For the average Leeds fan, supporting the club has been a mixture of pain, perspiration and promise. Over the last decade alone the club has gone from a fateful Champions League semi-final down to League One, and now look to be sitting pretty back in the Championship.
But how much of a Leeds fan are you? Do you know your Bremners from your Bowyers? And your Keegans from your Kennys? Can you name the club’s very first manager?
Anita Clark’s new book Never Mind The Peacocks: The Ultimate Leeds United Quiz Book is a fun and fact-packed title perfect for fans old and new. Each page contains a host of questions just waiting to be tackled.
Here are ten to whet your appetite...
1. OK, let’s start right back at the beginning: in which year was Leeds United AFC formed?
2. Can you name the club’s very first manager?
3. And do you know the colours of the first Leeds United kit?
4. The first ever clash between Leeds and Man United was a Second Division encounter in January 1923: what was the final score?
5. On the way to Wembley in 1970, Leeds knocked out their old adversaries in the FA Cup semi-final. How many replays were required and who eventually scored the deciding goal?
6. And much more recently, which player’s goal sent Man Utd crashing out of the FA Cup at the third round stage in 2010?
7. Before the victory in 2010, the last man to score a winning goal for Leeds at Old Trafford did so in a League encounter in February 1981. Can you name him?
8. And which centre forward from the Revie era has scored more times against the old enemy than any other Leeds player?
9. Who is the last player to have scored for Leeds against Man United in a top-flight League fixture?
10. A Norwegian right-back was the last Leeds man to be sent off in a Roses clash, receiving his marching orders in the 3–0 defeat in May 1998. Can you name him?
2 Dick Ray, who managed Leeds United during their inaugural season playing in the Midland league.
3 Blue and white stripes for the first fifteen years. When Leeds United was formed following the demise of Leeds City, Huddersfield Town chairman Hilton Crowther proposed the amalgamation of his club with the newly formed Leeds outfit. The merger plans eventually came to nothing but Crowther joined Leeds anyway as chairman of the club – hence the blue and white stripes.
4 A 0–0 draw
5 Two; the first and second games, played at Hillsborough and Villa Park respectively, both ended goalless, so a second replay at Burnden Park was required, which Leeds finally won 1–0. The winning goal was scored by Billy Bremner.
6 Jermaine Beckford
7 Brian Flynn
8 Mick Jones, who scored a total of seven goals
9 Alan Smith, in the 1–1 draw at Old Trafford in February 2004
10 Gunnar Halle
• Anita Clark’s Never Mind The Peacocks: The Ultimate Leeds United Quiz Book is published on November 22 by The History Press at £6.99.