Sport in Leeds & Yorkshire
Book Review Leeds United Miscellany
by Joe Mewis
By definition, this book is a mixed bag of anecdotes, statistics, facts and historical trivia covering the entire history of Leeds United. But whilst some of the particulars relate to well known games or players, we have others that have clearly evolved from painstaking research and an eye for the obscure. Do you know the full story about David Harvey’s suicidal pet monkey?
There is something in this book for everyone, but chiefly this is a concise history of the club for younger fans needing a brief introduction to the significant pain and occasional pleasure of being a Leeds fan.…
Interview Chris Kamara
We meet the enthusiastic Sky football pundit and ex-Leeds United star
As a breathless pundit on Sky Sports, Chris Kamara has attracted a cult following among viewers who are otherwise used to interchangeable ex-pros sharing tepid clichés on screen. In an era of football as the new primetime entertainment, fans have warmed to Kamara’s old school enthusiasm.
"I always get surprised by the level of people’s support for me. It’s just amazing, it really is," he says over a soft drink, overlooking Millennium Square. "It’s sort of gone out of all proportion, but long may it continue. It’s just incredible. I never take it for granted and I’m still the same…
Leeds United LUFC 2010/11 Season Review
'Leeds United On This Day' author Joe Mewis looks back over Leeds United's first season back in the Championishp
At the start of the season we said in this column that we’d take a nice comfortable mid-table finish, a season of consolidation and getting to grips with the Championship before a promotion charge next year. This would also bring the added bonus of not having the stressful cloud of promotion/play-offs/relegation envelop us Leeds fans as it does every season and we might all live longer as a result.
That’s not quite how it panned out however, as the past season has contained its usual share of ups and downs with United narrowly missing out on…
Try This Aerockbics
We pack our air guitar for Leeds' newest fitness craze
When I was a member at a gym, there was a chart playlist that I only ever heard there. Shane Ward, The Script and some indistinct dance tunes presumably meant to inspire us to pump it harder, and such like. I hated it. There was even a time I plugged my headphones into the system on the running machine and watched ‘Loose Women’, so bored was I by the vacuous dirge piped into the sweaty room. Needless to say, my gym membership lapsed quicker than Shame Ward’s career.
There are countless different celebrity-endorsed fitness fads that I could try, I…
Try This Snow Xross Bikes
Ali Schofield takes to the slopes on SNO!zone's newest mode of transport
The thing with snowboarding is it takes quite a bit of time to gain the skills which will see you merrily swishing down a slope. The first session, as I have experienced first hand, is punctuated with bruise-making falls – the instructor even has you pick a cheek to land on so as not to hurt your spine – and the next few sessions (as I have not experienced as I am a ‘if at first you don’t succeed, give up’ kinda gal), are still unlikely to furnish you with adrenaline-filled fun.
That is not to say I don’t fancy…
Leeds United Doncaster and Preston
Another two games in four days, another seven goals: Leeds consolidate their playoff credentials with style and guts
On paper both Doncaster and Preston (17th and 24th respectively) are teams that any club in the top half of the table would want to beat. At this stage of the season however, with almost every Championship club still in the market for something – whether that be safety or higher placed ambitions – that would be a naive attitude to adopt.
For 44 minutes against Doncaster on Saturday, Leeds United looked like an unstoppable attacking force. How only one goal was wrestled free of the opposition no-one will ever know, such was the voracity of Leeds’ desire.
Leeds United Welsh Woe
Regular Championship football news from Elland Road
Leeds’ 7-match unbeaten run came to an emphatic end in South Wales on Saturday, when a vibrant Swansea side beat United 3-0 in a match where the visitor’s shortcomings were painfully exposed.
With Bradley Johnson suspended following his two yellow cards against Barnsley, Simon Grayson was forced into a change of personnel and formation, bringing in Davide Somma and switching to a 4-4-2 formation. Herein lied the problem, as the Leeds midfield was overrun from the off, as Kilkenny and Howson, outnumbered in the middle of the park, failed to stamp their authority on the game which in turn gave…
Try This Rocket at Yoga Lab
Rosie Bryan-Adams gets stretching at the city centre yoga studio
Being more of a fan of running, I’ve always found yoga slightly disappointing. I go to the gym to get sweaty, to me this means I’ve done some work and if I don’t leave limping, I haven’t worked hard enough. The slow, calculated movements of yoga have never nearly led me to break out in a sweat, although I’ve been pleasantly surprised once or twice by stiff hamstrings the next day.
This is why I was rather excited to hear about a relatively new type of yoga that I could practice in Leeds city centre: Rocket. It sounds fierce, and…
Leeds United Arsenal Stars Treat Leeds To A Stylish FA Cup Exit
Regular Championship football news from Elland Road
The task facing Simon Grayson’s men last night was always one of the well-oiled underdog, expectant fans hoping only for a display of passion and the chance to celebrate a goal against superior opposition, in a timely and well deserved distraction to the marathon of the league championship.
In the end Leeds’ big FA Cup evening was just that and the seeds of hope that something greater might be achieved were twice quelled, firstly when Arsenal took an early lead to quash the hopes of the packed out Elland Road stadium and the neutral TV viewer, and finally when they…
Book Review Leeds United On This Day
by Joe Mewis
Leeds United fan Joe Mewis has put together a wide-ranging history of Leeds United, with each day of the calendar year represented by an event in the club’s 91 year history.
This comprehensive book takes in everything from the club’s formation, to the glory days of the Revie-era, the successful, but ultimately damaging period under Ridsdale and O’Leary, the clubs collapse early last decade and their promotion to the Championship last year.
Clearly well researched, and put together with a love for the club, it’s a great read for fans of the Whites, and includes great photography of key moments…