By Andy Gregory
Welcome to this week's interview with a Leeds fan, our feature where you can have your say on all things Leeds. This week we are talking to someone who went to his first game in 1941 and has had the pleasure of all the highs and suffered all the lows of following Leeds during that time.
Name: Gordon Richards
Tell us a bit about yourself: Leeds born in 1931, five hundred yards from Elland road. Musician & teacher then sales manager for large national Company retiring at age 75
How long have you supported Leeds? First match was in 1941 when Leeds were in wartime league north when the team was made up of any players who were stationed at Catterick from any club. One who I remember & admired was Eddie Burbank (Chelsea) a very skilful left winger. I remember well the disastrous first season when Div 1 resumed in 1948 and Leeds were relegated with a record number of low points (18).
What is your favourite memory? Many great matches but Cup Final 1972 got to top the lot.
Favourite player? Billy Bremner a joy to watch highly motivated very skilful with the heart of a lion.
If you could bring one player from any era back to the club, who would it be and why? I had seen Stanley Matthews ,Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton etc playing against Leeds. But no one came anywhere near John Charles who still remains head and shoulders above anyone.
Best goal scored by a Leeds player?
Tony Yeboah against Liverpool
What would you say are the proudest and worse moments in Leeds’ history?
The Revie years restored the pride for all Leeds supporters with the calibre and the quality of the squad. The worst was relegated under Denis Wise to League One.
How do you think the squad is shaping up for this season?
Regrettably while there is a little improvement the defence still remains very suspect, sort this out and we have a chance of the playoffs. Very disappointed with Aidy White who appears to have sacrificed skill for pace
Who’s the player to watch this season?
Luke Murphy (very impressive)
What do you think to our three summer signings? Apart from the above Smith looks like work in progress and I haven't really seen enough of Hunt
McDermott has been told he can bring in some new players, who would you like to see come in? A winger with pace and a tall commanding central defender.
What is your view on Brian McDermott?
So far very impressive. Likeable manner with obvious problems with inability to sign the players he needs due to financial restraints
What is your view on GFH’s time at Leeds so far?
A difficult question. First they have done lots of things to benefit the supporters but the team needs improving if success is to come. I'm optimistic about the future however.
Score prediction for our next game v Leicester? 2- 2
Where do you think we will finish this season? Possibly top ten
Anything else you would like to add?
This club has tremendous potential with a wonderful history, I hope the future will bring hope to all the very loyal supporters. I hope I will still be around to see it !!!
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