By Sarah McCann
Thank you Mick.
I was Leeds and that was that, a decision made by my Uncle before I could even say the words Leeds United.
Throughout this blog, you will hear a lot of references to my Uncle Mick. He’s Leeds United through and through. He’s seen it all from the European nights in the 70’s to the much more turbulent times, ask him anything on Leeds United and he knows it.
So you can imagine his delight when I finally stepped into Elland Road for the first time! My first game was Wolves at home, 14th August 2004, we drew 0-0. A game I can vividly remember, sitting in the East stand with both my Uncle and Sister taking the atmosphere in. Fresh out of the Premier League and over 28,000 spectators in attendance. Since that game I never looked back and Leeds United became a permanent fixture in my life.
My first season saw the start of the Ken Bates era when Gerald Krasner sold a 50% stake to him to ensure we avoided administration. We finished 14th that season, however little did I know that I would have to get used to Championship and League one football for the foreseeable. Cold Tuesday evenings welcoming Crewe and Tranmere to Elland Road would become the norm. Having been a season ticket holder for 14 years I have still yet to witness Leeds play in the Premier League!
Despite the absence of Premier League football, both the Championship and League One have provided many memorable moments. Some we would soon rather forget, including that infamous 7-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest and the heartbreak of Wigan last season.
Despite all the adversities, I’ve been fortunate to witness some amazing games, from the Bristol Rovers match where we came from behind to clinch promotion back to the Championship to the Boxing Day clash last year.
Our off the field antics have matched and even surpassed the drama we would expect on the football pitch. We’ve had it all, from takeovers, unfavourable manager appointments, questionable badge designs to most recently Spygate. So, when I see Leeds United trending on social media I don’t think anything would come as a surprise now!
I wouldn’t have had it any other way, Leeds United is a unique football club, nothing is ever simple and that’s what makes Leeds, Leeds. Supporting Leeds United takes you on a journey like no other, once Leeds gets a hold of you there is no turning back.
We’ve had our ups and downs, probably more in the last 10 years then some clubs have had in their entire existence, but this club is special.
Come May the dream of a return to the Premier League may come to fruition, if it does we’ve plenty to look forward to, if it doesn’t we go again, but one thing I can say for sure is I’m proud to be a Lady who Leeds!