Chelsea H 11th May 2022
Leeds United 72 Legends at the Hilton Hotel 6th May 2022
It’s hard to believe that it was 37 years ago today that we travelled to Birmingham for the last game of the season. It is a day I will never forget due to the sad death of young Ian Hambridge who was killed at St Andrews at the end of the game. Police charged the Leeds fans still left on the terraces and due to the pressure of the crowd a wall fell on him. On getting back to the coach, news started trickling through about the tragedy of the fire at Bradford resulting in fans being killed on a very sad day for football. Rest in Peace.
If you have any memorabilia that could be displayed in a museum being created in Denmark, there will be someone at Bremner’s statue between 12 and 1.00pm to collect any donations.
My nerves had already kicked in very early today as we all knew how important this game was going to be. Deep down I didn’t expect us to do anything, but you have to live in hope. As it was, it looks as if the writing is on the wall for us as relegation beckons. I was hoping for something positive to talk about when I’m on BBC Radio Five Live at 6.20am in the morning but sadly we look down and out. That said, it isn’t over until it’s over so with our last games at home to Brighton then away at Brentford, we will know one way or another.
Team: Meslier, Cooper, Llorente, Koch, Struijk, Bate making his first start in the Premier League, Phillips, Raphinha, Harrison, Rodrigo and James.
Subs: Firpo for Harrison (injured 37), Klich for Bate (59), Gelhardt for Raphinha (injured 78).
Subs not used: Klaesson, Shackleton, Cresswell, Greenwood, Hjelde, Gray.
Leeds lost the game 3-0.
Attendance: 36,549 with 2,840 Chelsea fans.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Booked: Phillips. Sent off: James.
Leeds got off to another disastrous start when Chelsea took the lead within four minutes to put us on the back foot once again. Although we won an early corner we didn’t look like scoring and things went from bad to worse when James received a straight red card (our second in two games) after lunging in at the Chelsea player. Not long after the sending off Chelsea had the ball in the net again and although I thought it was going to be disallowed due to a foul in the build-up, it was disallowed for offside. The game was then stopped due to a medical emergency amongst the Chelsea fans to the left of the tunnel before play resumed. When six minutes was added on for all the injuries, it felt like a punishment as I couldn’t wait for the whistle to blow.
Although Leeds seemed to start brightly, Chelsea got a second goal 10 minutes into the half with sheer persistence which ultimately put the game out of our reach. The Leeds fans in the middle of singing Marching on Together just carried on with it. We had a brief spell where it looked like we were going to attack when Koch’s header went over the bar but in reality, there was a big gulf between the two sides. When Chelsea got a third goal, fans in the West Stand streamed to the exits but there were plenty of fans who stayed where they were and continued singing. Stats afterwards showed we didn’t get a shot on target today which shows how far we have regressed in my opinion.
We have no option now but to fight for our survival in this division otherwise we will go down with a whimper. That to me would be a disaster because getting back up again would be incredibly difficult with the way things are. See you on Sunday, LUFC – Marching on Together!