So, it’s Leeds United away in the FA Cup 4th Round next weekend. Live on ESPN. Not easy. Neil Warnock can certainly gee a team up for games like this. Leeds are my least favourite team. I never liked them much from the Don Revie days. They always seemed to play with a snarl rather than a smile. My dislike really crystallised though when they came down to my home town Bournemouth years later and their supporters smashed the shop windows in the town centre.
My wife and I were down there shopping when they came marauding down the hill through the main high street. I pulled her into a side street and got her home out of harm’s way before it got really nasty. Years later I had to visit Leeds regularly on business. I remember standing one evening in their smart modern shopping arcade in my 3-piece pin-striped suit and tie looking at all that glass and being so tempted to exact some form of personal revenge and poetic justice with a brick or two.
Of course, I didn’t. I could just see the newspaper headlines “Bournemouth civil servant goes berserk in city centre” Instead, I went for a swim in their Olympic sized municipal swimming pool to unwind. I was in my mid-30s at the time and still pretty fit. I would take the opportunity to work out wherever I could in some way when I was on the road. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Take it from me, it can also feel pretty good when served wet and warm. I got out and drove home feeling honour had at least been partially satisfied.
I am not a vindictive man but I can be pushed too far and have a long memory. The attack on my home town and the threat to my wife was too much. We have taken some pleasure in observing Leeds’ fall from grace and comparative failure ever since that incident. I hope we put them to the sword on Sunday.
So now it’s over to you!
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