The Leeds United fanzine ‘The Square ball’ did something amazing on Saturday night.
It took us back to our younger days and raised a shed load of money(over 12k) for The Leeds United Supporters Trust’s appeal to help feed the needy in Leeds.
At first I turned on out of curiosity, three grown men sat in front of their computers arguing who was the best left back and their reasoning behind giving Mike Whitlow, a solid, if not dynamic left back from the Wilko
years a knighthood.
They obtained many players, a young Lewandowski and other continental footballers who played their part in a pretty impressive campaign. There were lots of highs, far too many to mention and one low that stuck in the memory. A 6-2 battering at Barnsley that had me shouting at the TV at the performance I’d witnessed.
There were many ‘Leeds’ moments during the 24 hours, the team in a great position and only a few points away from the automatic places ‘they’ blew it with only a few games to play meaning that United faced the dreaded playoffs.
An audience of more than a thousand plus watched as Leeds, for once triumphed in the them by beating Doncaster Rovers over two legs to march on to Wembley to face Brighton. Nerves were jangled as the watching fans hoped that Leeds could put failures in previous finals and win. To my surprise and delight they won 4-1 and promotion was achieved.
They continued impressively to get within the playoff places in the Championship once again before tiredness took the lads off their computers and they went to bed, some a little worse for wear because of the amount of booze they had consumed during their marathon. The sight of Moscow with a bottle of Cava celebrating the playoff win I’ll never forget and Michael in a suit and Leeds tie was another gem.
The main reason of the event was to get much needed cash to help people who needed it and they did far better than they expected. A fantastic effort by all that supported them in times that are difficult for all.
I salute you all.
Having surpassed their initial target, the lads will be back again. Follow the link to pledge and support the food bank;
MOT and please Stay Safe
By Keith Ingham