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Like most fans who some become bored of pointless friendlies you may be wondering what to do with yourself with no club matches to watch during the international break. However, fear not because here are five things you can do to both pass the time and feed your passion for the mighty whites…
1. Read a book
There are plenty of good reads for Leeds fans. “The Unforgiven: The Story of Don Revie's Leeds United” tells the story of United when they were power to behold in the late 1960s and 70's. This book is full of fascinating info on how Don Revie got his team together. In fact, it makes a great read for anyone who wants to take a trip down memory lane.
For everything related to the history of the stadium, you won’t find better than “The Only Place for Us: An A-Z History of Elland Road - Home of Leeds United”. This is rightly described by one reviewer as “not so much an encyclopaedia as an obsession”. Indeed, the book is full to the brim with fascinating information for die hard Leeds fans.
2. Play some football video games
Perhaps playing a bit of FIFA 16 as the Leeds United team, or in career mode as Mirco Antenucci or another star player will help to whet your appetite for football during the international break.
If you’re a fan of Leeds from the Revie days, you might fancy Shoot!, which is one of a few great football slots at Europalace. This game intends to take you back to “the days of proper pies, trading cards and old school [football] stars”. With multiple bonus features including 35 free spins and a jackpot of 619,000 coins, this fun game is sure to fill the void left by a lack of matches at Elland Road.
3. Watch a film
The Damned United immortalises the 44 days during which Brian Clough was manager of Leeds United. Yet it remains controversial. As a hardcore Leeds fan points out in this article, the film is full of factual inaccuracies. United legend, Johnny Giles, actually sued the author of the novel on which the film is based over his portrayal. But despite this, The Damned United is a great film, with some excellent performances, wonderful sets and a fine script.
4. Watch classic Leeds games on Youtube
The 4th of March 1972 is the day that Don Revie’s Leeds beat Southampton 7-0 in a stunning display. Having faced criticism in the press for its disciplinary record, Revie wanted to prove that his team could actually play as well – and did so with aplomb.
The previous month Leeds beat Manchester United 5-1 in another stunning display at Elland Road, which any Leeds fan will no doubt enjoy reliving. You could also watch the most recent Leeds win over its bitter rivals. In January 2010, the whites – then in League One – beat the then Premier League Champions by a goal to nil at Old Trafford.
5. Check out an academy/under-21 game
In the absence of first team fixtures, perhaps the next best thing would be to go to an under-21 game to see if you can spot the stars of the future. Youngster Frank Mulhern has impressed lately for the under 21s and for Ireland and widely recognised as a great header of the ball. Why not go along and see what you think?