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Cult status

We live in an era where OBEs, CBEs and MBEs are handed out like sweets. In football terms we liberally refer to players as legends when actually they're not.

Leeds United is a unique club. It's supporters are unique. We can squabble like schoolgirls on platforms such as this but when we are up against it we are galvanised. We are truly United when the world is seemingly against us.

I don't doubt the passion of other supporters for their respective clubs but I've never experienced an atmosphere like Elland Road when we are truly behind our team. We revelled in Elland Road being referred to as the Cauldron of Hate, an awful place to come to for both opposing teams and fans.

I've been a Leeds United supporter since 1967. I remember the bond between players and fans. Revie fostered a spirit amongst his players that made them, almost literally, want to put their lives on the line for Leeds United. Each player was revered, and rightly so, for doing exactly what we would do given the chance to wear that hallowed white shirt and trot out onto the Elland Road pitch.

Since those halcyon days we've seen many players from the likes of Gordon Strachan through to recruits like Jason Crowe. Some gifted players, some great servants and some people masquerading as footballers.

Elland Road is often seen as a favourable destination for footballers. Not many truly realise their potential or ability because we can create an intimidating atmosphere when things aren't going our way. The weight of expectation at Elland Road is possibly greater than anywhere else in English football.

Equally, how many players really "get" Leeds United. For me those who do, those who seemingly want to put their lives on the line for this great club are the ones who create that special bond with the fans.

They are the ones who genuinely deserve cult status. But how many of that ilk have we seen in recent times?

Ian Baird, David Batty, Vinny Jones are three that spring to mind.

I think that's why I was so disappointed to see Pontus Jansson leave. Never the greatest footballer but bloody good nonetheless but he "got" Leeds United and we "got" him. It wasn't just a job, there was a real passion. You knew, 99% of the time, what to expect when he came out the tunnel. There was a genuine bond between supporter and player that is rare in the modern game.

I'm sure others will step up to the plate and Leeds United will move on but there's a void now that will be hard to fill.

Which other players post Revie would you genuinely award cult status to? Controversial I know but Berardi is probably the only one of the current batch that comes close.......

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Cult heros are players who can do no wrong in the eyes of the faithful. These players just "get the club" and embody it or the era the club sits in.. Not to be mistaken for legends as these types are appreciated the game over and backed by a record of great achievement.


In recent years, for me a cult hero paddy.

comment by AZA (U5000)

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

I’m reading all these names in the past 25 years....

I’m not seeing any advancement on Smithy.

He could do no wrong, absolute loved him!

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

How does this fit in with the side before self ethos?

How do players become cult figures, is it through putting the side before all else or is it because fans elevate and venerate them, in essence, raising them to being more important to them than the rest of the team?

comment by NJS (U8272)

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

I think cult status is achieved because fans elevate them, venerate them, some fans love them, not necessarily thinking they're more important than other players in the team...I've mentioned historic players like Overfield, Meek and Johanneson, got the crowd on their feet, but they could never be more important than Charles, Bremner and Giles for example...

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Been here before LIW
Berardi isn’t a cult hero.
You need to go back in the day when the passion from the fans with players was a different level, actually different levels.
He might be a cult hero for the new breed of softies.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Cult heroes will differ for groups of people. Never watched Leeds in the PL so obviously my cult heroes and the cult heroes of my peer group will be different from those of you who have, or even those of you who watched Revie's team, or before Revie's team.

comment by NJS (U8272)

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by Lubo - Get Excited for Leeds United (U14008)
posted 4 minutes ago
Cult heroes will differ for groups of people. Never watched Leeds in the PL so obviously my cult heroes and the cult heroes of my peer group will be different from those of you who have, or even those of you who watched Revie's team, or before Revie's team.

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I think that's correct Lubo...cult figures can range from wing players to uncompromising defenders or range from any era...it's the players who make a positive impression on the crowd, consistently...

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

I didn't say Berardi was a cult hero.....

And I'm no softie!!

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Berardi is a useless liability that along with some others cost us promotion.
Get rid!

comment by NJS (U8272)

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

George Meek I would say was a cult figure, by reputation and rumour there was lots of stories about him...he was in style and physical stature very much like Jimmy Johnstone (great Celtic winger), he was a character on and off the field, mischievous...this was before being 'naughty' became fashionable into the present day era...his antics on the field and stories about him off the field established him as a cult! 😀

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