Leeds United have paid tribute to midfielder Mick Bates who passed away at the age of 73. Bates made 200 appearances for the club under Don Revie. He spent 12 years at the club during which he scored nine goals. He was part of a Leeds team that challenged for trophies regularly.
“Leeds United are saddened to learn of the death of former player Mick Bates at the age of 73.” a statement on the Leeds United website for Mick Bates read. “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.” the statement added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mick’s wife Jill, son Paul and the rest of his family at this difficult time.”
Bates could not hold down a starting berth in the Leeds midfield because of stalwarts Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles in the heart of midfield. Bates showed incredible loyalty to the club and never looked for a move away from Elland Road. He started most of the games on the bench but proved his versatility on many an occasion.