Elsie Joins Don In Soccer Heaven

Last updated : 29 March 2005 By Kevin Markey

Elsie, widow of former Leeds boss Don Revie, died in hospital in Scotland at the age of 77.

She was the president of the Leeds United Supporters Club, a position she was appointed following the death of Don in 1989.

Kevin Blackwell led the tributes when he described her as the mother figure of Leeds United.

"She was one of the first people to ring me after I got the job at Leeds to wish me all the best. She also let me know what Leeds United meant to everyone," he said on the official Leeds website.

"She said to me that the situation I was facing at Leeds when I took over was similar to the one her husband, Don, had faced when he was appointed manager of Leeds back in 1961. She knew it was going to be a hard job but she was always keen to offer words of encouragement and I appreciated that.

"She had a kind word for everyone she spoke to and she will be sorely, sorely missed. She was the mother figure of Leeds United football club and when you spoke to her it was like talking with your mother. I had massive respect for Elsie and I am greatly saddened by her death."