Lad of Leeds

Claim to fame | Chris Galvin interview

Written by: Rob Conlon
Artwork by: Eamonn Dalton
Chris Galvin, smirking towards the camera while standing between Paul Reaney and David Harvey in Leeds' 1972/73 squad photo

Competing with icons like Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, and Jack Charlton, there is no shame in not being the most recognisable face in Leeds United’s 1972/73 squad photo. Standing between Paul Reaney and David Harvey, Chris Galvin might not immediately come to mind when thinking about Don Revie’s side, but he has a claim to fame that belongs in the legend of Super Leeds.

“The stepover, I think that was my trick,” Galvin says. He’s laughing, but he’s not necessarily joking. “I’m not bothered what anybody says. I should have claimed it. I lacked pace, I wasn’t the quickest player, but I was so keen on my game. I used to have a lovely body swerve, but full-backs got quicker, so it stopped working. I learned this stepover, and that really put players off balance. I don’t know why to this day. Lads would fall over; there were times when I stood there laughing at them. It gave me an extra yard to either get a cross or a pass or a shot in.

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