Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is apparently a huge Leeds United fan.
Crowe is the narrator of ‘Take Us Home,’ Amazon’s latest sporting documentary retelling the Premier League promotion quest during Marcelo Bielsa’s first season in charge of Leeds. Speaking to Radio 5 Live in 2015, the New Zealand-born actor explained the origins of his love for a club based in West Yorkshire on the other side of the world.
“I used to come home from sport in the afternoon, me and my brother, and watch Match of the Day. We’re talking about a period of time in Australia when we had very few TV channels.”
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Back in 2015, in the midst of the Massimo Cellino years, which we won’t ponder on for any longer than necessary, Crowe even teased a possible takeover to help ease his side’s pain.
“@Samwild90: @russellcrowe please buy leeds. In need of help!!” Anybody else think this is a good idea?
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 25, 2015
Unfortunately, it never materialised. Crowe has, however, kept close tabs on the club’s quest to get back into the Premier League, and has been quoted saying:
“I know when it comes to sport that it’s not necessarily about money. It’s about culture, and I have learned a lot in nine years [in charge of the Rabbitohs]. And it would give me nothing but pleasure to see that white army marching on together, getting back into the Premiership and being back where they should be.”
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 17, 2019
Former stars like Jermaine Beckford, Luciano Becchio, Tony Yeboah, Brian Deane, Danny Mills, Rod Wallace, Paul Robinson, Peter Haddock, Chris Whyte and Neil Sullivan all swarmed upon West Yorkshire on Thursday night to celebrate 100 years of the Championship side.