Leeds United

Elland Road

Capacity: 37,900 (all seated)
Address: Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES
Telephone: 0871 334 1919
Fax: 0113 367 6050
Ticket Office: 0871 334 1992
Pitch Size: 117 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: United, Whites or Peacocks
Year Ground Opened: 1919
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Enterprise Insurance
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: White With Blue Trim
Away Kit: Navy Blue With White Trim

East Stand External View
East Stand External View
East and South Stands
East and South Stands
John Charles Stand
John Charles Stand
East and Revie Stands
East and Revie Stands
Revie Stand
Revie Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Billy Bremner Statue
Billy Bremner Statue
Don Revie Statue
Don Revie Statue

The ground is dominated by the East Stand on one side of the stadium. This huge stand which holds around 15,000 supporters was opened in the 1992-93 season, and is at least twice the size of the other three stands at Elland Road. The East Stand is a two tier stand which has a large lower tier of seating with a smaller tier above. In-between the two tiers is a row of executive boxes. The stand is completed by a large imposing roof. The good thing about the rest of the stadium is that it is totally enclosed, with the corners of the ground being filled with seating. The downside is that compared to the East Stand the other stands are looking rather tired and old in comparison. All the remaining stands have a number of supporting pillars and at the back of the West Stand (which was renamed in March 2004, the 'John Charles Stand' in honour of their former great player), there are a number of old wooden seats, which look as if they have been there since the stand was first opened in 1957. This stand also houses the team dugouts and television gantry. There is an electric scoreboard in one corner of the ground between the South & John Charles Stands. Outside the stadium there are statues of Billy Bremner and Don Revie.

Away fans are housed on one side of the John Charles Stand (towards the South Stand), in the upper tier where up to 3,000 supporters can be housed. The seating is a mixture of old wooden and plastic seating, the leg room sparse, plus there are a number of supporting pillars running along the front of the upper tier which could impede your view. However the facilities within the stand are very good. Food on offer on the concourse includes; Cheeseburgers (£3.80), Burgers (£3.60), Peppered Steak Pies (£3), Chicken Balti Pies (£3) Potato and Meat Pies (£3) and Cheese, Onion and Potato Pies (£3). On previous visits, I have seen a number of away fans being ejected (without warning) for swearing. So be on your best behaviour. 

Although I my visits I have not had any problems around the stadium, I have received reports of others who have. So I would exercise caution and keep colours covered outside the ground and in the city centre, especially if your own club has had shall we say 'previous history'. 

At the ground itself on the corner of the South and West Stands is Howards, a dedicated bar for away supporters. Opening two hours before kick off, you need to show your away ticket to gain entrance. There is also the Drysalters pub which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground. On my last visit it had a good mix of home and away supporters, real ale and large screen SKY TV. To find this pub; with the Old Peacock pub behind you, turn left and follow the road down to the very end. Pass the entrances to a number of car parks and go under a railway bridge. At the end of the road, turn left along the dual carriageway and the pub is a short way down 'tucked in' on the left. Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground in the form of draught Fosters Lager, John Smith's Bitter and Strongbow Cider (all £3.60 a pint), plus small bottles of red and white wine (£4).

Just a few doors down from the Old Peacock pub (which is behind the South Stand and is not recommended for away supporters) is the Graveleys chippy, which does brisk business on matchdays. There is also a McDonalds outlet situated across the road from the East Stand.

Elland Road is well signposted around the Leeds area and is situated right by the M621.

From The North:
Follow the A58 or A61 into Leeds city centre, then follow signs for the M621. Join the M621 and after one and a half miles leave the motorway at the junction with the A643. Follow the A643 into Elland Road for the ground. Go down Elland Road past the ground on your right and the Old Peacock pub on your left, you will come to a couple of entrances to a couple of very large car parks (£5). 

From The South:
Follow the Motorway M1 and then onto the M621. You will pass the ground on your left and then you need to take the next exit from the motorway and turn left onto the A6110 ring road. Take the next left onto Elland Road for the ground. Just as you go under a railway bridge there are entrances on either side to a couple of very large car parks (£5). 

Surprisingly (considering the number of vehicles) the traffic leaving the car parks seemed to disperse quite well after the end of the game. Richard Drake informs me; 'a good tip for Elland Road is to park in Car Park A. They normally put away fans coaches here. From here we were back on the M621 within 10 minutes of coming out of the ground'.

Post Code for SAT NAV: LS11 0ES

Leeds train station is around a 35 minute walk from the station. Probably best to either take a taxi or one of the shuttle buses, that run from near the station to the ground. Franklin Delvael a visiting fan from Belgium informs me; 'The shuttle buses cost £2.50 return. The pick up point is in Sovereign Street, opposite the Hilton Hotel (on Neville Street), about a two minute walk from Leeds train station. The buses drop you off at the ground on Lowfields Road, at the corner of the South and East Stands'. 

Tom Whatling adds; 'As you come out of the station main entrance, cross the road and take the stairs down to the street below. Turn right and cross the road and you will see the double-decker buses lined up. The first bus in the queue also sells the tickets for all the other buses. It's best to get a return ticket as then you don't have to queue up after the match to get a ticket back to the station, you just walk straight onto the bus'.

Nicholas Small a visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter provides the following directions if you decide to walk; 'It is best to leave the station from the rear exit, from where you can walk down the short hill out of the car park and follow the road around to the left. At the traffic lights go ahead (the road bears slightly left) and follow Whitehall Road for just shy of half-a-mile, passing under a railway bridge and then forking left down Springwell Street, to cut off a corner. At the end of Springwell Street, you come to a roundabout exit road with a zebra crossing in front of you. Cross at the zebra crossing, taking the next exit road clockwise around the roundabout. This is the A58 Domestic Road. This road becomes Domestic Street after about 400 yards (Domestic Road turning right and heading up to an overpass) and continues slightly uphill for about another 400 yards, passing under another railway bridge. There is a zebra crossing up here, which you should use to walk up the right-hand pavement. Upon reaching the top of the hill, you come to a garage, and some small shops, where you should turn right onto Shafton Lane. At the end of Shafton Lane, turn left onto Ingram Road and follow this until you see a pedestrian bridge ahead, as the road bears left, becoming Tilbury Road. By now, you should have seen the football ground over to your right. Cross the M621 via the footbridge, turning right at the bottom, and head down Elland Rd towards the stadium'.

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The Club operate a category system, so that ticket prices vary with the opposition being played. The categories are A, B & C. Category B & C prices are shown below in brackets:

Home Fans
Hogn Charles & East Stands: 
Adults: £36 (B £34) (C £28) Concessions: £24 (B £23) (C £22), Under 16's £18 (B £16) (C £15)
Revie (North) & South Stands: 
Adults: £31 (B £26) (C £20) Over 60's: £21 (B £19) (C £16), Under 16's £16 (B £13) (C £11)
East Stand Family Area*: 
Adults: £27 (B £24) (C £20), Over 60's: £21 (B £19) (C £16), Under 16's £11 (B £11) (C £11)

Away Fans
Adults: £36 (B £34) (£28), Over 60's: £26 (B £24) (C £21), Under 16's £17 (B £17) (C £17)

Concessions apply to: Over 60's, Under 23's and Full Time Students.

*Club members only.

 

Official Programme: £3.
The Square Ball Fanzine: £1.50

Bradford City, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and from a little further a field Manchester United & Chelsea

Record Attendance:
57,892 v Sunderland,
FA Cup 5th Round Replay, March 15th, 1967.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
40,287 v Newcastle United
Premier League, December 22nd, 2001.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 25,088 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 21,572 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 23,283 (Championship League)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the 
Level Playing Field website.

Tours of the stadium are held weekly on Fridays (3pm) and Sundays (2pm), plus also on matchdays (10am weekends, 2pm weekdays). The cost of the tour is: Adults £10, Over 60's/Under 16's £8. The Club also offer tours on a matchday, which cost a bit more: Adults £15, Over 60's/Under 16's £10. These are held at 10am for a 3 o'clock kick off and 2pm before an evening fixture.

Tours must be pre-booked by calling the Club on: 0871 334 1992.

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Leeds United v Bradford City
Carling Cup 1st Round
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, 7.45pm
Jamie Larsson (Bradford City fan)

I was really looking forward to going to this game. I am a massive Bradford City fan but this was to be the first time for me that I would witness my team play against our biggest rivals Leeds United.

My father and me set off to the game at about 5:45pm for a 7:45 kick off. We were arrived at Elland Road just before 7pm, after a good journey across Bradford and onto the M62. We parked in a private car park around a five minute walk away from the stadium at a price of £3. We were surrounded by Leeds fans on the way up to the ground but there were no problems and we had decided not to show colours.  We didn't go to a pub before the game and headed straight into the stadium. There were plenty of police outside the away turnstiles. Inside we had time for some refreshments from one of the smartest kiosks I have ever seen at a football ground.

As we went inside the stadium to our seats, I got my first view of the stadium which I thought was spectacular (Bradford had been given the South Stand behind one goal and the "cheese wedge" South East corner).

The stadium began to fill gradually and despite it being Leeds United's lowest crowd of the season there was plenty of Bradford Fans who were making all the noise. Leeds look the more dangerous team in the first half, but despite this Bradford took the lead after 30 mins and I have never seen a goal by city celebrated like it. The atmosphere was brilliant and the best I have ever been in. There were no Leeds fans near us as they were towards the other end of the stadium but a few near by were ejected from the ground for winding up the city fans. I was sat on the lower tier of the stand and my view was poor in the first half as Bradford were attacking toward to other end which seemed miles away.

At half time City were winning. But it didn't last long with Leeds equalising early in the second half. A wonder strike from Michael Flynn for Bradford made it 2-1 to the visitors and a few fans were thrown out for running onto the pitch in celebration. This resulted in a small army of stewards being assembled in front of the Bradford fans to prevent repetition. Unfortunately, they had nothing to worry about as the next two goals came from Leeds and they ran out 3-2 winners.

At the final whistle the City fans applauded our teams efforts and we made our way to the exits and to my surprise we were let out straight away. We returned to the car and we didn't encounter any trouble on the way. We got out of the car park relatively quickly and we were back on our way back to Bradford in no time at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Elland Road, apart from the result which was a shame. I'll look forward to visiting again someday.

Leeds United v Ipswich Town
Championship League
Saturday, March 12th , 2011, 3pm
Tim Sansom (Ipswich Town fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground?

My perfect weekend would be to see my beloved Ipswich Town Football Club playing at a ground where I have never been to. I always enjoy watching Town away from Suffolk, and having a chance to explore a city that I have never visited before. It is my instinct or in built desire to explore a new place which has made me think like this.

My perfect weekend would continue with my invite to friends, who live in the local area, to inhale a little bit of the Ipswich atmosphere that has been part of my body for so long. The match will vary in quality, and I would claim that I could not personally engineer goals, but I would reward their persistence and suggesting that we go for an after match curry. I did have that perfect weekend in early March 2011, when I visited a ground that I had never been to in a part of the UK that I did not know that well. 

Until that Saturday, Yorkshire had been a barren land in terms of football watching or catching Ipswich at play. I know that Yorkshire is a proud sporting county and it is surprising that this region defined for me by ‘Countdown,’ ‘Calendar,’ cricket, the Kaiser Chiefs, yellow chevrons on the TV, John Charles and ‘3-2-1’ currently does not have a team that is regularly playing in the Premiership. Leeds United would like to return to the Premiership, and Elland Road is a Premiership stadium, although I had been told that it was a stadium that had seen better days. They were not wrong.   

2. How easy was your journey/ finding the ground/ car parking?

My journey to Elland Road was easy. I had taken a coach service up the M1 to Leeds and then I was helped by two friends who were local to the area. They knew where the stadium was and how to get there. As we meandered around Leeds’ exciting yet baffling dual carriageway system, where roads seemed to launch themselves over junctions for no apparent reason, there was no question that I would not get to Elland Road in time for the game. 

I have done some travelling across the UK but I do not know Leeds that well and if you are new to the city, it would be wise to stick to the dual carriage ways and follow the brown signs down the M621 into the city. The stadium is well signposted.  I was told that football buses do run from the station and may be an option for people arriving by train or want to arrive by public transport. I was meeting with my friends at the railway station and the Leeds station seemed full of friendly and approachable people who could direct you in the right direction to the bus.

We paid three pounds for car parking at a site near to the ground and there are various car parks close to the football ground that vary in price. Like any trip to the ground on a matchday, it is a simple case of following the crocodile line of other fans to the ground and the stadium quickly appears near to a railway line and nestled next to some random houses, a characteristic pub (which I sensed was for home fans only,) some car showrooms and a fast food operative that sells Big Macs. I immediately sensed that there was an aura of history about the place, which has not always been the case in certain football grounds. In contrast to some of the modern stadia that are full of concrete and not much soul, this ground did seem to have a heart and some friendly stewards too. How many grounds have you been to where you have been welcomed in person by a friendly steward? He even hoped that I had enjoyed a pleasant journey up the M1.
  
3. What did you think when seeing the ground/ first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

TV distorts the size of grounds and my first reaction to Elland Road was a certain amount of surprise. It seemed to be very small even though we were high up in the away section towards one corner of the stadium. Being a fairly enclosed area of the ground, the chanting and the all-important ‘atmosphere’ can be generated with ease in the away end. You are right next to the Leeds Kop and as the Leeds team song was played out over the loud speaker (and that was a pleasant change to the Electro Pop that is standard material at most grounds around the UK,) everyone seemed to be emotionally ready for the game. It was just a shame that it was obvious by around 3:20pm that 0-0 was likely to be the score. Despite being very close to an automatic promotion, Leeds played like mobile phones with two cells left on their batteries. Ipswich played like a team that will finish in the mid table of the Championship, which is a distinct improvement for Town from earlier in the season.   

4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies and toilets etc..

It has been a long while since I was watching football from behind poles but that was what I was facing at Elland Road. It did seem for a while, that all of the various contentious tackles enraging the home supporters and the Leeds manager were taking place behind the poles. The referee became a key figure in the game facing anger from the home dugout and the stands and the atmosphere became undeniably tense. Half time came to defuse the tension although the game continued to be played in an air of injustice made worse by missed chances. With the rain starting to fall in a typical northern way, I really did feel that my team were playing the role of party poopers who were frustrating the rise of Leeds United back to the Premiership. 

When you turn up at a football ground, you should not expect Ritz like facilities unless you are taking the corporate experience. There is a fast food bar at the away end with some bucket seats where you can eat your pies and fast food grub and drink your pop or beer. It does feel that you are eating and drinking in a concrete wind tunnel but you do have some room to stand around and talk to your mates about how your team were lucky with various decisions and were really rattling the cage of the home fans. 

A toilet is a toilet in my opinion but there seemed to be less than the normal amount of facilities in the away end compared to other grounds where I have visited. If you are a bloke that needs to visit a convenience at half time, you are liable to spend most of the half time break in the action in a queue wondering why you should be expected to pay 80p for a single chocolate bar.

Stewarding seemed to be fairly light in the away end although Ipswich Town fans are generally not known as particularly notorious across the UK. The game meandered to a 0-0 draw despite the anger of the home fans, and Leeds generally being on top of the action without never quite managing to reach top gear and score that important goal. Town were riding their luck at certain times but were sufficiently dogged to secure a point. My friend turned to me an wondered whether Ipswich Town were a long ball team. At that point in the game, I could not quite argue against him.

5. Comment on getting away from the ground:

At the final whistle, we had to turn right at the junction on to Elland Road. Fellow Ipswich fans had seemed to disappear into thin air, and I found myself on my own and walking against a tide of home fans who seemed frustrated with the 0-0 draw and I also wondered whether they were annoyed with the referee too. For the first time in a while around a football ground, I felt fairly intimidated and wished that I could have managed to have zipped my hoodie entirely over the football shirt but I was in a rush with a desperate search to find our little car. 

After a couple of minutes, I was subject to a little bit of what some people would regard as ‘banter,’ and I can take ‘banter.’ However this was ‘banter’ with a slightly harsh and personal undertone to it, but I had disappeared in a rush without even thinking about the first word in a reply. I would strongly advise discretion when wearing club colours around this ground and whether it is even worth wearing your shirt if your team is a local rival or has had any particular ‘history’ with Leeds.    

I know that I am spoilt at my home town club in Ipswich with the railway station within easy walking distance from Portman Road, and I can walk home from the ground too. I also accept that it may not be the job of a football club to run a suitable traffic management system to let their supporters head for home, but getting out of Elland Road was difficult. 

Like bees around a honeypot or the average rush hour around the centre of Paris, it was every car for itself to get out of Elland Road to reach the M621 out of the city. Having arrived late back to the car, we were towards the back of the queue. As a result of my previous uneasy encounter with a group of home fans, I was collapsed on the back seat of the car like an escaped fugitive with the hope that no other home fan could see my blue shirt. 

Once onto the M621, the journey was fairly simple, but you have to remember that Leeds v Ipswich had not attracted a full stadium nor was it a high profile game like a Leeds v Manchester United fixture. Is it traffic gridlock around the area when bigger teams come to town? If you are coming to a game at Elland Road and especially for a bigger match, I would recommend parking in roads around Ring Road Beeston but beware of Matchday restrictions.     

6. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Regardless of what happened following the game, I felt that I had visited a key football ground in the UK that may not be showing Premiership football but does show some fairly impressive ‘b’ movie action (although the Leeds team seemed bizarrely lethargic on that Saturday afternoon. If you are on a trip around important football grounds in the UK, you have to visit Elland Road, but you have to be slightly more discrete than usual if you are an away fan. In general, I did get a very polite and warm Yorkshire welcome and left for my trip back down south wondering how long it will be before Leeds United may become giants in the English game again.

Leeds United v Norwich City
Championship League
Saturday, February 19th, 2011, 3pm
Steve Chambers (Norwich City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):  

I had visited Elland Road the last time we where both in the Championship. I was looking forward to the atmosphere as it was a near sell out (apart from the top tier of the massive East Stand). We were issued 2,800 tickets and had sold out our allocation which included the corner infill and half of the stand behind the goal. We where situated five rows back to the left of the goal, not in the corner as before.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We had a relatively trouble free journey from Norfolk, meeting up with fellow Canaries at the Park Farm Cafe on the A17. As we approached Leeds about 30 miles out we were greeted with snowfall that progressively got worse as we travelled along the M62 and then the M621 however we managed to get to Leeds without any major problems. We had decided to stay overnight in Leeds, so before the game we parked up at the hotel in the city centre and caught a taxi to the ground, which cost about a fiver.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Our taxi dropped us off right outside the ground near the Old Peacock pub, however even though we were not wearing colours we decided after a chat with a local bobby to walk down to the Drysalters which was about a ten – fifteen minute walk from the ground. The pub was rammed full when we arrived about 1pm with a mixture of home and away fans exchanging banter and songs the beer was £2.25 a pint for Carlsberg and £1.99 for Fosters so after a few pints we left to pub about 2.40 and walked up to the ground grabbing a burger by the ground for £3.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The ground itself is quite impressive, especially the East Stand on one side, all looking tidy. Plus there is a statue of Billy Bremner outside the stadium. By the time we got into the ground the teams where just emerging and the atmosphere was electric with the Norwich and Leeds fans both in full voice, coupled with a loud PA System. I couldn’t quite understand why the top tier of the large East Stand wasn’t open as I can imagine it’s a fantastic place to sit with excellent views of the game. However after the game I had a chat with a Leeds United friend he said that unless it going to be sold out then they won’t open it to save costs in terms of stewarding etc..? 

I was pleased to be to the right of the goal rather than in the corner, because of the previous occasion I had attended the view from the corner was not very good and there where posts in the way and little leg room, this area was much better. All the rest of the ground looked full. The Leeds fans then gave a loud rendition of 'Marching on together...' just before kick off.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
The game kicked off at an electric pace with Leeds doing all the pushing and hitting the woodwork twice, before going one up. Norwich rode out the storm and got back into the game, hitting the woodwork ourselves before equalising just before the break. 

The first 20 mins of the second half saw Norwich dominating play, hitting the post before getting the goal to go 2-1 up. The Norwich fans kept on singing encouraging our team thinking this could be a good away win, however  it wasn’t to be. Leeds brought on a sub and his first touch was to make it 2-2 on 75 mins. Also right at the death our goalie made an excellent save to keep the scores level and it finished  2-2. The atmosphere was superb however the Leeds fans didn’t get really going until they equalised.

The only two minus points of the day was that throughout the game the Police kept on insisting that we sat down. It appeared to be only our section and this to be honest got on my wick and was totally unnecessary. The other minus point was it appeared that we only had one toilet for our fans in the stand.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game we got way fairly quick, walking towards the city centre and then flagged a taxi down back to the hotel.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An excellent day out, good beer, good banter, excellent atmosphere. All the Leeds fans that I encountered where friendly and even though we both wanted the same, those 3 precious points with the season run in just around the corner, we both had to settle for a point a piece.

Leeds United v Coventry City
Championship League
Saturday, February 5th, 2011, 3pm
Neil Brownsword (Coventry City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground: 

I’ve not been to the ground before so I was looking forward to it, plus we were staying overnight in Leeds with our wives so it would give us chance to sample a bit more of the city.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

The journey was easy enough, including the 80 mile drive to Coventry first of all to pick up my brother. Found our hotel easy enough and then parked on Whitehall? Road for £1 about half a mile away.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Had lunch in the city centre and then took a taxi to the Drysalters Arms, (cost around £7.50), cheap beer around £2 a pint. Although it’s the designated ‘away’ fans pub, there was loads of Leeds fans in there, although absolutely no hint of trouble. It took about 5-10 minutes to walk to the ground where we had another pint, this time around £3.20 for a pint.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

The ground looked okay from the outside; although nothing special, nice touch having the Billy Bremner statue although to have it stood outside the away end seemed a bit strange, maybe it would have been better placed at the other end of the ground. The inside of the ground looked tired though and could do with re-developing. The view from the away end was ok as we were up near the back, there were a couple of pillars but they didn’t really get in the way.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Not a bad game, we’ve been struggling badly recently with a number of players missing so didn’t expect anything, that said over 1,600 made the trip from Coventry and made plenty of noise. It was shame that some of the home fans spent more time watching us or trying to abuse us, rather than watching the game. Maybe if they got behind their own team more, then it would be a more intimidating place for away teams. Service of food and beverages were very slow inside the ground, simply not enough staff and over-priced drinks. Stewards were fine, didn’t bother us and let us stand throughout. Toilets also okay.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Asked a policeman for directions and then simply followed everyone else back to the city centre, a two mile walk in the pouring rain but straightforward enough.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Actually really enjoyed the day out despite the 1-0 defeat, probably made better because we stayed overnight and met up with our wives in the evening. The city centre seemed to have a good mix of lively bars and also somewhere to sit and chat if you wanted to. Worth a visit, would probably go again.

Leeds United v Bristol Rovers
League One
Saturday, May 8th, 2010, 3pm
Josh Townend (Bristol Rovers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Being the last match of the season and playing Leeds away, then it was going to a big game. But with Leeds knowing that a win could seem them promoted, then it was a massive game for the home fans. We were particularly excited because the Gas hadn't been doing too bad either and there was a full house being forecast (as Rovers fans, we weren't used to 10,000 let alone 40,000!)

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Obviously, coming from Bristol meant it was a long journey but we got into the city centre with  relative ease and from there we took a bus into the ground. All that was left for us to do was to find a pub and then our seats.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Having done some research before the game, we knew there was a pub right opposite the ground called the Old Peacock. We were going to go there but when we arrived, it was heaving with Leeds fans and we didn't want any trouble getting our drinks. We asked a couple of very friendly Leeds fans who recommended the Drysalters which was a ten-minute walk down the road. They served a range of draught lagers (mine was very satisfying) and they also served food which was an added bonus. This was also a busy pub but not as busy as the Old Peacock, although there was quite a buzz inside.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We were seated in what is affectionately known by Leeds fans as the 'cheese wedge'. For anyone unfamiliar, this is the corner between the South Stand and the huge East Stand which is painted yellow. As we had arrived just as the players were entering the pitch, the ground was pretty full. It definitely seemed like the menacing fortress it had been hyped up to be, as the vocal end was full and there was a real sense of closure as there seemed to be no particularly open part of the ground.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

As for atmosphere I've never seen anything like it. It was quite an eye-opener as a Rovers fan because we've never played in front of a particularly big crowd like this. The atmosphere took quite a sinister turn when Gradel was sent off for Leeds. The home fans weren't happy at that and Jones for Rovers, who was involved in the incident took a lot of stick every time he touched the ball. I thought our party-pooping hadn't gone down too well with the Leeds fans and they didn't seem particularly happy with us and we were getting lots of stick from fans in the South Stand. 

It was nice to open the scoring because it shut them up for a bit. There was a real party atmosphere at our end because we never expected to be 1-0 up in front of a crowd of about 40,000. The Leeds  fans seemed really quiet and the lift came from when their local lad Howson came on. He changed the game and soon after Leeds were level. This was greeted by immense noise created by the Leeds fans and suddenly, we were feeling intimidated. My  heart sank and I could see this was the point where we had truly entered the lions' den. There was nowhere to run or hide for the players and it was heart breaking to just see them cripple under the noise. 

Despite our best efforts in the away end, the team couldn't be lifted and then the inevitable happened. Club hero and captain Jermaine Beckford grabbed a winner and that was it. Havoc broke out in the stands, there was pandemonium everywhere you looked and it was a very surreal experience  to see 40,000 people make such a noise. We decided to stay for a little for full time as it was nice to see the promotion celebrations amongst the Leeds fans with a massive pitch invasion. We set off back for Bristol after an exhilarating 90 minutes that I will never forget. I'm sure that given our current situation we won't be returning any time soon but it might be nice to pop up and see another big game some day, just to relive that atmosphere.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was quite easy, all the Leeds fans were in the ground partying so we had quite a hassle free journey back to Leeds city centre and the journey back to Bristol was trouble-free

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the result, I was overawed by everything, the ground, the atmosphere, the game itself was electric. I would definitely recommend it if Leeds' big day comes against your team. It'll be an experience you'll never forget..

Leeds United v Wycombe Wanderers
League One
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 3pm
Peter Radford (Wycombe Wanderers fan)

Not a ground that I ever expected Wycombe to be visiting for a league fixture so an opportunity not to be missed. The 200 mile journey was on motorways surrounded by snow and it was clear that the ground staff had put in a great effort to clear the pitch and surrounding area as this was one of only seven matches to survive the winter freeze.

Parking was plentiful in the large club car park next to the ground and I discussed the match prospects with a local on the short walk to the stadium. This home fan was very focused on the need to win and move three points closer to promotion however once at the ground it was obvious that most fans were still wallowing in the victory against Man Utd in the FA Cup the previous week.  

The concourse area “below stairs” in freezing conditions was uninviting, the quality of hot food was poor but at least the service was friendly.

The away corner allocated to us was about the worst vantage point that I have experienced as an away fan and the stewarding was a little overzealous at times for, what was, a small well behaved group of away fans (around 650).

I had been to Elland Road previously in 1995 and sat behind the dug-outs and it was clear that the stadium was little changed over the last 15 years.  The ground is bland with no character although with a crowd in excess of 24,000 it had more atmosphere than any other Division One game that I had ever been too (and probably most Premiership games).

What I feared would be a humiliating defeat for the Chairboys turned into a glorious battle which as it turned out we were slightly unlucky not to win.  I came away however with the feeling that you deserve a little more than one point when you come away from Elland Road with a draw in a Division One game!

The car park emptied quite easily with a very efficient and well marshalled traffic system it was probably the fastest that I have got away from a match with a crowd of this size.

In conclusion, not a great ground nor a particularly nice experience but an outstanding result against a side that had humbled Man Utd less than a week earlier.  

Score: Leeds 1 Wycombe 1
Attendance: 24,383.

Updated 4th April 2015

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