Here are the morning Leeds United headlines on Sunday, August 1.
Tributes paid to Terry Cooper
Leeds United are mourning the loss of another club legend after Terry Cooper died at the age of 77.
Cooper was a key part of Don Revie’s all-conquering side in the 1960s and ’70s, scoring the goal that sealed Leeds’ first-ever major trophy when he netted the winner against Arsenal in the 1968 League Cup final.
Tributes to Cooper, who made more than 350 appearances for Leeds, poured in on Saturday night, with club chairman Andrea Radrizzani tweeting that ‘my prayers are with his family’.
Leeds skipper Liam Cooper also posted a message.
“Devastating to hear this! A legend of our great club. Sending all our love to Terry’s family. May you Rest in Peace”.
Cooper enjoyed a 13-year career at Elland Road during which time he made 351 appearances and won a host of honours including the First Division title, the FA Cup and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
He also scored the goal which sealed the first major trophy in Leeds United’s history when he netted the winner against Arsenal in the 1968 League Cup final at Wembley.
After starting out as a pacey left-winger, Cooper was converted by Don Revie into a marauding left-back, adding a new dimension to the position that is still prevalent to this day.
His partnership with Eddie Gray in front of him on the left-wing was especially feared, with Cooper going to earn 20 England caps, playing in the 1970 World Cup.
A mainstay of Revie’s all-conquering side, he would suffer a broken leg shortly before the 1972 FA Cup final which kept him out of action for 20 months and would struggle maintain his place in the Leeds side upon his return.
Following his time at Elland Road, Cooper had spells at Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Doncaster Rovers, before moving into management where he took charge of both Bristol clubs and had spells in the Exeter City and Birmingham City dugouts.
Read more here.
Talking points from Real Betis defeat
Leeds’ preparations for the 2021-22 season continued on Saturday with a 3-2 friendly defeat to Real Betis at Loughborough University.
Joe Donnohue was there covering the action for us and he has dished out his talking points, which include a look at the key absences, some rust on display and more.
Read them all here.
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