“One can fool some men, or fool all men in some places and times, but one cannot fool all men in all places and ages – Jaques Abbadie (1684)”
When French Protestant Abbadie said the above in his apologetic work ‘Traité de la Vérité de la Religion Chrétienne’, he hadn’t met any Leeds United fans. Well, of course not, seeing as the Whites were only founded in 1919. However, he’d likely met their precursors.
You see, some Leeds United fans are as strange and variable as the inclemencies of the UK weather. They blow hot and cold do these fans. Players become heroes when they are scoring or playing well, only to drop to the pits of the vilified when they aren’t. Taking the latter, at least some Leeds United fans are consistent in that respect.
After a game like today’s, one where Derby were mauled so badly that they’d have been put down if they were a dog, these Leeds United fans began to seep into the fabric of social media with their comments of vitriol caused by too much ale and not enough football knowledge.
Already Kalvin Phillips has been cussed, and these fans are looking towards installing themselves as an alternative to Marcelo Bielsa in their urge to pick a winning side. You’d think that this was the same Leeds United under the likes of Diamond Dave Hockaday or Donnie Darko Milanic who were playing football so poor that even a completed series of passes was something to warm your hands on.
Instead, the knee-jerking comes from a second successive late strike by an opponent at Elland Road that has seen the Whites lose points. First, it was Wayne Routledge grabbing all three points for Swansea, today it was Chris Martin purloining a share of the points for Derby County. That Swansea game is United’s sole loss of the season and they still top the table.
The terrace Bielsasare demanding that United’s legendary coach drop Patrick Bamford for his supposed litany of bad play today, drop Jack Harrison as he apparently has the second touch of a pack animal and send Mateusz Klich back to school to apparently learn to put his laces through the ball when taking a penalty.
The very same fans are screaming for Eddie Nketiah to start, demanding that Helder Costa plays from the off and that bemoaning that doom-and-gloom will befall a season only eight games old and with their side atop the Sky Bet Championship pile.
Should Jacques Abbadie be grabbed by Theodore Logan and William Preston Esq. on their next jaunt through time on an excellent adventure, and brought 335 years into the future, then he would have proof positive that all cannot be pleased.
Trouble is, these Leeds fans aren’t being fooled – they are simply fooling themselves.