Brief History of Leeds United
Founded in 1919, Leeds United have been playing their home games at Elland Road since the very start. Prior to the formation of Leeds United, a club under the name of Leeds City used to play at Elland Road until that club was disbanded after the First World War. In the 2000's Elland Road saw some big Champions League nights before the club took a slump into the second and third tiers of English football for a sustained period. They are now back in the Premier League under the genius of Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Legendary Players for Leeds United
'King Billy' Bremner is a Leeds United legend. As the statue outside Elland Road says the small Scottish midfielder played 771 games for Leeds scoring 115 goals in the process. Bremner was famously part of the successful Don Revie era in the 1960's and 70's when Leeds were one of the most feared sides in the United Kingdom. Choosing Leeds United over both Arsenal and Chelsea Bremner joined United in 1959. He went on to win the First Division title twice, the FA Cup once and the League Cup (currently known as the Carabao Cup) once. He was named Football Writers Association Player of the Year in 1970.
The Don Revie years from 1961 to 1974 were undoubtably the most successful in terms of silverware in Leeds United's history. Revie made Elland Road a fearsome place to come. When Revie took over Leeds were in the Second Division. By the 1964/65 season they were challenging the likes of Manchester United for the First Division title. They also reached the final of the FA Cup that season losing to Liverpool after extra-time.
That season and the Liverpool vs Leeds loss served notice of what was to come in the subsequent years. Another FA cup semi-final in 1966/67 saw a narrow loss to Chelsea in one of the rivalries that would define the era.
The 1967/68 season saw Leeds win the League Cup, defeating Arsenal in the final at Wembley but losing in the semi-finals of the FA Cup to Everton.
The following season Leeds won the league title, securing the title at Anfield. What followed was more success after success until Revie accepted the role as England manager in 1973/74. Famously he was replaced by Brian Clough and Leeds struggled to return to the heady days of the Revie period again.
Leeds would have to wait until the 1991/92 season to win the league again, the season before the advent of the English Premier League. That season they pipped Manchester United and Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday to the title.
Leeds United Rivalries
Leeds have many rivalries across the country and not restricted to just Yorkshire. In fact it is a cross Pennine rivalry with Manchester United that has developed over recent decades. Heightened by mercurial French fan's favourite departing Elland Road for Old Trafford in the early 90's.
The aforementioned rivalry with Chelsea emanated in the 60's and 70's and games between the two whether at Elland Road or Stamford Bridge were tough physical affairs. Straight from kick-off the teams were often at each other's heels. The 1970 FA Cup Final was a good example. Going to a replay after a 2-2 draw at Wembley the London side lifted the Cup.
Current Premier League Stars for Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa's side is packed with young talent and their pressing style and open formations make them as likely to score a hatful of goals.
Patrick Bamford grew up at Chelsea but after loan spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and then at Middlesbrough he settled down at Leeds. Now a full England international, when fit his movement is a pleasure to watch on matchdays.
The Brazilian Raphinha joined Leeds in 2020 making his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers, his first goal came a month later against Everton and since that day he has become feared by defenders up and down the country.
Leeds United's 2021/22 Premier League Season So Far
Going into 2022 Leeds were struggling near the bottom half of the Premier League table. Season ticket holders have seen fewer wins than their first season back in the English Premier League as the team try to regain the form of the previous season.
Leeds United Quick Facts
- 3-time First Division Champions
- 1-time FA Cup Winners
- 1-time League Cup winners
- 2-time Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners
Reasons to Go to Elland Road for Leeds United Home Games
The atmosphere at Elland Road is consistently electric, especially against those Northern based teams with a good away followings like Newcastle United and Manchester City. Visible from the main motorway into Leeds it is easily accessible by road. Like Villa Park, Old Trafford and other large grounds Elland Road has staged FA Cup semi-finals and is a must visit famous ground.
Because Elland Road is so well connected you will find that if you're based in the Midlands around Birmingham then you will be able to get to Leeds United fairly easily. So this is great for Aston Villa or Leicester City fans.
In fact, even though there is quite a distance, because the connections are so good, fans of teams around the outskirts of London can also get to Leeds fairly easily. Great for Brentford, West Ham and Watford fans.
If you have to get around the M25 or make multiple changes to train lines, such as for Brighton & Hove Albion or Southampton fans, then this might be a bit more of a challenge in terms of travel. However, you also might be able to find a deal on these tickets as many fans can change their mind about travelling the distance.
Leeds United Tickets
With a good number of season ticket holders and a waiting list for new season ticket allocations a Premier league ticket for Leeds United is a valuable commodity. Matches against top teams including Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Man City and Man U.
Often if refunds are not available at the ticket office, then a football fan who can't make a game can get stuck with a ticket. This is where Ticket4Football can help. So whether it has been your dream to go and see Leeds United Play at Elland Road, or tick off a visit to every stadium in the UK from the Molineux Stadium to the King Power Stadium, Ticket4Football can help fulfill that goal.