Thursday, 20 December 2012
Chelsea Show Leeds That Big Clubs Live In The Present
It was a salutary lesson, or should have been. At the very least, it was a slap around the arse for all those Leeds fans who repeatedly hark back decades in a desperate attempt to prove that Leeds remain one of the biggest clubs in the country. Five goals shipped in 45 minutes to a team suffering jet lag. Five goals shipped in 45 minutes to a team in disarray. Five goals shipped in 45 minutes to a team managed by Benny Benitez. So much for Leeds United's Premiership pretensions!
So what makes a big club then? Leeds fans repeatedly argue it is all about history, but when Chelsea beat Leeds in that epic Cup Final replay, Chelsea were the smaller club of the two. Nobody would pretend that was the case now.
So what about the fanbase? Leeds fans have been using the excuse of Master Bates to justify gates of 19,000 at Elland Road. Isn't it strange then that 33,816 forgot about the problem of putting money into the Chairman's pocket last night? Surely this was the game above all others that Leeds fans should have boycotted, saving their benefit money to cheer in GFH in the home game against Middlesboro on Saturday? Could it be that Bates is just an excuse then, that, in truth, Leeds fans are glory hunters, only willing to commit to the club when the opposition are an attractive draw and when Leeds are riding high in the table? What does that say about Leeds supporters exactly?
On Friday GFH are scheduled to take over the club but there are big doubts about their willingness or ability to fund a genuine revival of the club's fortunes. Already, fans' expectations of a spending spree in January have been dampened down. Thoughts of a £10m splurge seem well wide of the mark. And what is £10m these days anyway?
For 45 minutes last night Leeds battled like Colchester battled against Revie's team in 1971 but unfortunately, they had all the fight knocked out of them by Chelsea's equaliser. The tragic thing for Leeds fans is that they were in the role of Colchester United, a brave bunch of journeyman doing battle with a Goliath of English football. Never mind last night's result, at the end of the day the Capital 33,816 Fan Cup is an irrelevance, the truly sad thing is how far Leeds United have fallen in relation to clubs who looked up to them in the seventies.
A big club? Once upon a time it seems.
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:05