The songs of Leeds United --> Track 2

Glory, Glory Leeds United

This version of this song is approximately 40 years old, but how old is the original tune?

We have seen different discographies saying that this single, produced by Walter J. Ridley, was published on the EMI Publishing label in 1968. However, our opinion is that they are wrong, and that the record was released before the FA cup-final in 1970, to celebrate that Leeds had reached the FA Cup final (as you will remember, our heroes were once again the runners up...).

This is the A-side of the single, the flip-side of which is the track "We Shall Not Be Moved". A lot of football supporters, especially Manchester United ones, claim that Leeds have stolen this song from them. Although it may be stolen (this was originally an old gospel or negro spiritual song, and is known to many as "John Brown's Body"), this piece of plastic is evidence of how long ago the Leeds United supporters started to sing it - the song was fast adopted by the Kop at Elland Road.

Once again Ronnie Hilton was employed, and his lyrics give a glimpse of the times back then. Days when Mike Summerbee and George Best were the darlings of their teams, and the Scratching Shed (now the South Stand) still stood at Elland Road. Leeds' first two major trophy wins also get a mention - 1968's League Cup and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Cup) wins.

Together with Ronnie Hilton of course Billy Bremner and the rest of the team from 1970 sung their hearts out!

Glory, Glory Leeds United

Trad. arr. Ronnie Hilton
Produced by Walter J. Ridley
EMI Publishing 1968
Manchester can rave about the Summerbee and Best
And there's Liverpool and Arsenal and Spurs and all the rest
But let us sing the praises of the lads we love the best
As Leeds go marchin' on

Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
They're the greatest football team in all the land

Now little Billy Bremner is the captain of the crew
For the sake of Leeds United he will break himself in two
His hair is red and fuzzy and his body's black and blue
But Leeds go marchin' on

Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
They're the greatest football team in all the land

Now first we won the League Cup and before so very long
The Inter-City's champions were really going strong
And once again at Wembley you will hear us sing this song
As Leeds go marchin' on

Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
They're the greatest football team in all the land

In the Paddock and the Scratching Shed let's hear the voices sing
Let's get behind United and make the rafters ring
We're a team we can be proud of and Don Revie is the king
As Leeds go marchin' on

Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
They're the greatest football team in all the land

Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
Glory, glory Leeds United
They're the greatest football team in all the land