23 Mar 2019 08:37pm, by YorkshireSquare

It's 15 years since we were in the same league as them and we've only played them twice in that time. The famous 1-0 victory in the FA Cup in 2010 at Old Trafford thanks to Jermaine Beckford and a 3-0 loss in the League Cup at Elland Road in 2011. But they miss us, they still hate us with a passion. It's almost guaranteed that come the much-hyped Manchester United vs Liverpool games they spend a large amount of time singing about us. They miss Leeds United.

And who can blame them? We're a proper club with history and a history of playing and competing against the biggest names in English and European football. Let’s face it, trips to Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield hardly set the heart racing, do they? The Premier League has been sanitised beyond all belief since we left, but down in the wilderness we’ve not had all our rough edges knocked off. We’re still Leeds and we’re still dirty.

37,000 vitriolic Yorkshiremen singing and shouting at you in the hostile cauldron of Elland Road is a different ball game to the prawn sandwich eaters at Craven Cottage or people ambling back from a VIP cheese room. Opposition fans absolutely love to hate us, especially Manchester United fans. So much so in fact that there is a recent feature entitled 'Do we want Leeds United to win promotion?' on their official website. The answer? Of course they bloody do!

Paul Davies, editor of United Review said; “Do I miss them in the Premier League? Not especially. But would I rather play them at Old Trafford and visit Elland Road than some of the other clubs in contention to come up? Absolutely. It’s a cautious yes from me.” Steve Bartram, features editor for their official site said; “Yes, definitely. In the strangest of ways. I’ve missed them. Beyond games against City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal, so many domestic fixtures feel the same. Facing Leeds is a proper, old-fashioned rivalry based on mutual distaste, without any added complications. For me, trips to Elland Road should be part of the calendar and I’d welcome them back with open arms.”

Joe Ganley, club reporter said; “Yes. Games at Elland Road are arguably even more intense than our trips to City or Liverpool, and Yorkshire is severely under-represented in the Premier League. Leeds’s return to the top flight would potentially make things more difficult for United on the pitch but these fixtures are what make football special. Plus, there’s an added factor: Marcelo Bielsa. He’s one of the most fascinating managers of his generation, and his sides play bold, brave, entertaining stuff. As a football fan, I’d be intrigued to see him in the league.”

22 Mar 2019 08:45pm, by YorkshireSquare

Well last Saturday was a kick in the balls. Angry, fed up, frustrated, all sorts of emotions. So we dust ourselves down and move on. All is not lost, one point is the gap to 2nd, five points to 1st, twenty-four points to play for. Nobody has achieved anything yet, nobody is promoted, nobody is planning their party. Everything is still to play for, promotion is still there to be won. The team can’t dwell, there isn’t time for that, were unlucky, but we lost, we learn and go again.

Now we must show why we are the only side to never drop below 4th this season, and that was only for about a week, we haven’t dropped below 3rd for the majority of the season and it’s been rare that we have been out of the top two. We have spent more time top than Norwich, we have spent more time in the top two than Sheffield United and Norwich combined. We have been the only constant in the automatic promotion race since game one.

We have proven we can beat the better teams, we have proven we and we alone can sustain an automatic promotion push since the start of the season, we have proven we can bounce back. Should we fail to get automatic then fair play Sheffield United and Norwich because they will have deserved but having come so far this season, having done so well, having been able to sustain an automatic promotion push despite a dreadful injury list since early season, having done all that it would be devastating to fall so late on.

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Maybe January will cost us again, maybe we should have done more, maybe we should have been more ambitious in the summer. But we have done so well to get this close that maybe just maybe perhaps this is our year. We may never get a better chance, we are the underdogs now but we were the underdogs before the season even started against promotion and title favourites Stoke City.

Last Saturday was a blow but it doesn’t have to be a knockout one, we can still get up off the canvas and mount a comeback. Bring on Millwall!