Many may not know but outside of being a Leeds fan I’m dead keen on the game that has become very popular in England, American Football.
The game has been played at Wembley for twenty two years with twenty six teams of the game coming across ‘the pond’.
I’ve been a regular for six years and to be honest it’s a superb way of meeting sports fan’s in general. Before the game we (Flowerpot Regiment, Yorkshire Regiment) play a game in ticking off every team’s shirts on fans who attend the pre match ritual at ‘The Green Man’ public house. Where else could so many fans of different teams meet, drink beer and there is not a hint of trouble or a heavy police presence.
My mate JP(who’s a Buck) with Seahawks fans.
Myself I’m an Oakland Raider’s fan, the team was very successful in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but it’s a long, long time since the team has had much success but they are the team I started following in the late 1980’s when the game was first televised on the fledgling TV channel Channel 4.
I was ‘hooked’ because the team had a reputation of being mean and nasty with fans that were notorious and dressed up in black and as characters from horror movies and even a gorilla! They are the NFL’s nomads because they’ve moved from Oakland to LA, then back to Oakland and in 2020 will move to Las Vegas.
Recently I had the chance to speak with current Leeds United star Jack Harrison.
Having spent time in the MLS as the number one draft in 2016, Harrison made 56 appearances scoring 14 goals while receiving plaudits from world class stars like Patrick Viera and David Villa.
After a stellar summer with Manchester City, Harrison has now put together some glorious displays for Leeds this season; including a thunderous strike to earn a point at the New Den.
Being the first player to be called during the MLS must have been a dream come true; how was that for you?
It was incredible. Coming from England, it took a bit to grasp how the MLS Draft actually worked. It was even more exciting when I was immediately transferred from Chicago to NYCFC and had the opportunity to play for Patrick Vieira and alongside David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo. It o a great place to begin my professional career.
How have you adapted to the English game from the MLS?
I’m adapting well, more and more each week. You have some top players in the MLS, but the overall level is higher in the Championship. Working with Marcelo and his team is helping me to continue my transition.
Where do you picture yourself in the next five years?
Hopefully playing for Leeds in the Prem! Honestly, I’m not looking past earning my spot in the next game.
Leeds United look set to enter the race for Heracles winger Brandley Kuwas.
The Whites were said to be interested in taking the Eredevise winger in the summer, but we’re forced to drop their interest early on.
According to HITC, Heracles were said to quote the Championship side a fee of £3.25million, something Leeds we’re not interested in taking up.
However, Kuwas is now entering the final stages of his contract and could leave the club on a bosman deal at the end of the season, prompting Leeds to reinvest their interest.
The Curacao international had an explosive season last year, picking up 13 assists and 5 goals for the Dutch club and scoring two so far this season.
Predominantly a right winger, who enjoys cutting inside being left footed, Kuwas has similarities to current Leeds loanee Jack Harrison who is the same archetype.
The 26-year old will be available to sign on a pre-contract in January and Leeds may be at the top of a very illustrious list should their interest in his services continue.
Do you think Kuwas could be a good addition? Or should Leeds look to continue their investment in proven Championship players? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
We’ve met before
Hull City 0 Leeds 0 January 2018
Hull City 2 Leeds 2 April 2016
Hull City 2 Leeds 0 December 2012
Hull City 0 Leeds 0 March 2012
Hull City 2 Leeds 2 February 2011
Leeds last won at Hull in 2007, Heath and Thompson with the United goals in a 2-1 victory for the Whites.
Hull City v Leeds
Team News: Leeds unchanged, fifth game in a row. Substitutes as Friday. One change for Hull City, Kingsley replaces De Wijs. Hull had no substitute goalkeeper on the bench.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Douglas, Cooper(c), Jansson, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Siaz, Harrison, Roberts.
Leeds climbed back to the top of the Championship after a 1-0 win at Hull City, it may be brief as West Bromwich Albion play Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Wednesday. A win would take them back to the top of the table.
Marcelo Bielsa stuck by the eleven that played so well at Hillsborough. Many expected at least one change to freshen up the team.
The game was one of those that showed that Leeds can get the points even if they aren’t playing that well. Once again Leeds could and should have been ‘out of sight’ but the chances created were once again spurned, Douglas having the best of these late in the first half but he slipped as he was about to shoot and the chance was gone. Scoreless at the break.
Early in the second half both Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling went close before Leeds took a deserved lead on fifty one minutes, Tyler Roberts picked up the ball outside the box, wriggled free of a Hull defender and from outside of the box he unleashed a superb low shot past the despairing dive of Hull keeper Marshall. There were calls for a Leeds penalty when Phillips’ shot was blocked by a hand of a City defender in the penalty area but the referee would have none of it.
The win was deserved and to be honest Hull were very poor.
Man of the Match: Pontus Jansson, superb at the back alongside Liam Cooper.
In a game that felt like Leeds were facing twelve men, the Whites left it late to draw with promotion contenders Brentford.
Leeds started the game with five senior players on the injury list and you could feel that the Whites missed the final spark of a Hernandez or Roofe as they failed to make key passes in the final third.
- Brentford haven’t won a game in their last five fixtures.
- Leeds have only lost 1 home match against Brentford in their last 13 fixtures (7W 5D 1L)
- Leeds Team News; Douglas (hamstring), Roofe (calf), Hernandez (hamstring) and Berardi (knee) out injured.
- Brentford Team News; Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins set to return.
- Leeds haven’t won consecutive league matches against Brentford since Dec’ 1950
- Brentford winless in seven away league games (3L 4D)
Against Brentford: DWLLW
At Home vs Brentford: DLDWW
Leeds: BPF, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Saiz, Alioski, Roberts
Subs: Blackman, Pearce, Baker, Foresaw, Shackleton, Clarke Edmondson
Brentford: Daniels, Odubajo, Mepham, Konsa, Dalsgaard, Yennaris, Mokotjo, Canos, Sawyers, Watkins, Maupay
Subs: Bentley, Macloed, McEachran, Judge, Benrahma, Jeanvier, Barbet
Although both sides are known for their free-flowing attacking play, the game was hampered by stop-start delays due to a referee that many feel should not be officiating at this level.
Leeds starting well and their high pressing football looked to cause some anxious play by the Brentford backline but the home side were unable to capitalise, misplacing several passes.
The first clear cut chance however came for the visiting side as Ollie Watkins deflected effort crashed against the upright and left Bailey Peacock-Farrell scrambling to stop a rebounded effort from Neal Maupay.
The home sides first clearcut chance came just before the stroke of half time when the ball was worked several times around the box before finding Samu Saiz, the Spaniard failed to open his season goal account with an effort just over.
The second half started with the referee continuing to give suspicious decisions to Brentford including a free kick just outside the area as Sergi Canos bundled himself to the ground with very little attention on him. Pontus Jansson was booked for a foul that didn’t occur and Luke Ayling for telling the ref what actually occurred.
Leeds then went close as Liam Cooper’s continued areal threat was found but his header was parried to Kalvin Phillips who hit the post with a very spritely effort.
The epitome of incompetence came as Brentford were handed a penalty as Ollie Watkins took a leap of faith over BPF prior to being touched. Maupay took and scored the penalty before deciding to celebrate in front on the Leeds fans, a mistake he surely won’t make again.
After today’s match, we go back to Peter Frosts Interview with a late interview for the game.
How long have you supported Brentford?
30 years a fan
What’s your favourite moment as a Brentford fan. Season, game or anything other occasion.
Last 5 years has been brilliant, every year gets better. Winning 4-1 at Fulham 4 seasons ago.
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, if you didn’t is there one you wished you would have.
Ryan Woods has been our best player recently, best QB in division now with Stoke. Before that Alan Judge, Paul Evans.
What’s your most memorable match playing Leeds.
Beating Leeds 3-1 at home last season...not much luck away in close games.
Are you happy with your dealings in this summer’s transfer market?
Yes our owner manages the club brilliantly. Didn't like losing Woodsy though, but understand. He's a £20m+ player.
What’s your realistic aim for the season?
Who in your mind is going to be promoted this season?
Derby, WBA and Brentford.
Can you name your three for relegation this year?
Birmingham, QPR and Rotherham.
Who’s your danger man?
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Two, Chris Mepham is our young star at centre back also Reece Cole is great too.
Prediction and scorers for the game?
1-1 draw with Mourpay scoring for Bees
Looks like Peter was on target with his prediction, but no one could have guessed the incompetence of that ref.
By Keith Ingham
Ahead of tonight’s clash with Hull City, we spoke with @althurstonsport about all things Tigers and the club associated with them.
How long have you supported Hull City?
I went to my first game around the age of ten, and ever since then I’ve been hooked for better or for worse. Feels like a lifetime since I started supporting them.
What’s your favourite moment as a Hull City fan?
By far when we were promoted to the Premier League on the last day, in 2013. The whole stadium we’re counting on Leeds United (out of anyone) to beat Watford. When the final whistle blew, everyone was on the pitch. I’ll never, ever forget that.
Player that you were proud to have on your shirt?
One player who I always had a soft spot for was Ahmed Elmohammady. For some reason, he was always my favourite player. It must’ve been the way he appreciated the fans and was so animated on the field. Ever since he danced emphatically in front of the sky sports camera in 2013, it’s been him.
What’s your most memorable match playing Leeds?
When City beat Leeds 2-0 in 2012. Nothing in particular that made this game stand out, apart from i distinctly remember the flair we were playing with on that day, and the home City fans were cheering after every pass. Good times.
Are you happy with your summer transfer dealings?
Realistically, no. I do not think we did enough to compete this year. However, Adkins managed to get a number of players in who will definitely make a difference, and without them, we’d almost certainly be relegated.
What’s your realistic aim for the season?
This may not sound too optimistic, but anything above last seasons finish for me is fine. It’s going to take a few years for us to get our ‘top’ Championship status back, so any advancement on last season would be a decent achievement for me.
Who is going to be promoted this season?
As much as I hate to say it, I feel like Leeds could be promoted, and they have a great chance of doing so under Bielsa. Could also see Brentford being a dark horse this season, and they’ve had a good start to the league so far this year so we shall see.
Can you name your three for relegation this year?
I think Rotherham, QPR and Birmingham. I couldn’t possibly say Hull, could I?
Who’s your danger man?
I think there’s a few, really. Jarrod Bowen on a good day will trouble any defence in the league, and hopefully new signing Chris Martin will cause a few problems in the league, should he be starting!
Rising stars in the ranks?
Tyler Hamilton. I’ve watched this lad a few times at U23 level, and he actually scored a belter when I was at the Kcom doing the U23s match report. Could definitely see him breaking into the first team properly in the next few years.
I think it’ll be tight, as it usually is against Leeds. I’m gonna say 1-1, with Bowen scoring for us, and Roofe scoring for Leeds!
By Keith Ingham
David Watkins gives his thoughts on the ‘blip’ that saw Birmingham City beat Leeds 2-1 yesterday. As always a measured view from the author of many published books about the club. Check out his publications on Amazon, very good reads.
Thank You David.
For the first time this season I found myself putting a post on Twitter about the criticism of certain players after the Birmingham City.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Samu Siaz were mentioned as well as others, what I said was “To all LUFC fans, take a breath, look at the Championship table, remember the earlier performances, and take the defeat on the chin. The players will be as ‘gutted’ as the fans were but without doubt they will go again on Friday when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday.”
Heidi Haigh on meeting fans from far and wide and reviews the first Championship defeat of the season.
Thank you Heidi, her new book is on sale on Amazon. It is called ‘The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Leeds United 2016/17’ a superb book well worth a read.
Micky P Kerr: Bielsa Rhapsody
The funniest thing I’ve heard in years. Have a watch here;