Christianity’s calendar now brings us Easter, at the end of Lent, forty days during which people gave things up: like chocolate, or if you’re a Leeds United fan, hope.
Peter Ridsdale used to wear the same expression in interviews, answer questions in the same tone.
Will Middlesbrough vs Leeds United be on or off? In a way it doesn’t even matter if the game goes ahead or not.
How do you change Leeds United, when it’s so determined to stay the same?
One of the things I’ve been most grateful for this season has been the banishment of the Elland Road I used to dread, as I trudged with weary duty there and back each winter.
Where do young players come from? About Leeds United and their U23s
The ‘salute crest’, 2018-2018, unless it rises on the third day, did at least achieve one of its objectives, by catapulting Leeds United back into the big time: back where we belong.
With two key weaknesses addressed, it’s difficult to argue on Thursday, as many did on Monday, that this transfer window’s opportunities to improve the team are being wilfully and flagrantly ignored.
Imagine a quiet January, they said. Likely not much happening, they said. On track to achieve our targets, they said.
2018 begins, and Leeds United have found a new way of making people unhappy, by being sixth from top of the Championship as the transfer window opens.