Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 1

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The greatest Leeds player of all time is a former captain who led the side through their most successful period.

Billy Bremner was arguably one of the greatest all-round footballers the game has ever known. His technical ability matched with his fighting spirit made him one of the fiercest competitors and the main reason why Leeds United enjoyed so much success while he was wearing the armband.

The Scotland international made his debut for the club in 1960 on the right-hand side of midfield. And while his initial form showed little to suggest what a legend he would become, it was the appointment of former teammate Don Revie as the club's new manager that laid the foundations for the best period in the Whites' history.

Revie moved Bremner into the centre of midfield and played him alongside Johnny Giles and Bobby Collins. And while Collins was a key protagonist in Leeds' rise from Second Division mediocrity to First Division contenders, it was the partnership between Giles and Bremner that would take them to the next level.

When Collins picked up an injury that would plague the rest of his career in 1965, Bremner was given the captaincy after Jack Charlton had had a brief go in the role. 

With Bremner leading from the front, United would win two league titles, two Fairs Cups, the League Cup and FA Cup and would be knocking on the door on several other occasions, like the 1975 European Cup final where Bremner's role in Peter Lorimer's 'goal' led to the strike being controversially disallowed and allowed Bayern Munich to win the game 2-0.

On the international stage, Bremner was also a key member in an exciting side. He earned 54 caps for his country and captained them for their World Cup clash against Brazil in 1974 - a tournament where the Scots were the only home nation to qualify.

Bremner would remain an important player in Leeds' squad even heading into the twilight of his career as he made 34 league appearances in his final full season with the club before his departure for Hull. His playing days with the Peacocks saw him make 773 appearances and score 114 goals in all competitions. 

He returned to Elland Road as manager in 1985 - a role he had applied for 11 years earlier before the Leeds board appointed Brian Clough - and hinted that he may be able to help them rediscover past glories as they reached a play-off final, but were unable to secure promotion back to the top flight after losing out to Charlton in a replay.

His work helped his successor, Howard Wilkinson take the club back to the First Division and subsequently win their third league title, and the first that Bremner hadn't lifted. 

Bremner's style of play arguably summed up the whole team's mentality through that golden period.

He was not afraid to get stuck in, and - perhaps unfairly - developed a reputation for being dirty when it came to making challenges, but he was also capable of the most sublime pieces of skill, brought an energy that inspired all of his teammates to come with him no matter how daunting the battle ahead, and never quit when there was the slightest chance of success. 

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