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25 October 2014 - Dave Tomlinson before the game  with WolvesDave Tomlinson is a lifelong supporter of Leeds United, despite hailing from the Midlands. He grew up at a time when Leeds were seen as either Beautiful Losers or Dirty Leeds, depending on your inclination.

He remembers to the day when he caught the Leeds bug: 18 March 1970, when they faced Standard Liege at Elland Road in the old European Cup. Dave watched the game on his parents' little black and white television and was struck by how unlucky Leeds were, pounding away at the Belgian defence but having to be content with a single goal from a Johnny Giles penalty.

The course of the next month sealed it for Dave as Leeds stumbled through their infamous Treble heartbreak experience.

He established his mightyleeds.co.uk website in 1999, with the aspiration of it being, in his words, 'the definitive history of the club'. It's certainly an in-depth piece of work, revealing an amazing level of research and capitalising on Dave's encyclopaedic knowledge of the club and its doings.

In 2014, Amberley Publishing approached Dave with the idea of a book about the history of the club and a year later out came Leeds United: A History covering the period from the emergence and fall of Leeds City right up to the start of the 2015/16 season and the appointment of Uwe Rosler (remember him).

That same year, Dave also contributed the words for The Pinnace Collection - Leeds United by Paul Days, a pictorial record of United in the 1920s.

In 2016, Dave worked on another title for Amberley with Billy Bremner: 50 Defining Fixtures, a loving recollection of the games that defined Bremner.

In 2019, he published his most ambitious book thus far - Leeds, Money, and Misery Me: Twenty Years of Hurt, 23 Mistakes and the Tale of TOMA. This book tells the tale of the last two decades, the hopes and dreams of one of the most committed sets of fans in Europe, the men who let them down and abused their trust, the financial albatross that dogged the club, the controversies, legal disputes, faux white knights and false dawns.

In 2020, he went back to the 1950s and 1960s to tell the tale of Dirty Leeds: The First Title: Don Revie, Harry Reynolds and the Team of the Sixties. Out of the filth and hopelessness of post-war West Yorkshire came Don Revie and Harry Reynolds who drove their handcrafted Dave with Peter Lorimer 4 April 2015 before the game with Blackburnfootball club from the depths of the Second Division to the become the biggest club in the country, winning the league title in 1969.

In February 2021 Dave published his fifth book about Leeds United, Bielsa's Leeds: Redemption - Chasing the Dream. It covers the period from 2012 to 2021 and how Leeds United finally found stability under the ownership of Andrea Radrizzani and returned to the Premier League under the inspiring leadership of Marcelo Bielsa, one of the most revered coaches in the world.

September 2021 brought the sixth book, Leeds United in the 21st Centrury published via Amberley Publishing. It tells the tale of how Leeds moved from Champions' League glory in 2001 and being Everybody's Favourite Other Team through financial collapse, relegation, liquidation, disastrous changes of ownership and on to the recovery, inspired by Radrizzani and Bielsa and how we took the Premier League by storm. Viva El Loco!

Dave has also made a number of YouTube videos about Leeds United which you can find on his Leeds, Money and Misery Me channel.

Away from his love of Leeds, Dave is an experienced NHS Director of Finance, who works at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He has experience in both the private and public sector and during his career has been responsible for a broad portfolio of services in large and complex organisations.

The vast majority of his twenty-five years in the NHS has been spent leading in large mental health providers, including 12 years as Director of Finance at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust where he established the Trust in 2002 as a 100m turnover provider by bringing together services from seven organisations, led the acquisition of a number of services and established a commercial and property management joint venture that delivered savings of 1m per annum. He has been Director of Finance at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust since April 2017.

Dave lives with wife Adele, their three dogs and ferocious cats, in Birmingham.

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