Leeds United: Revered and reviled the world over TSS November 15, 2010 Leeds United 17 Comments Revered and reviled It doesn’t matter who you support, whether it be Chelsea, Hull City, Inter Milan or even Rushden & Diamonds, it’s highly likely that you’ll have some opinion on Leeds United football club. Whilst the die hard Whites fans that write and frequent this site are unapologetic in their biased views, it’s always interesting to see the view from those who don’t own a pair of high quality, LUFC-tinted spectacles and in our first ever look at the world outside Leeds United’s inner-circle we start with those pesky Tigers over in Hull. Tiger baiting Following on from the 2-2 draw at Elland Road, the fans of Hull City couldn’t help but boast about their unlikely point gifted to them by Bradley Johnson. In an unapologetic attempt to wind the Leeds United faithful up, Hull City Independent published an article reminding us of our own stupidity, before bragging about Luciano Becchio’s black eye (courtesy of Hull striker, Ian Ashbee) and finishing off with a rather ridiculous claim that the Argentinian would be joining them. A reaction they sought, and a reaction we delivered, laughing off claims of Becchio’s exit and taking a few swipes back at Hull. The obvious route was to follow the stereotype of a poor, poverty-ridden, fish-loving, uneducated, interbred society and who am I to rise above social stereo-casting? From their reaction, I think it’s fair to call this particular contest a draw on both fronts… To be continued February 1st 2011. A neutral view of Bristol City, Bates and Becchio Our next stop around the webosphere is to the blog of freelance journalist, Mike Whalley. Now, I know what you’re thinking – he’s going to be a Leeds United hating prick from down South (as is the norm with these things), but you may be pleasantly surprised by his excellent review of Leeds United’s 3-1 victory over Bristol City. OK, so his primary focus is on Ken Bates’ often ill-informed rants and the irony of an Argentinian winning the game when Bates was appealing for a ship to be saved so we could kick his countries arse, but it’s these very observations that make it a particularly entertaining read. Reflections on life at Leeds Next up, the power of social media continues to delight as former Leeds United player Jamie Forrester delivers a truthful, hard-hitting reflection on his time at Elland Road. Our friends over at Dirty Leeds have made sure his entries benefited from the Newsnow effect, but an extra boost never hurts, especially for such a rare glimpse into the football players psyche. In his latest entry, Forrester talks about his exit from Elland Road and offers some sound advice to today’s academy hopefuls. 30 years of vilification Our penultimate stop is at the door of the Independent who have been talking to Leeds United legend, Johnny Giles about the his new book ‘A Football Man’ and a distorted history that casts him as a “cartoon villain.” An interesting read that adequately saturated my appetite enough to actually pay for his new book (I’m usually sent them for free!) The great 1989-90 Leeds side Finally, we end with the Two Unfortunates blog who chose to start their series of great football league sides with the promotion winning Howard Wilkinson side of 1990. As it is always seems to be with Leeds United, the moments of sheer brilliance often go hand-in-hand with our darker side and there are no surprises here as the writer traces Leeds United steps from a club marred by some of the nastiest hooligans in the country, to a new era of dominance led by Sgt. Wilko and Gordon Strachan. Ellie The Elland Road Elephant Jamie, not Nicky. TSS LOL, only my second mistake today and not nearly as bad as the first (Madrid is in Italy, don’t you know?) Lambrettaman Jeez you’re a boring cunt, we don’t care about you, stop writing articles about us, they’re all shit anyway, you talentless little herbert. TSS @lambrettaman I think you’re definitely my favourite foreigner to visit the site so far this season. Will have to get you on for an impartial look at the game before our next encounter. foreverwhite Hit a raw nerve there with Lambrettaman, methinks. Gryff Some nice links in there. As ever it’s nice to see Leeds fans winding others up successfuly rather than vice-versa! ben ha-ha I’m from Leeds but these articles make us seem like we’ve got little man syndrome PLEASE stop it’s embarrassing. The other day you mouthed off to the Hull fans about thinking we care about the Yorkshire derby…yet this site has had three articles published about it in a week all sounding desperate to prove something??? get laid is my advice TheReaper08 @TSS Brilliant bit of suck arse on the other site TSS. If you want the City fan to be your friend just ask him. Mike @Ben Well said . Get a grip TSS. I have never subscribed to all this hate in football, it is not necessary, a bit of baiting is great but to call decent folks inbred is out of order. I lived in Hull from late 88 till 90 and found the people there to be great. I also lived an Bristol on the late 60s and enjoyed it apart from trying to decide which club to take an interest in. My biggest SIN I must admit to is not having a shred of hate for Manure fans, I do however admit they have a large amount of plastics but so did we and will again in the near future no doubt at all. Finally… the closest ground (by a little bit) is Millwall to my office in London, the other possible contender for my affections is Chelsea !!!! HORRORS! but they can bugger off with all their foreigners. So I take a wee glimpse at the walls results. It is only bloody football after all! Go and get yourself a good shag mate. timm @mikelufc That’s not a sin,that’s a medical condition Mike! You REALLY need to get that looked at! Mike @TheReaper08 “What’s “the other site”, pray do tell surely you dont frequent waccoe with all it’s feral residents? TheReaper08 @mikelufc Click the above link under the review of the Bristol City game, classic… timm @ TheReapero8 Classic! I thought he was going to ask for a signed photo! TSS @everyone (rolls-eyes) I’m always nice! As for the City fan, I’ll be sure to invite him to a nice candlelit dinner before our next clash. Mike Tare I have been Whties supporter since Sniffer beat arse 1972 (seen in Finnish TV) and I have never looked back. The Team of Don’s was out of this world and it was undermined in terms of trophies. So sour grapes for all envy one’s today. Tare from Finland. Max. Just got off a long flight where I was force fed the Daily Mail. Another article there about Hull/Leeds – scroll down to find it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1329710/MARTIN-SAMUEL-Carlo-offers-ray-hope-amid-Roman-ruins.html Having said which, and having seen the highlights of the Coventry/Palace game at the weekend, I don’t think it was the worst refereeing performance of the week (although that is saying something). PS: I agree with Samuels that Ashbee (and for that matter Bothroyd, by all accounts a player unfit to wear an England shirt) should have been banned; but the main bit of re-refereeing this week seems likely to see Grant Holt’s suspension rescinded so he can face Leeds. Thank you the FA (and the joke Welsh FA as well).