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Sorry lads, didnt get back til the early hours and then had to get me laddo back to Leeds etc etc and then had to do some catching up.
OK, Guilty as charged folks! I did one of these at the West Ham game earlier in the season - great fun. I must tell you though that me and the lad (My son Mark is the interview following mine) had literally just come out of the Drayton Park pub, just over the pedestrian bridge. If I tell you we got in there at half four and this interview was at 7:15...need I say more! We had worked our way through 5 pints each and we explained this to the interviewer..he said he would prompt us if needed!!!!!!! Incidentally, we had one hell of a day despite the result. Drove down early to Cockfosters (thanks to King Billy, that worked great) got the tube to Holloway Road. Stopped to walk round the ground and take some photos which I hope the Leeds prog will use in a forthcoming programme, then back on the tube into Covent Garden for lunch. Cost me £30 for two bangers and mash and a couple of pints!!!!!! Back to the Drayton, where we spent most of the time with a Norwegian contingent - fabulous lads including "Mr K" who is a top bloke (the Norwegians of course thought the London prices were cheap!!!!!!!)
After the Winkball interview and a quick burger we met some more lads inside the ground one of whom dragged me in to take some pictures of Savage and Keown (I missed the Keown header), then we watched the match from a few seats away from Dave Clark (The Sky Sports darts presenter).
The Game? Well, I thought it was a poor match between two average sides! Arsenal were very poor for a Premiership side and with a bit more care could have really blitzed us. However, it was a great experience for our very young (average 23 or 24 Grayson says) team and we worked our socks off. I was disapppointed by the goal as it looks a carbon copy of the Derby ball that undid us a few weeks ago, but other than that the defence did well enough. Nunez was poor, Clayton was poor, yet again, just dont understand him, doesnt look fit to me. Townsend was nothing like the bloke we saw last week - his first touch was abysmal yet last week it was stunning! Daft as it sounds we could (maybe should've got a draw or a win if we couldve just been better in front of goal. It was a side show though and its gone. Palace is now all important.
Lasting memory? What a bloody great stadium! The Leeds fans immense inside the stadium and inside the pub!
Joined: 01 January 2012
May 06, 2012 21:28
Thanks for posting this, as this was my first memory of supporting Leeds. This is what the cup was all about, I remember the big match build up as mentioned in other recent posts and then going out into the garden after the game to recreate Clarke's header by throwing a football against the kitchen wall and throwing myself at it several times until I buried that ball deep in the left hand corner of the goal made from 2 cricket stumps.
As for the atmosphere, well thats what you get when each team gets 50,000 tickets instead of 25,000 and the Queen gets to present the trophy. Mick Jones climbing the steps at the end brought a tear to the eye, 40 years of hurt, roll on next season, we must get back to where we rightfully belong.
Just one more thing, that team of legends can still be quoted by supporters of a certain age no matter who they support, try it, it works.