“Gone for a Burton”. Various origins have been suggested for this phrase, though no definitive source can be quoted. I’m going for the one which refers to the brewing town of Burton-upon-Trent and a pre-WW2 ad for Burton’s Ale where an empty place setting is explained by the person having ‘gone for a Burton.’ This […]
Author : Mark Rasdall
Can Leeds end the slump against Preston?
For many of us who love football, the international breaks are proving to be tough love. Before Gareth Southgate, Gordon Strachan et al gave us heart-warming wins in a mild spring, Leeds United were beating second-placed Brighton, and Huddersfield were happily being thrashed at relegation-threatened Bristol City. After Chris Wood’s two-goal performance, some of the […]
Could Leeds be about to return to the promised land?
Leeds United face Reading this Saturday teatime in the EFL Championship. It’s a critical game for Leeds, but then each of the remaining eight matches will be as we mount a proper challenge for promotion back to the Premier League. We are currently fourth, while Reading are fifth. We haven’t been in such a good […]
Leeds United entertain Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. I say ‘entertain’ but, of course, at this stage of the season, we just want to get the three points or, at the very least, not lose. The play-off situation is ever closer, though good to see that Fulham – who, in injury time, robbed us […]
A game of two matches
Recent sad news of the death of the great Celtic defender Tommy Gemmell and the dementia of his Lisbon Lions teammate and captain Billy McNeill took me right back to my young days of browsing football annuals while listening to the family’s old wireless set. As a six-year-old, I looked on with my father and […]
Blues in Birmingham
A police officer astride a white horse, trying to control football crowds! No, this story is not about the ‘White Horse’ FA Cup Final at Wembley in 1923 but it too comes from a different age and could almost be replayed in black and white, if not sepia. Having done the double over fellow Yorkshire […]
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, will the wheels stay on for Leeds United?
So began the lyrics for ‘Rawhide’ – the Western TV series – broadcast from 1959 to 1965. For Leeds United, this period represented the genesis period of our most famous club side and catapulted Leeds into the consciousness of football fans up and down the country as well as placing West Yorkshire firmly on the […]