On Monday, Leeds United’s official Twitter account posted a happy birthday message to the club’s former midfielder Johnny Giles, who had turned 77.
The 59-time Republic of Ireland international represented Leeds between 1963 and 1975 – scoring 115 goals in 525 appearances.
Giles also represented Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion during his playing days, but he was most fondly remembered for his time with Leeds.
An outstanding midfielder, Giles is widely regarded as one of the best footballers to ever turn out for Republic of Ireland. He represented his national team between 1959 and 1979 – scoring five times.
The younger generation of Leeds supporters will not have had the privilege of watching Giles in action, but he was a true club legend.
It was not much of a surprise when the club’s fans hailed Giles on his 77th birthday, and some even claimed that he could still do a job in the middle of the Championship club’s midfield.
A selection of the best Twitter reaction can be found below:
🎂 | Happy 77th Birthday to #LUFC legend Johnny Giles!
Giles made 525 appearances for the club, scoring 115 goals between 1963 and 1975 pic.twitter.com/FFRtdzo5Nv
— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 6, 2017
One of the best midfielders ever to grace the Elland Road turf.Happy Birthday Johnny.
— Barrie Worsnop (@gillroydmor) November 6, 2017
Happy birthday to the legend who is Johnny Giles.
— WhaddonJohn (@51johnd) November 6, 2017
At 77, still better than current midfield 😂😂
— Neil Reid (@NeilKReid) November 6, 2017
One of the all time great players. Fantastic skills and tough with it. #MOT
— Graham Hopkins (@grahamhops) November 6, 2017
Happy Birthday to the midfield maestro MOT.
— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) November 6, 2017
What a MAN👏👏👏👏👍👍👏🤛
— Tim symons (@Timsnemesis) November 6, 2017
Happy Birthday legend 🎂👏👏
— Kev (@Kev85709771) November 6, 2017
Best favour Man U ever did us he would be worth millions today !! True Legend
— Graham noble (@Grahamnoble12) November 6, 2017
Happy Birthday Johnny a great all round Leeds Legend .We would not be were are now if he was in our midfield.
— Yarders (@yarders68) November 6, 2017
Absolute legend and national treasure when it comes to association football #gilesy
— Barry Dennehy (@barrydennehy) November 6, 2017
— Kevin Frost (@kevsamrfc) November 6, 2017