Stoke City switch is a pain but there is no conspiracy against Leeds United



I see some Leeds fans have been complaining about their home game with Stoke City being moved for TV.

I can see why it’s a pain for many because a 7.45pm kick off on Tuesday July 7 becomes a 5pm kick off on the Thursday when lots of people will be working. That’s not ideal for Stoke or Leeds fans.

Leeds have been moved lots for TV and I am sure that begins to grate after a while.

But some of the comments from Leeds fans about the switch even hinted at a conspiracy – a plot to try to keep them out of the Premier League by disrupting their schedule, making them play after rivals Fulham and West Brom and so piling on the pressure.

Sorry, I just don’t see it. If anything, I would think the TV companies would be very keen to see Leeds back in the top flight. Why wouldn’t they want a really big club back there?

I know Leeds aren’t the side they were when I played in the 1970s. Back then they were one of the big three or four sides in the country. They had brilliant players like Joe Jordan and Gordon McQueen who also played with me at Manchester United. There was also Billy Bremner, my captain at Scotland, and Allan Clarke  – household names. They have drifted a long way since then but the one thing that hasn’t drifted is their support.

In fact, it’s quite remarkable they still have the support they have.

So I don’t think anyone is plotting or planning against them. The powers that be will be quite happy to have Leeds back in the Premier League.

But to be honest, it’s nice to be debating a normal football argument and conspiracy theory. No one has kicked a ball in a competitive game in this country since March so controversies about TV games is a sign that the season starts up again this week.

It’s not football as we know it, with all games behind closed doors, but at least it is a step back towards normality.





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