Leeds fans have had it fairly tough for years.
Their club has had more managers than the supporters have had hot dinners. Their former owner, Massimo Cellino, also turned the club into a laughing stock with some absurd decisions.
Additionally, they have watched their side stumble around in the Championship for almost 15 years after suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2004.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are most certainly a sleeping giant. The supporters’ anguish has been present once again as they bottled their chance to achieve promotion via the automatic places, and instead must now slug it out amongst Aston Villa, Derby and West Brom in the play-offs.
As the debate over THAT Leeds goal rumbles on, Pl>ymaker FC’s newest squad member has his say in the video below…
You can feel the desperation around the club. The fans are extremely keen to see their side in the top-flight again, a sentiment summed up perfectly by an image taken after Kemar Roofe’s goal over Derby in the play-off semi-final first leg.
The Englishman netted the opener against Frank Lampard’s Derby to hand his side a crucial advantage going into the second leg, and the travelling fans at Pride Park certainly enjoyed it.
Thanks to the image from @LeedsFanzines, you can see that the supporters were literally falling over themselves in jubilation after Roofe’s strike broke the deadlock.
The fans are all over the place, some on their back, some squashed under other ecstatic supporters; most of those in the picture probably only saw the net ripple and none of the resulting celebrations thanks to their own wild scenes of joy.
Bielsa’s men still have a lot of work to do at Elland Road in the second leg, and will be wary of a Derby side who certainly didn’t play badly in the first leg; Lampard’s side probably should’ve had a penalty at Pride Park.
Once thing’s for certain though. This means so, so much to the Leeds supporters.