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24. Don, Doyle and Gerry

 
Another glimpse under the East Stand. The excellent facilities for playing and management staff often led England to pop by, and such was the case in the scorching June of 1976 as the national team prepared to face Finland in a World Cup qualifier.
 
In the foreground is Man City's Mike Doyle, while behind him England boss Don Revie - wearing an Arsenal shirt, no doubt to the horror of Leeds fans - personally tends to the massaging needs of captain Gerry Francis. 
 
England beat Finland 4-1, but things didn't end well. This was the final cap for Francis, despite him being still only 24 and having skippered the side in eight of his 12 appearances after Revie had hurriedly elevated him to the captaincy in favour of the discarded Alan Ball. 
 
Fitness and form kept Francis out of the side for the rest of the decade - by which time Revie had long since controversially walked away from England, who would fail to qualify for Argentina 78. Doyle battled alcoholism and died of liver failure in 2011. 

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