Feeling Leeds: Notes on Loving a Football Club from Afar gazes into the curious world of the dislocated supporter, the football fan not born and bred in the shadow of their club’s ground. It’s the story of my commitment to cultivating an emotional connection to Leeds United for nearly 40 years. It is written by and for supporters worldwide for whom every day is an away day.
My book recounts the highs and lows of supporting a club from afar – paying $20 to watch Leeds United matches in Florida via dodgy satellite feeds in the early 1990s, to ringing Elland Road when it was the only way to get midweek results before the internet, to working out league tables with out-of-date copies of Shoot!, to celebrating madly while fueling my car and watching Leeds clinch a late winner against Villa in December 2018 on my iPhone.
Trivial to the supporter who can easily walk to their ground, such moments form the backbone of belonging for those with an ocean between ourselves and the turnstiles.
So excited to see Feeling Leeds at Leeds City Centre Waterstones!
“Times Square, TV audiences and classroom cheers: How Leeds United are leading USA’s cultural revolution”
Interview with Graham Smyth, Yorkshire Evening Post