Saturday changed things for me.

There I was, sat in the North stand surrounded by other Leeds fans as we watched our team get absolutely dismantled by Watford. The final whistle blew and the majority of us stayed to show the players some appreciation for their efforts in a game that was almost completely out of their reach from the word go.

At that point I thought ‘that’s why we’re the best fans in the world’, but then I thought about the rest of the game and started to wonder why we’d waited ‘til the final whistle to show them some support.

This will anger some fans, but we’ve become a joke.

We are by no way ‘the best fans in the world’ as it stands. The turnout for the game was low, as expected, but the atmosphere inside the ground was non existent. Every now and again a half hearted ‘Bates out’ or ‘Marching on together’ could be heard, but other than that we offered nothing.

In fact, other than the final whistle the only time in the game I can remember us roaring the players on was after Austin had been taken off injured and we were down to nine men.

Why are we doing this to our own club?

We can be angry with Bates for dragging us through the mud but our team are suffering and we are the only ones that can do anything about it. Do you think Ken Bates really cares whether you turn up on a match day? That £26 you’ve kept from him wont even make him bat an eyelid, the man is on his way out and no longer worries about the finances of Leeds United, so no, he doesn’t care whether you’re there or not, but the manager and players do.

As a team with ‘United’ in our name and an anthem boldly titled ‘Marching on Together’ we are failing our great club and we are doing it well. The time for excuses has to stop now, it’s no good slating the team for not playing well after booing their every mistake, what support do they have if we, the clubs fans, turn on them every time they do something wrong?

As for those boycotting until Bates leaves, forget him. Do the right thing and turn up to support the team that currently wear the shirt you have spent your lifetime proud to wear yourself.

Every great structure needs it’s support, the same applies to football teams, and ours needs us more than ever. We are more than just fans.

We need to open our eyes to what is happening and do something about it while we still can, for ninety minutes we have to forget about Ken Bates and focus our efforts and energy on giving the players out full and vociferous support. Turning up at the game and cheering the players on wont get rid of Bates any quicker, but it might just make the difference between a win and a defeat for the team you support.

Below are the lyrics to Marching on together. Read them through word for word and ask yourself if we are really worthy of singing the anthem that has been our heart and soul for some of the greatest years of our clubs great history. Have we given the boys a hand? Have we stood up and sung for Leeds United?

Remember who you are and remember why you support Leeds, then make the decision to do something about it because this season is falling apart and our team need us.

Twitter – @giddy_goose

Here we go with Leeds United
We’re gonna give the boys a hand
Stand up and sing for Leeds united
They are the greatest in the land

Everyday, we’re all gonna say we love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds
Everywhere, we’re gonna be there we love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.
Marching On Together
We’re gonna see you win
We are so proud
We shout it out loud
We love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.

We’ve been through it all together
And we’ve had our ups and downs
We’re gonna stay with you forever
At least until the world stops going round

Everyday, we’re all gonna say we love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds
Everywhere, we’re gonna be there we love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.
Marching On Together
We’re gonna see you win
We are so proud
We shout it out loud
We love you Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.

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  • LeedsFanJed
    2 years ago

    What a load of nonsense, the real fans have been staying at home boycotting the games until bates has gone. Its fans that keep going, giving bates all there hard earned money that have allowed bates to remain at our club so long, leaching all the profits out of leeds. I suppose its that mentality of, we go to every game, never leave a match early so where better fans than you…! Not really, theres more to supporting your team than that. Boycotting/showing your disgruntlement at things is the only way to show bates the clear message that he’s not wanted here.

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    • Forever Leeds
      2 years ago

      LeedsFanJed. Shut up you half whit. you have no idea about supporting your team. your just a cheap arse low life. people like you drag out club down. ive been a season ticket holder all my life “through thick and thin” now its a bit naff at the moment but we have out ups and downs. you just dont care. fair weather wanker. people like you make me wonder how you DARE to call yourself a fan. discraceful behaviour. “theres more to supporting your team than that. Boycotting/showing your disgruntlement at things is the only way to show bates the clear message that he’s not wanted here.” – Yeah really supporting? really? is it? go on google and define the word support, i can tell you it wont say sitting at home eating a snickers while looking at the discusting, vile, slob you call a wife is sat next to you.

      On the other hand, Well done steve good article

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      • Outlaw
        2 years ago

        I looked supporting up in the dictionary and it didnt say throwing you money away either

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        • LeedsFanJed
          2 years ago

          And one more thing, keep lining bates’s pocket sheep :p

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      • LeedsFanJed
        2 years ago

        This people is a keyboard warrior.

        Look at all the swearing he uses and attempted insults haha.

        I’m guessing you are an angry individual probably suffering from depression so I feel sorry for you :)

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      • mark27
        2 years ago

        lads were doing it again falling out and were on same team were leeeds and will be back no matter what

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  • STEVE LATHAM
    2 years ago

    WELL DONE!!!!!.SPOT ON…MOT SUPER LEEDS

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  • Colum Hegarty
    2 years ago

    Well said mate. You are absolutely right about “The Master”

    He couldn’t give a rats arse if we get relegated this year. All he has wanted to do since he took over has been to get LUFC into a marketable product he could sell on for a tidy profit.
    Its really important that us fans back the team turning up the volume at every match. If we are not careful we will be one of those teams that people point to when someone mentions fickle fans. We have got to stand behind the players and manager, make them all feel when they wear the badge that they’re seven feet tall. Show them we are Leeds, this is Elland Rd and it matters to us.

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  • Leeds_Lad
    2 years ago

    Starey eyed clown !! …. You are wrong, bates must be starved out of our great club. … What you do not realise is the sooner this happens, the sooner Leeds United regain some dignity and rebuild for the future !!! Wake up to the reality !!!

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  • Leedsmachine101
    2 years ago

    LeedsFanJed – What you wrote is a load of nonsense!!

    Every game you have been to at ER you have lined the wallet of whoever was in charge.. and to be fair I don’t think any one of them in the past 20 years has had any good intentions towards making Elland Road great!

    Stay at home, you’ll be there a long time at this rate as however comes in will have a job on their hands. Always looking for an excuse to moan, to be fair i’de rather you weren’t there!

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  • Steve Lufc
    2 years ago

    When are the soppy we’ll support you evermore gang going to realise. Yopur support hasn’t helped the club in the last month or so, all it has done is line Bates pockets. Don’t you wonder why we can turn it on for cup games. Southampton or Everton would have put 20 past us on Saturday Money money money is all it’s about. Bates can afford to run the club on 19000 gates and he will do. Only one way to get him out.

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  • gistheman
    2 years ago

    This true, but the fans that stay away also feel their side to the story is true too. Hopefully this week will bring everyone united and marching on together

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  • Outlaw
    2 years ago

    Remember the support compared to our opponents when it all went pear shaped in the Premier League. Relegation to League 1. The various playoff finals. It doesnt make an ounce of difference how much you clap. Keep giving your money to support something you dont agree with, ever wondered what Bates meant by moron.

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  • BRAMLEY WHITES
    2 years ago

    Stick your views on us stay away fans. It hurts more than it could ever hurt bates. Use had enough. Never been so negative towards bates united. I am not waiting my money on that shower

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  • BRAMLEY WHITES
    2 years ago

    Sorry for the spelling and icorrect letters. predictive text. what Im trying to say is i ain’t going back to elland until we rid of bates. 7. 8 years of torture. no more

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