Date: Saturday, 17th September 1960.

Venue: Elland Road Leeds.

Competition: Second Division.

Score: Leeds United 4 Middlesbrough 4.

Scorers: Leeds United: Stonehouse (og), Goodwin, Cameron (pen), McCole. Middlesbrough: Unknown.

Attendance: 17,799.



Leeds United: Burgin; Caldwell, Hair; Cameron, Charlton, Goodwin; Francis, Hawksby, McCole, Peyton, Grainger.

Middlesbrough: Unknown.

Referee: Unknown.

This was the game when some claim United first wore the famous all-white strip, usually attributed to Don Revie but clearly preceded his appointment as Leeds manager in March 1961, there were certainly times previous to this game when a similar strip was used as a picture of George Meek and George O’Brien shows. George O’Brien came to Leeds from Dunfermline in March 1957 and departed for Southampton in July 1959 and ‘wee Georgie’ Meek had also departed for Leicester City in August 1960. It would be fair to say that the photo was taken in either the 1957-58 or 1958-59 season. As can be seen from the pictures, it was not, in fact, the all-white of Real Madrid, adopted by Don Revie, but had a blue and gold V-neck and matching trim on the sleeve and piping on the shorts.

The match itself was a very exciting 4-4 draw with an own goal, a goal from defender and captain for the day Freddie Goodwin, a penalty from Bobby Cameron and one from the ever reliable and prolific John McCole, who finished as United’s top scorer with 20 league goals from thirty-five games as well as another four in five Cup games, which was an exception return for a striker in a very struggling team. Don Revie, United’s captain was unavailable due to injury.


Match Action and the White Shirt Saga



                                                                                                  George Meek and George O’Brien in

                                                                                                   white for United in the late 1950’s




Leeds United 1960-61:

Back Row: Willie Bell, Terry Caldwell, Alan Humphreys, Ted Burgin, Freddie Goodwin,

Bobby Cameron, Grenville Hair.

Sitting: Ronnie Wright, Eric Smith, Jack Charlton, John McCole, Don Revie, Gerry Francis,

Peter McConnell, Billy Bremner.

Front Row: Colin Grainger, Noel Peyton, Jimmy Ashall.





Leeds goal-scorer John McCole                                                       Leeds goal-scorer Freddie Goodwin