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Nothing Compares to Football

Football stirs up all kinds of emotions during a match. Elation. Disappointment. Exhilaration.The so-called beautiful game takes you on a rollercoaster during the 90-minutes of a typical game.

I’ve had some incredible moments supporting Leeds United. My favourite memory of watching Leeds came in September 2003 when Leeds took on Swindon Town in the second round of Capitol Cup. It was a nothing game to be honest, yet I was still pretty pissed when we were two-nil down and looking like we were being knocked out, once again, by lesser opposition.

England’s Number One!

Ian Harte then pulled a goal back before our goalkeeper Paul Robinson came up for a corner in the dying seconds and headed in the equaliser! I remember it going mental in the stands with myself, and mates Kev and Rich jumping around and hugging each other like a trio of lunatics who’d not taken their meds.

More was to come as the game eventually went to a penalty shootout and that man Robinson ended up saving a penalty that helped us progress to the third round.

“England’s number one, England’s England’s number one!” bellowed around a jubilant Elland Road. The three bouncing lunatics went off into the cold Leeds night beaming from ear to ear with a story that will stick with us if we manage to stave off Alzheimer’s.

Leeds produced another great memory on December 23rd this year when we came from being two goals down against Aston Villa to win 3-2, the winning goal coming in the last minute of injury time. But what happened on Boxing Day was nothing short of incredible and is probably my favourite Leeds United memory.

Two-One Down in Injury Time

We dominated Blackburn Rovers in the first half of the fixture and deservedly went into half-time leading by a goal to nil, an own goal scored by Derrick Williams. The second half was a bit scrappier and Rovers equalised via the penalty spot only two minutes after the restart.

“I can see us losing this one,” I said to my eldest lad.

Low and behold, in the last minute of the game, Charlie Mulgrew put the visitors 2-1 ahead with a cleverly taken long-range free kick. While Bailey Peacock-Farrell probably should have saved it, Mulgrew should be applauded for his goal as everyone in the ground, Peacock-Farrell obviously included, thought he was going to cross the ball in.

“Who are ya? Who are ya?” came the cries from the Rovers fans in the West Stand. My negative prediction looked to be coming true.

Central defender Pontus Jansson, who was superb throughout the game, jeered up the crowd, screaming at his team mates to go for the equaliser as there were four minutes of added time. Jansson played as a makeshift striker of sorts, almost score straight away before Kemar Roofe bundled the ball home in the 91st minute. Those “who are yas” were fired straight back at the Rovers fans!

GGGGOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!

Amazingly, in the last minute of injury time, Roofe got on the end of a Pablo Hernandez cross and placed his header into the corner of the net for his 13th goals of the campaign and what turned out to be a 94th minute winner! Fuck me sideways! Everyone went crazy.

We were jumping around, hugging and bouncing around with those around us. People falling over seats. It was pandemonium; I’ve never seen anything like it at Elland Road and it makes me smile like the village idiot just thinking about it!

Our manager and possible saviour Marcelo Bielsa said in his post-match interview “that is why nothing compares to football.” You’re not wrong Bielsa, literally nothing compares to this ridiculous game.

“We’re Leeds United, we’re top of the league!”

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Jeremy Simpson: Worst Referee Ever?

Everyone is biased when it comes to their football team, myself included. It can’t be helped. It’s a natural thing to side with your team. That said, Jeremy Simpson, the referee at the Leeds United versus Brentford game, was that fucking awful that he’d either been paid off to be a total dick, or had never seen a game of football before in his life.

“Shit refs, we only get shit refs,” is a common chant from the Elland Road faithful because, basically, we always seem to get referees who are so ridiculously bad that you wonder how the fuck they ever got a job in the first place.

A good referee, in my opinion, is one who lets the game progress and only pulls up the action when a major infringement has occurred. Not this card happy cunt, though. Simpson’s performance was that bad that Pontus Jansson now faces disciplinary action after claiming Simpson’s refereeing was tantamount to robbery.

You’re not fit to referee

Simpson is called Jeremy for a start so he is bound to be a bit of a bellend, it’s a given. But when you look at his stats for this season, they make incredible reading.

He was officiating the Sheffield United versus Swansea game on the opening day of the season and nobody went into the book. His next match saw five players receive a yellow card and he’s booked between two and six players in every games he’s been in charge of since.

From the 13 games he’s been the bastard in the black, he’s dished out 50, fucking 50, yellow cards and three reds. Either he’s a complete numpty or he’s been the referee at some MMA fights instead of football matches.

Yesterday was a joke. Actually, no it wasn’t because jokes tend to be funny. Yesterday was a total shit show.

From the first minute he was blowing his whistle, dishing out cards like they were going out of fashion, and giving dubious decisions.

Luke Ayling sent off by the worst referee ever

Luke Ayling sent off by the worst referee ever

Two complete fuck ups stand out from a long series. The first was the decision to award a penalty then only book our goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. The Brentford player was almost on the floor before our ‘keeper got anywhere near him, the referee waited a full 10 seconds before pulling play back, awarding a penalty and giving a yellow card to Peacock-Farrell.

Surely, if Peacock-Farrell had stopped a goal scoring opportunity and was the last man, if you’re going to book him, you have to send him off?

The second monumental mistake was when Ezgjan “Gianni” Alioski literally fell over with nobody with a couple of yards of him and the referee gave us a free kick!

“You’re not fit to referee” and “You don’t know what you’re doing” echoed around all four stands.

Simpson then sent Luke Ayling off for a second yellow card when 1.) it wasn’t a bookable offence because he didn’t touch the Brentford player, and 2.) he let a Brentford player off, who had already been booked, with a very similar offense.

“The Football League’s corrupt!”

A draw was probably a fair result after a bit of reflection, although we did more than enough to claim all three points in the last 20 minutes of the game when we were dominant. Neither side were clinical enough.

While Jansson is bound to get a fine for swearing live on Sky TV — all he said was shit — their player Sergi Canos was allegedly seen aiming a headbutt at Alioski when he somehow ended up in the Brentford dugout. I bet fuck all gets said or done about that, but it definitely would have done had it been the other way around.

We’ve now got a break in play until Oct. 20 when he travel to Blackburn Rovers for another dinner time kickoff. It’s a break that comes at a good time as it allows the likes of Gaetano Beradi, Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Barry Douglas to return to fitness; we’ve missed Hernandez’s creativity in the previous few games that is for sure.

Still, we’re third in the league, have the second-best goal difference and look to have a belief that we will still be competing after Christmas. Exciting times could be ahead, is it time to start dreaming?