Maurice Lindley – close to England manager

Yesterday’s news that England manager Fabio Capello had resigned may appear to bear little interest to grassroots football in the Keighley area.
But the district does have one tenuous claim to the England supremo role.
Keighley-born Maurice Lindley was assistant to Leeds United manager Don Revie and took over as caretaker boss at Elland Road when Revie left to become England manager in 1974.
Indeed, Lindley was Leeds boss on at least three occasions. Even though he was in charge for only about a dozen games, they included two in the European Cup, before Brian Clough took on the role on a permanent (albeit brief) basis.
Local historian Rob Grillo came up with the allowing additional information.
Lindley (pictured left) who died aged 78 in 1994 began his career in open age football with Ingrow United in the Keighley League before making a name for himself during the 1935-36 season while playing for Barnoldswick Town in their one season in the Yorkshire League.
His skills attracted Football League scouts and he had trials with Everton. The Ingrow footballer also played a couple of ‘A’ team games for Bradford City, before signing for the Merseyside club in 1936, playing as wing-half or centre-half for them.
He stayed at Goodison Park until 1951, when he left to become coach at Swindon Town, taking over as manager two years later.
He left the hard-up Wiltshire club in April 1955 before a short spell in charge at Barry Town, and then two years at Crewe.
He later joined Leeds United as chief scout, and then, during the 1965-66 season became assistant to Revie.
It was at Elland Road as Revie’s right-hand man that Lindley became best known, bringing in talented youngsters such as Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer, Terry Yorath and Eddie and Frank Gray.
A club rule stated that employees had to leave Leeds United at the age of 65, and so his highly-successful era at Elland Road came to a close in 1982.
This wasn’t the end for Lindley though, as Roy McFarland, the manager at Bradford City took him on as chief scout.
He was rewarded with a testimonial in 1991 when Bradford City and Leeds United met at Valley Parade in a curtain raiser for the 1991-92 season.

Caretaker boss Maurice is pictured with the 1974/5 League Championship winning Leeds team. He is in the middle row, next to Paul Madeley. Also in the squad are Leeds legends Joe Jordan, Eddie Gray, Norman Hunter, Gordon McQueen, Allan Clarke, Paul Reaney, David Harvey, Frank Gray, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Terry Cooper, Trevor Cherry and Terry Yorath among others.


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