" STYLO MATCHMAKERS LEGEND: FOOTBALL BOOTS WORN BY BILLY BREMNER -

STYLO MATCHMAKERS LEGEND: FOOTBALL BOOTS WORN BY BILLY BREMNER

As the driving force of Leeds United, the legendary Billy Bremner who is remembered for the motto “Side before self every time.” signed to Stylo Matchmakers in 1974 along with the full Leeds United Team.  Wearing their local British boot brand, Leeds lifted the title and dominated the English game over this time. As Captain of the greatest ever Leeds United team they went on to win two First Division titles, the FA Cup, and the League Cup.  Bremner was the midfield general par excellence.  Known as a tough-tackling midfielder, Bremner had no issue confronting anyone, and that included arguably the hardest man in professional football, Tottenham’s Dave Mackay. In an opening game of the season against Tottenham, Bremner set about kicking lumps out of the Spurs’ legend but matters turned ugly when the Leeds skipper caught Mackay with a mistimed lunge on the leg he had only just recovered from breaking. “He was a brilliant little player but a dirty little b******,” said Mackay later. “I could’ve killed him that day.” One newspaper report even called him “10st of barbed wire” such was his tenacity in the tackle.  First known as “Billy the Kid”, Bremner’s approach to his footballing career was “work hard, play hard”.

 

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Off the pitch, Bremner ate beans and toast most mornings for breakfast, loved a Kit-Kat with a brew, and liked nothing more than sparking up a cigarette once he was done training or playing.  On the pitch, the 5ft5in terrier was a passionate Scottish talent whose skill and famously inspiring leadership as well as a fierce determination made him vital to the success of Leeds United (1959-76), later Hull City (1976-78), and of course, Scotland obtaining 54 caps from 1965-75 captaining his country at the 1974 World Cup Finals. Billy Bremner also ranked “Footballer of the Year” in 1970. Leeds teammate Allan Clarke once reflected on Bremner,  When Billy Bremner took us across the white line, whether it was at Elland Road or Anfield or Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, those players, my team, we died for Leeds United we died for that club, Billy was the best player who ever played, they don’t make players like him today.” In later years, the Leeds United club hero Billy Bremner became manager of Leeds (1985-88) as well as local club Doncaster Rovers (1978-85, 1989-92) Billy was born December 9, 1942, and sadly passed away on December 7, 1997. Having made 771 appearances, scoring 115 goals, as well as voted Leeds United’s greatest player of all time, today Leeds fans pay a special tribute to a sculpted Bronze Billy Bremner statue right outside Elland Road.

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Aztecs

The Los Angeles Aztecs was an American professional soccer team based in Los Angeles, California , from 1974 to 1981. The Aztecs competed in the North Ame, fromue (NASL) from 1974 to 1981 as well as the 1975 NASL Indoor tournament, the 1979–80 and 1980–81 NASL Indoor seasons, and won the NASL Championship in 1974. During their eight years of existence, European football legends George Best, Johan Cruyff and a whole host of international players played for the team, total football pioneer Rinus Michels moved to the United States where he coached the L.A Aztecs and English singer Elton John was also a part-owner.

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Sting

The Chicago Sting (1974–1988) was an American professional soccer team representing Chicago. The Sting played in the North American Soccer League from 1975 to 1984 and in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the 1982–83 season and again from 1984 to 1988. They were North American Soccer League champions in 1981 and 1984, one of only two NASL teams (the New York Cosmos) to win the championship twice. The Sting were founded in 1974 by Lee Stern of Chicago and competed in the NASL for the first time in the 1975 season. A few years after founding the Sting, Stern brought Willy Roy on as head coach. Roy coached the Sting for the remainder of their outdoor existence. The team was named in reference to the popular 1973 film, The Sting, whose action was set in Chicago of the 1930s. The club played at various venues. The outdoor team spread their home games at Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, and Comiskey Park. In 1976 the indoor squad called the International Amphitheatre home, before subsequently using Chicago Stadium and the Rosemont Horizon (now the Allstate Arena).

Diplomats

The Washington Diplomats first came into being when in 1974 when the North American Soccer League (NASL) granted a franchise to a Washington, D.C. based business group. The team played all their home games at RFK Stadium in 1974, but in 1975 and 1976 they played most of their games at W.T. Woodson High School in Northern Virginia, including all of their 1976 games. They played indoor home matches at the neighboring D.C. Armory. The Diplomats qualified for the playoffs and increased average game attendance in each of their last three years of existence. Additionally, in their final year, the Diplomats were able to sign the future European Player of the Century Johan Cruyff. To the club experienced a spike in average attendance, nearing 20,000 fans a game by the 1980 season.

Atoms

The Philadelphia Atoms were an American soccer team based out of Philadelphia that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL). They played from 1973 at Veterans Stadium (1973–75) and Franklin Field (1976). The club’s colors were blue and white. The Atoms were founded by Philadelphia construction mogul Thomas McCloskey in 1973 at the urging of Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Tornado owner Lamar Hunt. Playing a largely American line-up, they won the NASL title in their first year of existence by defeating Hunt’s Dallas club 2–0. After this championship match, Philadelphia goalkeeper and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania native Bob Rigby became the first soccer player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Express

The Detroit Express was a professional soccer team based in suburban Detroit that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1978. Its home field was the Pontiac Silverdome. The Express were co-owned by Jimmy Hill, Roger Faulkner, Sonny VanArnem, and Gary Lemmen. The club made a splash by signing England forward Trevor Francis; he missed the first third of the season (arriving only after the European season ended in May), but still led the team with 22 goals and ten assists in 19 games.Francis scored five times as the Express slaughtered the San Jose Earthquakes, 10–0, which as of 2021 is still the widest margin of victory in an American major pro soccer match (NASL or MLS). The Express also won the American Soccer League title in 1982.

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