Posted by sean on April 28, 2020 at 10:25 am in Coronavirus, Leeds United with No Comments

Before I start this blog post, I would like to stress how I am fully aware that there are many serious issues affecting the world right now. Areas of entertainment and sport like football, are insignificant compared to the death and illness associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

As any football fan will know, the English season has been suspended. In fact, much of non-league has been declared void, with all league games cancelled.

This has left supporters of Premier League and Football League clubs wondering about the remaining fixtures and how, when or even if they will be played.

From a personal point of view, with absolutely no inside knowledge from the likes of the World Health Organisation, I cannot see how any event involving large crowds could safely take place until January 2021 at the earliest. A rather bold prediction and totally based on nothing, but if you think it sounds extreme, when do YOU think it’ll be safe again?

A grand total of 91 clubs are effectively in limbo, with no football to play and no idea what will happen next.

The three clubs that appear to be gaining the most attention are Liverpool, West Brom and my beloved Leeds United.

Liverpool are on the verge of winning their first league title since 1990. West Brom find themselves vying for promotion; while Leeds sit comfortably on top of the Championship, hoping for promotion to the Premier League themselves… it’s only been 16 years.

The elephant in the room has to be the question fans of the three aforementioned clubs are all asking – “what’s going to happen to our title/promotion?”.

Liverpool are virtually home and dry with regards to winning the league. West Brom and especially Leeds, will both argue that should the season be cancelled, given their league position and small number of games remaining, anything but promotion would be greatly unfair.

If there is a way in which the outstanding fixtures could be safely fulfilled, that is fantastic and I’ll of course accept the season outcome – regardless of whether or not Leeds go up.

Should the Premier and Football League deem that the season cannot be safely concluded, decisions must be made to provide the fairest possible resolution.

Whatever decision is made, there will be many angry clubs and supporters. Football lawyers will be licking their lips at the financial prospect of the inevitable court cases.

As I have already said, the coronavirus pandemic has naturally made everything else irrelevant right now. However, it won’t always be like this. There will come a time when football returns.

When this happens, Liverpool could find themselves battling to get fourth place and 20 points from the top of the league, which they were denied in 2020. Leeds, having had all their 2019/20 results expunged and no promotion awarded, could return to how things were three or four years ago – in the lower reaches of the Championship – closer to League One than the top flight.

So while football doesn’t matter now, eventually it will be important again. This is why it is essential that correct and fair decisions be made.

Leeds fans claim that the club is cursed. Up until now, I didn’t believe this, despite all the crazy dramas to have befallen Elland Road over the years.


If the current season is declared null and void, with Leeds being denied promotion, my stance on the mythical curse will probably change…

This season should have been the best opportunity that Leeds will ever get to win promotion. What the hell were the chances of a never before seen killer virus, taking over the entire world and causing all football to end?

Leeds probably won’t get a chance like this for over a hundred years. As a result of the curse, the next time they’re this good, the 2125/2126 season will also be terminated early, thanks to the 2126 Ten Plagues of England.

I bet even in 106 years time, Richard Branson (yes, he’ll still be going) will be asking for Virgin Lunar Travel to be bailed out by the taxpayer, after the country’s water supply is turned into blood.

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