It’s hard to sum up the general feeling around Elland Road at the minute. Worryingly, I can’t decide whether that’s due to the amount of different opinions flying around, or whether it’s simply a fact that there just isn’t much feeling at all.

Our fans are renowned for their passion and commitment to the cause. We wont ever give up a fight even when it seems like all is lost and we’ve been written off by the rest of the watching world. Being Leeds is more to people than just football, there’s a sense of a pride that surrounds the club, an aura, the mere fact that we are still scrapping away despite being down for the count numerous times over the last few years shows just how much belief, at times blind belief, we have.

Unfortunately, over time that belief has been tested and stretched to breaking point, and it appears that this time there is no quick fix. The club as a whole has lost that spark that has always been the difference between us and anybody else.

You can look at attendances as proof of this, but my worry goes deeper than that.

What reason do the younger generation have to support Leeds? In the past we’ve always been one of the bigger clubs, battling it out in the Premier League and in Europe with the elite teams from around the world, not only that, but we still had that spark that made us different from the rest.

When kids grow up, they look at their friends who all support the usual big teams, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City etc and have a decision to make. Most of them will just go with the popular choice at the time, but there are always a few that want something different.

That has always been our advantage.

No crowd roars like an Elland Road crowd. It amazes me watching fans from other teams celebrate when they score, barely even bothering to applaud. Any youngster that gets given a taste of Elland Road at its best wont ever look back.

But as it stands, they wont have that option. The passion is dwindling and for the first time in my existence I can see people starting to care less about what happens to their club. They’ve put that much effort in to sticking at it through low after low that it’s got to the point where they don’t have the energy for it anymore.

It pains me to say it, but we are slowly but surely turning into just another average football team. The difference between us and the other clubs now is disappearing. We are no longer a big draw in the Championship, teams don’t fear Leeds United anymore.

I don’t blame GFH for this, they’ve inherited a club on it’s knees and they’ve been making an effort to get the fans back. The transfer window closed last week and most rational thinking fans will understand that despite not spending endless amounts of money, we have improved the squad and we’re quite clearly happy to pay the wages of better quality players. I’ve no doubt that we’ll see what GFH are truly made of in the summer, but by then who knows what position we will be in.

Leeds need their spark back. Our recent win over Tottenham in the cup was a timely reminder of just how things could be, a capacity crowd filled with pride and passion, the players working hard together and our name back in lights for all the right reasons.

This really could be the breaking point. If the next few months go well for us then there is still hope for our recovery, if they don’t, I fear that the damage may become permanent.

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  • Ray
    1 year ago

    Pains me to agree with your comments. It really is down to the hard core of fans now who will continue to go as I do home (All games) and away (most games). I genuinely believe we will rise again and those who have lost the passion temporarily will return with some level of success….that was proven when we went up from league 1 and the atmosphere was definitely there then. The”Rich Backer” really needs to pump some money in during the summer cos lets be honest, even if we finished in top six playoffs this season (unlikely) we would not have a chance at promotion over 2 legs with the teams above us. Sad but true MOT

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  • grenville hair
    1 year ago

    ‘we’re quite clearly happy to pay the wages of better quality players’, you say. But where’s the evidence for that statement? As a proportion of turnover our wage bill is one of the lowest in the championship and Warnock admits we can’t (or won’t) compete on wages. When was the last time Leeds signed a good young player on top wages despite competition from other clubs? We are left with the dregs either because a) they are frees b) they are loans, costing nothing. Morison would not have joined had Becchio not paid for him. THERE IS NO MONEY and you are far too soft on GFH. They are looking to make a quick killing from either flipping the club to another mug buyer or by some miracle gaining promotion and taking the £100m that would bring in TV money as a dividend,leaving the club to come straight back down. They are a private equity house, not remotely interested in Leeds United.

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  • kohsamuiwhites
    1 year ago

    It will be the more excuses in the sumner.GFH/Ken Bates will get one of the lackeys,Warnock or Jones to tell us non football people what we should do and think.I can hear the excuses now,the summer is a terrible time to sign players ,agents and players on holiday etc etc.If you honestly believe the recent transfer window was a sucess tben good luck to you.Why would GFH pay £52 milluon and then keep Bates around the club,knowing full well he is the reason why supporters are staying away.Simples they don;t own the club and the tajeover is an utter smokescreen.

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    • Peter
      1 year ago

      I am staying away not because of Bates but because the football is rubbish, we have no chance of promotion with this team of slow premiership rejects, brought in by our manager – is it now 18 since the summer? Facts are facts.

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  • yorxman
    1 year ago

    Crowds are tumbling due to one man: WARNOCK, I am sick of hearing that the world is against him (fans, press, refs etc). We have gone backwards under him and totally agree with Peter (2.24). I am hoping rumours of Adkins meeting the owners in a move for him to takeover in the summer are true as we need a complete change. No doubt now I’ve mentioned him he’ll be announced as the Hudders new gaffer later this aft

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  • intermelager
    1 year ago

    The takeover over left me cold, why do l feel like this?
    I have not heard or seen anything that shows GFH are here to make Leeds a top flight club again. The more l read and see (transfer window) the more l believe this is to make GFH money in the short and long term. Leeds have a huge fan base but im guessing most do not see GFH as the real thing we so desperately need.

    When a takeover happens it is up to GFH to show they are here to invest and as i have stated before actions are needed not statements of intent. Any actions would have seen an instant reaction from the fans and this has not happened there is no city buzz at all. In fact there is just confusion and press statements stating GFH are unwealthy etc….which are of course denied by GFH.

    I think Bates has made a fortune at leeds and thats why hes still here to advise GFH and how they can make cash from there investment. Thats why they were looking at the books for so long.

    If this is too negative i am sorry i may have seen too much of ‘dragons den’ but give me a positve or proof GFH are genuine and wealthy owners.

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  • Gordon Findlay
    1 year ago

    Lets face it , ken bates hates leeds united . He is taking the piss whilst filling his pockets . If Morison was Neil warnocks no1 target , having stated he wanted another striker , why didn’t he sign him at the start of the window . The bloke ended up here anyway so he would have surely come . Simple – the new bates G F H consortium only want to make money not spend it . The fans have seen the light . Going to elland road and spending money is just prolonging the agony . Unfortunately .

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  • walt kelly
    1 year ago

    totaly agree we will never go up under this muppet warnock, he has,nt a clue we are going backwards and he will blame anyone bar himself, just f/off and take your over the hill shit with you there are plenty good managers out there why should the greatest fans in the world put up with the shit that comes out his mouth. what kind off manager praises his young players then sends them out on loan your a muppet warnock just go now and let a man who knows what he,s doing rebuid from our academy it may take a while but it will be worth it in the end.

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  • Brian Wakefield
    1 year ago

    1971/2 season. I was a young teenager and went to my 1st Leeds match, it ‘blew my mind’ the noise and feeling of belonging was immense. Its still there, but it is fading. The comment about letting the young ones in cheap is a good one, but the prices need to be dropped and the owners need inform the fans as to their plans. It pains me when I read all the stuff some write on these ‘blogs’ it seems that some actually want to Leeds to fail if only to prove some kind of point, or as I have read, maybe they are not Leeds fans at all! Anyway, I still attend every match at home, always will MOT

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