Death of a Leeds United Fan – by Rob Atkinson


Reblogging this only because I initially omitted to include an Alzheimer’s Society link – and if just a few quid can be raised in the fight against this insidious robber of life and happiness, then it’ll be worthwhile.

Thanks for all the earlier comments – you can have no idea how much it’s helped. MOT

Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything

Kenneth Atkinson 7.7.1927 - 27.2.2015 Taken on my parents' wedding  dayKenneth Atkinson 7th July 1927 – 27th February 2015
Taken on my parents’ wedding day, 1959

My Dad died in the early hours of this morning. He’d been afflicted with Alzheimer’s for the very last part of his life, and there’s that inescapable feeling that this loss is just final confirmation of what has been a gradual departure over the last few years. It’s still a shock, though – and, blogs being blogs, this is where I have to say how I feel – and make my last farewell.

Dad was a ridiculously handsome man who failed utterly to pass those fortunate genes on to me, bequeathing instead a fanatical love for Leeds United Football Club. He was Mr. LUFC to me, John Charles’ greatest fan and a dedicated match-goer through the Don Revie glory years – when I was just a small child with no interest in the game…

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3 responses to “Death of a Leeds United Fan – by Rob Atkinson

  1. Rob: Really sorry for your loss and the ordeal your dearly departed dad and your family had to go through. May he rest in peace. Peace to you brother.

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  2. Can only echo you’re thoughts rob and hope Leeds can pay Kenneth a tribute tomorrow and beat Watford ,, RIP MR ATKINSON , MOT

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  3. A very eloquent tribute to your Dad, Rob.
    I’m sure there’s many of us reading your words, who will recognize their own father and his love for them – and for Leeds United!

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