Pre-season July 2021 Guiseley, Blackburn, Fleetwood

Follow Me and Leeds United blog 2021-2022

Apologies for the late sharing of photos as unfortunately technical difficulties with my website has delayed this. Finding out that another of the legends from the great Don Revie side Terry Cooper had died knocked me for six despite knowing he has been ill. With more tears shed, it is a sad day for his family, teammates, and those of us fans who were lucky to have seen the greatest team on earth. We used to call into his sports shop when we used to walk to the ground, and he always made time to talk to us. Taking a photo of Terry and Norman Hunter at the Menwith Hill Supporters Club do when the team used to freely mix with the fans, are cherished memories. Rest in Peace TC.

Overlap Fan Debate

On my birthday next week, I have been invited to represent Leeds on the Overlap Fan Debate with Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Roy Keane and Josh Denzel as an integral member/s of the fan channel audience. There will be representatives from a variety of other Premier League clubs including Man Utd, City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Everton and Liverpool.

I have agreed to take part and wear my Leeds colours with pride although I still can’t forgive one of them for finishing Alfie Haaland’s career!

Guiseley v Leeds United at Nethermoor Park 27th July 2021

 

After torrential rain before the game, Guiseley asked for volunteers to clear the pitch which was flooded in places. There was no sign of it by the time I entered the ground, so they did a good job, plus luckily it never rained again throughout the game. The kickoff did get put back 15 minutes due to roadworks causing traffic hold ups near the ground. It was good to be back to see a live football game although I was a little apprehensive at the start, but it was great chatting to many of our fans.  Although it was the Under 23s playing tonight, Marcelo Bielsa turned up to watch them which was good to see. In a fast-paced game from both sides with five goals between them, it was an entertaining welcome back to football. Charlie Cresswell impressed me with his captaincy, being very vocal and showing excellent leadership. With no names on the backs of their shirts at this stage of the season, it is harder to work out who is who, but I thought our number three played well before going off with an injury.

Team:

Caprile, Drameh, McCarron, Jenkins, Cresswell, Kenneh, Summerville, McKinstry, Gelhardt (Dean 52’), Greenwood, Miller (Allen 80’).

Subs: Moore for McCarron, Forshaw for Jenkins 57, (Dean for Gelhardt 52, Allen for Miller 80.

Subs not used: Van Den Heuvel. 

Leeds won the game 3-2 with goals from Summerville (penalty) 19, Greenwood 43, Allen 84.

Referee: Jon Moss.

Attendance: reduced capacity of approx. 2,000.

Blackburn v Leeds United at Ewood Park 28th July 2021

Blackburn A pre-season 28th July 2021

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I drove to this one along with my daughter Danielle and two granddaughters Laura and Alexis and met my sister Erica and Martin on the driveway we had booked. We had sold out our allocation of tickets for this one but could have sold more. It was disappointing to hear that after initially indicating they would sell more to us, that the club were stopped from doing this by the police. With Preston police on duty at the game, they have a good rapport with our fans and are used to us having thousands of fans in attendance so I see no reason why we couldn’t have had more tickets allocated to us.

I was looking forward to having my flag back up at the game only to be told by the head steward that I couldn’t put in front of a safety barrier. He told me to come back and see him before the game but then said he was going to take the netting off covered seats in the other side of the stand anyway, so gave it up as a bad job.

Team: Meslier, Llorente, Koch (Captain), Costa, Junior Firpo making his debut from Klich, Shackleton, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison, Struijk.

Subs: Ayling for Llorente (45), Dallas for Firpo (61), Roberts for Raphinha (61), Greenwood for Rodrigo (61),

Subs not used: Van Den Heuvel. 

Leeds drew the game 1-1 with Struijk scoring (81).

Referee: Darren Bond.

Attendance: 4,500++ Leeds fans which looked to outnumber the Blackburn fans.

Hearing everyone singing Marching on Together as the team came out then Championes was very emotional. How I’ve missed the singing, chanting, watching the team live and seeing our fans due to the behind closed doors games. It was lovely catching up with everyone. I was on TV as the teams came out when I was taking a requested photo which I only knew about when I started receiving messages on my phone.

Klich had our first chance which was saved by their keeper before Meslier was called into action. Raphinha also had a shot saved as we went into half time with no score.  Luckily for us we were under cover but not the team when the torrential downpour in the second half happened. Raphinha had another shot saved before their keeper kept Blackburn in the game with a fantastic save from Struijk after a Harrison corner. Blackburn took the lead from a free kick that deflected off the wall as then Leeds finished the game strongly. Roberts had a shot saved before Struijk equalised after good work from Harrison.

 Fleetwood v Leeds United at Highbury 30th July 2021

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I nearly had to drive to this game on my own but thanks to Gaz and Ella I got a lift with them. After hearing the traffic was crawling on the M62 we headed towards Burnley/Blackburn to avoid this managing to arrive at the ground and park up with 20 minutes to kick off. With approx. 1,400 tickets some Leeds fans in the home ends were allowed to go and join those standing on the terraces behind the goal.

Once again it was the under 23s team up against Simon Grayson ex Leeds manager’s team which included Alex Cairns ex-Leeds.

Team: Leeds XI: Van Den Heuvel, Drameh, McCarron, Forshaw, Cresswell (C) (), Kenneh, Summerville, Jenkins, Dean, McKinstry, Miller. 

Subs: Bate for Forshaw 45, Poveda for Miller 45, Moore for Cresswell 59.

Subs not used: Caprile, Allen.

Leeds lost 2-1 with Cresswell (24) getting the goal.

Referee: M Donohue

Attendance: approx. 4,000

Leeds took the lead with a great Cresswell header from a corner and nearly got a second after a deflected shot from Summerville was saved by Cairns. Although Fleetwood had a few chances where they looked likely to score, their players had left their shooting boots at home as they went into the break a goal down.

It didn’t take long for Fleetwood to equalise in the second half due to a mistake made by our keeper. Things went downhill for Leeds when Cresswell had to go off after an earlier injury. Fleetwood were awarded a penalty which although our keeper guessed the right way, he was not able to save it. With four subs brought on for Fleetwood, it became men against the boy’s game. In the final minutes though Leeds were denied an equalise by Cairns’ legs.