" STYLO MATCHMAKERS LEGEND: FOOTBALL BOOTS WORN BY DON REVIE -

STYLO MATCHMAKERS LEGEND: FOOTBALL BOOTS WORN BY DON REVIE

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Don Revie helping shoot Stylo Matchmakers first-ever marketing campaign with Bobby Collins.

With Don Revie in charge, Stylo Matchmakers first entered football with Leeds United. Infact, Before Stylo Matchmakers really took off signing Pele, George Best and Kevin Keegan it was the Scottish footballer, Bobby Collins who became the first professional to lace up in Stylo Matchmakers back in 1966.  The Stylo head office was just down the road from Elland Road and the brand formed a strong relationship with the club manager, later England manager, Don Revie. In his playing career, Revie was a forward with Manchester City and helped the Blues win the FA Cup in 1956 defeating Birmingham City 3-1 at Wembley. A year earlier he had been named as the Footballer of the Year. One of the best if not the best Leeds United managers in history. He led them to the league championship in 1969 and 1974 in a team that included legendary names such as Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter and Johnny Giles.

Don was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1970 Queen’s New Years Honors List for his services to Association Football.  don became the manager of England in 1974 but left the hot seat in 1978 when the country failed to qualify for the World Cup.  He secretly negotiated a job to manage in the United Arab Emirates whilst still under contract, much to the disgust of the English FA who tried to have him banned from the game. However, a high court ruling went in favor of Revie. Sadly in the 1980s he suffered with motor neurone disease and spent the latter years of his life in a wheelchair, passing away on 26th May 1989.

 

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Don Revie with Stylo Matchmakers legend Billy Bremner in 1974

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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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