced extremes on both ends.

The West Yorkshire County Club celebrates its 100th anniversary this week. Three-time England champion and two-time domestic cup champion; Leeds reached the height that some people dreamed of.

The team of Don Revie in the late 1960s and late 1970s was the memory of most people. Raising nine trophies in the glorious 13 years made Leeds one of the strongest teams in the game. Revie’s statue overlooks the majestic stadium’s East Stand.

Manchester United is not the only top team in Leeds. When the Salem Concert Hall was established in October 1919, their creation may not be necessary.

Before them was Leeds City. Founded in 1904, it was dissolved only 15 years after being deported by the football league. Their existence in soccer is short, but the truth is not smooth.

It took so long for football to start to feel surprised in the city. They witnessed the friendship between the Sheffield clubs in 1877 and worked for several years at Hunslet FC and Leeds Steel in 1894, but in the early 1900s they provided their first truly large city club.

Gilbert Gillies has been a leader since 1904 but has not succeeded. Even after 1912, the great Herbert Chapman led the club, and the club was rooted in the second division in their 15 years of life.

Chapman is known for his success at Huddersfield and Arsenal, but he claims he will lead Manchester City to the fourth highest in the second division.

Although the effort on the court is far from well known. The 1919 Leeds urban scandal centered on illegal payments eventually led to the demise of the club.

It started with Charlie Copland. Manchester City players are not satisfied with the salary he received from the club. Although he is not sure of a starting point, Copeland’s weekly salary is still about £150.

The board of directors and the Copeland program aim to find a compromise. The Leeds offer has improved, but the players are still not satisfied. His ambitious goal is to double the current salary, which is useless.

Then the last pass im.

The Leeds Board of Directors either met his higher salary requirements, or he reported it to the Football Association to pay players in wartime, which is strictly prohibited.

According to reports, this is not the only team that is playing the game, but a team that the authorities cannot ignore.

The person in charge seemed to call him bluff and refused, so he was allowed to transfer to Coventry for free. But the problem did not disappear, and Copeland passed his knowledge to the FA in the summer of 1919.

Charles Clegg led the committee to investigate the claim. As long as Copeland filed the allegations for only two months, the British Football Association asked Leeds to participate in and present their stories, as evidenced.

Incredibly, the Manchester City government’s response is that they will not be able to do so. The seriousness of the crime seems to make the authorities incapable of moving. The Commonwealth Football Association gave Leeds no relevant documents until October 6, 1919.

Even if there is a real possibility of being deported, Manchester still implements an almost “business as usual” policy. A well-known secret is that other clubs are doing the same thing, the difference is that Leeds was discovered by the person in charge.

The team continues as usual, ignoring the imminent threat that hangs over the head. They made a draw against Hull and Wolverhampton in September and then won a 4-2 victory in the Central region on a return trip a week later.

On October 6th, I went again, and Leeds completely ignored their request. This forced the Football Association to take action again and suspended Leeds’ upcoming game against South Shields in the next stage of their discussion.

The punishment was severe and Leeds City was withdrawn from the football league. This is an extreme move, but Union Chairman John McKenna wants to do so to show his position.

He said: “The game authorities intend to remain absolutely clean. We will not talk nonsense.”

“The football field must be cleaned and further violations of the payment laws are dealt with in a more rigorous manner, so that I am now warned that clubs and players must not expect to be lenient.

“Every member of the committee is very sorry that Ritz must be dealt with. We realize that they have experienced a difficult time before, they are a new club, they have a good market share in the rugby area, and the club has a bright future. .

“But our situation is very clear – Leeds is provocative and can only be provoked by one reason – the feat of these documents reveals some secrets.”

The rest of the club met at the Metropole Hotel in Leeds on October 17, 1919, and they will hold an auction to purchase 16 members of the City.

Billy McLeod was top of the billing as he departed for Notts County with a winning bid of £1,250 – a price of around £64,000 in today’s money.

Harry Millership moved to Rotherham County and John Hampson made the switch to Aston Villa with both commanding fees of £1000 each.

All 16 players would be snapped up, with Lincoln being the most active of those present as they welcomed William Ashurt, Fred Linfoot and Francis Chipperfield for a combined fee of £850 – £43,500 in the present day.

At the same time, in a separate meeting, Leeds United were born under the guidance of their former player Dick Ray.

Huddersfield chairman Hilton Crowther took an interest in the project and gave it financial backing. There was even a possibility of Huddersfield being moved to Elland Road to become a part of the new Leeds team.

He would accept a payment of £17,500 plus shares in Huddersfield and in return, Crowther passed on his full interest in the club.

With everything in place, Leeds were accepted into the Football League in May 1920 with 23 votes to eight in their favour. The foundations were in place to build the rich 100-year history that has followed.

One club’s conclusion on disgraced terms was soon forgotten with almost immediate success for United as they won the Second Division in 1924, something the former team had been unable to achieve.

The death of Leeds City would not stop the story of football in Leeds. The heights of European football and being on the verge of becoming the best team on the continent was combined with a collapse down to England’s third tier.

Of course, United would have financial issues of their own in the future, something that served as a great warning to spending in the modern day. That though, remains a completely different story.