19 Facts About Billy Bremner

1. William John Billy Bremner was a Scottish professional footballer and manager.

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2. Billy Bremner played for Leeds United from 1959 to 1976, serving as captain from 1965, in one of the most successful periods in the club's history.

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3. Billy Bremner failed to gain promotion to the top flight and left the club in September 1988.

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4. Billy Bremner captained his country at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where Scotland failed to advance from the group stage despite being unbeaten in the competition.

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5. Billy Bremner was out of form and dropped from the first team during the end of season run-in, which contained a disproportionately large number of games due to the high level of postponements that occurred during the harsh winter.

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6. The Leeds players blamed the referee for costing them the title as offside was not given for Colin Suggett for Jeff Astle's winner, and despite Billy Bremner saying "But we fight on.

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7. Billy Bremner recovered from an ankle injury just in time to face Liverpool in the semi-finals, and scored the only goal of the two-legged tie with a header at Anfield.

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8. Milan at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium in the European Cup Winners' Cup Final, though Billy Bremner missed the final due to suspension.

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9. Billy Bremner was named on the PFA Team of the Year and finished second in the FWA Footballer of the Year voting to Ian Callaghan.

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10. Teammate Peter Lorimer insisted that the only criticism he had of Billy Bremner was in applying for the management job against Giles, which had caused to board to look elsewhere for fear of dividing the dressing room by choosing between Billy Bremner and Giles.

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11. Billy Bremner signed with Hull City for a £25,000 fee on 23 September 1976, manager John Kaye feeling that Billy Bremner's experience would benefit his youthful Second Division side.

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12. Billy Bremner went on to feature in qualifying games for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, but defeats to Poland and Italy left Scotland second in their group, which was not enough to qualify.

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13. Many teammates said that Billy Bremner held this match as one of the proudest moments of his career.

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14. Billy Bremner was appointed manager of struggling Fourth Division side Doncaster Rovers in November 1978.

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15. Billy Bremner appointed former Leeds coach Les Cocker as his assistant.

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16. Billy Bremner moved on the young players signed by former manager and teammate Eddie Gray, choosing to sign experienced players in their place.

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17. In July 1989 Billy Bremner went back as manager to Doncaster, who had fallen back into the Fourth Division during his absence.

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18. Billy Bremner was inducted into both the English Football Hall of Fame and the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

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19. Billy Bremner was portrayed by Stephen Graham in the 2009 biographical drama film The Damned United, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Michael Sheen as Brian Clough.

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