So the long awaited first competitive match is nearly upon us and what a tie it is. LEEDS UNITED AWAY!
Leeds United Facts
Name Leeds United A.F.C
Nickname The Peacocks
Manager Neil Warnock
Club Colours White
Record Playing Leeds
Looking back over the years and SALOP haven’t faired to well against Leeds.
Don’t be too disheartened by these facts because, as we proved last season, we can cause an upset or 2 and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind Turned will get the players in the mentality that they are there to win.
Name Elland Road
Elland Road is a very historic stadium after being home to Leeds since 1919 and is the second largest stadium outside of the Premiership behind Hillsborough.
Initially the ground was the home of the Holbeck Rugby Club who played in the northern rugby union, the forerunner of the rugby football league.
Where Are We Based
Away fans are housed on one side of the John Charles Stand (towards the South Stand), in the upper tier where up to 3,000 supporters can be housed. The seating is a mixture of old wooden and plastic seating, the leg room sparse, plus there are a number of supporting pillars running along the front of the upper tier which could impede your view. However the facilities within the stand are very good. Food on offer on the concourse includes; Cheeseburgers (£3.80), Burgers (£3.50), Peppered Steak Pies (£2.90), Chicken Balti Pies (£2.70) Potato and Meat Pies (£2.70) and Cheese, Onion and Potato Pies (£2.70).
Leeds fans are known as the most hated fans in Britain but you can’t deny they are very passionate about their club and travel away in big numbers and good voice. The song they are most famous for singing is Marching on Together.
Leeds fans in great voice
From reports from other fans they have said the stewards are tough and will eject people without warning and in a violent manner so we suggest you should not give them a reason to approach you.
Also they have told us club colours are to be worn with caution whilst your outside the stadium which is a shame if it’s true.
Pubs and Places To Eat
There is the Drysalters pub which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground. On my last visit it had a good mix of home and away supporters, real ale and large screen SKY TV. To find this pub; with the Old Peacock pub behind you, turn left and follow the road down to the very end. Pass the entrances to a number of car parks and go under a railway bridge. At the end of the road, turn left along the dual carriageway and the pub is a short way down ‘tucked in’ on the left. Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground in the form of draught Becks Vier, Boddingtons Bitter and Blackthorn Cider (all £3.50 a pint), plus small bottles of red and white wine (£4).
Just a few doors down from the Old Peacock pub (which is behind the South Stand and is not recommended for away supporters) is the Graveleys chippy, which does brisk business on matchdays. There is also a McDonalds outlet situated across the road from the East Stand.
Well this one should be a straight answer but after last years cup exploits, I believe this could be another great moment following the mighty Salop.
Score Prediction: 2-1 Salop
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