Welcome to Marching on Together

17 Oct 2018 09:46am, by Shields53

Today marks the 99th birthday of Leeds United Association Football Club. The history of football in Leeds dates back to the late 1800’s with teams such as Hunslet Football Club winning the West Yorkshire Cup in 1898 and Leeds Woodville in the Leeds League who shared Elland Road stadium with Holbeck Rugby Club. When Holbeck failed to secure a place in division one of the Northern Union in 1904 the club were disbanded and Elland Road put up for sale.

Traditionally a Rugby League city there was an appetite for football in Leeds, especially now there was a vacant stadium available. The men previously behind the now disbanded Hunslet Football Club held a meeting at the Griffin Hotel in Leeds to discuss plans for a new football team for the city. And so it was in 1904 that Leeds City Football Club was founded. Leeds was the biggest city in England not to have a team in the Football League and finally on the 29th May 1905 they were admitted to the second division of the Football League.

Leeds City finished mid-table in the first few seasons but when Herbert Chapman arrived as manager in 1912 their performances started to improve. They finished in the top half of the table and narrowly missed out on promotion before the league was suspended in 1915 due to the war. During the war Leeds City won an unofficial League Championship with many guest players including internationals turning out for the club. The League started again in 1919 but allegations were made about the club making illegal payments to players during the war. As a result of an enquiry Leeds City were expelled from the Football League.

Following the disbandment of Leeds City by the FA due to illegal payments made to players during the first world war the entire playing staff of the club was auctioned off at the Metropole Hotel in Leeds on 17th October 1919. After the auction a group of more than 1,000 loyal Leeds City supporters held a meeting at the Salem Hall in Hunslet where Leeds United AFC were formed. The new club were elected to the Midland League on 31st October 1919 taking the place vacated by the Leeds City reserves. Leeds United joined the Football League on 31st May 1920 and finished 14th in their first season.

To read more on the history of Leeds United visit these wonderful sites;
Oz Whites Leeds United FC History
The Mighty Mighty Whites
WAFFL Leeds United History

16 Oct 2018 07:08am, by Shields53

Leeds united found themselves in need of a new manager this summer. It’s always an exciting opportunity, that is until the words “Leeds United are in contact with Steve Bruce” appear in the press. There is a dread about being linked with those same old names; Neil Warnock, Steve Bruce, Alan Pardew etc. The same characters regurgitated for more free spins in the football management world.

It’s boring, it’s dull. Why do the same managers reappear despite having failed at their previous clubs? Villa fans have never really been happy with Bruce since his appointment two years ago culminating in a fan throwing a cabbage at him and his sacking last week. If we’d have appointed Steve Bruce I think I might have thrown a cabbage at him. It shows a lack of ambition, a desire to be safe and not take the risks to deliver a truly a different more modern style of football.

I honestly believe the appointment of Thomas Christiansen was a positive gamble, like playing on free fruit machine games. It showed a desire to be different and it worked, for a bit. We did play a positive style of football which was great to watch. Unfortunately, he lacked the ability to think differently when things started to go against us.

The less said about Paul Heckingbottom the better in my view. A reaction to Christian not working out was to go for an existing Championship manager. But summer brought about a rethink, a desire for Radrizzani, Orta and Kinnear to go back to the original thinking. They thought out of the box, they dared to be different, they dared to be brave and the result was Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa has been a breath of fresh air, a positive, attacking, exciting style of football which has been a joy to watch and has achieved results so far. We are still to see what we can achieve under ‘El Loco’ but the decision to be bold and different, the decision not to go for one of the same old names such as Bruce seems to be paying off so far. It’s a genuinely exciting time to be a Leeds United fan.

And as for that cabbage? I reckon Bielsa would have chucked one at Steve Bruce too…

I don’t see this is as barbaric as you see it. This means I have bad habits and you have good habits.