FOOTBALL fan Tim Marshall was on the ball when he returned to his hometown to sign copies of his latest book – inspired by his beloved Leeds United.
Sky News reporter Tim, who grew up in Bramhope, visited Waterstones on Albion Street to promote his cheekily-named book, ‘Dirty Northern B*st*rds! And Other Tales from the Terraces’.
It tells the story of football chants across Britain and draws upon Tim’s own experiences of being in the stands at Elland Road.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Tim said: “In the football world we use those stereotypes to have banter with each other.
“It’s all about immediate humour.”
Speaking fondly of his childhood football memories, the former Prince Henry’s Grammar School pupil explained: “My first game was in 1970, when I was 10.
“I can still remember it clearly – walking through the turnstiles and then going up the steps and into this cathedral of football.
“It had an amazing effect on me, and I fell in love with it.”
Tim attended matches every weekend, and was at the 1975 European Cup Final when the Whites were beaten 2-0 by Bayern Munich.
But now, with his job as diplomatic editor for Sky News in London, he’s often miles away from Elland Road, and has previously been sent to report from war zones in places such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.
So it was a welcome return for Tim to come back to his hometown of Leeds for his book signing yesterday.
He will be back at Elland Road today to cheer on Leeds United in their game against Middlesbrough this afternoon.
He said: “My formative years were spent here and it’s great coming back.
“It’s good to visit a few old haunts and get my Leeds fix.
“These days because of my job, and because I live down south, I get to about eight games a season.”
He added: “If I had to describe Leeds fans, I’d say we’re passionate, committed, long-suffering, and deep in our hearts we know that we’ll be back.”