Leeds United

Elland Road

Capacity: 37,890 (all seated)
Address: Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES
Telephone: 0871 334 1919
Fax: 0113 367 6050
Ticket Office: 0371 334 1992
Pitch Size: 117 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: United, Whites or Peacocks
Year Ground Opened: 1897*
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: 32Red
Kit Manufacturer: Kappa
Home Kit: White With Blue Trim
Away Kit: Platinum with Pink Trim

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

Elland Road 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-tiered 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.

The Club have announced plans to expand Elland Road to a 50,000 capacity stadium. This would chiefly be achieved by building over the existing John Charles (West) Stand. matching the height of the East Stand opposite. The proposed stadium expansion will only go ahead if Leeds United gain promotion to the Premier League. 

Away fans are housed on one side of the John Charles Stand (towards the South Stand). The normal allocation is 1,566 seats in the upper tier and if required then a further 1104 seats can be provided in the lower tier, making the overall allocation 2,670. Entrance into the ground is via electronic turnstiles, where you need to insert your ticket into a barcode reader, to gain access.

The seating in the John Charles Stand is a mixture of old wooden and plastic seats. The leg room is sparse, plus there are a number of supporting pillars running along the front of the upper tier which could impede your view. So you may be better getting a ticket for the lower tier where your view is unobstructed. The facilities within the stand are okay, although parts do look a little dated. There is normally an excellent atmosphere generated within the stadium, with at times noise coming from every area of the ground. There is normally plenty of banter exchanged with the Leeds fans in the home end to the right of the away section. The stewarding is normally friendly and courteous.

Food on offer on the concourse includes; a range of Holland’s Pies; Peppered Steak, Chicken Balti, Potato and Meat and Cheese and Onion (all £3.80), as well as Burgers and Hot Dogs.

At the ground itself next to the away turnstiles is the entrance to Howards, which is a small bar for away supporters only. Opening two hours before kick off, you need to show your away ticket to gain entrance. Outside the North East corner of the stadium, there is a small fan zone, which has live music and a number of food and drink outlets, some of which serve alcohol. Although primarily for home fans, some visiting supporters have been using the facility too.

Otherwise, there is 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, had real ale, plus large screens showing televised football. 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 £4 a pint), Strongbow Dark Fruit Cider (£4.50), 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
Leave the M1 at Junction 43 and take the M621, towards Leeds City Centre. You will pass the ground on your left and then you need to leave at the next Junction 1 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 (£6).

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.' There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Elland Road via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: LS11 0ES

Leeds Railway Station is around a 35 minute walk from Elland Road. 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 operates a category system, so that ticket prices vary with the opposition being played. The categories are A & B. Category A prices are shown below with Category B prices in brackets:

Home Fans*
East Stand:
Adults £39 (B £37) Concessions £26 (B £25) Under 16's £18 (B £16), Under 11's £9 (£8)
East Stand (Upper Wings):
Adults £35 (B £33), No Concessions
John Charles (West) Stand:
Adults £39 (B £37) Concessions £26 (B £25) Under 16's £18 (B £16), Under 11's £9 (£8)
Revie (North) and South Stands:
Adults: £34 (B £28) Concessions £23 (B £21) Under 16's £16 (B £13), Under 11's £8 (£7)
East Stand Family Area:
Adults: £29 (B £28) Over 60's £23 (B £21) Under 16's £10 (B £10) Under 11's £5 (B £5)

Away Fans* 
John Charles (West) Stand:
Adults £39 (B £37) Concessions £26 (B £25) Under 16's £18 (B £16), Under 11's £9 (£8)

Concessions apply to: Over 65's, Under 23's and Full Time Students.

* These prices are for tickets bought in advance of the game. Tickets bought on the day of the match can cost up to £5 more per ticket.

Official Programme: £3.50
The Square Ball Fanzine: £1.50

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

Leeds United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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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.

Record Attendance

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

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

40,287 v Newcastle United
Premier League, 22nd December 2001.

Average Attendance
2019-2020: 35,321 (Championship League)
2018-2019: 34,033 (Championship League)
2017-2018: 31,525 (Championship League)

Leeds United v Bristol City
Championship
Saturday 15th February 2020, 3pm
David (Bristol City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road Ground?

It was 2nd v 7th and I wanted to be there in case we won.

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

We stayed the weekend so we had a good journey up by car on the day before the game - until we hit Leeds and its road systems. It took an hour to get to the hotel and car park. Dreadful road layout. We took a taxi to the stadium and I'm glad that we did.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

There was very little in the way of food outlets outside the ground and I knew from experience that the food inside wasn't worth having, but we got a burger and chips from a burger van for £7 each. We had a few drinks in town before getting the taxi so didn't look for any at the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?

The ground is very dated and the away facilities are hopeless and very basic. There was a big crowd of around 36,000 which were loud at some points and quiet at others. They need to upgrade the stadium in my opinion.

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

We had a strange line-up and only found out after the game that there was a sickness bug among the players and 4 or 5 changes were made before kick off. There were also affected players on the pitch. Take nothing away from Leeds though as they hammered us. It was 1-0 but should have been 5-0. The stewards were friendly and helpful.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We decided to walk back to the city centre (to the arena area) but stopped halfway in a place called Holbeck and went in what we thought was a pub. The stairlift and the wallpaper in the lobby should have been a sign but we went in and then straight out again. Got a cab from there.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Leeds itself isn't what could be called a venue, not my cup of tea at all. But I'll be back if we play them again next season. But won't be staying the weekend again.

Leeds United v Millwall
Championship League
Saturday 30th March 2019, 3pm
Mark Wardell (Millwall)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road Ground?
 
It is always a good atmosphere at Elland Road especially when Millwall turn up.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
There is signposting for away coaches as soon as you leave the Ring Road and Car Park A is right next to the away section, so very convenient for getting away after and surprisingly quick to exit and back onto the Ring Road.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Drank in the Drysalters Pub which is a ten minute walk to the ground. A mostly home pub, but no issues whilst drinking there.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
Elland Road and especially the away section has seen better days, but Elland Road is still worth a visit.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Millwall’s visit does seem to raise the bar with the atmosphere and as usual the game had plenty of goals, but unfortunately this season, not in our favour (3-2).
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
As I mentioned earlier, very easy getting away and the car park charge of £6, is well worth it.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Leeds is always a good day out whatever the scoreline. They do like a scarf around the wrist, which is very 1970’s.

Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion
Championship League
Saturday 1st March 2019, 7.45pm
Kev Edwards (West Bromwich Albion)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road Ground?
 
Hopefully three pints and also the bonus of free coach travel, which had been paid for by the West Brom players.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We were in a convoy of coaches which were guided into a compound right at the away fans entrance.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There is a bar called Howards, that is to the right of the away fans entrance. So this was the first stop. Three bottles of bud for a tenner. Inside there is also a main bar selling Strongbow, John Smiths and Fosters. But there was no wine which didn't please my Mrs. 
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
It is weird because you or possibly just me, don't see the floodlights of the stadium on the approach. The stand opposite the away section is huge. The stands behind the goals were a fair bit smaller. I imagine that the rest of the Main Stand to our left was packed out.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We were dire. We conceded just after 16 seconds. Leeds were certainly up for it and you just knew we were gonna get a hammering. The final score was Leeds 4 West Brom 0. There was amazing noise from the Leeds fans. Really and truly the whole ground sings together. The loudest fans I've ever heard. I had a nice balti pie to console myself at half time. My Mrs said there are only three toilets in the ladies.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A handful of police and stewards await you outside and guide you to the coach park. Then the Police escorted the coaches back onto the M1. Please note there are stairs going back up to the car park. I'm not sure that there is disabled access. I'm only saying because we saw two policemen carrying a wheelchair up the stairs.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The Leeds fans deserve the Premiership. A terrible result for us and to top it off the coach driver informed us on the way back that the toilet was blocked and out of use. So every now and then you got a whiff of a not very pleasant smell....yuk.

Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion
Championship League
Saturday 1st March 2019, 7.45pm
Chris (West Bromwich Albion)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road Ground?
 
We went were looking forward to this game as it still had potential automatic promotion implication. We were going into the game on the back of a comfortable 4-1 win over Leeds earlier in the season.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We took one of the clubs coaches and the cost had been paid by West Brom, so it was free for fans, in response to Leeds charging astronomical ticket prices for a Friday night game on television.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As this was mine and my sons first time at Leeds we took had a walk around the ground. We always get a few photos outside for my lads memories.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
The ground is a bit of a shed but it’s a proper footballing ground with history. My frustration with the away end is there was only one entrance meaning you’d have to push past a lot of fans should you need to get in and out.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was amazing. The Leeds home fans are probably the best I’ve ever seen. The game itself was terrible for us, was got hammered 4-0. Me and the lad both had a pie, he had one before the game and it was beautiful. I had one at half time and it disappointing to say the least.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Straight onto the coach and away with no issues.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A terrible result for us but a great atmosphere and a great day out. I wouldn’t hesitate going back in the future even at £40 a ticket

Leeds United v Derby County
Championship League
Friday 11th January 2019, 7.45pm
Aitor Kerejeta Uranga (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road Ground?
 
To be fair, Elland Road was not one of the grounds I was looking forward to visiting. But given it was the only match being played this Friday night, I just decided to attend. But as the two teams were both in the top six in the league, my interest in the game grew nearer the match.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Given I had booked a hotel opposite the railway station then I took the shuttle bus in Sovereign Street and after a short journey, I was dropped at Elland Road.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Once I arrived and I had a look around the ground from the outside. I met a Leeds supporter who I know from football ground guide forum. He took me to the Old Peacock pub where we had a nice chat and a couple of pints. He then took me to some kind of Lounge at the ground for season ticket holders where we had some drinks and chat until kick off time was approaching.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
My ticket was on the left side of the West Stand upper tier, with, to my surprise, no supporting pillars to obstruct my view. I found both ends tidy, which I think is due to the massive East Stand that stands out. But certainly, I found it a warm ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was a cracking one with Leeds as a deserved winners with a goal at each half. Derby County never were a threat and were outplayed by the home side. Certainly, I was left with the feeling that Leeds United are going to be promoted this season given their good playing commitment and hunger they showed. The atmosphere was absolutely brilliant with the whole ground singing and supporting their team throughout the whole match. Given the ground was full I stayed at my place at half time so I didn´t take any food as it was clear it would take a long time.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I quickly left the ground to take once again the shuttle bus, but I lost my sense of direction so I didn't find the bus stop! So I just bought some chips and jumbo sausage outside the ground and asked a couple of policemen which direction should I take to walk to the city centre. They advised as I was on my own and not local not to walk but instead to go by taxi. I followed their advice and I picked up a taxi opposite Mc Donalds and a few minutes later and six pounds less in my pocket I was at Leeds Railway Station.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I really enjoyed it. If I wasn't a foreigner, with all that it means in travel cost, I would visit Elland Road once again as I enjoyed the day, the ground and the match itself very much. I loved it.

Leeds United v Reading
Championship League
Tuesday 27th November 2018, 7.45pm
William Biss (Reading)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Elland Road?
 
I had been to Elland Road once before with Reading last season to which we won 1-0 via a penalty. Coming into the Reading had a couple good home wins against Bristol City and Ipswich Town. Before the International break, we had also put in a decent-ish performance at Wigan Athletic. So I was in a confident mood about the Leeds game even though we were underdogs.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The Trip wasn't too bad. I went up on one of the club coaches, which was quite relaxed. Finding the ground was really easy as it was well signposted nearing the ground was clearly stated and Elland Road can be seen from quite a distance away.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Nothing much really just got off the coach and went to buy myself a matchday programme (£3.50). I wasn't anywhere near any home fans as the away end coach car park is separated from the home fans car park. I did notice more as I was arriving, but each kept to themselves with no problems.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
I thought the ground was well built and looked really cool, lit up as it was for this evening game.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The stewards seemed nice and talkative. They were very efficient in carrying out searches on entry to the ground. The game was more closely fought than I thought it was going to be, with good attacking football played. Only one goal in it, with Leeds scoring the only goal of the match on the hour mark. The drinks were well priced and the facilities were excellent, as was the customer service. The atmosphere was electric and really boisterous and it was good fun.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was easy and quite quick, despite a traffic jam as we were getting out of the car park. But a Police Escort got us underway.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I really enjoyed my night out despite the fact we lost. Reading produced a really good effort against an in-form Leeds side. 10/10.

Leeds United v Bristol City
Championship League
Saturday 24th November 2018, 3pm
Tony MacRae (Bristol City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Elland Road?
 
Another ground to tick off and a famous stadium. My daughter had this one earmarked from the start of the season as a must see.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We went by supporter coach so it was easy. We left Bristol at 8am and got to the stadium just after 1pm, with a 50 minute stop at the Motorway Services.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There seemed very little outside the ground food-wise. There was a nearby chip shop, but with a massive queue, a Subway and a few burger vans. There was also a nearby pub which must have been home fans only. We used the allocated away bar next to the visitor's end which wasn't great but looked like all there was for away fans - Fosters, John Smith's and Strongbow were the alcohol options. The home fans we spoke to were friendly and the stewards, in particular, were really chatty - it felt like they were a real part of the club.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
We did our usual lap of the ground. The large Main Stand was impressive but the ground as a whole looked a bit dated, although I do prefer 'old school' stadiums. It was interesting how many different accents there were among the home fans. Irish, Midlands, West Country etc- a sign that we were playing a big and famous team.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The facilities were a bit basic. Toilets/refreshments etc. A reminder that City have come a long way off the pitch, if not on it. The inside of the stadium was impressive. The ground was full and the Leeds fans made plenty of noise, particularly those to our right behind the goal who gave plenty of good banter. We tried to make some noise but didn't have a lot to cheer, and were mostly drowned out. Once we were reduced to 10 men early in the second half there was only going to be one result, Leeds running out comfortable 2-0 winners.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The coaches were escorted away fairly quickly at full time. We got back to Bristol around 9pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was great to visit a famous stadium and experience a really good atmosphere. It was a shame City were so poor but my daughter said she loved it so maybe if (a big if) we're in the same division next year we'll go back.

Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers
Championship League
Sunday 6th May 2018, 12.30pm
Jamie Stone (Queens Park Rangers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?
 
It was the last game of the season and for QPR it was an away fixture at Leeds. Despite QPR having a mediocre season we wanted to go. Although it was a Sunday game on a Bank Holiday weekend, I hadn't been to Elland Road since the 1970's, so despite the ridiculous ticket price of £39 we went for it.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We went by train and stayed overnight on the Saturday for the 12:30 Sunday kick off. We used the shuttle bus from near the train station to get to the stadium, £3 return and would thoroughly recommend it. You buy your ticket from the first bus in the line and then board the bus immediately behind, it works well and from buying the ticket to getting dropped off at the stadium was a total of 10 minutes.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to the Scarborough Hotel opposite the train station (come out main entrance and go down the steps to the street and its right in front of you). It was open for breakfast before 10am (we arrived about 09:45). The food was good and very reasonable at £10 for 2 full English breakfasts and free tea and coffee as much as you want. Beer served from 10am and the place quickly filled with Leeds fans having an early pint. The locals were friendly with some football chat, we had one pint after our breakfast and headed for the shuttle buses that are two minute walk away. The Leeds fans on the buses were friendly enough although we were not wearing colours. At the stadium there is a bar dedicated to away fans beside the away turnstiles, it's okay and serves its purpose.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
The bus pulls up at the back of East Stand and its quite impressive. We had a walk along to the away fans bar stopping briefly for a picture of the famous Billy Bremner Statue (they could have done a better job of his hair). The away section is okay and in the older part of the ground, there are some pillars but our view was perfect.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
QPR were never in the game and put in one of our all too frequent poor away performances and we lost 2-0 and sadly I cannot complain about the result. The Away fans are housed in the old John Charles Stand and we were very close to the Leeds fans behind the goal. There was some usual chest puffing from the home fans but nothing to get excited about and in fact when one of their young fans was body surfed around the whole end both sets of fans enjoyed some good banter. The Leeds fans were very loud and produced a great atmosphere, we had around 600 and did what we could but to be honest we didn't have much to cheer about! Usual fare at the kiosks, pre-poured pints £3.80, various pies and burgers between £3 and £4 with tea and coffee for about £2, crisps and chocolate available too.The stewards were okay and as far as I know they never bothered anybody.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We left right on full time and headed back to the shuttle buses. It works brilliantly, as you approach the buses there are three lanes of queues. Within a few minutes we were on a bus and away. We left the stadium at 1422 and was at the train station at 14:45 for our train at 15:05. It was last game of the season so a lot of Leeds fans would have stayed back in the stadium so it may take a little longer to board the shuttle buses than it did today.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very good day out apart from the result but we are used to that!

Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 30th March 2018, 3pm
Jack Tyldsley (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road Ground?
 
It was going to be my second trip to Elland Road and I couldn't wait as my first visit had been when we beat them 5-1, so I was buzzing to return.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
An awful journey. There had been a horrible crash on the M62, so we had to go the long way round, via Stockport and Barnsley. We set off on the coaches at 12:00, and arrived at the ground at 2:55pm.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We walked straight down to the ground and were horrified to see another 1000 Bolton fans at least queuing outside to enter five minutes before kick off. We asked the policemen if they had delayed kick off but we were told that despite the police trying to get the game delayed so the Bolton fans could enter, Leeds rejected. We heard the first goal go in for Leeds just as we joined the back of the queue, and we eventually entered the ground after severe body searches through the four turnstiles open, hence why there were such huge delays.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
We entered the ground and found our seats and we were directly in line with the touchline, and we had a relatively clear view. The ground itself is, in my opinion, quite old and ugly, but the atmosphere was electric.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We lost 2-1, but we deserved to draw. Our response to going 2-0 down was outstanding and there was pandemonium when we got one back. The Leeds fans were fantastic to be fair to them - the best home fans I've seen all season in our division. There was lots of banter going on and it was a brilliant afternoon, despite our defeat.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Ironically, getting away from the ground was very easy. The coaches left 20 minutes after full time and the M62 had reopened so we were home in under an hour.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Once we had actually made it, it was a brilliant day; my best away day of the season. The atmosphere was superb and the only downside was the poor handling of all the delayed Bolton fans.

Leeds United v Millwall
Championship League
Saturday 20th January 2018, 3pm
Brian Moore (Millwall fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road ground itself?
 
First time for years that Millwall fans haven't been made to pick up our match tickets beforehand from a motorway service station.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Train up from and straight into the Scarborough Hotel pub opposite Leeds Railway Station for excellent pint of Tetleys and a good two for ten pounds breakfast offer.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We got to the pub at ten past ten, friendly doorman and staff with the four of us taking advantage of the breakfast offer (food recommended). The doormen pointed out the route from the Hotel to the football buses stop to take us up to Elland Road. You buy the tickets for the bus from the single decker bus in front and then jump on the next one behind.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides Elland Road?
 
The Elland Road Ground apart from the big East Stand is overrated and clearly outdated. I really cannot understand why the England national team are going to be playing a World Cup warm game here. The away section is full of pillars and so not a great view from many seats. 
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was an incredible match. Millwall went 2-0 up then Leeds were reduced to ten men, with both Club's Assistant Managers sent to the stand by the referee. Millwall could and should have been anywhere from 4 to 7 up at half time. The second half saw Leeds despite being a man down scored three to take the lead 3-2.  Then Millwall regained their composure to score twice late on, in the 87th and 92nd minutes to win 4-3. Incredible credible game and wild celebrations in the Millwall section. I have never seen anything like it for years.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Not enough busses for return journey so eventually found the taxi rank and after a bit of a wait a quick ride back to the station apart from the idiot who nearly smashed straight into our cab! Full credit to our cabby and his braking abilities!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Excellent day out all in all, will never see a game like that again!

Leeds United v Ipswich Town
Football Championship League
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Owen (Ipswich Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Elland Road?
 
I, being relatively new to travelling regularly for away games, couldn't wait to visit Elland Road with it being arguably one of the most iconic grounds in the country. Ipswich Town have started the season relatively strongly and sit in the playoff places, and Leeds United have had a fantastic start, being top of the league, so it seemed like it'd be an interesting game to attend.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I chose to go on the club coach, as I don't drive, and I don't like waiting around for the train. Getting into the ground wasn't bad at all, with it only taking 10-15 minutes to get off the motorway to being parked up at the stadium. The Elland Road stadium seems really conveniently located for travelling fans.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went straight into the ground as it was 2:30pm and glanced over the matchday programme which cost £3.50. I had heard that there is a very good chippy nearby to the stadium, apparently "the best fish and chip shop up north" according to another Ipswich fan, but I didn't know where it was unfortunately.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?
 
Elland Road looks a bit run down from the outside, but nonetheless, it is a very traditional and characterful ground. The away block itself is about the same size as three of the other stands and looks fairly old, especially with the pillars that go down the front of the upper tier. When you first go to take your seat the first thing you'll notice is the stature of the Main Stand, located opposite the away block, as it is easily double the size of the other three stands. The stand to the right of the away block is the one where the fans generate the most atmosphere, despite some odd looking executive boxes taking up about half the upper tier.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was very entertaining. Leeds dominated the first half and went ahead within 12 minutes. We got an equaliser against the run of play through a David McGoldrick header. Leeds went ahead almost immediately after our goal, and we went into the break 1-2 down. Leeds scored first through an own goal from our goalkeeper (who's usually fantastic, and to be honest, didn't play too badly that game) making it 3-1 to Leeds. Ipswich put themselves back in the game through Joey Garner making it 3- 2 to Leeds, but the home team in white just about hung onto the win, with it ending quite nervily for the Elland Road faithful. The stewards seem fairly friendly, with one of them hunting down a programme for an Ipswich fan who had missed the programme seller, and the pies were very nice, and at a fairly reasonable price in comparison to other clubs. The facilities were second to none, with an absolutely fantastic away bar in the stadium.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The traffic back wasn't too bad, especially considering the crowd was over 34,000. It took about 20-30 minutes to get through the traffic around the ground and then on the motorway. We arrived back at Portman Road Ipswich Town at 9:15pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A fantastic away game, at a club with loyal and die-hard fans. I would recommend a viist to Elland Road to any fellow football fan!

Leeds United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Football Championship League
Monday 17th April 2017, 3pm
Ste Pinches (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Elland Road?

As a Wolves fan, our season was pretty much over but I was looking forward to visiting Elland Road as it's always a good atmosphere. I was also hoping we could dent their play-off ambitions.

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

Our day started in the worse way possible! Me and 8 close mates had organised a mini bus up to the game, but our driver overslept by an hour and half meaning we had less drinking time (cheers Matty!). It was a straight drive up to the Elland Road ground once we'd got on the road.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Due to our late arrival, we went straight into the ground at 2:30pm and had a couple of beers on the concourse.

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

This was my third visit to Elland Road and I've thought of it as a old-fashioned, traditional ground.

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

Coming into the game as major underdogs, we dominated the first half creating numerous clear cut chances but only found ourselves 1-0 up at the break. Leeds, as expected, came flying out the traps second half but our defence stood firm and held out for a much deserved three points.

Comment on getting a way from the ground after the game:

We decided to head into the city centre after the game and have a few beers to celebrate the win. However, a 'few beers' turned into a lot and we found ourselves in the famous 'Przym' nightclub! Due to our driver Matty having one too many, we then ended up staying in a Travelodge last minute and heading back to Wolverhampton the next morning.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Absolutely cracking day (and night!) out. Three points in a good city with a spontaneous night out on the town, what could have been better?

Leeds United v Cardiff City
Football Championship League
Saturday 11th February 2017, 3pm
Tony (Cardiff City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Elland Road?

As I'd not long been a Cardiff fan (after becoming disillusioned by the rich Premier League club I supported), I was itching to attend a game. A group of about 20 of us got a bus from Anglesey in North Wales to Leeds. Aside from it just being my first game, Elland Road is one of the league's most famous stadiums, and as Leeds were flying at the time (in the top six), the atmosphere was likely to be immense.

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

As we were on a bus it was all very straightforward. Neat to the ground we passed n area full of fun fair rides (prompting chants of "Sunny Rhyl!") to our bus park. A muddy area but was only a very short walk to the away fan pub.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Didn't see much of the home fans, as we were quite quickly marshalled inside the pub, which was cordoned off for us. They were certainly audible though! The pub had a limited choice of drinks, but as more and more Bluebirds fans flooded in, the atmosphere improved. We watched Arsenal beat Hull 2-0 on the TV, before making our way to the ground. 

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

Upon entry, I had my bag searched (which is pretty standard nowadays) and was allowed in. There is a large foyer where they sold food and drinks. I had a peppered steak pie and a pint (prices evading my memory, but the pie wasn't expensive and was very tasty), before heading up the stairs to the away section. We were allowed to sit where we wanted although I don't recall actually sitting down once during the 90 minutes, and there no objections from the stewards regarding our decision to stand. The stadium was packed and the view was good, rather close to the pitchside.

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

The game went as well as Cardiff could have expected. winning 2-0, with goals from Sean Morison and Kenneth Zohore, which silenced the home support. At half time with the score at 0-0, I expected Leeds and their fans to really rally for it in the second half, but all the sound was from the away end, and all the good football was from the away side. Toilets were fine, nothing much to report. Food and drinks were reasonably priced, stewards weren't too strict (minus the incident when one fan got himself arrested for some reason). Well worth the trip.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game there were some fans from both sides giving each other the what-for, although the high fencing and the Police presence separating the fans meant that didn't escalate any further. As you'd expect there was some traffic leaving the stadium, but it wasn't too bad. A few of us were crowded around one phone playing the Wales v England rugby clash in the Six Nations, so we didn't really notice the slow moving traffic.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An excellent day, although it was quite a journey from North Wales.I'll certainly look to go to the same fixture and return to Elland Road next season.

Leeds United v Aston Villa
Football Championship League
Saturday 3rd December 2016. 5.30pm
Andy Newman (Aston Villa fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Elland Road?

I had never seen Villa play at Elland Road before and my son wanted to visit a 'proper ground.'

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

Very easy as Elland Road is only a few minutes off the motorway. We parked in a nearby Industrial estate for £5 which was a big mistake as when we got back we were triple parked! and had to wait 15 minutes before we could get moving.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went straight to the ground and had a beer inside the ground, in a very crowded bar (impressed with the carpet and wall paneling!!) Home fans very friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Elland Road Stadium?

We were in lower section and had a really good view, its a proper old stadium with one huge stand on the opposite side to us, as it was a night game this added to the atmosphere. Knee room was poor but it didn't matter as we most;y stood during the game.

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

Great atmosphere and the best home supported team I have seen this season - they sang throughout and the banter was good (including a streaker, although he still had his pants on!). Stewards were friendly and helpful, my son not impressed with pies as there was no steak pie :-( only other varieties.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Once out of the Industrial Estate very quickly away and onto the motorway in no time at all.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out despite loosing to second half goals although the best team definitely won this game. I would certainly visit Elland Road again.

Leeds United v Bristol City
Football Championship League
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3pm
Gary Smith (Bristol City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Elland Road football ground?

I had never been to Elland Road before so was I looking forward to visiting a new stadium.

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

We got the train from Bristol Temple Meads into Leeds. We then got the football special bus to the ground. The bus only took about 10 minutes and was probably one of the best services to a ground that I have used.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Before the game we went to the chip shop located just outside the away end. There was an enormous queue, but after waiting 15 minutes, it was worth it. We didn't really speak to any home fans but as a whole they are seemed friendly enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Elland Road Stadium?

On first impressions, Elland Road it looked a bit old and in need of a redevelopment in a few places, but that's why makes the ground that bit better, the history. The away was quite compact and offer some good views but I must say, if you sit in the back few rows it was more restricted.

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

The game itself was not the most entertaining encounter compared to the 2-2 draw earlier on in the season at Ashton Gate but it was still a good, close, and even affair. After City looked sharp at times throughout the match, Leeds took the lead on the 59th minute and then comfortably seen through the game despite multiple chances by City. The atmosphere was good, with a bit of banter between the two sets of fans but nothing major. I didn't have any food or use the facilities.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was one of the easiest I have ever experienced. Came straight out of the stand and around to the bus stop, where there were a few buses already waiting. We easily jumped on one and we back in the City Centre within 15 minutes. I certainly would recommend the football special rather than attempting the very long walk from Leeds Railway Station.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good away day despite the result. I would definitely recommend a visit to Elland Road and I would like to do it again in the future.

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.

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* The ground was first used for Rugby matches, before being shared for football as well in 1902. Leeds United took over the ground in 1919 when the club was formed.

Updated 21st June 2020

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