Marcelo Bielsa achieved the dream for thousands of fans as Leeds United were promoted to the Premier League in their centenary year, after a 16-year exile. For Leeds fans, fantastic football displays on show to sell-out crowds’ home and away became the norm.
The emotional journey as a fan is captured by Heidi who as a home and away season ticket holder, relates the moments of this season in person. The Coronavirus lockdown threatened to put a dent in fans’ hopes when the season came to an abrupt halt in March.
When games resumed behind closed doors in June, Leeds United rose to the challenge, although it was a tense time with a three-horse race to victory. With two games left to play, Leeds were promoted and confirmed as Champions without playing, as results went their way.
Heidi is a passionate, loyal Leeds United fan who has followed her team for over 50 years since the Revie years. Her photos show fans who follow their team through thick and thin. This book is based on her popular blog shared around the world; Follow Me and Leeds United.
Heidi’s six other books are: Follow Me and Leeds United; Once a Leeds fan, always a Leeds fan; The Sleeping Giant Awakens, Leeds United 2016-17; Back to Reality, Leeds United 2017-18; Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United; and co-author of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Leeds United – Leeds United in the 1980s.
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Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United – Autographed copies available direct from me.
Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival caught the imagination of the Leeds fans, raising hopes their suffering over the last 15 years was changing. His players surpassed all expectations as they raised their game, which saw some fantastic football on show.
Heidi captures the moments of the best season for years as Leeds fans turned up in their thousands with sell-out signs all over the country as well as Elland Road. Everything is seen through Heidi’s eyes with the highs and lows as a Leeds fan travelling both home and away.
Her photos show fans who follow their team through thick and thin, never wavering in their support showing fantastic loyalty. This book is based on her popular blog Follow Me and Leeds United which is written as a fan for the fans and shared with fans all over the world.
Heidi is a passionate, loyal Leeds United fan who has followed her team for over 50 years. She had two seven year spells in both the 70s and 80s-90s where she didn’t miss a game home and away and went abroad to see Leeds play. Her love of Leeds United never wavers.
Heidi is the author of five other books: Follow Me and Leeds United; Once a Leeds fan, always a Leeds fan; The Sleeping Giant Awakens, Season 2016-17; Back to Reality, Leeds United 2017-18 and co-author of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Leeds United – Leeds United in the 1980s.
Back to Reality, Leeds United 2017-18
The season started with great optimism; a change for the long suffering Leeds United fans whose loyalty to their club are second to none. After a fantastic start, things changed rapidly and their hopes were dashed once again.
Based on Heidi’s popular blog Follow Me and Leeds United; seen through her eyes with highs and lows as a fan travelling both home and away. Her photos show fans from all over the world, follow the team through thick and thin.
Heidi’s 50+ year’s support of Leeds United, her passion, love and loyalty for her club are shared with thousands of other fans who want to be part of her blog and photos. Away tickets sold out minutes after going on sale. Any football supporter would be able to relate to the loyalty shown and enjoy the read with Heidi’s view of games seen as a fan for the fans. A talent of talking to anyone from all walks of life was feedback given.
The Sleeping Giant Awakens – Leeds United 2016-17
The 2016–17 season saw the sleeping giant, Leeds United, stirring once again. After years of poor management and owners lacking in aspiration, the hopes of the fans were raised before being dashed at the final hurdle.
The Sleeping Giant Awakens is based on Heidi Haigh’s popular blog Follow Me and Leeds United, shared by Leeds United’s worldwide fan base. Heidi shows the highs and lows of a Leeds fan travelling to games, both home and away.
Heidi also takes photos at games, which tell their own story but also show the camaraderie amongst the loyal support. Many of the original photos from the blog are featured in the book, including photos of fans at the games.
Heidi has supported Leeds United for over 50 years and was used in a promotional video for season tickets in July 2017, which had over 50,000 views. She is loved and respected by other Leeds fans for her loyalty to the club.
She is the author of three other books: Follow Me and Leeds United; Once a Leeds fan, always a Leeds fan; and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Leeds United! Leeds United in the 1980s (co-authored with Andrew Dalton).
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Leeds United! Leeds United in the 1980s by Andrew Dalton and Heidi Haigh
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Leeds United takes an in depth look back at what it was like following Leeds United in the 1980s. Speaking to former players, fans and journalists, it will take you on an incredible journey.
From relegation in 1982 to the heartache of the play offs in 1987 and finally promotion in 1990, the book also takes a look back at the off field issues that dogged the Whites and will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion.
All the incidents are covered from the tragedy of Birmingham City in 1985, to winning promotion at Bournemouth in 1990; the book takes you back over a decade in which the Whites sunk to a new low before ending it on a high.
As well as an in depth statistical glossary, which includes results of every game the club played over the decade as well as a brief summary of every player who wore the famous white shirt, this is a must read book for fans.
It also takes a brief look back at what was happening in the world in the 1980s so sit back, relax and reminisce over a decade that saw the Whites return to the promised land of first division football after an 8 year exile.
Once a Leeds fan, always a Leeds fan by Heidi Haigh
Once a Leeds fan, always a Leeds fan is about still following Leeds United despite the ups and downs the club has been through. Staying loyal to their team through thick and thin and never wavering in their support. Heidi shares her experiences of matches that she has been to, including games abroad, right from when she first started going to matches to the present day. There are entries taken from her seventies diary and memories from other decades. Heidi has also included other Leeds fans experiences of following their team, as there are so many different stories to tell. She feels it is important these stories are shared with others, as these memories cannot be taken away. Leeds United have a worldwide fan base that is second to none. The camaraderie between the fans is fantastic and is what makes being a Leeds fan special. A must read for anyone who truly supports their team.
Fantastic feedback from Jo-Anne who said she started reading it and couldn’t put it down until she got to the end!
Follow Me and Leeds United by Heidi Haigh
‘Follow me and Leeds United’ is based on a diary Heidi kept in the ’70s when she didn’t miss a Leeds United match, home or away, for seven years. It is about being a girl in a man’s world when Leeds were one of the best teams in Europe. As a female it shows what lengths she had had to go to in order to follow her team and the problems/violence that she encountered for daring to be female and going to football matches. Although based on her experiences as a female football supporter following the most successful club of the era, it brings to life what it was like for all football fans to follow their team during the violence of the 70′s. It is not just about the football, it is about the fun of following your team, the camaraderie and the ensuing lasting friendships. For anyone who followed football in the 70′s, especially if you were one of the rare female fans, this book is for you.
Heidi Haigh is a well-known female fanatical Leeds United supporter of over 50 years who is still as passionate a supporter now as she was in the seventies. She is a current home and away season ticket holder and goes to Elland Road with her middle daughter Danielle and her granddaughters Hannah, Laura and Alexis who take it in turns to go with her. Danielle has been attending games since she was a few weeks old and Heidi’s youngest daughter Emily’s season ticket which she had since before she was born, has been taken over by her granddaughter. Heidi’s trademark beret made her well known amongst players and fans alike, and former players still stop her in the street to say hello. She has had many articles and pictures published, from the Yorkshire Evening Post to the Daily Express. Heidi does a blog called Follow Me and Leeds United at every game, and takes photos of fans which are shared around the world with other Leeds fan groups.