By Seán Ryan
Fellow Leeds United fans as I write this piece I am a downhearted fan wondering what the hell is going on with the club I have grown up with, the club that I have followed from Wembley to Exeter, the club where some of my most important football memories have been made, but most importantly the club I love.
We have been through so much together. I sat, as an eight-year-old boy, in my sitting room crying as the results were read out in 2004 confirming our relegation. I was back two years later with my dad as we sat in Cardiff surrounded by Watford fans as we were destroyed in the play-off final. I sat in the same sitting room a year later watching as we went into administration and were condemned to League One. I was there when James Hayter nodded Doncaster into the Championship at our expense. And now . . . Well people I just don’t know. We could go anywhere from here. It’s the same old story. Promises of money that don’t go through, the football league riding us like a dog and the team putting in the types of performances that make me so angry I can’t speak for days without eating the head off someone.
However, we are Leeds United and the one thing I will refuse to do and until the day I die will fight against is watch my beloved club be turned into the laughing stock of England. We will be back, but it will take time and I have a bad feeling that things are going to get a hell of a lot worse before they get better. At the moment the threat of the club dissolving is a very real possibility. Considering that it’s us makes it a hell of a lot more likely. But, we have to fight it and that won’t happen if the fans keep bickering like a bunch of children. For years we have said that it’s us against the world. Well if that’s the case then for the love of God use that to bind us tighter together. Make a stand; support the team even when we’re getting slaughtered. The worse the score line the louder we get. Elland Road used to be a scary place for teams to go. Not anymore. It’s time to go back to the ways of old, but not in a negative manner. That doesn’t work. We stand united in the face of our opponents and the football league.
A very wise man once told me “Never give up. Never give in.” Now, more than ever those words are important. Leeds United fans have always been famous as those who stick by their team through the bad days as well as the good. It’s what gave me pleasure when people would slag me about being a Leeds fan. I would always reply with, “Where would you be tomorrow if United or Liverpool were in the same position as Leeds?” Don’t take that away from me. We have always done it. In the 50’s and early 60’s, the 80’s and now we are needed once more. Don’t give those who want to see us fail the satisfaction. I never really got to see the good times of Leeds because I was too young. So if I can stick with them after 10 years of crap anyone can.
Don’t allow Leeds to go like this. The team is failing at the moment for two reasons. The takeover saga and the fans getting on the players backs. We need to calm down and support the team. This season is dead, but next isn’t yet. If we keep going the way we are it’ll be over before we’ve even begun.
United we stand, Divided we fall.