On This Day: 18 October
- Thu 18 Oct 2012, 8:23AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Looking back through the history books for the events, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day in City’s history.
Thursday 18th October 1951
Don Revie moves to Maine Road from Hull City for a fee of £25,000 and becomes an integral part of manager Les McDowell’s side as he implements the ‘Revie plan’.
Inspired by the successful Hungarian national team of the time, McDowell sought to use a tactic which best exploited use of a deep lying centre forward – the position Revie played for the Blues.
The Middlesbrough-born forward proved an influential member of the City side that reached back-to-back FA Cup Finals in the 1950s. Convincingly beaten by Newcastle in the 1955 final when the McDowell’s tactic failed to fire, Revie was given some small consolation when he was voted Writers’ Player of the Year at the end of the same season.
Before leaving for Sunderland in 1956, Revie returned to Wembley with City to compete in their second Cup Final in as many years. This time the Blues were more successful as they beat Birmingham City 3-1 and Revie, who would go on to manage England, came away with a winners’ medal.
Five years after leaving City, Revie was appointed the player-manager of Leeds United where he won the League title in 1969 and 1974, before being named England boss in 1974.