For years, my defence mechanism of choice when watching Leeds United was to predict that they’d lose. That way, if it came to it, at least I could claim the hollow victory of a correct prediction in the car on the way home. It wasn’t in the spirit of things, but neither was Leeds losing 2–0 so needs must. Season after season of lax defending made this insurance policy a staple of my matchday experience until Marcelo Bielsa established some defensive order at Elland Road.

Last season, however, the defensive solidity I’d become accustomed to was at times brought into…

Gianni Alioski applauding an empty stadium after Leeds beat Fulham 3–0 in June 2020

As we trudge wearily towards the end of the UK’s third national lockdown, it’s easy to feel cheated by a pandemic that has deprived Leeds United fans of some of the greatest experiences a football fan can have. We weren’t there when the ball trickled in at the Liberty Stadium or when Leeds were crowned Champions after demolishing Charlton. Nor have we been able to watch a largely Championship team trade blows with Manchester City and Liverpool, stick three past Villa and Leicester, or humiliate Newcastle and West Brom.

But for all that we have missed out on, we are…

This Hull City fan made his thought’s known in response to Jamie Carragher’s claim that Leeds have become ‘everyone’s second favourite team’

According to a number of pundits, Leeds United have become everyone’s second favourite team. This is, of course, wrong on so many levels, and rival fans have rushed to distance themselves from such claims. While we have certainly been entertaining so far, no amount of Bielsa-ball will win over a country that loves to hate Leeds United. Put bluntly, Leeds are not ‘second team’ material.

Jamie Carragher, Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil are among the pundits to have heaped praise on Bielsa’s side, claiming Leeds’ high-octane style has captured the imaginations of rival fans and prompted a reappraisal of the…

The Mural on The Calls features Kalvin Phillips alongside club legends Albert Johanneson (Left) and Lucas Radebe (Right)

The Kalvin Phillips and Pablo Hernandez murals are the latest in a growing collection of Leeds United-themed street art to have appeared across the city in the past few years. They follow a whole host of work including epic tributes to Marcelo Bielsa in Hyde Park and Wortley, the huge club crest next to the motorway in Holbeck, and the ever-expanding portfolio of telecommunication boxes painted by the Burley Banksy. With more artwork in the pipeline, it’s clear that for the first time in years, the city of Leeds has a football team to be proud of.

After years of…

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