Leeds Ellin Park

Club Profile

Leeds United

Once a dominant force in English football—and one known as “Dirty Leeds” for their rough style of play—Leeds wasn’t relevant nationally for more than 20 years. But they are back in the Premier League, with a hardcore loyal following making lots of noise in a grand old ground.

LOCATION: Leeds, West Yorkshire, two and a half hours north of King’s Cross Station in London by train and one hour from Manchester

CONTACT: leedsunited.com, 0371 334 1992, #LUFC

NICKNAMES: The Whites; sometimes the Peacocks because there is an old pub named The Old Peacock next to their stadium

History

Leeds didn’t do much from their founding in 1919 until the 1950s, when a player named John Charles arrived on the scene. He was one of the all-time greats, a six-foot-two giant who excelled at defending and who, upon switching to striker for a season, scored 42 goals in 39 games. But in 1956 a fire wiped out much of the stadium, and to pay the…

Rivalries

Mainly their fellow Yorkshire clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City, and Huddersfield Town are rivals, but they also have rivalries with Manchester United and Chelsea (from the glory days) and Millwall (from the hooligan

Women's Team

Leeds United Women play their home matches at Thorp Arch in Wetherby, the training ground for the club. They are in the Women’s National League Division One North, tier 4 of the women’s

Songs

Leeds are one of the few to still enthusiastically sing their old-timey song. Used to be everybody had a Cup song, but “Marching on Together” is a legit good soccer song, and they belt it right out at the beginning of the game, finishing up with the famous, “We love you Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!” The singers on the official recording are the 1972…

Stadium

Elland Road is absolutely one of our favorites, a combination of old and new, a central location, and what feels like just the right size. Look around for pieces of the old days like brick walls left up near entrances. The site was the home of Leeds City FC before United came into existence, so football has been played here since the 1890s. Today…

Going to a Game at Leeds United

GETTING THERE: It’s a two-mile walk from the station; in the hooligan days, Leeds fans used to taunt the visitors by singing, “You’ll never make the station.” There is a shuttle bus from near the station for £3 return. You can also take bus 51, 52, or 55 from the center to the ground. You can take a taxi, but getting one after the game is a…

Leeds United Tickets

Leeds draws very well; even in the Championship every game sold out and prices ran as high as £37 for adults. Groundhopper Guides sells some hospitality packages; otherwise, if you don’t know a longtime season ticket holder, it’s gonna be tough.

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