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Mick Bates: Former Leeds United midfielder dies aged 73

Mon 12 July 2021 | 12:49

The English midfielder featured in 191 games for the Peacocks between 1965 and 1976.

Mick Bates

is best known for his regular presence in the Leeds squad during the Don Revie period. The Peacocks won the FA Cup in 1972 and managed to become First Division champions two years later.

Having started his senior career in 1965, Bates was a talented midfielder who played regularly during the 60s and 70s. The highlight of Bates’ career came in his side’s Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final against

Juventus

, where he scored Leeds’ winning goal. The popular midfielder suffered several injuries toward the end of his career at Elland Road and decided to move to

Walsall

in 1976.

Leeds United published a statement on their official

website

, saying:

"Leeds United are saddened to learn of the death of former player Mick Bates at the age of 73.

"His 12 years as a professional with the Whites were the most successful in the club's history, as the legendary side won two league titles in 1969 and 1974, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice in 1968 and 1971, the FA Cup in 1972, the League Cup in 1968 and the Charity Shield in 1969.

"As part of the club's centenary celebrations in 2019, Mick, alongside fellow members of the Revie team, was granted the Freedom of the City of Leeds by Leeds City Council.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Mick's wife Jill, son Paul and the rest of his family at this difficult time."

Bates’ death at the age of 73 brings about another period of mourning for Leeds, who have lost former players Norman Hunter, Jack Charlton, Trevor Cherry, and Peter Lorimer in recent months.

 


source: SportMob