Marching On Together: Please Support This Fast-Growing Leeds United Blog – by Rob Atkinson


Unrivalled support

Unrivalled support

Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything is growing rapidly. Back in September of last year, just before it was included on the News Now platform, the blog had received a total of only 13,000 hits in a little under nine months.  It was growing, but very slowly.  Now, that figure stands on the brink of the 900,000 mark. Sometime in May, if not before, somebody will register the one millionth hit. There are 1,182 WordPress followers, with an additional 2,891 following by email.  And it’ll be onwards and upwards from here.

I’m determined to see this blog continue to grow and thrive. Other projects will spring from it, notably a book about the varied fortunes of Leeds United between the Championship success of 1974 and that of 1992 – a “Full Circle” period that includes the thinly-chronicled second division years of the 1980s.  I believe that I provide a valuable service in trying to keep Leeds United fans – and others – around the world informed and amused.  Many are the comments I have had saying that this blog has cheered things up when the situation around Elland Road has seemed bleak.  It’s heart-warming and fulfilling to get feedback like that; it inspires me, as it would any writer, to carry on trying to provide what readers want.  I’m passionate about Leeds United Football Club, and I don’t hold back from communicating this in my blogs – which I try to keep coming at the rate of roughly one per day (sometimes more) where other commitments allow.

Every little helps

Every little helps

To do any and all of this, I need your help. I need individuals to read and share the blog so that those numbers continue to climb – this is so important. I also need small donors, people willing to click the PayPal button on the top right of each page, and give even a quid or two – or maybe commit to a quid or so a month – because it all helps. Many of you have been kind enough to do this already, for which I am humbly grateful – and as those people know, I always write to express that gratitude. Those who have donated £10 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the Full Circle book when it is published.

To put the value and helpfulness of small donations into context: if everybody who ever clicked on an article on this site had donated as much as 10p a time, I’d have been able to fund publication of my book under my own steam by now.  Every little counts – and there are a lot of you out there, with more joining every day.  Please help, if you can.

But as well as straightforward donations and increased readership and following, I also need people who are prepared to get more heavily involved – those who are willing and able to place adverts, sponsor sections of the blog – or even the whole thing. I would ask anybody interested in this to visit the Contacts section – and drop me a line. Again it helps the blog – and with hits running to an average of 25,000 a week and rising, it should be of benefit to you and your business, too.  And I know that there are some extremely enterprising and successful people out there, following this and other blogs – well, you’d be extremely welcome on board here.  But hurry – if Signor Cellino nips in first for a full site sponsorship, I can hardly say no!  And I believe he does have a few bob to spare…

This blog is going places.  I really believe that. It’s just a matter of time – and of how much support and encouragement I can hope to receive from my valued readers and fellow Leeds United fans. So, please help if you can – become a Friend of the Blog. Join in and get on board, and let’s make a big success.  Respond to the articles, join in the debates that ensue.  There are exciting times ahead – Leeds United may be about to turn a corner, so let’s all go forward and succeed together.  I’m actually thinking of instituting a Friends of the Blog list – and I’m open to any other suggestions for helping Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything keep on growing and thriving.

Last, but not least – to my small but dedicated band of trolls, the ones who write in so often and so passionately – but for my eyes alone (as their input hardly ever sees the light of day) – do not worry; none of this is aimed at you! You just continue to entertain me and make me laugh, if you will; I require nothing more from you.  You certainly help with the blog’s readership figures – but my request for actual help and support is aimed at true Leeds United fans and friends and followers of the blog.  Thanks, though –  I’m glad we could clear that up…

Ciao – Siamo Leeds.  Marciando Avanti Insieme

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26 responses to “Marching On Together: Please Support This Fast-Growing Leeds United Blog – by Rob Atkinson

  1. Great win today, I have been to several games home and way and our football has not been good, god willing will be there at the Nottingham game. We are bigger club than Arsenal and Manchester CIty

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  2. What happened to “The Games Gone Crazy” blog?

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  3. Who bugged Cellinos office &toilets Rob. Haigh or MI5?

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  4. Reality Cheque

    I don’t think you are likely to have any shortage of material for your posts now Rob with Cellino being so upfront and open about what he is uncovering and his plans to take our club back into the Premiership by 2015-2016. No longer will we need to make appeals to the YEP, GFH or LUST to prise out an official statement, we can just nip into t’Peacock and have a chat with our Gladiator over a pint in his lunch break. What a guy eh? I get the feeling that you may have enough material to produce an hourly post for the next few weeks so keep us entertained Rob, its a well known fact that you can cope with only 3 hours sleep a day as I have found to be the case on every fortnight jolly in Benidorm!! MOT

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  5. SnifferClarkesBoots

    I’m buying you a pint and a pie to toast today’s victory. Cheers Rob.

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  6. We mite be in the championship but your blog is defo in the premiership thanks for all ya hard work even got one of me gunner mates hucked to ya blog all the best going forward mot

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  7. It is always a good read Rob.

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  8. my money is on papa smurf too rob , i could never work out why he would want an office above subway , its obvious now that the “office” was within range for his listening devices….
    how’s the book coming along ?

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    • Yep, the old sod – got to be prime suspect. I reckon Haigh was involved too, personally. Looks like Cellino has flushed out a nest of rats. The book is coming along nicely thanks, I’m letting it take me where it wants to go, currently!

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      • Why do you think it was Haigh??? More likely Haigh, along with Patel and McDermott were the victims of this. Who might think they could get away with this? Who would be arrogant enough? Who do we know were trying to supervise at least one person closely but had to stop due to Haigh’s resistance? You can forget the toilet fetishist theory, the cameras and bugs were principally in the offices, weren’t they?

        No, this was either GFH (the overseas version, Alrayes and that shower) or it dates back to Bad Santa or one of his orcs on his behalf (Williams, maybe), or possibly some random nutter on the club staff. It won’t be Haigh. Nothing in it for him.

        Must say I’m really looking forward to whoever did it getting caught…

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  9. Big issue?????????

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  10. Iv got a gut feeling Haigh is going to be arrested soon and charged over the bugging and then roll over like trapped sewer rat on the others involved .Could be uncle Ken &aunt Shaun. The good news there will be no rapist at Elland Road next season theyr going down.

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  11. wetherby white

    the toilet cameras have great potential! Assume the long arm of the law will be taking an interest and obvious culprits, Bates Harvey Williams etc will be in for questioning soon? Wasn’t it Simon Grayson who recently said that Williams used to hang around in the toilets and eves drop peoples conversations?
    Picture harvey dragged from his fl desk and singing like a canary down the local nick cells – LOVE IT!!!!

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    • Oh, I so, so hope you’re right. Whoever did this could get prison, there are several possible charges. I can’t wait.

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  12. The camera thing sure is weird. Which toilets though? The ones servicing the Boardroom and offices at Elland Road? The ladies’ khazi, or just the gents, or both? The ones under the stands? Definitely Kennyboy would be my Prime Suspect. His eyes are way too close together, and he always banged on about his slow arousal. I can’t imagine Susannah would approve of his unhealthy interest in water sports, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors…

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