Whilst Bolton cancelled their proposed ‘Lap of Honour’, insisting the season was without it, Leeds United went ahead with their ‘Lap of Appreciation’ on a very mixed-up kind of day.
The weather didn’t know what it was doing; seemingly nor did the players for most of the game – definitely the defensive unit who were found sleeping at their posts for the two Charlton goals.
The result aside, fans stayed to show their appreciation for the efforts that the players have put in in a season that was typically frustrating at times, yet sparkled at others. Abjectly poor at times, brimming with confidence at others, Leeds United’s fortunes followed a definite ‘peak and trough’ model.
More draws that Art Attack from Uwe Rosler led into Steve Evans being appointed, not a popular appointment by far. However, he’s grafted and shown enough spirit and resolve for some to say that he deserves a chance at taking Leeds through a pre-season and melding new signings to renewed effort.
A hobbling Gaetano Berardi, replete with crutches and medical boot, hobbled out to applaud the fans, but Leeds supporters’ bête noir defender Giuseppe Bellusci stayed away – although he did attend the Award Ceremony afterwards.
In a season that has not been entirely with honour, where there has been more than a sense of disgrace, Leeds United’s players at least showed their appreciatio of the fans that have stuck by them all season.