Contrast that attitude to our expectations. There are allegations that we are arrogant, that we have seen a return to the Prem as a God given right, and that presumption has caused genuine ill will towards us. From "Good Old West Ham", everybody's second team, we have become the obnoxiously arrogant cheating bastards of Tevez, Sullivan, Gold and Allardyce. Our character profile has undergone the sort of rewrite enjoyed by Ben Mitchell in Eastenders!
As I posted, I have until now held Birmingham in contempt but Hughton and their fans have persuaded me around to a new respect. Obviously I desperately hope that we are not in the Championship next season but I now have a further reason for hoping for promotion because without the rivalry provoked by sharing the same division, I will be able to cheer Hughton's boys to promotion next season.
And so to Leeds. One of the services that Blogspot offer is statistical analysis of site traffic and the most hit thread of all time was one based upon Ikea Joorabchian's claim that Leeds had signed a player on a Third Party agreement posted back in October 2011 (http://thegamesgonecrazy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/kia-joorabchian-says-leeds-signed.html). Well that record has now been broken, with the hit count for yesterday's thread on the possibility of Warnock's time at Leeds ending in tears at 12,071 already (http://thegamesgonecrazy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/leeds-and-warnock-heading-for-nasty.html.)
Now the quality of response from Leeds fans has not always been of the same calibre as those of the Birmingham fans - what do you expect given they are dirty Northern bastards? - but the sheer volume of hits is incredible. Give them their due, the tight fisted wife beating Yorkshiremen remain unbelievably loyal to a club who have been shit for so long.