Ever since this site was conceived, I have regarded it as a West Ham site first and foremost but used it to look at the broader game of football and touched upon other sports such as cricket along the way. Last season, with West Ham out of the Prem, I adopted QPR as my Premiership club to follow, because of a strong West Ham association through Fernandes, Ferdinand, Dyer, Gabbidon and a certain Neil Warnock, a figure much loathed amongst West Ham fans because of the Tevez affair. Now we are up, I thought it would be fun to follow a club in the Championship and, for better or for worse, settled on Leeds because of the take over rumours and that man Warnock again.
Now my take on events at Leeds has provoked a certain amount of controversy, but my take on events at West Ham and at QPR had exactly the same effect. I quote from the best Leeds blog on the net, Clarke One Nil which claims to be the: "only proper independent thinking (no adverts or friendly relations with the Leeds United media operators here), realistic and long term centred LUFC blog" and goes on to say:
"We are not in competition with anyone else because no-one else covers our territory, no-one has the range of writers, no-one else has the philosophy and consistency. A lot of the other Leeds United blogs simply ape some news story and slightly alter it to produce an article. Others do produce original content but through the need to be popular (not an issue for us) the result can be anodyne. Even the best one of the rest (in terms of attitude and content) is but a marketing tool for its printed manifestation."
Now the author of that article goes on to say, "Well you wouldn’t want “the games gone crazy” getting more popular either would you?" and I can see his point, because, in a way, this site does represent competition to his in that neither of us say it as you want to hear it, but instead say it how we see it to be. However, the sites are distinctive because Clarke One Nil is written from the perspective of a Leeds fan, whereas this site spills forth from an enemy camp, albeit the enemy carries a flag of peace, or at least a flag of taking the peace!
The most interesting thing for me is the vitriolic response to everything I write. As I said above, West Ham fans initially greeted this site in the same way, and QPR fans also threw their rattles out of the pram, but why? We live in a country that supposedly values freedom of speech, and I really can't see the point of the internet if all bloggers write from the same hymn sheet.
Given what is happening at Leeds, it staggers me that there is not a host of blogs demanding to know what the hell is going on. How long has this take over rumbled on for? But then rumbled is the wrong word, because it suggests evidence that something is happening. The silence is deafening!
Meanwhile, Leeds' best player from last season has been sold, and one of the best young prospects has been allowed to leave as well. In their place, a host of aged, mediocre players have been ushered through the door by Warnock as the former Shafting United boss seeks to turn the once great Whites into a team of kick and run cloggers (as opposed to ball playing cloggers!).
With QPR in ninth place in the Prem last season, I predicted that they would struggle to avoid the drop. The reaction from the gRs was predictable: I was abused and told that I didn't know what I was talking about. Well, at the end of the day, QPR only survived because Bolton allowed a two goal lead to slip in the penultimate game of the season and stayed up with 37 points, one below the normal safety target. Turns out that my prediction made in the first quarter of the season was absolutely spot on!
Similarly, I warned West Ham fans that Zola, Duxbury and Nani were destroying the club. Nobody wanted to hear it. But I was right.When West Ham were sitting in second in the Championship last season, I warned we were in a false position. Again the reaction was highly predictable, but again I was proved correct. And that's what winds the idiots up so much, I am right much more than I am wrong. It is not what fans want to hear, but the truth often hurts and, in my book, burying your head in the sand is for ostriches.
What is truly sad is the way the comments left on the site reflect upon our nation. The standard of spelling and grammar is shockingly poor and the ability to construct a thoughtful response is sadly deficient. That doesn't cover everybody, of course. There were a number of lucid gRs who engaged in debate and some Leeds fans display intelligence. Meanwhile, there is a core following of this site from West Ham fans who understand where I am coming from.
The biggest irony of all is that West Ham fans respond to criticism by claiming I am not a Hammer, where as Leeds fans, masochists to a man it seems, respond to criticism of Leeds by claiming I am a secret White! I am not, of course: I dislike the club with a vengeance, but I still hold a begrudging respect. In a strangely masochistic way, I want Leeds back in the Prem, because that is where the club belongs.
Anyway, this was provoked by getting a mention on Clarke One Nil. You know you are having an impact when the best Leeds blog on the net gives you a mention! Before you post a reply guys, try to think. There really is no point in using the F or C word because I cannot post your comments. I would have posted this in comments on Clarke One Nil but sadly comments are not allowed - probably because of the foul abuse that author receives too!