By Andy Gregory
Welcome to the first "Interview with a Leeds fan" of the new season. Our feature where you can have your say on all things Leeds. We have decided to continue the interviews after it proved to be a popular part of the site during the 2012/13 season.
Name: Jonty Solomons
How long have you supported Leeds?
Since the late 60s
What is your favourite memory?
I have a few, but promotion in 1990, League title in 1992 and promotion again in
2010 as the success feels so much sweeter after a period in the gutter.
Favourite player past and present?
Many famous players who are all legends to any Leeds fan, but I also like a few unappreciated heroes…always had a soft spot for Carl Shutt whose signing was overshadowed by Strahcan and Fairclough’s but he scored a hat trick on his debut v Bournemouth and I thought, who the hell is this player…he also scored at Chelsea in our title year the day after my Dad died and then also in the Nou Camp when we beat Stuttgart in the European Cup.
If you could bring one player from any era back to the club, who would it be and why?
Without a doubt Bremner. I think we’ve missed having a leader at Leeds for about a decade. Not only would you get a great performance from Bremner, but you’d get 20% more from everyone around him. You mention Leeds United to any non Leeds fan, they all remember Billy Bremner.
Best goal scored by a Leeds player?
Yeboah v Liverpool
What would you say are the proudest and worst moments in Leeds’ history?
First league win in 1969 – to win something first time always special
FA Cup in 1972 – so many images from that match are iconic
League Title in 1992 – After so many years, was very emotional to get back to pinnacle of English football
Taking my son to his first Leeds matches
Away at Notts Forest where we sung almost the whole match for Gary Speed
Sunderland FA Cup Final
Losing Don Revie
Rangers in European Cup
The deaths of Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight at Galatasaray
Anything to do with Ken Bates.
How do you think the squad is shaping up for this season?
Very disappointed with lack of inbound transfers. We’ve spent less than we did last summer, I don’t think it’s enough for much of an improvement if any on last
Who’s the player to watch this season?
Dominic Poleon, also think Smith could be effective.
What is your view on Brian McDermott?
I think he’s a good manager, comes across well, seems to have integrity, less divisive and hope he gets the backing he thought he was going to get when he agreed to become our manager.
What is your view on GFH’s time at Leeds so far?
They’ve made some rash statements and not made the most of their opportunities to engage with fans. BUT, as time has gone on, they are doing more and more right things in terms of getting rid of the Bates regime, engaging with fans and supporters groups and reviewing ticket prices. The fear is that they don’t really have the money to really progress the club, but hopefully they will put us more in the right direction than we have been going last couple of years.
Red Bull... Yes or No?
No. My fear is that we will lose too much of our identity based on Red Bulls track record to date. It makes you wonder what you do actually support…is it the history, the atmosphere, a concept?
Score prediction for our opening game v Brighton?
Where do you think we will finish this season?
10th I’m afraid.
Anything else you would like to add?
We’ve been through a lot of crap the last 10 years. Genuinely hope that the new owners can start to heal some wounds and make the most of what is a fantastic club. You go anywhere in the world and folk have heard of Leeds United. Fans of opposing clubs can reel of players names from the Revie era and many have a soft spot for us. How many clubs have books/films (The Damned United) and songs (Leeds United by Amanda Palmer) written about them. Leeds United is really something special!
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