Welcome to Marching on Together

11 Nov 2016 08:49pm, by Shields53

Leeds United versus Newcastle United is a fixture with great history. The two teams have faced each other 87 times since their first meeting in 1924 with honours fairly even; Newcastle having won 37 and Leeds 33. Although the teams met two years ago in the League Cup (Newcastle winning that one two nil) it’s been 12 years since the teams have faced each other in the League. Newcastle are favourites on the betting sites for next weekends game but after recent results the Leeds camp will be confident of an upset.

It’s no surprise that with two of the best supported teams in English football, Newcastle United flying high at the top of the table and Leeds United on a roll in the play-off places that the highest crowd for five years is expected at Elland Road. Not since the promotion game against Bristol Rovers and Arsenal in the FA Cup has LS11 seen a crowd that big. Selling out Elland Road only goes to reinforce the positive feeling that is surrounding the club at the moment. The team are playing well, we are winning games and there is an expectation that we could achieve something this season.

After years of dwindling attendances and the club shrinking in both stature and expectation every year it genuinely feels like we are getting back to where we belong. A young positive manager and a team with potential not seen since the Grayson era. A full Elland Road is exactly what we need to drive us forward. Many of the players won’t have seen the old place packed to the rafters and it is a sight and sound to behold. How could they fail to be inspired by 39,000 people chanting Marching on Together at full volume?

Both teams will feel confident going into the game but win or lose seeing so many fans once again inside Elland Road can only be a good thing. Let’s hope many of them return for more games this season and cheer this exciting Leeds United team onto promotion this season. There is a lot to be excited about this season.

26 Oct 2016 09:31pm, by Shields53

After their dramatic penalty shootout victory against Norwich on Tuesday night Leeds United will face eight time winners and last seasons beaten finalists Liverpool at Anfield in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup. It’s been a while since the two teams have competed on an even keel in the League. I doubt many Free Super Tips would be tipping Leeds for the win this time round. But it was a close run thing last time the teams met.

In fact the teams last met in the same competition back in 2009 when Liverpool narrowly won one nil at Elland Road. That day a disallowed goal from Jermaine Beckford and a clinical finish from David Ngog saw Liverpool progress to the fourth round. The two teams have a great history against each other though and have competed in some thrilling games. Here are two great Leeds United goals that Liverpool fans would probably rather forget;

Tony Yeboah, 21st Ausust 1995
Leeds United 1, Liverpool 0

Tony Yeboah had scored thirteen goals in his first season at Leeds but he started the 1995/1996 season on fire. He scored two goals in the first game of the season against West Ham, the second of those strikes nearly breaking the roof of the net. But it was the game against Liverpool that launched him into the spotlight. From thirty yards out, first time volley, boom. I'm not sure David James and Dominic Matteo even saw it until it had flown over them into the back of the net.

Mark Viduka, 4th November 2000
Leeds United 4, Liverpool 3

Leeds found themseleves two nil down after 18 minutes against Liverpool but Mark Viduka struck back leveling the scores with goals before and after the break only for Liverpool to take the lead again on the hour. It was then that Mark Viduka latched onto a pass from Dacourt, twisted and turned past two defenders before slotting the ball into the net for his hat-trick. He went on to complete the victory with his fourth a minute later but for me the pick of his goals that day was the hat-tick goal.

Leeds will face eight time winners and last seasons beaten finalists Liverpool away at Anfield in the quarter finals of this seasons EFL Cup. Game is to be played week commencing 28th November.