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 Stephen Mitchell, a fan of almost 55 years. He has travelled all over the country watching the team including going to West Brom on his own when he was 12 and going down to Ninian Park for an FA Cup game when Billy scored with a speculative 30 yard shot.
Name: Stephen Mitchell
Tell us a bit about yourself: Age 60 (OMG). Married with three grown up children and a grandchild, all of whom I love a bit more than LUFC. When we got married, my wedding present to my wife was a season ticket for Elland Road.
How long have you supported Leeds?
Nearly 55 years. My dad took me to watch John Charles when he came back from Italy. He got injured and spent almost the whole game limping on the wing. I was so disappointed, but I was hooked from then on.
What is your favourite memory?
Singing with the fans and team, after the game in the San Siro stadium. (Dom Matteo, scored a f..k..g great goal . . . . . . . . . . .)
Favourite player past and present?
Eddie Gray. I saw him make his debut vs Sheffield Wednesday. I love him so much that if I came home and found him in bed with my wife, I'd go downstairs and make him a cup of tea.
Sam Byram. It's great to see talented players develop through the youth teams. He's got a great future; I just hope it's with us!
If you could bring one player back from any era, who would it be and why?
Billy Bremner. He epitomised everything I love about football and LUFC. He was tenacious, skillful, competitive and a leader, but he also had a sense of humour on the pitch.
Best goal scored by a Leeds player? Tony Yeboah, the one against Wimbledon rather than the one against Liverpool.
What would you say are the proudest and worst moments in Leeds' history?
The proudest was being in Paris for the European Cup Final. The worst was getting relegated to League 1, the third tier of English football.
How do you think the squad is shaping up for this season?
A solid start, but we need a player who can provide width and pace.
Who's the player to watch this season?
Hopefully Sam Byram, but I also think that Luke Murphy is an astute signing.
What do you think to us signing Scott Wootton from across the Pennines?
A really good buy. Every team needs a balance, but we've had too many journeymen over the last few years. With age on his side and with the experience he already has, Scott should only get better.
Who else would you like to see come in?
As I said before, a wide player with pace. Someone like Max Gradel.
How important do you think it is to keep hold of players like McCormack and Diouf?
McCormack scores goals and works really hard for the team. If we sold him for £1.5m, who could we replace him with? What Diouf lacks in pace, he makes up for in skill and experience. I think it is important to keep both of them in this division.
What is your view on Brian McDermott?
I think we've got a top class man and manager. I was fed up with Warnock criticising officials, even before he came to Leeds. BMcD seems honest and I like managers who insist that players live near their clubs. It shows a commitment.
What is your view on GHF's time at Leeds so far?
Unlike some of my friends, I think GHF have done an excellent job so far. Ok, they don't seem to have much money, but they have got rid of Bates and his 'cronies', reduced season ticket prices, tried to re-engage with the fans and found £1m for Luke Murphy, plus money for Scott Wootton. I'd just like them now to move the away fans from the West Stand, back to the South Stand.
Score prediction for Ipswich game? Ipswich 1-Leeds 2
Where do you think we'll finish this season?
My heart says 4th, but my head says 8th.
Anything else you would like to add?
I was only joking about loving my family more than LUFC!!!
See you all at Ipswich. MOT, We all love Leeds!!!
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