By Andy Gregory
Name: Josh Grainger
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m 17 and live in Newcastle so don’t get to as many games as I’d like, but hoping to study Journalism at Leeds met next year, so hopefully then could get a season ticket! Also write for the site.
How long have you supported Leeds?
I could say all my life, but I really only got to love football about the age of 8. My first game was against Chelsea at Elland Road, in 2000, we lost 1-0. Whilst I remember my day out for this game, the football was far too complicated for someone of my age, this was shown by the fact that I thought Nigel Martyn
played for Chelsea. I remember Leeds v Everton a season or two after, in which a certain Wayne Rooney scored a late winner. I only really grew to love Leeds when we were relegated to the league 1, since then it has been the obsession that it is to many Leeds fans.
What is your favourite memory?
It has to be between one of three. The first was beating Arsenal 3-2 to avoid relegation, however again I didn’t really have the love for football at that time. I was fortunate enough to be in the away end on January 3rd, but I’d say the Bristol Rovers match was my favourite memory, simply because of the heart break we’d suffered in the play-offs the previous years.
Favourite player past and present?
Alan Smith. I am a firm believer that he left Leeds to save the club, and whilst I would no longer have him back because his ability has worsened, his Leeds born and bred style was something to be treasured. I used to like Ian Harte and Michael Bridges when I was younger but I don’t know if I had any reasoning. More recently, I really liked Kilgallon when he was
here, however Max Gradel and Jermaine Beckford have been the recent two heroes, who I would both happily have back.
If you could bring a player from any era back to the club, who would it be and why?
I feel I should say someone like Billy Bremner, however I never saw him play live, just on various video’s. I’d say either David Batty or Jermaine Beckford.
Best goal scored by a Leeds player?
Yeboah’s goals against Wimbledon and Liverpool were something else, more recently Bradley Johnson’s against Arsenal or Ross McCormack’s overhead kick against Doncaster.
How would you sum up our season so far?
I think we all lulled ourselves up into a false sense of securirty before the season began, we all thought the players we’d signed might just be enough to take us up, but really it was a bit of a pipedream. I think we’ve done alright, but have lacked flair, however Thomas has brought this in recent weeks. Still
though, it’s painful to say but I think our League 1 promotion winning team, would beat this current one.