Should Gutter Rags Mail and Mirror be BANNED from Leeds United? – by Rob Atkinson


Short and sweet this one, folks (at least my trolls will be pleased…)

Many of you will have read my occasional rants about the gutter end of the national press and their entirely destructive attitude towards Leeds United. In pandering to market forces (as, clearly, most of their readership will hate, loathe and detest the very name of our heroes in white), these toilet rolls lose no opportunity to have a dig – the Daily Fail have been at it again today, descending to the type of spite normally associated with pigtail-pulling schoolgirls. I’d provide a link but, on this occasion, I simply can’t be arsed.

Simple question, then, and I value your input as ever – should these two imposters and certain other of the gutter end of the Fourth Estate be banned from Elland Road?

I’d appreciate your views and, if possible, a little bit of the reasoning behind them.

I’d do a poll – but again, quite frankly, I really can’t be bothered. This is one question I just want to get out of the way with as little fuss and bother as possible. After all, it doesn’t affect me, as I never put money into the pockets of these dire excuses for news journals (and I’m sure many of you are the same) – but it does make my teeth itch that the talentless and booze-raddled hacks concerned are infesting the Leeds United press box, and absorbing the gratis hospitality. And no, it’s not envy. Been there, done that; but I was – naturally – coming from a supportive angle, as I love the club. The attitude and agenda of the hostile gutter press is diametrically opposite to mine. And, even though I don’t buy their crap, I’m sick of seeing it happen and reading snippets of their venom online. So, I just wondered what people think about a ban.

Over to you, with thanks.

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38 responses to “Should Gutter Rags Mail and Mirror be BANNED from Leeds United? – by Rob Atkinson

  1. The mail should be banned full stop, its just a spreader of hate, fear & lies with no redeeming qualities whatsoever

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  2. Come on Rob, your better than that as you so eloquently explained what ‘we are Leeds’ means a few weeks ago, would we be able to foster that mentality without everyone except those lucky enough to be from the capital of the North against us?

    We are Leeds!

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  3. yes 100 % I refused to read a tabloid since Diana died anyway and all the websites are on ignore on my newsnow

    Most of the media are based in London and the BBC for example revolve around Man United Tottenham and Liverpool

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  4. Can’t be arsed to do a poll?
    Would be a lot less effort than reading through tons of crap like this & would probably get more responses.. Just a thought..
    Oh & Yes, Ban them.. Guttersnipes boil my piss mate.. MOT!

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  5. Absolutely spot on, I’d ban all of em.
    MOT

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  6. As much as I understand and appreciate the deep feelings that you and many of us feel towards these papers that appear to have such dislike for our beloved club (and I’d love for them to come out and justify their bigotry), I do believe we have to take the higher ground here and grin and bear it. I say this only for the fact that one manager from the club that shall remain nameless fell out with the media and refused to be interview by the beeb.
    He came across as spoilt and petulant. We need to rise above that.

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  7. Rob no fan of Fail or Mirror but can’t find latest drivel from Fail that prompted your article. A any chance of a link

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  8. Why bother they obviously never go to see what’s happening they just troll what’s on internet and print as gospel the scum lovers

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  9. I would wholeheartedly support any ban imposed! Mail, express, sun, star, mirror and while we at it all the small factually incorrect websites that choose sensationalist headlines off the back of a genuine article, shown 3 twitter comments claiming this is a consensus view or pluck some obscure player that they think we may be linked with only later to proudly proclaim said player has snubbed us in favour of . You don’t like Leeds we get it now fuck off and write a real story!! marciare su insieme

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  10. Hi Rob, new to this but here we go. Not only would I have them banned I would suggest that a campaign was launched to stop all Leeds supporters from buying these rags. Money talks and if we could reduce their circulation by 10,000 a day, and how many of us are there, how much would this hurt? Further we could ask our newsagents to stop selling these purveyors of bile, refusing to step inside their shops if they did not do so. It’s time to fight back. MO T

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    • oldcomrade

      Come on Mick, your’e not seriously asking me to to dump the Mirror. Theres a lot of really good stuff in there if you look for it, Andy Capp, The Perishers, Horace for example. Yes , their sports coverage in general and treatment of Leeds stories in particular is abysmal but we can rise above that can’t we. On and On, with the Mighty Leeds and Daily Mirror LOL.

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  11. I’m a strong beliver of freedom of the press rob so banning anyone for ER goes against the grain , plus like the old saying says , keep you’re friends close but keep you’re enemy’s even closer…
    p.s don’t let the bastards grind you down – press or troll

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  12. Rob, This subject is a real irritant for you I can feel your exasperation! I really dont think that you could ban them as such, is it really worth going that far? I mean the readership (or is it the pictures?) is dwindling YOY due to word-smiths as yourself, there is such a variety of choice on line now. I think if you can vent your spleen elsewhere, and ignore the ruddy things,they will die a natural death, sadly the days of Richard Baerlein are gone for ever, just like these rags will be….soon, very soon.

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  13. Michel Dyson

    Well if anyone will ban the drunken hacks dying to slag us off Cellino will. I’m with you Rob,kick their ass out let them write from the stand if they dare! Of course they will cry like a bitch about freedom of the press etc but what freedom do they grant us? I bet scum would never do it all their southern fans (ie. nearly all!) would be up in arm…..(chairs!) Ha ha!

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  14. leeds oldie

    Hi Rob
    Like the main content but banning them is not the answer the vast majority of leeds supporters read them wether they believe what is written is there choice i personally would not read the mail under any circumstances .
    Banning the press why just those 2 lets be honest non of the press like leeds never had and never will so if some stupid editor wants to pay some non enitity let to us true supporters we know what happens at games that will never change
    Keep writing enjoy the season i hope its works better than i fear

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  15. I really don’t think we should get too hung up on the nonsense these low life scum write.
    Indeed, it just goes to show that despite the best endeavours of the FL,Bates, Harvey and GFH , we are still famous and always will be .
    As the wheel of fortune turns, we will rise again and claim our dish best served cold.
    Let’s hope Big Mass deals us a winning hand this season and we get that quality on the pitch that we ain’t seen for over a decade.

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  16. Really though, if you feel like that, let’s ban the BBC because they hate us as well. Then that sanctimonious prig Lineker (when we eventually go up) will turn to the screen and say, “because of a club ban on the BBC, the game between premiership leaders Leeds, and mid table United can’t be shown, but if you’re a Man utd fan, look away now !” Drifted off there !

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  17. I absolutely abhor the way in which the Daily Fail article you refer to flippantly listed items of trivia such as the canteen at Thorpe Arch being closed for a few days as being events of massive impact upon the club and its players. The whole intention of the article was to pour unjustified scorn and ridicule on the club and its owner. The fact that its owner had in effect rescued and basically resurrected the club from almost certain extinction was totally overlooked. I also found it intriguing that the authoress’ father is employed by the BBC in Leeds. (No connection there then).

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  18. They say keep your friends close but keep your enemies even closer. However, if either a friend or an enemy kept shitting on my doorstep I don’t think I’d want them anywhere near!

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  19. Pigs like rolling around in s@it, the emptiest vessels make the loudest noises- so many euphemisms we can use to describe the gutter press. Why not set up a poll to see which one of the journalists can keep their hand still long enough to click the vote button or for that matter which one can read and understand the f@@@@@g thing in the first place!

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  20. i have not tread any newspaper for over 40 years, and I still seem to know what’s going on.
    Never watched a soap opera for 30 years, and have not missed anything.
    While people buy newspapers, and believe what they read, they will thrive.

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  21. Send your copy to the red tops concerned and report their responses – ‘could make interesting reading!

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  22. David Lambert

    The answer to your direct question is simple and direct, OF COURSE THEY SHOULD, FOR ALL TIME.
    My reasoning, again quite simple. It seems to me that for a team that is so loathed and despised by these detritus peddling monkeys, they just can’t stop talking about the mighty whites, the last true champions of England. This can only mean they believe that LEEDS UNITED sells their tomorrows fish and chip wrapper, or in harder times, well, you know where I’m going. Ironic really, that in previous recessions it was common practice to get shit on it “after” you had read it, but not as a rule, at time of purchase. Anyway, to get back to the point.
    In numerous reports from more reliable sources, our owner has been quoted as saying that he will buy back our HOUSE, our HOME .
    So whereas we can’t stop them peddling their drivel, we should never allow them to enter our HOME again.
    M.O.T.

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  23. definite ban

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  24. Banning the newspapers from Elland Road, would in my opinion, inflame the issue. They are in the news business and usually it is BAD news that sells.

    Rather than attempt to ban them I would have the club begin to “wine and dine” the reporters and get them on our side which, hopefully may start more productive and positive results.

    In the U.S. I get a Daily Mail email which is full of Brit stuff from football to the Royals (argh!). Rarely do I dig down to find trash about LUFC.

    So if we can’t win them over with good Yorkshire humor and a few pints then we could resort to some underhanded work to embarrass them (i.e. strippers, compromising pics) in otherwise play dirty. Big Mass will know how to handle them.

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  25. eldonplace

    Over here in Thailand the new Junta that is currently running this country has also banned the Fail off the internet so they must also be supporters of Leeds United just like me.

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  26. A ban would be pointless, they spout their bile whether they’re here or not, just make sure that when they are here and gorging themselves on the hospitality they get the slightly under cooked chicken

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  27. I read an online article from another article called Martha,sorry dudn,t qet the surname about Leeds United. It was last Sunday.It was a blatant slur on LUFC and El Presidente.”Still Damned After All These Years”was the headline.The Sunday and Daily Mail are what you say,total dross,written by journos who Write pieces based on hearsay and make up the rest.Ban those two,yeah they don’t do us any favours.

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  28. Better to suffer the slings and arrows, even if the source is the gutter. We have to rise above it and most of all the team on the field have to prove these merchants of doom wrong. Leeds fans could do one thing, stop clicking on their posts online and don;t buy their rags.

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  29. Yes definitely. Both bile & hatred spewing,anti Leeds garbage.

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  30. There is a precedent for this. I recall in the dim and distant days of the Revie era that Frank McGhee, a hate-filled hack from the Mirror was banned from Elland Road for writing a series of vitriolic slurs that went a long way to us gaining the “Dirty Leeds” tag that still persists today.
    Honest opinion and fair reporting is to be encouraged but the type of rubbish being spouted by certain gutter hacks goes way beyond that.

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  31. sniffersshorts

    stick all rags on my nans rusty nail in the outside karsie end of story, these vitriol scum bags will never go away, petition club to ban the buggers, bring it to Massimos attention, he will tell them to feck off in no uncertain terms, however at least we are in the press, good or bad news it gives us something to spout off about, need some banners in crowd to tell em what we think, feck em all. all I want is viva viviani to sign viva viva Federico vivaaaaaaaaaaa, we should all sport Elvis haircuts and catsuits if he signs viva viva Federicoooooooo ha

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  32. To Ban or not to Ban, that is the question
    Whether tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows
    of such outragious reporting.
    Or to take arms against a sea of hacks
    and by opposing, end them.

    They are not worth the time and trouble.

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  33. jamesnotfred

    Who owns the press? You’ll find it’s a small clique who aim to control the thoughts of the masses. They know humans don’t like to have an individual opinions and like to repeat what others are saying. It’s a nifty little trick that many are oblivious to.
    Sometimes it backfires. From memory, I think it was the London Evening Standard, who came up with the idea to prove the phrase ‘Dirty Leeds’. They sey up a league table on fouls and booking etc. Within weeks it became blatantly clear it wasn’t Leeds who were dirty. The table quietly dissappeared, never to be seen again. Eat your hat and all that.
    I am also with the people of Liverpool who still refuse to buy The Sun. The insults they received with obvious backing from the Police and Government of the time put our democracy and freedom of the Press to shame. Add to this the new laws passed by this present government of Press Freedom (WHICH ASTOUNDEDTHE REST OF THE WORLD PRESS), gives us even more reason to give up on the British Press.

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  34. kieran lynch

    hi ya rob. i read ur site and love it. i live in cork and leeds crazy. dad worked in coal mines in leeds in the 1950s. hence me and leeds. what is going on. 2 shite results preseason. nobody to mention coming in. tis shit worries me for coming season. i work in a mental hsp. seems like elland rd tis minute. please shed some light. i b over first time ever in march for my 50th. was hoping we b promoted by then. i really hav high hopes. by the way i send my address so u can post my tickets. lol.

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