Match Of The Week – Leeds United 1-2 Huddersfield Town

It’s difficult to say whether this proves anything or whether it’s just a coincidence, but a high number of the most objectionable people that I have met in the course of my adult life have been Leeds United supporters. The guy that played football for the same team as me and said to me, just before the 1997 general election, that he was voting Conservative because the BNP weren’t standing in St Albans. The guy that we used to play football against who had a Union Jack tattooed on the back of his leg and would usually play with a black eye because he had been fighting at a Leeds match the day before. The next door neighbour in Brighton who would drink all day every Saturday and then harangue me over some imagined crime via the intercom. All of these people had that one thing in common. It’s difficult to say whether this is a pattern which is repeated nationwide (and I should temper this by saying that I have, in my life, met a couple of Leeds supporters that weren’t complete wretches too), but it’s certainly true to say that the club continues to invite derision that is out of proportion to their current league position. The club itself hasn’t helped matters in recent years. Their murky exit from administration gave substance to the “Dirty Leeds” belief...

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