Since the glory days of the early 1970s and early 1990s, Leeds United have been a side of something of a football rollercoaster ride.

Such have been the ups-n-downs that the Whites have suffered, many fans have not screamed to go faster and would, indeed, have been excused for asking to get off.

Mismanagement, wrong choices and a propensity to attract ersatz owners have seen the proud West Yorkshire club stumble around like a punch-drunk boxer being battered from pillar to post. Onlookers have pleaded with the authorities to step in and stop the battering, but to no avail.

It appears that the Whites are now under a more even keel, and fans are seeing the sails once again raised proudly on the Good Ship Leeds United as calmer waters edge closer under Andrea Radrizzani. It wasn’t the same in days of former owner Ken Bates.

Bates was confirmed as the new owner of Leeds United on 21 January 2005, with sources saying he’d paid £10million for control of the club. On 4 May 2007 United were placed into administration, starting for the first time in their history in England’s third-tier competition with a -15 point penalty to their name.

Bates bought back the club from threatened liquidation after agreeing a deal to repay one pence in the pound of the club’s then debt of around £35million. Since the Bates days, Leeds United have been through the wringer with GFH Capital and Massimo Cellino before landing at the feet of Radrizzani.

However, reporter Adam Pope presents the following news, that the old Leeds United AFC will be liquidated “in about 6 months” with what he says are “circa £11.5m of creditors left unpaid.”

News of this announcement by Pope has not gone unseen by Leeds United fans. Here’s what some of them are saying in response to what BBC Radio Leeds’ Pope has tweeted:


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Cynicism turned to optimism but without the woop woops and ringing bells. Leeds United supporter through thick and thin, more thin than anything recently. Write mainly about the Whites but turn my hand to other clubs. Lover of salted crisp sandwiches. Not a hipster.

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