Leeds United Association Football Club
- :For information on current events associated with the club see: Leeds United A.F.C.
is the only professional association football
club in the city of Leeds
. The club was established in 1919
, following the demise of Leeds City F.C.
Leeds United's predecessor club, Leeds City F.C.
, was formed in 1904
, but was forcibly disbanded by The Football League
in response to allegations of financial irregularities regarding illegal payments to players during the First World War
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Formation of Leeds United
Shortly after the disbanding of Leeds City
a new club, Leeds United
, was formed on 17 October 1919, under the management of former player Dick Ray
. They began playing in the Midland League
, taking the place vacated by Leeds City's reserve team. Yorkshire Amateurs
, who occupied Elland Road
, offered to make way for the new team.
Leeds United were acquired by Huddersfield Town
's chairman Hilton Crowther
. Crowther planned to amalgamate
Huddersfield Town and Leeds United, but a public outcry in the Huddersfield press prevented this; eventually, enough money was raised in Huddersfield
to buy Crowther out, leaving him to concentrate solely on Leeds United.
On 31 May 1920 Leeds United were elected to the Football League; they polled 31 votes and entered the Second Division
along with Cardiff City
, who won 23 votes.
Due to the connection with Huddersfield
, Leeds adopted the home colours... Read More