Today I thought it’d be fitting to write an article about the great man himself. So, let’s try to put this warrior into words.
Willam John Bremner was born on the 9th December in 1942. Billy was brought up in Stirling, where he was founded by Leeds United playing schoolboy football for his Catholic school, he signed for United the day before his 17th birthday. He could’ve signed for both Arsenal and Chelsea, but he was rejected for being too small.
In January 1960, Billy made his first team debut and soon after he was a first team regular, he would be a regular for the next 16 years. He was also was the center piece of United’s success in Revie’s reign. He was made captain in 1966, by the end of the decade United won three cups, in 1969 when United were awarded the League Championship, the squad only lost two games in the forty-two league season.
At the start of the 70s, United looked like they were destined for eternal greatness with Bremner calling the shots on the pitch & Revie off of it, two men who could never be replicated. United were chasing the treble. In 1970, this had never been done by an English club, and it did look realistic. At the end of it all, United won no trophies out of a possible 3. Losing the League Title to Everton, losing in violent FA Cup final on the second leg to Chelsea and being knocked out in Europe by Celtic in the semi final of the European Cup. Ultimately, United were under-achievers.
Through the 70s, United were dominate yet very weak, if that makes sense. Billy guided United to the Fairs Cup, but in the same season, United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Colchester United which to everyone was one of the shocks of the tournament. However, Billy didn’t play.
The last stand out remembrance of Billy’s Leeds was the 1975 European Cup final, which was I’m sure as you all remember, a defeat. United lost 2-0 in Paris to a Bayern Munich. Although the game is draped in suspicion of cheating on part of the Germans, the game still ended up as United as runners-up.
After this, the great Leeds United squad broke up, and Billy was sold in 1976 to Hull City. At United, he made 772 appearances which gifted him the Demigod reputation at Elland Road.
Although Bremner massively under achieved for how outstanding he was, but that didn’t obstruct him from getting inducted to the English Hall of Fame and Scottish Hall of Fame, or the honour of being United’s greatest ever player.
It’s funny how such a small man stood so tall.