Saturday, December 27

 
Leeds United and More Singaporeans Who Speak English...or the lack of it...

I spent the entire evenin hoggin the TV...it's Boxing Day...and i was adamant on stayin home as there was a crowded English Premier League schedule...had my eyes glued to the TV for 2 games...before i nodded off for bout 15 minutes in front of the TV....

Leeds drew with Aston Villa....we dont win many games...but at least we dont lose many now...Leeds still has the worst defensive record in the league...im pretty concerned at their financial status...and though im just a fan half the world away...i do wish that the rabid and fanatical Leeds in me could do somethin...

My love affair with Leeds began 11 years ago...in 1992 Leeds won the old English Division 1 title by pippin the auld enemy Manchester United...i dont remember much bout that season...soccer didnt have exclusive tv rights to be aired in so many countries nor did Singapore buy the rights to show that many games...at that time i didnt play the game enough to understand it...but i knew enough bout sports..and soccer in general...to watch Leeds....the team was phenomenal that year...we had the strongest midfield in the whole of England...David Batty..the old warhorse who still plays for Leeds...Gary 'He had no right to score from there' McAllister...one of Leeds' few world class players in that time..Gary Speed...a Leeds' fan who plies his trade in Newcastle now...and Gordan Strachan...the saliva spewin Scot...it was such an endearin sight to watch an unfashionable team who last won the title in the 70s to win the league...i think i kinda lost my soccer 'virginity' to them since then...

Over the years ive always been slightly hesistant in wearin a Leeds jersey...not till in recent years has Leeds been a non has-been...i remember how the boys used to give me stick bout how i supported such a non illustrious club...soccer fans in Singapore are a predictable lot...it's always the Scumchester United...the Arsenals and the Liverpools...i sneer at the morons who tell everyone that they've been a XXXXXX team fan for 30+ years when they dont even look a year pass 21....most Singapore fans tend to jump ship and join the bandwagon...that means they support the club that has won the league previously...or is the most well known...they put shame and embarass the genuine fans who stick with the club through thick and thin...

I do have many friends who fall into that category...i like to give them an invisible middle finger whenever they spite my Leeds..."Leeds? Haha they suck man.."..that's what i used to hear back in the mid 90s....when Newcastle visited Singapore as part of their South East Asia tour i wore my Leeds jersey proudly to the Singapore Stadium...i still remember the sneers and the raised eyebrow when ignorant and bad-English speakin Singaporeans saw me..."Wah...Leeds"....im like...."STFU stupid Singaporean...go take some English classes...and find out what ugly means...coz that's what u are..."

I havnt heard any spiteful words directed at Leeds these few years...in the late 90s Irishman David O'Leary took over the club he transformed Leeds into an attractive outfit..he believed in the magic of youths...multiply that with the experienced senior players Leeds began to make people sit up...around the same period Singapore bought the rights to show live matches...and Singapore has this tendency to show games involvin the 'same old same old'....i remember those days when i literally had to kiss a man just to watch a live Leeds game...yes...that's how often they show a Leeds game...Leeds finished in the top 5 for 3 consecutive years before qualifyin for the Champions League...in their first foray into the European competition they literally youthful exuberancED their way into the semi-finals...i still remember some of the games...simply CLASSIC...Leeds 6-0 hammering of Besiktas...and the 4-1 thrashing of Anderlecht.....who could forget?? The unpolished skills of Smith and Kewell and Bowyer....those moments are etched in my mind forever...

Im proud to be a Leeds fan...these days i see many Singaporeans wearin the Leeds jersey out in the streets...i wonder to myself.."When did u become a Leeds fan? If it's recent U CAN SUCK MY DICK FAKE LEEDS FAN"....but i do feel compelled to smile...until 2001 ive NEVER seen anyone else wore a Leeds jersey but me...it warms my heart to know how Leeds have attracted some bad English-speakin Singaporeans...my parents know of much staunch allegiance to the club....one of things listed in my '50 Things I Wana Do Before I Die" is...u guessed it...watchin a live game in Elland Road...watchin my beloved Leeds takin on whoever...

But until then...i just have to be contented to watch Leeds on a TV...

Leeds United forever....

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