Smith expects hostile reception at Elland Road TSS July 28, 2011 Leeds United 78 Comments Alan Smith will visit Elland Road this Sunday for the first time as a player since leaving Leeds United. Rather unsurprisingly, the Newcastle United midfielder is expecting a pretty hostile reception from Leeds United fans who saw his move to Manchester United in 2004 as the ultimate betrayal. “I don’t know what the reception will be – we played them at St James’ Park two seasons ago and I got a bad one then, so I am expecting the same at Elland Road,” Interesting to see SportsDirect.com@St James’ Park Stadium isn’t catching on with the players any more than it is with the Newcastle United fans, but anyway, I digress. Smith is probably wise to expect a rather hostile welcome home. Whilst a lot of water has passed beneath the proverbial bridge since his exit and a lot of fans have moved on, there are still plenty who will use the occasion to vent their anger at him. The Newcastle United midfielder goes on to tell of a great affinity with Leeds United and reveals that he’s attended games at Elland Road since his exit; “I have been back to watch games but never as a player. It is not something I have really wanted to do to be honest.” So, how bad will Alan Smith’s reception be this weekend? How will you, the Leeds United supporting public, greet our former hero? This calls for a poll… Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. The new TSS Leeds United forums are now open. Join now for more Leeds United discussion.