I'm Leeds and I'm bloody proud of that but I have come across a situation far too many times recently.
Basically, it seems to me that supporters of the club are now staying away from the hallowed halls of Elland Road.
The poor crowd of just over 8,000 for the Blackburn Rovers really spoke volumes on a cold Tuesday night in September. It was out lowest attendance since 2009.
The promise of a day out at the local supermarket or garden centre with the Mrs has now become more enjoyable than watching their favourite team for some supporters.
I don't think they do it without a heavy heart, they've just 'fallen out' with the club and are probably sick of seeing a team that seemed to had lost a little of it's identity.
For me it's always been a thing I've tried to dismiss but nowadays I meet within my sanctum of my employment quite a few that have basically stopped heading towards LS11 on a Saturday afternoon.
It was unheard of years ago but periods of mid-table mediocrity have seemed to forced people's hands and they are now doing different things!
It's one of those things that can get out of hand fairly quickly, you miss one, then two and before they know it a season has passed them by with no improvement, so in their eyes; what have they actually missed ?
When I'm at Leeds I feel within a 'family' and I've met many fans whilst following the team; Thom Kirwin, Eddie Gray, Michael (LUTV), Kevin (LeedsMad), accomplished authors David Watkins and Gary Edwards, Andrew Butterwick, who writes the 'Travels of a Leeds fan' and B R E are just a few of the names I can mention that if it wasn't for Leeds I'd never had met, so for that I'm thankful that I 'Kept the Faith'.
Bob and Ryan and the Keighley Whites are others that have made Saturday's, Tuesdays such fun. Yes fun because even if the games have been s***, their company has brightened even the darkest of days.
I have lost count of the times I've though to myself 'f*** it' and I'm not going back but knowing in my heart that the first time I got chance I'd be back on the train to Leeds to do it all over again. It's been said that a football team is for life and I can totally agree, yes I've seen other games as other stadia but it just ain't Leeds!
The shirt we wear can be seen all around the world and I have lost count of the amount of people I have spoken to just because of the shirt I had on. A big family, sometimes a fractured one too as if you put two together I doubt they'd agree on everything when it concerned the team they follow.
One day it might happen to me that a alternative to a day in the theatre of eternal hope with some of the best fans in the world loses it's appeal, but I really hope that day is a long, long time away.
Loyal and Proud. Yes, Proud as a Peacock!
By Keith Ingham