Leeds United fans will be keenly aware of the strange rivalry that built up last season with Bristol City manager Lee Johnson and his various comments in the media pre and post games where we took the points and did our talking on the pitch.
With Bristol City at Ashton Gate revealed earlier this week as our opening day’s fixture for the coming Championship campaign of 2019/20, his ‘Spygate’ crack certainly took the headlines.
Having already made my point that I genuinely saw it as an attempt at humour because I don’t dislike the job he does given the spending power of the clubs he’s been at, but that I understood even if it was a genuine attempt at humour it would massively backfire after owner Steve Lansdown’s meltdown last season, the more I thought about it, the more I realised there was a far more interesting line in his mini reaction interview with the Bristol Post.
Whilst the ‘spying’ comments understandably took the headlines, I thought the following was quite revealing.
“It’s a biggie! Fantastic. That’s exactly what you want – big, big game. First game is always like a cup final mentality. It’s Leeds, fantastic team, fantastic manager. It’ll be great. Ashton Gate will be absolutely packed, live on Sky. A real, first game, cup final feeling that the lads will love. I’m pretty sure with the obsession in the fanbase, holiday plans will be changed.”
So, we’re his and his ‘lads’ Cup Final but it’s just another game for us. I found that interesting.
There’s a reason other clubs love to hate us, even if they miss the significance themselves.