At various times over the past few years, since Leeds United’s well-documented “fall from grace”, there have been those in the media who have been all too eager to drone on about how the Whites are no longer Yorkshire’s top club. At one point, some local TV hack – it may or may not have been Harry Gration, I simply can’t recall – almost salivated over his autocue in his eagerness to get out the obviously pre-prepared line “Yorkshire’s top club Hull City”, showing no outward trace of the embarrassment he must surely have felt. It was all so cringeworthy, as if any temporary arrangement of league placements could ever alter the immutable fact that Leeds United are Yorkshire’s number one, as they have been for well over half a century.
Now, one game into United’s first top flight season since 2004, even those who thrive on bare, soulless statistics are left without an argument, as Leeds’ only fellow Premier League Yorkshire club fell to a routine home defeat at the hands of Wolves. This left Leeds, despite their thrillingly gallant defeat by the odd goal in seven at Anfield, as the highest placed Yorkshire club, further reinforcing their historically predominant status in God’s Own County.
For Sheffield United, it may well be that “second season syndrome” will blight their campaign which, judging by their Blunt attack, could well develop into a struggle for survival. It’s early days, obviously, but there could hardly have been more of a contrast in the first game performances of the two Yorkshire clubs. It’ll be interesting indeed to see how their respective fortunes progress from here on in – but, for now, it’s good to see the league table confirming what we all know was always the case; Leeds United are Yorkshire’s Number One.
Marching On Together
Great bit of banter Rob which should stoke up the rivalry for our game with the Blades after we have put Fulham to the sword on Saturday
Incidentally Rob, can you confirm whether there is any truth in the rumour that Graham Potter has been recruited as Udinese’s chief negotiator in respect of our drawn out attempts to sign Rodrigo De Paul because these negotiations will soon surpass the length of time wasted on the Ben White saga. RDP would be a fantastic signing but is the player actually seriously interested in working with Bielsa and playing for Leeds United?
A teasing tweet tonight suggests he may well be!
This would be great but the only thing I cannot get out of my mind is the thought of what the atmosphere at Anfield would have been like with a full house. It’s almost unimaginable. If there is a God up there Ron he must be a Leeds fan so please hurry up and get these stadiums opened up.