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gilbert gillies leeds city manager Gilbert Gillies has the honour of being the first ever manager of a league division football team in the City of Leeds. Gillies answered an advert that ran in the Leeds Mercury newspaper on Monday, February 13, 1905 and was appointed by the 7th March. The Leeds officials were impressed by his credentials as Gillies beat off a number of applicants for the position. It was just before the start of the 1905/06 season and Leeds City had been elected to the second division. Working in double quick time Gillies assembled a squad together including one full back Dick Ray. Leeds City's and Gillies's first season was quite impressive with the team finishing in 6th position.
The following season did not go as well and City finished the term in 10th position. Gillies recieved a lot of critiscism for the relative failure, printed up in the Leeds Mercury. Gillies, shocked at the outburst replied and informed his knockers that when he took over, Leeds City did not have a pitch let alone a team a ready for league football.
Gillies went about and strengthened the squad for the following season. City flirted with the top spot early in the term but fell away and found themselves in a battle against re-election. Soon after in February 1908 Gillies afraid the directors would not renew his contract resigned his post as manager.
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League Season P W D L F A Pts Pos Notes
Division 2 1905-06 38 17 9 12 59 47 43 6th First ever season for a league team in Leeds.
Division 2 1906-07 38 13 10 15 55 63 36 10th Gillies recieved critiscism for this relatively low finish.
Division 2 1907-08 26 9 5 12 41 49 NA NA Gillies resigns with 12 games of season still to play.
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Leeds City 1906-07 (Gilbert Gillies Top Left Of Picture)

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