By K. G. Bailey
I dont believe any other club has its own supporters have a go at each other for attending or not attending games as much as Leeds United fans.
I can understand the fans frustration that attend every game such as vs Ipswich at home where its hardly packed & then see that people have "come out of the woodwork" for the game vs Chelsea.
The reality is, right or wrong, people that dont go regularly or at all will attend a one off game vs Chelsea in favor of going to a league game vs Watford at home. But that is their choice.
The "real fans" debate has been happening well before this game.
I personally dont see how attending every game makes you a bigger fan than someone who cant make every game. There are many circumstances that allow/dont allow people to get to every game.
If you have the disposable income from your job/benefits that allows you to get to every game then great. If your parents have the means to pay for your season ticket, again, fair enough. What I dont like seeing is people who have tickets paid for them by their parents give people who work for their money stick for not going. Or people who still live with their parents past the age of being a teenager that more than likely dont pay rent give working people with rent/mortgages stick. That isnt right to me in my opinion.
My girlfriend said to me she's a true fan of (another nameless club) which she is, and she had season tickets for years & wasnt a part timer, but she was living at home when she was earning her money thus not much outgoings. We now live together with our daughter and well, no more season tickets for you Mrs! In a perfect world all fans would love to pack out Elland Road each week, but life & other commitments gets in the way of that.
Theres also the distance factor, one of our very own writer's Kim lives in Denmark but he's an avid Leeds fan, I wouldnt question his commitment just because he doesnt fly over each week. Some say "you should support your local team". Anybody who's a sports fan knows you get a gut feeling when you support your club, the location of the team doesn't matter, you just know when they win your delighted & when they lose you feel like going into hiding. You just love the club. Also going by this theory I would have supported 4 or 5 teams by now!
I was living elsewhere before i moved up North and to go to each home game it would have cost me £113 in travel £40 hotel as the last train to where I lived was cut early. There's also food & drink on the day too, this all before the match ticket cost! Plus I've never not worked and have been living independent since I was 17 years old. So I've been paying grown up stuff for quite sometime. My circumstances are just one of many factors that others can probably add to.
Moral of it all is we're all Leeds United fans & that is it!
P.S. I'm not going to the Chelsea game, I'll be attending league games again post Christmas & hopefully a League Cup Semi Final game if the boys can do it tomorrow!
"Cant we all just get along" - Rodney King