UK time is: 00:29:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

LUFC Let's make Elland Road intimidating again

The atmosphere in the second half of the recent home game against Queens Park Rangers took me back a few years.

The noise inside Elland Road was terrific and the singing of 'We are the champions, Champions of Europe` with the scarves being waved around from all four corners of the ground was a site to behold.

At the time we was only 1-0 up and a few months ago we would have been too apprehensive, full of nerves and self doubt to even contemplate seeing all four stands join in.

Former Leeds midfielder, Shaun Derry returned to Elland Road with Rangers on Saturday and admitted in an interview that we are like a twelfth man in the stands.

Before the Kop was seated, Elland Road was an intimidating place for any opposing player and fan to come to and it was well documented that our fans were worth a goal start.

In recent times, players from the opposition seem to revel in a trip to Elland Road and our own fans have been quick to get on our players backs when things weren`t going quite right.

Away from home, it is a different story and win, lose or draw the Leeds faithful sing and get behind the players for ninety minutes.

You cannot devalue the part Leeds fans play, we continuously sell out are allocations for away games, no matter how many tickets we receive.

How many clubs in any division in this country would take over 6,000 fans to both Coventry and Barnsley?

We are once again leading the way with average attendances this season with nearly 26,000 on average turning up for games at Elland Road.

We have the highest gate of the season in the Championship when over 33,000 turned up for the home game with Sheffield United.

The chairman, manager and players have all stated just what a difference we can make when we are there in huge numbers and getting behind the team.

As we head for a busy festive period and the second half of the season, we are fantastically placed in second place.

We are heading towards a crowd once again in excess of 30,000 for the home game with Portsmouth over Christmas.

Wouldn`t it be fantastic to once again be the intimidating force we once were from the terraces at Elland Road.

It`s not a rant or a whinge in any way I just want us to continue what we started in the second half against Queens Park Rangers.

When, 'We are the champions. Champions of Europe` starts up, then get out your scarf and sing loud and sing proud.

We are the best fans in the country. MOT





Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 24 2010

Time: 1:45PM

Your Comments

I hope this is taken in the way it is intended. We have a core at Elland Road who sing, win lose or draw and I think the South Stand have been brilliant this season. Some prefer to wait until we are winning before getting behind the side. What we need to do is get behind the team from the off. Lets make the opposition quake in their boots again. I come from an era when I started following Leeds in the 80's and between then and the year we won the Championship in 1992 we was that twelfth man. We used to run out to the Rocky 'theme' to me that was always a call of, you are taking us all on nit just the players. Even when we had 17-18,000 in the ground we could still make it intimidating. I just feel the seats have taken away that edge we had. Also if we did sing for long periods it might make the idiots in flourescent jackets give up on their 'SIT DOWN' Monotonous and repetitive calling out for ninety minutes.
dazza71
I thought it was great but there is nothing to say you cant wave your scarf sitting down. Where we sit there is an allocation of seats where brave volunteers bring disabled kids and young adults (many with Downs syndrome) and once people stand up for long periods these kids have no chance of seeing as many cant get on their seats. I agree with Dazza get some noise going and wave the sacarves but remember kids cant see if adults are stood up in front of them.
erni
I would love the atmosphere to return but in all seater stadiums it just isn't the same. Being packed in, swaying everywhere as one, those were the days.
King Billy
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Archived Articles

List All Vital Leeds Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 474
2. bago 172
3. deslondon 134
4. King Billy 120
5. erni 117
6. leeds1975 109
7. Davey 3006 87
8. Tiny T 68
9. SimonTVW 58
10. iwa 41

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Middlesbrough 43 14 16 13 9 58
14. Bolton 43 13 16 14 -2 55
15. Sheff Wed 43 13 14 16 2 53
16. Leeds Utd 43 15 8 20 -8 53
17. Huddersfield 43 12 11 20 -9 47
18. Birmingham 42 11 10 21 -11 43
19. Doncaster 43 11 10 22 -28 43

Breaking League News

Preview: Owls v Charlton
» Sheff Wed : 20/04/2014 23:58:00
One to Watch - Daniel Tözsér
» Q.P.R. : 20/04/2014 20:32:00
LUFC Leeds Loan Watch - April 13th - 19th
» Leeds Utd : 20/04/2014 19:55:00
Vela Stays With Magpies As Foxes Dismiss Davies
» Bolton : 20/04/2014 19:18:00
LUFC Team News: Defender a doubt for McDermott
» Leeds Utd : 20/04/2014 19:12:00
Brighton v Blackpool (Preview)
» Brighton : 20/04/2014 18:05:00
DRFC Millwall v Doncaster Team News
» Doncaster : 20/04/2014 18:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the match v Barnsley?
Suggested By:  
Butland 6%
Wootton 1%
Lees 2%
Pearce 7%
Zaliukas 1%
Warnock 2%
Murphy 7%
Brown 5%
Tonge 0%
McCormack 56%
Smith 4%
Hunt 9%