Leeds 2-1 Exeter - Sweet joy!!!!
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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)
It had been 3 years since i'd watched a live Leeds United game, and back then it had ended in heartbreak, as we had lost the play off finals 0-3 to Watford. Since then, Leeds had not only failed to get promoted back into the Premier League, but we had somehow managed to get relegated down to Division 1. Nevertheless, you can't give up on your team, so we had tickets for the first game of the season, at home to newly promoted Exeter City.
Julia had heard all the Leeds songs, knew most of the players and secretly i think she was pretty excited to be attending the game, but she was obviously trying to conceal her joy... So to get in the mood, we went for some pre match drinks in the City Centre with some of my mates.
The game began as I had hoped, with Leeds taking the lead through our prolific striker Jermaine Beckford. With Exeter then having a man sent off, it seemed like we would probably give them a good stuffing, but doing things the easy way isn't something Leeds are renowned for. Therefore, it came as no shock when the 10 men equalised with just about their first shot on goal. Here we go again... Thankfully, with just a couple of minutes left on the clock, Beckford popped up in front of the Kop end, for his second of the game and what proved to be the winner. I went totally mental, it was good to be back!
After the game, we went and had a few beers in the centre again with the lads, and I also managed to catch up with a mate called Jim, who i'd met in Australia 5 years ago! He just happened to be visiting Leeds for the day, so it worked out nicely.
We got into Harrogate just after 21.00, which gave us plenty of time to head down to Bilton Cricket Club, which is where i spent a large portion of my teenage years playing cricket, darts and pool. It was great to catch up with people like Gav, Loz and Stu, and unsurprisingly, nothing at all had changed! I reckon i could leave for 20 years and return, and nothing would ever change. Both reassuring and sad in my opinion.