The Scratching Shed’s Independent Fans survey has now closed with 1,331 responses in less than 48 hours. Thanks to everybody that took time to complete it.

The survey consisted of 8 statements about ticket pricing, ownership, management and progress the club is making – four areas we identified as the most pressing concerns affecting Leeds United fans at present.

To ensure no personal bias affected the results and that there was no ‘leading questions’, the survey followed a structure used by market research firms which gave participants a statement which they could answer in one of five possible ways depending on their level of agreement with it. All the statements were written in a positive sense (eg. ‘Leeds United’s current ticket pricing represents value for money’ rather than ‘Leeds United’s tickets are overpriced’)

To ensure the same person didn’t answer multiple times (distorting our overall findings) users were restricted by IP address so they could only answer once. The short time frame given for people to answer also lessens the chance of people answering numerous times from different locations.

A summary of the results is below and you can download the full results in PDF format at the bottom of the post.

Summary of results

Less than 4% agreed that “Leeds United’s current ticket pricing is value for money” with 80% saying they disagreed or strongly disagreed. 17% did however feel that the pricing levels were necessary to take the club forward, but once again, the majority (60%) disagreed with this view.

Simon Grayson will be happy to hear that the fans have his back with 79% agreeing that he is the right man for the job and only 6% saying they disagreed. 78% of fans felt Simon Grayson had not been given the necessary resources to get Leeds United promoted, whilst 8% felt he had.

Our largest area of contention was “I’m happy with the progress made under the current ownership.” A little under 28% agreed with this statement with a little under 49% disagreeing. More people answered neutrally to this one (23.5%) than any of the other seven statements.

That was as good as things got for Leeds United’s owners however with only 12% of fans saying they felt the ownership had the best interests of the club at heart – Over 70% disagreed.

Asked whether they felt the ownership had the best interests of the fans at heart, 86% said they disagreed with only 4% of fans agreeing. And finally, only 9% of fans felt Ken Bates was the right man to take Leeds United forward, with 75% of participants disagreeing.


If you’d like further information about the survey, please contact us using the online form.