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Jack Charlton and Johnny Giles: Football legends
Johnny Giles
Johnny Giles in his pomp in the white of Leeds United

Leeds United are back in the second tier of English football and hoping to go one better.

So it's a good time to look back on two of the team's top players Johnny Giles and Jack Charlton.

Both are included in a series of archive BBC radio recordings called Football Legends: The players who built British football.

The presenter of the 20-minute profiles of the two Leeds United players is former Leeds boss Jimmy Armfield.

The full series features 21 different footballers from Gordon Banks to Ray Wilson alphabetically.

It is 35 years since Jimmy Armfield led Leeds to the European Cup Final in Paris (a game in which Johnny Giles played).

Leeds were only the second English club after Manchester United (who beat Benefica in 1968) to get into the final.

United's appearance was highly controversial. Riots broke out and seats were ripped out of the stadium after a Peter Lorimer goal was disallowed by controversial referee Michel Kitabdjian.

The referee was later banned after more allegations of match fixing.

Leeds were banned from Europe after the game, although in fact the team did not qualify again until 1991-92.

Jack Charlton - programme first broadcast 1997

Jack Charlton
Big Jack was part of the team for 20 years

Jack Charlton played centre-half for Leeds United for over 20 years and was part of England's victorious World Cup team in 1966.

He later became manager of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and, for almost a decade, the national team of the Republic of Ireland.

In this interview with Jimmy Armfield, Charlton talks about his early days working at a coal mine, the start of his football career and the World Cup match that made the entire squad the stuff of legend.

Johnny Giles - first broadcast 1999

Johnny Giles, Republic of Ireland international and member of the 'Busby Babes', talks about leaving home at 15 to play for Manchester United, recalls the great Matt Busby and remembers the Munich air disaster, which claimed some of the brightest footballing talent of the day.

He discusses his time at Leeds with former club managers Don Revie, Brian Clough and interviewer Jimmy Armfield and reflects upon the fortunes of the Republic of Ireland international squad, of which he was player-manager for much of the 1970s.




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