After Leeds had demolished Charlton Athletic 4-0 to send the Londoners to Division One. The ‘real’ celebrations started, one by one Bielsa’s boys came back into the pitch to be met by the sound of ‘Marching on Together’ playing through the public announcement system.
For 16 years Leeds’ fans had waited for the ‘monkey on their back’ to be removed and when Liam Cooper picked up the trophy Billy Bremner and Gordon Strachan had previously held aloft, the cheers of hundreds of thousands of fans could be heard around England, Europe, USA and Australia.
The joy at seeing Marcelo Bielsa. after being prompted by first Patrick Patrick Bamford then Kalvin Phillips he walked nervously toward his players and held the ‘prize’ of two season’s hard graft aloft. It was like seeing a grandfather holding one of his grandchildren with a very proud look on his face.
The players deserve the plaudits for turning last May’s tears of failure into smiles of champions. This squad is up there with Wilko’s 89/90 promotion and Division One title winners, O’Leary’s ‘babies’ who stormed through Europe to reach the Champions League semi final.
We wait excitedly to see what the future brings, the one thing I look forward to is stepping back into Elland Road to see my team play. I’ve missed the old ground so much in this crazy period the world finds itself in.
We remember Norman, Trevor, Jack and others who have passed in the time we’ve been away from the top table of English football. I’m sure each and every one will be cheering from above when Leeds step out for their first game in the Premier League in September.
This season has left us with unbelievable memories and the future, under Andrea and Marcelo looks bright and looks Leeds!
By Keith Ingham