Welcome to week two of interview with a Leeds fan. This week we are talking to Mat Gregory who has answered our questions and given his views on all things to do with the club.
How long have you supported Leeds?
I’m 33. Says it all.
What is your favourite memory?
Favourite non-match memory is middle school. Coming home every night on the top deck of the school bus with everyone singing Leeds songs ‘...should I be Chelsea, should I be Leeds, here’s what she said to me, etc...’ Lots of Vinny-V haircuts knocking about then too. Well good!
Favourite matchday memory is probably Mark Viduka 4, Liverpool 3 in 2000. I was there for that one and, despite what came later, it was an exciting time. He couldn’t half move for a fat lad too! (when he wanted to)
Favourite player past and present?
Tomas Brolin anyone? No, this is a tricky one. I think I’ll have to be boring - but very honest - and say Lucas Radebe. Don’t want to sound cliched, but he was the perfect professional, a cracking player and a proper captain. Deserves to be remembered as one of the best to wear a Leeds shirt.
It’s difficult to pick someone from the current squad, partly because there are so many new players, and partly because most of them are crocked already. Pearce is looking good, I’ve been impressed by El Hadji and I’m also enjoying Paddy Kenny being in the team, although so far Austin would be my favourite out of the new bunch.
If you could bring one player from any era back to the club, who would it be and why?
Ok, I’d like to say Radebe again, and I’d also like to say Vinny Jones (just so I could get the haircut - I wasn’t allowed it first time around) but I’ll try to be a bit more creative. It’s an almost impossible question to answer (it’d be hard to pick a best 11), we’ve had some amazing players over the years, although I’d have to pick someone I’ve actually seen play, so it’ll be from the Wilkinson era onwards. Any one of Wilkinson’s midfield four could easily get my vote, as could the likes of Kelly or Martyn from the O’Leary days, but I think I’m going to go back on my word and say Radebe again after all. Reasons above, plus our current squad desperately needs the leadership, composure and class that he possessed.
Best goal scored by a Leeds player?
I was there for Yeboah’s rocket against David James and Liverpool, so for sentimental reasons I’ll pick that ...plus it was a right goal!